NIH Revamps Its Website for Grants Information

April 6, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

nih-logo-blueOver the past few weeks, I had noticed some changes but it didn’t really register until I came across a recent blog post from Dr. Michael Lauer, deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of Health. The post discussed the various changes NIH had made to its website to make grants-related information easier to find.

As Lauer states in the post, “If you visited last week, you likely noticed a complete transformation. What you will find now is a simplified interface that streamlines how you find information and provides the context you need for understanding the information you find.”

Among the changes include:

  • separating the details of the grants process information from the form instructions, providing both on a “How to Apply – Application Guide” page for easier access to key pieces of information;
  • general instructions for the newest version of NIH application forms, known as FORMS-D, in an interactive HTML version for ease of use, in addition to a PDF version; and
  • consolidated instructions for different types of grant programs in the general instructions, making it clear how each instruction applies to each of the various grant programs (research, training, career development, etc.).

Grants administration can be confusing enough without federal awarding agencies providing websites that are confusing and difficult to maneuver. We applaud NIH for taking these steps to make their information more obtainable and increasing ease-of-use, particularly since I view this site regularly to find out the latest on NIH grant programs.

Let us know what you think of the newly-designed NIH website.


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