NIH To Make Research Project Outcomes Available on NIH RePORTER

November 29, 2017 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

nih-logo-blueRead any good books lately? How about some scientific studies? Well, if you are interested in the latter, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that it plans to make it easier for the public to peruse the outcomes of federally funded research studies.

NIH said that it intends to publish the “project outcomes” section of all final and interim Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted on or after Oct. 1, 2017, on NIH RePORTER. According to NIH, the project outcomes section allows “recipients to provide the general public with a concise summary of the cumulative outcomes or findings of the project (analogous to the project summary/abstract section of the competing application) at the end of each competitive segment.”

NIH noted that it will only publish project outcomes that have been reviewed and approved by NIH staff to ensure the narrative “is written for the general public in clear and comprehensible language,” and does not include any proprietary, confidential information or trade secrets. If NIH determines that the project outcomes are not acceptable, it will require recipients to submit revised project outcomes statements using the “Additional Material” functionality in the RPPR. This section has been enhanced to capture revised project outcomes in a web form format that will support NIHs ability to make this information publicly available. NIH has posted sample descriptions for project outcomes that may assist recipients in submitting acceptable project outcomes at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/sample_project_outcomes_RPPR.htm.

Trying to find information on the RePORTER website may be somewhat daunting for first-time users as the searchable database contains a wealth of information. However, once these project outcomes become available, it may be a tremendous asset for those awaiting research on treatments that could improve their health down the road. We’ll be interested in seeing what these project outcomes say.

Let us know your reaction to making the project outcome section available on NIH RePORTER. We’d love to hear from you.

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