Demand Secure Data Handling for Your Research Projects

Using a spreadsheet application you would use for tracking your institution’s office supplies is just not competitive (or ethical).

As admitted technophiles, we really enjoy working at the data-driven intersection of health and technology, and we are happy to see the new and continued opportunities in that area coming out of NIH, PCORI, and other funders. But we also remain dismayed by proposals from institutions with access to RedCAP that propose storing sensitive patient data in a spreadsheet program on a server (no indication of the security level of the server). I would encourage all research faculty and staff to enquire about the details of data collection, management, security, and storage when signing on to be part of a research project involving any research data, but especially patient data, and to work with research partners to develop a plan for the data that leverages the secure resources at hand.

4 Quick Ways to Catch up on Critical Changes to Federal Grant Applications and Processes

Updated 12 December 2017.

Just a quick reminder to everyone to set some time aside over the holidays to review changes to NIH policy (e.g., clinical trials) before drafting a funding strategy for 2018. The new year is a great time to recommit to your funding pursuit and do some deep work on crafting a funding strategy and drafting some proposals, but that energy will be misspent if you haven’t spent some time catching up with NIH policies effective in the new year. So here are 4 great sources for news everyone applying for funding should know. Continue reading “4 Quick Ways to Catch up on Critical Changes to Federal Grant Applications and Processes”