Some URLs are now allowed in ITCR applications.
The use of hyperlinks and URLs in NIH applications is largely restricted as it raises concerns such as the potential to compromise reviewer confidentiality, overstuffing applications, review consistency, and malware.
This has presented a particular challenge for informatics-related applications, where linking to the informatics tool or software documentation would be beneficial to illustrate the current state of the tool. Accordingly, the ITCR program has recently been granted an exception to the restriction on hyperlinks.
The most recent reissuance of the ITCR funding opportunities includes language that explicitly allows the use of URLs or hyperlinks in applications. For R21 and competitive revision applications, “URLs of publicly available websites may be cited for the purpose of referencing the existing software or code that is the subject of the proposed research.” For U01s and U24s, “URLs of publicly available websites may be cited for the purpose of referencing the existing software or code that is the subject of the proposed research or for the purpose of demonstrating dissemination and outreach activities.”
Publish Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021