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NIH Implementation of Changes to Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page

Reminder: For due dates on or after May 25, 2021, NIH has implemented changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Pages. The purpose of these changes are an effort to support collaboratin between Federal research agencies.

Changes for the Biographical Sketch include renaming Section B, 'Positions and Honors' as  ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors, for the non-Fellowship Biosketch, Section D. has been removed, for the Fellowship Biosketch, Section D has been updated to remove ‘Research Support.’, and as applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A.

Changes for the Other Support Fortmat Page include the re-organization of the format page to separate funded projects from in-kind contributions, signature block added, for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted, and each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission.

For more information, please visit: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-110.html & https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-073.html

 

Date Posted: 5/14/2021


New F&A Rate Agreement

The University has received a new F&A (Facilities and Administrative) Rate Agreement for sponsored agreements covering the period of 7/1/2021 through 6/30/2024. The new F&A rates, shown in the table below (also available on  https://www.nova.edu/osp/resources/nsu-fact-sheet.html) will be applied for all sponsored agreements with a start date of 7/1/2021 and later, unless the sponsor has a lower restriction rate (approvals must be obtained for any waiver of F&A).

NEW F&A RATES (effective for awards with start dates of 7/1/2021 and later)

Program Activity*

Rate

Base to Which Rate Applies

Organized Research

54%

Modified total direct costs, excluding equipment, capital expenses, patient care, rental costs, tuition remission, scholarships and fellowships, participant support costs, and the portion of each subaward in excess of $25,000.

Instruction

48%

Other Sponsored Activity

30%

Off-Campus Activity** (Organized Research, Other Sponsored Activities, and Instruction)

26%

For more information regarding the new rate agreement, please contact the Office of Sponsore Programs

Date posted: 5/14/2021


Publication of Revised NIH Grant Policy Statement

The NIH has published its annual revision of the Grants Policy Statement, which provides guidance/requirements for NIH applications and outlines the standard terms & conditions for NIH grants and cooperative agreements. The complete document, along with a description of significant changes, if available here. Notices of NIH Policy Changes, which supersede information in the published NIH Grants Policy Statement, is accessible here.

Date Posted: 5/14/2021


Reminder: eRA Commons Moving to Two-Factor Authentication via Login.gov

As of September 15, 2021, all users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, and Commons Mobile will be required to use two-factor authentication via login.gov to access their accounts. Users are encouraged to make the switch before the mandatory September 21 deadline. For instructions and more information, please follow https://era.nih.gov/register-accounts/access-era-modules-via-login-gov.htm.

Date Posted: 5/14/2021


Expanding Requirement for eRA Commons ID's

For due dates on or after January 25, 2022, any applications to NIH and AHRQ will require all Senior/Key Personnel and not just the PI to have an eRA Commons ID and to include it in the "Credential" field of the R&R Senior/Key Personnel Profile. Please see NOT-0D-21-109 for complete details. If you need an eRA Commons account established, contact the NSU Office of Sponsored Programs (osp@nova.edu).

Date Posted: 5/14/2021


NIH Implementing New Login Method

A new login method is rolling out for all users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR) and Commons Mobile in 2021. This secure two-factor authentication allows you to log into multiple systems using the same login.gov credentials while enhancing the security and integrity of access to data in eRA systems.

This requirement will be phased in first for reviewers, meeting by meeting, starting with review meetings effective February 1, 2021 and beyond. As reviewers are enabled for meetings, their IAR accounts will be transitioned to require login.gov.

 Users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile and ASSIST can switch any time to the new option; they are encouraged to begin the switchover to login.gov now, before the mandatory deadline of September 15, 2021 for all users.

 For more information on making 2FA a requirement, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-21-040.

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 Date posted: 12/16/2020


Revision of NSF Award Terms and Conditions

The following sets of NSF Award Conditions have been updated for consistency with the revised 2 CFR §200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

  • Grant General Conditions (GC-1);
  • Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CAFATC); and
  • Cooperative Agreement Modifications and Supplemental Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions for Major Multi-User Research Facility Projects and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers.

