Announcements and Updates
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 http://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 (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 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 (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.
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 (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:
- 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 (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: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/ .
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:
- 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 (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 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 (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)
- 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 (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 email@example.com
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 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 (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.
- 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 (Posted 2/2/2014)
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 (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.
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 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.