COVID-19: Adjusting to the “new normal”

Many of our CCHE colleagues are funded by the National Institutes on Aging (NIA) and we’d like to share the below message from NIA Director Richard J. Hodes ~

Hodes headshotCOVID-19: Adjusting to the “new normal”

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed how we live, work and learn. First and foremost, I want to assure everyone that the safety of older adults, a population known to be at high risk, is paramount to NIH and NIA leadership.

The “new normal” of this public health emergency coupled with the guidance around physical distancing also makes this a trying time for clinicians, researchers and others who support our crucial science, including trial participants. While no one knows how long our current state will last, for now, I want to let the NIA community know that much-needed help and flexibility is already in motion as you are feeling the impact in your labs and clinical trials.

Grantees with specific questions should reach out directly to their NIA program officers. We are committed to responding as rapidly as possible as we transition to working and meeting online and supporting new research on the effects of this pandemic on older adults.

Resources from NIH OER

The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) has an excellent website on Coronavirus Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients, which links to NIH Guide Notices and FAQs, as well as CDC and WHO information. Dr. Mike Lauer, NIH deputy director for extramural research, recently wrote a blog and provided a video update for grantees and applicants on what’s being put into place to help.

Additionally, NIH OER also hosts a helpful FAQs page on COVID-19 flexibilities for applicants and recipients that covers changes regarding late applications, reporting, budgeting, salaries/stipends, travel cancellation fees and more. NIH has also issued guidance for institutions to ensure the safety of human participants and research staff in NIH-funded clinical trials and human subjects studies. Note that NIA peer review will continue during this time but shift from in-person to online meetings.

>> Read the full blog post here

Thank you to CCHE Faculty Director Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, PhD, for passing this along!