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News and announcements

  • To view the winners of the GRAND 2016 awards click here

  • This year, the GRAND program is supporting the Nicotine & Tobacco Research (NTR) journal to pilot a new initiative. Applicants will be asked if they would like to opt into this pilot.

    The applicant’s decision on whether to opt into this pilot will have no bearing on the decision-making process for a GRAND award. Applicants can also withdraw from the pilot at any time without this affecting the funding decision.

    Applicants who choose to opt into this pilot will have their grant proposal reviewed according to the GRAND review process, the same as all the other applicants. If they are selected for funding, their proposal will be provided to NTR, and if the topic is within the scope of the journal, the applicants will be invited to submit their proposal to the journal as a Registered Report. More details of the Registered Reports format, including the workflow, are available here:

    In brief, Registered Reports emphasize the importance of the research question and the quality of methodology by conducting peer review prior to data collection. High quality protocols are then provisionally accepted for publication if the authors follow through with the registered methodology and the final manuscript meets the Journal’s requirements and standards for publication. This format is designed to reward best practices and eliminate various biases such as publication bias.

    Successful GRAND applicants who opt into the pilot will prepare and submit a Stage 1 manuscript (comprising the introduction and methods). Following assessment of this protocol by the NTR editors and reviewers (that may include the GRAND reviewer of the application), the manuscript can then be offered “in principle acceptance,” which means that NTR has provisionally accepted the manuscript for publication, as long as the authors conduct the experiment in accordance with their approved protocol and the final manuscript meets NTR’s requirements and standards for publication.

If uncertain whether or not your topic is within scope, please contact the GRAND Program Coordinator (Email: Email messages will receive a reply within 2 business days)