June 01, 2012

From GRC: NIH Launches New Tool for PIs to Evaluate Prospects

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently introduced LikeThis, a new search tool to help principal investigators identify other research projects that have similar goals and objectives as their own. By entering specific search terms or clicking on the “LikeThis” link on their own application or award pages in the Commons, investigators will gain access to awards, publications, and potential partners to help them develop more successful future proposals.

LikeThis is expected to be used in several ways: to identify the likely institute or center to contact as the application progresses and to list as a preference in the cover letter; to formulate new ideas for research based on what NIH has awarded in the past; and to determine whether a research idea really is innovative. The tool is currently available only to principal investigators. Following eRA’s July 19-20, 2012 software release, LikeThis will be made available to signing officials and others with eRA roles such as trainees, postdoctoral researchers, and assistants. In the meantime, see the user guide and frequently-asked questions for more information.

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