Announcements and Updates
NSF initiates new pilot for Collaborators and Other Affiliations
On April 24, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will initiate a new pilot requiring the use of a spreadsheet template for identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on proposals.
The NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1) requires PIs, co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on NSF proposals to individually upload Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a Single Copy Document (see PAPPG Chapter II.C.1.e).
NSF uses this information during the merit review process to help manage reviewer selection. To expedite identification of potential reviewers, having a standard, searchable format for this information is essential. The new pilot will standardize Collaborators and Other Affiliations information across the Foundation and will ensure that the information is submitted in a searchable format. Results from the pilot will be assessed and will determine how to proceed with this section of the proposal in the future.
Effective April 24, 2017, NSF will require the submission of a spreadsheet template to identify collaborators and other affiliations. Please note that the spreadsheet template:
- Has been developed to be fillable. However, the content and format requirements must not be altered by submitters.
- Must be saved in .xlsx or .xls formats and directly uploaded into FastLane as a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document.
- Will be converted by FastLane from an .xlsx or .xls file to a PDF file.
- Has been tested in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and LibreOffice.
- Will enable preservation of searchable text that otherwise would be lost. Must be uploaded in .xlsx or .xls formats only. Uploading a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document in any other format may delay the timely processing and review of your proposal.
- Will be directly linked in FastLane.
The template and associated instructions may also be accessed directly at: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/coa.jsp.
NIH Notice Regarding New Appendix Policy (NOT-OD-17-035)
On January 13, 2017, NIH issued a notice regarding their recent policy regarding allowable Appendix materials that may be included in applications submitted to NIH, AHRQ, or NIOSH for due dates on or after January 25, 2017. For details or additional information, please review the content of the notice at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-035.html .
Updates Coming to FastLane on January 30 to Support PAPPG (NSF 17-1) Policy Changes and New and Enhanced Automated Compliance Checks
Effective January 30, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement the following changes in FastLane to support the policy updates in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1) and to run new and enhanced automated compliance checks on proposals:
- Two new types of proposals will be incorporated into the PAPPG with new required supporting documents and automated proposal compliance checks.
- Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI)
- Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE):
- Organizations that are unable to submit a proposal prior to a deadline due to a natural or anthropogenic disaster will be required to submit a new Single Copy Document, “Nature of Natural or Anthropogenic Event,” when attempting to submit a late proposal using the “Special Exception to the Deadline Date Policy” box on the NSF Cover Sheet.
Updated References and Terminology
- The PAPPG (NSF 17-1) has been modified in its entirety, to remove all references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG).
- “International Travel” type of proposals will be renamed to “Travel” and will be expanded to include domestic and international travel.
- “Facility/Center” type of proposals will be renamed to “Center/Research Infrastructure.”
Enhanced Automated Compliance Checks
- In addition to the new compliance checks for the GOALI, RAISE, and FASED types of proposals, FastLane will run enhanced automated compliance checks across several proposal types and will generate errors or warnings when the submission or deadline validation compliance checks are not met.
- Checks are run during “Check Proposal,” “Forward to SPO,” and “Submit Proposal.” The complete list of FastLane automated compliance checks effective January 30, 2017, is available here.
Note About Proposal File Update (PFU): The automated compliance checks also apply when a PFU is performed on a proposal. The compliance checks will be run on all sections of the proposal, regardless of which section was updated during the PFU. Proposers should be aware that if a proposal was previously submitted successfully, a PFU performed on the proposal will be prevented from submission if the proposal does not comply with the compliance checks in effect at the time.
For system-related questions, please contact FastLane User Support at 1-800-673-6188 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Policy-related questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Link to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/papp/pappg17_1/faqs17_1.pdf
Link to the new PAPPG: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf1700
Free PCORI Workshop January 23-24
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is hosting a complimentary workshop in Washington, DC from January 23-24. There is a free dinner and reception on Monday the 23rd, and we welcome all interested research administrators and Investigators to attend, network, and meet some of PCORI’s staff. The workshop will cover Priority Topics for Research, Funding Announcements, Updates to the Application Process, How to submit and manage a PCORI award within the PCORI Online system, Research Partnerships and Engagement, The National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet) and Contract Award and Administrative Requirements. If you are interested in attending, please view PCORI's event website here: http://www.cvent.com/d/8vqs92
eRA Information: Final RPPR To Be Used Effective Jan. 1, 2017
The Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR) will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) for grants closeout, effective January 1, 2017. The F-RPPR will be available for use in eRA Commons on January 1, 2017.
