Save Your Searches New to NIH
You can now save your searches when looking for Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and/or Guide Notices at NIH.
If you go to the main NIH grants page (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm)
, in the center of the page you will see a blue Funding box. Within that box there is a link called Advanced Search. Set up a search as you normally would, define your parameters using key words, status, issuing organization, etc. and then click the Search button at the bottom of the window.
When you get your results, you will see an option to save the search in a gray box near the top of the page. When you click Save this Search, you will be prompted to provide an email address and a name for the search. You can also select the frequency of your notifications (daily, weekly, or monthly). Enter this information along with a security code (provided on the screen) and you will be alerted when notices and/or FOAs are posted that meet your criteria. After clicking the Save this Search button, you will also receive a confirmation email with a hyperlink for your named search and an unsubscribe button. You can have an unlimited number of saved searches.
Unicode and Greek letters are coming to NIH
NIH will be upgrading eRA Commons over Memorial Day weekend to support Unicode compatible data. The system will be brought down on Friday, May 23 at 9:00 PM ET and full service is anticipated to be restored by Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 AM ET.
Unicode is a computing standard that allows systems to handle virtually any type of text expressed in the world’s writing systems. As a result of this upgrade, eRA systems will be able to accept Greek characters as they appear in the original scientific text submitted by grantees. For instance, Greek characters will appear in progress reports without resulting in garbled text.
NOTE: Since Grants.gov limits the characters allowed in grant application form fields, the newly supported characters should only be used in PDF attachments for applications. For example, Greek characters in the Project Summary/Abstract attachment are fine, but Greek characters in the Project Title field are still problematic until Grants.gov is able to accept and process them.
For more details about the Unicode project, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-071
and the related notice in the impact of submission dates: NOT-OD-14-070