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April 2015  |  Volume 6, Issue 2

Get Your Unique Research Identifier

ORCID is an open, non-profit effort that aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communication by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that follows you throughout your career and distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports linkages between you and your professional activities, ensuring that all your work is recognized.

To register for your free unique research identifier, go to You can enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers, such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn.  Include your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.

Your expertise profile in Pivot now includes a field for your ORCID number and integrates with that system, improving the accuracy of profiles in Pivot.  Users can also set a permission flag with ORCID which will enable ProQuest and Pivot to receive automated profile data updates from ORCID in the future, thus saving time and effort. Find out more.

National Insititutes of Health (NIH) Improves Processes

NIH ASSIST: NDSU Sponsored Programs Office Encourages use of ASSIST to Submit Proposals to NIH.  ASSIST is NIH’s new online system for the preparation, submission, and tracking of grant applications through to NIH. As an alternative to use of alone for grant proposal submissions, NIH ASSIST is comparable to NSF’s Fastlane system in that it is web-based, pre-populates some data, and allows print and preview of one’s application in NIH format. NIH opened up ASSIST for all multi-project grant programs in 2013-2014.  In 2015, NIH is expanding ASSIST support to most competing single-project programs as well.  Use of ASSIST is optional; downloadable forms remains a viable submission option.

Each NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will indicate whether ASSIST can be used to apply to that opportunity. You will need the FOA number (e.g., PA-15-987) to initiate an application. Active and eRA Commons credentials are required to prepare and submit applications using ASSIST.  Click HERE to learn more about NIH ASSIST. Questions related to the use of NIH ASSIST can be directed to NDSU Sponsored Programs Administration, 231-8045 or

NIH Biosketches:  NIH will require use of a new biographical sketch (biosketch) format for all grant applications submitted on or after May 25, 2015.  The revised forms and instructions were made available in December 2014 on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page, and adjustments have since been made to improve their usability.  Samples of the new biosketch are also available there. With the new biosketch format, which can be up to five pages, key personnel must provide a personal statement which justifies their role in the proposed project and a ‘contribution to science’ section which describes up to five earlier projects.  For more information, see Biosketch Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

NIH PubMed Commons: It’s a challenge for researchers to keep up with all of the latest journal articles, innovative methods, and interesting projects of colleagues in one’s field.  Science is increasingly a team sport, and it’s important to provide scientists with as many avenues as possible through which to interact, including commenting on each other’s work.  NIH’s National Center for Biotechnology Information has developed PubMed Commons to give researchers the opportunity to engage in online discussions about scientific publications 24/7. 

PubMed is a free resource and the world’s largest searchable database of biomedical literature, with more than 3 million full-text articles and 24 million citations. Scientists with at least one PubMed publication can participate in PubMed Commons.  Why participate?  Authors of biomedical research papers can update and receive feedback on their papers from fellow scientists around the globe.  Comments can guide further research by identifying and sharing links to other relevant papers, linking to datasets, replication efforts, or blogs.  Researchers can also link to articles in non-biomedical journals that might otherwise be overlooked. (from NIH Director’s Blog, 8/5/2014)

In the News

Interest continues in research and creative activity underway at NDSU. Here’s just a sample of media coverage. Some links to these news outlets are available for a limited time.

Pears could be part of a healthy diet to manage diabetes

Expanding literacy

Canola-soybean rotation researched

Then and Now: Bakken economy by the numbers

NDSU awarded funding for heart and vascular disease research

Endowment to continue NDSU potato pathology research

If you’d like to suggest a story highlighting NDSU research and creative activity, let us know. While we may not be able to use every suggestion, we would like to hear from you.

Upcoming Events

May 12, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

Science Café: “Science and Scientists”  How to Become a Scientist
Stokers Basement, Hotel Donaldson, 101 N. Broadway-Fargo, ND

V. Ramamurthy, professor of chemistry and Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair at the University of Miami, will present “Science and Scientists” at NDSU’s next Science Café in downtown Fargo. According to Ramamurthy, the life of a scientist can be exciting but more complex than other occupations because it requires constant creativity and innovation, as well as demands in time and energy.  The talk, which is free and open to the public, is directed toward students and young researchers who wish to lead the life of a scientist.  Attendees must be 21 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information>>

september 21-23, 2015

RRVRC UAS Summit & Expo
Hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor & UAS Magazine
Alerus Center-Grand Forks, ND

The UAS industry is in the midst of an economic and technological evolution.  Mark your calendar and plan to network with industry professionals and area researchers at the ninth annual Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Summit & Expo to be held in Grand Forks, ND next fall.  This event combines the perspective of regional UAS personnel with the regulatory insight of national UAV entities, while offering attendees a glimpse into the commercial realities and major economic opportunities and possibilities present in the field.  For more information and to register>>

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - save the date!

NDSU EXPLORE is an annual event that celebrates the scholarly accomplishments of NDSU undergraduate students.

Encourage your students to start thinking NOW about projects to showcase at this annual event.  Projects can be in-progress or completed.  Presentations can be in whatever format is appropriate – poster, oral presentation, video, table display, etc. Registration for NDSU EXPLORE will open in the fall semester.  For more information, visit NDSU EXPLORE.


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