What This Means for You
If you have a final progress report due, and you wish to use the old FPR format of an uploaded document, you must submit the FPR before January 1, 2017. NIH will no longer accept any of the old format FPRs on or after January 1, 2017.
See Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-022. Visit the NIH RPPR web page, and check out November’s eRA Items of Interest article Please Call it “Final RPPR”.
Fall 2016 NSF Grants Conference - Live Webcast Registration
Fall 2016 NSF Grants Conference Plenary (General) Sessions will be webcast live at no cost to the research community. NSF staff will speak to the state of current funding; review new and current policies and procedures; and provide updates on pertinent administrative issues.
The live webcast of the conference will be held on November 14-15, 2016. Register here. Webcast login information will be emailed to registrants on Thursday, November 10th. These sessions will also be recorded for on-demand viewing once the conference has concluded. Presentations will also be available on the conference website.
Three new Policy Announcements regarding Clinical Trials at NIH
Policy on Funding Opportunity (FOA) Announcements for Clinical Trials
Effective September 27,2017, NIH will require that all applications involving one or more clinical trials be submitted through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) specifically designed for clinical trials. This means that the NIH will no longer accept clinical trial applications through "parent" FOA announcements or through other FOAs that are not specifically designed to accept clinical trials. This FOA policy will apply to all applications involving one or more clinical trials, including applications that involve a combination of studies that are clinical trials as well as studies that are not. More information can be found here: (NOT-OD-16-147)
Policy on Good Clinical Practice Training for NIH Awardees Involved in NIH-funded Clinical Trials
NIH has also announced that all investigators and clinical trial staff participating in NIH-funded clinical trials (whether the funding is direct from NIH or passed through from a prime recipient) that are active on or after January 1, 2017, will need to complete Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training for NIH Awardees involved in NIH-funded Clinical Trials, and expectations for training. More information can be found here: (NOT-OD-16-148)
NIH Policy on the Dissemination of NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Information
NIH has announced a new policy regarding dissemination of NIH-Funded Clinical Trials. Effective January 18, 2017 all NIH-funded investigators conducting clinical trials are expected to register clinical trials at ClinicalTrials.gov, and must report results within 12 months after completion of the clinical trial. More information can be found here: (NOT-OD-16-149)
eRA Modules Web Services and Websites
Effective November 30, 2016, all eRA modules (eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR and iEdison), web services and websites will use ‘https only’ secure connections.
You will need to update your web browser to continue using ERA commons and all of its modules.
- Below are browsers and versions that will still work properly following the update:
For more information on Browser support visit https://era.nih.gov/browser_support_ext.cfm
NIH Peer Review Online Briefings for Fellowship and R01 Grant Applicants, and Basic Research Grant Applicants and Reviewers
To learn more please follow: NOT-OD-16-152
2017 Lunch and Learn Grant Workshops
New dates posted! The Grant Writing Laboratory and Office of Sponsored Programs provide Grant Workshops on a series of grant-related topics during the year. To register please visit 2017 Lunch & Learn Grant Workshops.
Free PCORI Workshop in Boston, Sept. 19-20
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is hosting a FREE workshop in Boston, MA on Tuesday, September 20th. There is a free dinner and reception on Monday the 19th, and we welcome all interested research administrators (and Investigators) to attend, network, and meet some of PCORI’s staff. The workshop will consist of topics like Funding Announcements, Large Pragmatic Clinical Studies, and Research Partnerships and Engagement just to name a few. To learn more about the workshop or to register click here http://www.pcori.org/events/2016/getting-know-pcori-application-closeout-september-2016
NIH Contact Information
NIH now has a “Contacting Staff at the NIH Institutes and Centers” page explains the roles of NIH staff, and, most importantly, where you can find the name and contact information for NIH staff member who should be best able to help you. More...
Important Information Regarding Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced effective 7/25/2016, all proposals submitted to NSF will be subject to the new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure proposals comply with requirements outlined in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. The new automated compliance checks apply to the Biographical Sketch(es) and Current and Pending support for each Senior Personnel; the biosketches can only be uploaded as a file, you can no longer enter these items as a text, and must not exceed two pages.
Proposals not complying with the automated compliance checks that are in effect as established by NSF will result in the proposal not be accepted for review (Grants.gov submissions are also subject to the same compliance requirements, but will not have automated compliance checks feature). For complete information regarding automated compliance checking, visit the following web links below.
