Announcements and Updates

National Science Foundation Announces Plan for Public Access to Research Results: Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries (Posted 3/25/2015)

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:

Link to NSF Press Release 15-021:

SAVE THE DATE: Spring 2015 NSF Grants Conference in Tampa, Florida on June 1-2, 2015 (Posted 2/24/2015)

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

New NIH Salary Cap (Posted 1/5/2015)

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 (Posted 1/5/2015)

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 (Posted 12/10/2014)

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

Update on New Biographical Sketch Format Requirement for NIH and AHRQ Grant (Posted 12/9/2014)

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 (Posted 12/08/2014)

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 (Posted 12/08/2014)

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 (Posted 12/02/2014)

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 for more details.

NIH Requires the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for All Type 5 Progress Reports (Posted 10/20/2014)

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:

The Fall 2014 NSF Grants Conference in Arlington, VA (Posted 8/28/2014)

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:

Grants Workshop On Education, Science And The Arts (Posted 8/28/2014)

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 (Posted 8/11/2014)

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 ( 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

Notice to Employees on Federal Grants and Contracts Regarding Enhanced Whistleblower Protections (Posted 6/9/2014)

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

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, visit

NSU has been Designated as Hispanic-Serving Agricultural College and Universitiy (HSACU) for 2014 (posted 5/7/2014)

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

USDA funding opportunities for the eligible HSACUs are available at the web site:

Clarifications to the Recently Announced NIH and AHRQ Policy for Application Submission (posted 4/28/2014)

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.


Due Dates
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).

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.

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.

2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration (posted 4/28/2014)

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 (posted 4/22/2014)

NIH is making several changes to the Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) module to improve institutional reporting and promote compliance:

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

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

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 (posted 4/21/2014)

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: .

NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Policy for Application Submission (posted 4-18-2014)

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:

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

Or Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Calderone AHRQ Referral Officer

2014 NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (posted 2-24-2014)

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 .

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: 

These Award Terms and Conditions are available electronically at:

2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, MD (posted (2-22-2014)

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)

NSF Workshop on NSF Funding Opportunities: Rethinking Undergraduate STEM Education (posted 2-21-2014)

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

Attention NSF Awardees: Program Income Reporting Beginning March 1, 2014 (Posted 2/14/2014)

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 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. 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 (Posted 2/3/2014)

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.

Participants Included:

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 (Posted 2/2/2014)

Due to the system issue preventing NIH’s retrieval of grant applications from 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 datePlease see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-047 for details.

NIH Salary Cap Increased (Posted 1/21/2014)

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:

2015 President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant (PFRDG) Competition is Now Open (posted 1/16/2014)

Applications for the FY2015 PFRDG competition are due by Friday, March 14th 2014 at 5:00pm. Please visit the grant website 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.

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