Link to the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf16001/
Link to the Fastlane Automated proposal compliance checklist: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/autocheck/compliancechecks_july16.pdf
NSF Issues a “For Comment” Draft Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
The National Science Foundation has published today in the Federal Register a “for comment” draft Proposal & Award Polices & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and is accepting comments from the external community until cob July 15, 2016. To facilitate review, revised text has been highlighted in yellow throughout the document and explanatory comments have been included in the margins, where appropriate. Questions should be directed to the Division of Institution and Award Support (DIAS)/Policy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to the Draft PAPPG: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/papp/pappg17_1/draftpappg_may2016.pdf
Link to the Federal Register Notice: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-16/pdf/2016-11466.pdf
New home for NSU research support offices
The research support offices within the department of Translational Research and Economic Development (TRED) will be uniting in one physical location starting on February 15, 2016. This move is designed to improve access to all the administrative functions of NSU research, and we are looking forward to working with you in our new home in the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law on the main campus. The TRED offices relocating to the College of Law building include:
Our move is scheduled for February 12 and our operations will be affected around that date, with limited operations on February 12 and 15. If you anticipate any proposal submission or other support needs, please contact us as soon as possible so we can coordinate our service provision during our move. All department phone numbers and emails will remain the same.
We look forward to seeing you in our new home!
eRA Commons Status Screen for PIs Now Mobile Friendly
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced in their eRA newsletter that the status screen for principal investigators (PIs) is now mobile friendly. The mobile site is designed to provide the basic and necessary information PIs need to track their application submissions and awards. Please see links below for more information.
Link to the New Mobile Screen: https://m.era.nih.gov/cmb
Link to the Announcement: https://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_era.cfm
NSF Issues the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and Announces Webinar on October 29th
The National Science Foundation has issued NSF 16-1 the Proposal & Award Polices & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. NSF indicates that significant changes include:
- Enforcement of 5 p.m. submitter’s local time across all NSF funding opportunities;
- Implementation of NSF’s Public Access Policy;
- Submission of proposal certifications by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) concurrently with proposal submission;
- NSF’s implementation of the US Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences on Dual Use Research of Concern;
- Provision of Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a new single-copy document, instead of as part of the Biographical Sketch;
- Submission of Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support separately for each senior personnel;
- Electronic signature and submission of notifications and requests by the AOR only;
- Revision of timeframe for submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date; and
- Numerous clarifications throughout the document.
NSF has indicated that given the number of important revisions, stakeholders are strongly encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG. A webinar on the new PAPPG will be held on October 29th at 2PM EST. Please see the below links to the new PAPPG and to register for the webinar. Questions should be directed to the NSF Policy Office at email@example.com.
Link to the new PAPPG: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf16001
Link to register for the Webinar on October 29th: https://nsfevents.webex.com/nsfevents/onstage/g.php?d=747703895&t=a
NIH Webinars for Applicants and Grant Administrators: What you Need to Know About NIH Application Submission and Review
The National Institutes of Health published a notice on September 24, 2015 (NOT-OD-15-154) informing NIH applicants and grant administrators about two upcoming webinars hosted by the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) in November 2015. The purpose of the webinars is to give useful insights into the NIH application submission and peer review process. The webinar for University Research Administrators will be held on November 5, 2015 and the webinar for Research Project Grants (R01) will be held on November 6, 2015; both webinars will be from 2:00 to 4:00 EST and will include a 30 minute Q&A period. Inquiries should be directed to Don Luckett, Center for Scientific Review, askExperts@csr.nih.gov; questions to be addressed in the Q&A session can be submitted to this email address before the webinar. Participants must register by October 29th, please see more information in the Notice regarding how to participate in the webinars: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-154.html
Draft Updated Format for Interim/Final Research Performance Progress Reports (RPRR) Available
A request for public comment was published in the Federal Register on 7/23/2015 regarding a draft updated standardized format for federal-wide use in submission of both interim and final Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR). This updated format is an initiative of the Research Business Models (RBM), an interagency federal Working Group; it is revised to incorporate lessons learned by federal agencies during initial implementation of the RPPR, and to change use of the form from just interim reports to both interim and final reports. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is serving as the sponsor of the updated version, on behalf of the RBM. For more information, a version of the draft and a summary of significant changes are available at the NSF website at http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rppr/index.jsp.
NIH Policy on Application Compliance (NOT-OD-15-095)
The National Institutes of Health issued a new notice on their policy on application compliance on April 15, 2015. The stated purpose is “to remind applicants, both investigators and grants office officials, that to be fair to all concerned the NIH needs to consistently apply standards for application compliance.” Notice NOT-OD-15-095 gives further details.
Link to NOT-OD-15-095: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-095.html
National Science Foundation Announces Plan for Public Access to Research Results: Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries
The National Science Foundation has developed a plan for the public’s access to research results which “will apply to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that will be issued in January 2016.” See links below for more information.
Link to the plan: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/public_access/
Link to NSF Press Release 15-021: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134478&org=NSF&from=news
SAVE THE DATE: Spring 2015 NSF Grants Conference in Tampa, Florida on June 1-2, 2015
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced their Spring 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference in Tampa, Florida on June 1-2, 2015. This two-day conference will be hosted by the State University System of Florida, and will be held at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. The conference registration fee is $370. Conference registration will commence the first week of March, and the registration website will be open at that time. NSF has noted that they anticipate the conference will reach capacity very quickly, so they encourage attendees to register once the registration website opens. The registration website will include a preliminary conference agenda as well as conference hotel room block information. If you have any questions, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New NIH Salary Cap
Effective January 11, 2015 the new increased Executive Level II salary cap will be $183,300. NIH Notice NOT-OD-15-049 provides information regarding the salary limitation for NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards. For FY 2015, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235), signed into law on December 16, 2014, restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale.
Simplified NIH Policy for Late Application Submission
HIN has announced a new simplified policy for late application submission. Specifically, there is now a two week window of consideration after the application due date, during which time NIH might consider accepting a late application. This is a significant change from previous policy, which tied different late windows of consideration to different types of applications, and provided no late window of consideration for applications submitted to any RFA or PAR with special application due dates.
This new policy is effective for applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015. For details, please review the announcement NOT-OD-15-039.
Free PCORI Workshop in Houston: February 19-20, 2015
PCORI is hosting a free two-day interactive workshop, "Getting to Know PCORI: From Application to Closeout," in Houston on February 19-20, 2015. The workshop is designed to provide applicants with the tools and strategies to develop a winning application. The workshop will offer an overview of PCORI and PCORI funding announcements, application processes, research focus areas, post award requirements and much more. For more information and to register, visit http://conferences.thehillgroup.com/PCORI/ContractsWorkshop/index.html.
Update on New Biographical Sketch Format Requirement for NIH and AHRQ Grant
NIH and AHRQ encourages applicants to use the newly published biosketch format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, and will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.
The revised forms and instructions are available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications Page. Please review NOT-OD-15-032 which supersedes NOT-OD-15-024.
Implementation of the Genomic Data Sharing Policy Begins January 25, 2015
NIH has issued the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy (NOT-OD-14-124) and Implementation of the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy for NIH Grant Applications and Awards (NOT-OD-14-111). it will be effective for grant applications submitted after 1/25/2015.
With implementation of the GDS Policy, submission of the Institutional Certification for human genomic data will become part of the standard Just-in-Time process.
NIH Modification to Guidance on Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications
The NIH notice NOT-OD-15-030 modification to guidance informs the applicants on how NIH would like to mark changes in their Resubmission applications. Effective immediately, it is sufficient to outline the changes made to the Resubmission application in the Introduction attachment. Please read the notice for more information.
NIH Announces New Biographical Sketch Format
NIH announces that NIH and AHRQ will require use of a new biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015.
The revised forms and instructions are now available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page. The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research. In addition to the descriptions of specific contributions and documentation, researchers will be allowed to include a link to a full list of their published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as MyBibliography or SciENcv. See the NIH Guide notice at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-024.html for more details.
NIH Requires the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for All Type 5 Progress Reports
As of October 17, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires grantees to submit all type 5 progress reports using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) module in eRA Commons. Annual progress reports submitted in any format other than the RPPR will not be processed by the NIH and will require resubmission through the RPPR. This notice supersedes all references to the use of the PHS 2590 for annual non-competing continuation progress reports in Notices of Award.
Additional information and resources on the RPPR, including the current RPPR Instruction Guide and training archives, can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/.
The Fall 2014 NSF Grants Conference in Arlington, VA
The first National Science Foundation Grants Conference of fiscal year 2015 will be held in Arlington, Virginia, and hosted by the George Washington University on October 6-7, 2014.
Key representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as your colleagues - faculty, researchers, and grant administrators - representing colleges and universities from across the U.S. will participate. NSF Program Officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answer your questions.
It is anticipated that this conference will reach capacity very quickly, so please register as soon as possible to secure your attendance.
Registration website link: http://events.signup4.com/nsf2014dc
Grants Workshop On Education, Science And The Arts
Broward College, South CampusWorkshops to be presented by the following federal agencies: National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services and National Science Foundation.
Workshop hosted by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Location: Broward College, South Campus, Building 68C, 7200 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, 33024
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm (onsite registration 8:00am - 9:00am)
Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD) Responsibilities on Sponsored Projects
The Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD) Responsibilities on Sponsored Projects form has been revised and is available in OSP website at ‘Resources/Forms’ under ‘Pre-Award’ forms (http://www.nova.edu/osp/resources/pre-award.html). Please take time to review the form and let us know if you have any questions. Our main office number is (954) 262-5372 or email us at email@example.com.
Notice to Employees on Federal Grants and Contracts Regarding Enhanced Whistleblower Protections
Section 828 of National Defense Authorization Act, P.L. 112-239 (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, which is implemented in federal regulation at 48 CFR 3.908, mandates a pilot program for enhancement of contractor protection from reprisal for disclosure of certain information. Specifically, the statute prohibits employees of a contractor, subcontractor, grantee, or subgrantee from being discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for disclosing “information that the employee reasonably believes is evidence of gross mismanagement of a Federal contract or grant, a gross waste of Federal funds, an abuse of authority relating to a Federal contract or grant, a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or a violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a Federal contract (including the competition for or negotiation of a contract) or grant.”
For additional information, visit http://www.nova.edu/osp/notice.html.
Webinar on How to Write Winning Grant Proposals
The Chronicle of Philanthropy will offer a Webinar titled How to Write Winning Grant Proposals, on Thursday June 5, 2014 from 2pm to 3:30 p.m.. The interactive Webinar will be conducted by Andrea Johnson, program officer at Carnegie Corporation of New York, who will share how she evaluates proposals, what program officers look for in determining which projects to fund, and how you can develop strong, professional relationships with foundations. The cost for early registration is $99. After May 29, the cost is $119. For more information or to register for the Webinar, visithttp://philanthropy.com/webinars/detail/1069?CID=WEBINARS1069E4.
NSU has been Designated as Hispanic-Serving Agricultural College and Universitiy (HSACU) for 2014
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a final rule and an updated list of Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs), bringing the total number of HSACUs up to 97. The criteria for HSACU designation are: (1) be a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), (2) offer agriculture-related degrees, (3) not appear on the Excluded Parties List, (4) be accredited, and (5) award at least 15% of agriculture-related degrees to Hispanic students over the two most recent academic years.
Nova Southeastern University is one of the three universities in the state of Florida that has granted HSACU status. The full list of 97 HSACU institutions for 2014 can be found at http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/education/in_focus/hispanic_if_hispanic_HSACU.html.
USDA funding opportunities for the eligible HSACUs are available at the Grants.gov web site: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html
Clarifications to the Recently Announced NIH and AHRQ Policy for Application Submission
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announce clarifications to policy on application submissions that was updated recently (NOT-OD-14-074). Clarifications are provided below for certain key points that were raised in questions NIH received.
Questions were received that asked whether a new (A0) application, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, could be submitted only for the next, appropriate due date. To clarify, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application and release of the summary statement, an applicant may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for any due date in the future that is appropriate for the grant mechanism and Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
- An application that was reviewed before April 16th, 2014, as well as any application submitted in the future, could be submitted as a new (A0) application for any subsequent, appropriate due date, if the previous summary statement has been released.
- If the FOA lists "standard dates apply", then the appropriate due date for a competing application can be found on the NIH website (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm). If the FOA lists a different date, then the date(s) in the FOA is the appropriate due date.
Questions were received asking which grant programs fall under the policy. To clarify, the updated policy applies to major types of applications and activity codes - including applications for research grants, the NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, Career Development Awards, Individual Fellowships, Institutional Training Grants, Resource Grants, Program Projects, and Center Grants.
- Eligibility criteria and any other restrictions or requirements in the FOA prevail. For example, a fellowship candidate must meet the eligibility requirements for each fellowship application submission.
- An application that was not accepted previously for being too similar to a resubmission (A1) application that had been reviewed previously ("virtual A2s") can be submitted now as a new (A0) application.
The updated policy allows an investigator to submit a new (A0) application following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application. Subsequent questions asked whether a time limit exists between an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application and the subsequent new (A0) application, whether the number of such cycles is limited, and whether an intervening resubmission (A1) application is required in order to submit a new (A0) application again.
- The updated policy has no time limit between an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application and a subsequent, new (A0) application, or between an unsuccessful new (A0) application and a subsequent new (A0) application. The time limit of thirty-seven months between an unsuccessful (A0) application and the subsequent resubmission (A1) application does remain in effect.
- The number of submission cycles is not limited, but NIH encourages applicants to update their applications to reflect the status of the field over the interim period and to incorporate new preliminary data, literature citations, letters of reference, etc. as time passes.
- The updated policy does not preclude submission of a new (A0) application following an unsuccessful new (A0) application, without an intervening resubmission (A1) application.
2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
The 2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is returning to Baltimore, Maryland this summer. The NIH Regional Seminar offers a comprehensive program for the NIH extramural community about the NIH grants process and related policies, including such topics as peer review, grant writing for success, pre-award and post-award issues for administrators and investigators, compliance, animal and human subject research, how to interact electronically with NIH, and mapping your career with NIH. In addition, special interest sessions are provided on topics like research integrity, data sharing, foreign collaborations, the NIH Intramural Program, and more.
The Regional Seminar will take place from June 25-27, 2014 and the registration is open. Special hotel rates and registration information is available on the Baltimore, MD - NIH Regional Seminar website.
Updates in eRA Commons
NIH is making several changes to the Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) module to improve institutional reporting and promote compliance:
- The FCOI Annual Report link in eRA Commons will appear closer to when it is due
- FCOI Signing Officials (SOs) Will Receive an Email Reminder That Annual Report is Due
- FCOI Reports to be Submitted under the Current, Active Grant Year
- Revised FCOI Reports May Be Submitted up to 150 days After Submitting an Original Report
- New FCOI Roles in Commons Replace FCOI Delegations: Two new roles have been added to Commons for those who work with the Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) module. Only an organization's Signing Official (SO role) can assign these roles.
1. FCOI_ASST: Assign the FCOI_ASST role to those users in the institution who will assist in working on the FCOI reporting process. These users can initiate, edit, view, search, and delete forms.
2. FCOI_View: Assign the FCOI_View role to those users who need authority to search for and view FCOI information entered by the institution, but who will not need to perform any data entry or make changes to the information. These users will have read-only access to the FCOI report and data.
NOTE: With this release, eRA has assigned current ASST users delegated with either of the two FCOI authorities (FCOI Asst and FCOI View) to the corresponding new role as described above. For these existing users, the SOs do not need to assign the new roles
- FCOI Corrections - A Change in Business Process when Grantees Identify Errors in Submitted Data: When corrections are needed, the FCOI SO should contact the Grants Management Specialist/Officer identified on the latest Notice of Award to ask NIH to rescind the FCOI report
- Other FCOI Changes:
Only one revision will be allowed to the original FCOI report
Revisions to annual reports will no longer be accepted
If NIH rescinds any FCOI record, the entire FCOI record (original, annual and revised reports) will be rescinded
For more information on these changes in FCOI, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-081, the FCOI Online Help (accessed by clicking on the question marks on the screens of the FCOI module) and the FCOI User Guide.
Updates in eSubmission
- Reorder Components in ASSIST
ASSIST now provides the option to set the order of different components within a component type. Previous to this release, components had to be created in the order in which you wanted them to appear in the final application image. You didn't have a lot of options if you entered 6 projects and then decided that you wanted the fourth project to appear first. Starting with this release, the order of the components (e.g., Project-001, Project-002, etc.) can be controlled and modified before final submission. Refer to the online help for ASSIST for more information regarding this and all ASSIST features.
Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for All Type 5 Non-SNAP Progress Reports
On April 25, 2014, NIH will expand to all institutions the ability to submit type 5 non-SNAP progress reports using the RPPR. NIH encourages all institutions to use the RPPR to submit type 5 non-SNAP progress reports when access is available. While non-FDP institutions cannot submit type 5 non-SNAP progress reports using the RPPR until April 25, 2014, for institutions interested in learning more about non-SNAP RPPRs, an archive of a recent training session is available on the NIH RPPR webpage. Beginning on April 25, 2014, all institutions may use the RPPR for type 5 non-SNAP progress reports.
Non-SNAP progress reports not submitted using the RPPR must be submitted using the PHS 2590.
NIH anticipates requiring all grantee institutions to use the RPPR for non-SNAP progress reports beginning on October 17, 2014; however, a separate Guide Notice announcing the requirement will be issued on a future date. Note also, that NIH continues development of the RPPR for final progress reports and for administrative extensions (Type 4s; e.g., SBIR/STTR Fast-Track Phase II application). NIH will update the community as progress is made.
Additional information and resources on the RPPR, including the current RPPR Instruction Guide and training archives, can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/.
NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Policy for Application Submission
Effective immediately, the NIH and AHRQ will accept a new (A0) application following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application. The subsequent new application need not demonstrate substantial changes in scientific direction compared to previously reviewed submissions, and must not contain an introduction to respond to the critiques from the previous review.
NIH's policy for accepting overlapping applications remains in effect (see NOT-OD-09-100). The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time. This means that the NIH will not accept:
- a new (A0) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of an overlapping resubmission (A1) application.
- a resubmission (A1) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of the previous new (A0) application.
- an application that has substantial overlap with another application pending appeal of initial peer review (see NOT-OD-11-101).
The NIH time limit for accepting resubmission (A1) applications remains in effect (see NOT-OD-12-128 and NOT-OD-10-140). The NIH will not accept a resubmission (A1) application that is submitted later than 37 months after submission of the new (A0) application that it follows.
The NIH policy for New Investigator R01 resubmission deadlines, described in Guide Notice NOT-OD-11-057, remains in effect. A New Investigator whose new (A0) R01 application was reviewed in the Center for Scientific Review or the National Institute of Mental Health, and was unsuccessful, may submit a resubmission (A1) R01 application by the next New Investigator resubmission due date (April 10, August 10, or December 10). New Investigators who wish to submit a new (A0) R01 application following an unsuccessful resubmission application must use the standard due dates, regardless of the previous submission history for that project, unless they are eligible for Continuous Submission (see NOT-OD-14-028).
If you have inquiries, please direct to:
Division of Receipt and Referral NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) 301-435-0715
Or NIH Review Policy Officer ReviewPolicyOfficer@mail.nih.gov
Or Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Calderone AHRQ Referral Officer Gerald.Calderone@ahrq.hhs.gov
2014 NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
Please note there is a new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide which will be applicable to proposal submissions with due dates on or after Feb 24, and awards issued on or after February 24. The link to the new guide is http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14001&org=NSF .
The revised Terms and Conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards issued on or after February 24, 2014. Each set of terms and conditions is accompanied by a comprehensive summary of the changes made to that document. In addition to clarifications and other changes made to the conditions, the significant change involved supplementing the Program Income Article with information on the annual program income reporting requirement.
Revisions have been made to the following documents:
- NSF Agency Specific Requirements (ASR) to the Research Terms and Conditions (RTC);
- Grant General Conditions (GC-1);
- Cooperative Agreement Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC);
- Cooperative Agreement Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Managers of Large Facilities;
- Cooperative Agreement Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Managers of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCS);
- International Research Terms and Conditions;
- Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Grant General Conditions;
- Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II Grant General Conditions;
- Fixed Amount Award Conditions; and
- Administration of NSF Conference or Group Travel Grant Special Conditions (FL 26).
These Award Terms and Conditions are available electronically at: http://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/award_conditions.jsp?org=NSF.
2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, MD
The NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration offers an unparalleled opportunity for participants to gain a better perspective of NIH policies and programs, network with their peers, gather helpful NIH contacts, and to return to their offices and/or labs with inside information, resources, and tools to assist in obtaining and managing NIH awards.
The NIH Regional Seminar is intended for those new to the grants process, including sponsored project officers and departmental administrators, investigators, faculty, graduate students, etc. Over the course of two days, it also provides an opportunity to those with more experience to obtain updates on grants policies and procedures. Approximately 600-800 attendees are expected, providing extended opportunities for sharing and learning from peers as well as NIH experts. Due to the popularity of these seminars, early registration is highly recommended (plus you can take advantage of special rates). Space is limited.
An optional NIH Electronic Research Administration (eRA) workshop is offered the day before the 2-day seminar. This workshop will be one full day for one price. It is designed for administrators and investigators who are new to working with NIH, using the eRA Commons and desire a better understanding of the overall electronic grants process.
Make plans to participate in the seminar in Baltimore, Maryland, June 25-27, (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN)
- Wednesday, June 25, 2014: Optional eRA Workshop
- Thursday, June 26 & Friday, June 27, 2014: 2-Day Seminar
- Venue and Seminar Hotel: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
- Room Reservations: Special rates and registration information available on the Baltimore, MD - NIH Regional Seminar website
NSF Workshop on NSF Funding Opportunities: Rethinking Undergraduate STEM Education
Loyola Marymount University’s Seaver College of Science & Engineering, in conjunction with the Office of Research & Sponsored Projects, cordially invite you to a workshop presentation by NSF Program Director Jeffrey Forbes followed by a mock panel review session on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at William H. Hannon Library 3rd Floor, Von der Ahe Suite. This workshop will provide an overview of the National Science Foundation and its funding programs - focusing primarily on programs from the Directorates for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) and Education & Human Recources (EHR).
The workshop will provide tips on how to write effective NSF grant proposalsby explaining and exploring all aspects of the proposal review process. NSF is in the process of evaluating and rethinking its programs in support of science & engineering education both within EHR and the research directorates. A particular focus has been on initiatives that support undergraduate STEM education such as undergraduate education. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention NSF Awardees: Program Income Reporting Beginning March 1, 2014
As part of the release of the 2014 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 14-1), all awardee organizations will be required to submit a Program Income Reporting Worksheet in Research.gov beginning March 1, 2014 in order to report the amount of program income earned and expended between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013. This first report will be due to NSF no later than March 31, 2014. Awardee organizations will subsequently be required to submit the Program Income Reporting Worksheet by October 31st each year to report the amount of program income earned and expended during the previous Federal fiscal year (October 1 – September 30). NSF policies related to program income can be found in Chapter III.D.4 of the Award and Administration Guide (AAG).
Program income is defined as gross income earned by the awardee organization that is directly generated by a supported activity or earned as a result of NSF-funding. This includes but is not limited to fees for services performed, the use or rental of real or personal property acquired under the grant, the sale of commodities or items fabricated under the grant, and license fees. Interest earned on advances of Federal funds is not program income.
Research.gov is updated with a Program Income page, which contains additional information and the Program Income Reporting Worksheet. For assistance on completing the worksheet, please reference the Program Income Quick Reference Guide.
Super Circular: OMB Uniform Guidance
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is streamlining the Federal government's guidance on Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal awards. OMB released the Uniform Guidance, commonly now being referred to as the “Super Circular”, on December 26, 2013 in an effort to consolidate eight grants-related circulars into a uniform regulation applicable to all grant recipients. The new guidance is available at Uniform Guidance: Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
On Monday, January 27th, COFAR held a training webcast for more than 5,000 registered viewers, on the major updates to OMB’s recently reformed guidance on Administrative Requirements, Audit Requirements and Cost Principles for Federal Financial Assistance (2 C.F.R. 200). The presenters provided the public with a comprehensive overview of the guidance, insight into the COFAR’s deliberative process during the two year development process, and addressed frequently asked questions. The Uniform Guidance will be implemented one year from publication on December 26, 2014. OMB and the COFAR will continue to engage Federal and Non-Federal stakeholders over the next year to facilitate a smooth implementation process.
- Norman Dong, Interim Controller Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
- Kathy Bialas, Assistant General Counsel, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Jean Feldman, Head Policy Officer, Division of Institution & Award Support, National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Stephen Daniels, Director of the Division of Policy, Review and Resolution, Department of Labor (DOL)
- Terry Ramsey, Senior Technical Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Laura Watson, Associate Deputy Administrator, Department of Labor (DOL)
Links to the Uniform Guidance 1-27-14 Training Webcast
COFAR Training Intro 1-27-14
COFAR Training Administrative Requirements 1-27-14
COFAR Training Cost Principles 1-27-14
COFAR Training Audit Requirements 1-27-14
Links to the Training Webcast Presentation Slides
COFAR Training Administrative Requirements 1-27-14 Slides
COFAR Training Cost Principles 1-27-14 Slides
COFAR Training Audit Requirements 1-27-14 Slides
To receive future announcements, information on upcoming webcasts, and other resources on the uniform OMB guidance, please complete the form at COFAR Mailing List Registration to register.
OSP will be issuing further announcements as more information about this guidance becomes available.
NIH Extends Deadlines
Due to the system issue preventing NIH’s retrieval of grant applications from Grants.gov since Friday morning (1/31/2014), NIH is extending the submission deadlines for applications due Friday, January 31, and Monday, February 3, to Tuesday, February 4. These applications need to be submitted, per NIH policy, by 5 p.m. local time of the submitting organization on the deadline date. Please see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-047 for details.
NIH Salary Cap Increased
NIH has just issued their guidance on the brief extension of the Continuing Resolution through January 18, 2014.
The NIH Salary Cap was increased per Executive Order 13655 by President Obama on 12/23/13 to go into effect on 1/12/2014. It should be noted, that the Executive Level II was increased by 1 percent from $179,700 to $181,500 that became effective January 12, 2014. This applies, but is not exclusive to: NIH, SAMHSA, AHRQ, CDC and HRSA.
See Notice: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-043.html
2015 President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant (PFRDG) Competition is Now Open
Applications for the FY2015 PFRDG competition are due by Friday, March 14th 2014 at 5:00pm. Please visit the grant website http://www.nova.edu/cwis/vpaa/facscholar/index.html regarding guidelines, application, and other relevant information.
A review of the PFRDG guidelines and procedures for potential applicants will be conducted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 11:00 to 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 3424 S. University Drive, University Park Plaza North, Room 110 (front section of the UPP micro lab) in UPP North, Room 110L. Please R.S.V.P with Rae Levenson at (954) 262-7509.