The revised terms and conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing awards made on or after November 12, 2020.  

NSF will separately announce the release of the Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms and Conditions (RTC), as well as the Administration of NSF Conference or Group Travel Award Grant Conditions (FL-26).

Questions about NSF award conditions may be sent to policy@nsf.gov.

 

Date posted: 11/12/2020


Friendlier Approach for Cross-Referencing NOSIs in FOAs Used for Submission

NIH has announced that individual Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) will no longer be cross-referenced in the Related Notices section of the funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) that are used for application submission. Instead, FOAs identified for use with NOSIs will include a single link at the top of the Related Notices section that takes you to two NOSI tables – one for active and another for expired NOSIs associated with the FOA. It is to be expected that this new approach with be beneficial in their parent announcements. Please see link for more information regarding this change https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2020/10/05/friendlier-approach-for-cross-referencing-nosis-in-foas-used-for-submission/.

Date posted: 10/20/2020


UPDATE REGARDING NSF’s RESEARCH.GOV IMPLEMENTATION FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

NSF has been planning and taking steps to move the preparation and submission of proposals on an incremental basis from its FastLane system to the new Research.gov system, with a tentative completion by 2022.   NSF will soon be requiring the use of Research.gov for proposal preparation /submission, using a phased approach starting with the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) for proposals submitted under BIO’s core programs that do not have deadline dates (Note that NSF funding opportunities will clearly specify whether submission via Research.gov is required).

Since the FastLane system will eventually be phased out, NSF encourages the community to take time now to become familiar with Research.gov and to begin using it for proposal preparation/submission and to provide NSF with feedback.  To facilitate the transition, NSF is developing additional training materials including video tutorials, Frequently Asked Questions, step-by-step guides and a demonstration site. Current training materials are available on the About Research.gov site.

For the complete notice regarding NSF’s Research.gov implementation, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/issuances/in147.jsp?org=NSF .For additional information, FAQs, training opportunities and to provide feedback, please visit Research.gov

 

Date Posted: 9/28/2020


IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM NSF – CURRENT & PENDING SUPPORT/BIOSKETCH FORMAT

Effective October 5, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will begin enforcing the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the preparation of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents. The NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae and an NSF fillable PDF.   

 

For additional information on these format changes:

Note that SciENcv has created the following materials to guide NSF users through the preparation of the NSF documents available in SciENcv:

As a reminder, the SciENcv tool integrates with ORCID, enabling users to populate ,,the Biographical Sketch by importing data directly from ORCID records rather than having to manually enter all the required information.

 

Also, effective October 5, 2020, PIs and co-PIs must include an NSF-approved format for Current and Pending Support when notifying NSF that active other support has changed since the award was made, or since the most recent annual report.   Further details about the RPPR can be found on the Research.gov About Project Reports website.

 

Date Posted: 9/15/2020


NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration – Virtual and FREE

Each year, the Office of Extramural Research (OER) sponsors the NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration. These seminars are intended to help demystify the application and review process, clarify Federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest or concern. The seminars serve the NIH mission of providing education and training for the next generation of biomedical and behavioral scientist. NIH policy, grants management, review and program staff provide a broad array of expertise and encourage personal interaction between themselves and seminar participants. The seminars are appropriate for grants administrators, researchers new to NIH, and graduate students.

 

This year, the seminar will be held virtually on October 27-30, 2020 and registration is free. For more information on upcoming seminars, please click this link: https://grants.nih.gov/news/contact-in-person/seminars.htm.

 

Date Posted: 9/22/2020


Changes to format of NIH’s Notice of Award Coming October 1

On October 1, 2020, a new layout of Page One of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Notice of Award (NoA) will be implemented for recipients. Specifically, Page One will present key award information at a glance (i.e., financial award information and federal agency contacts). This new NoA Page One will be used by all Health and Human Services (HHS) Operating Divisions.

 

For more information, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-20-155

 

Date Posted: 8/3/2020


NOAA Provides Guidance for Recipients and Applicants Impacted by COVID-19 Due to Loss of Operations

NOAA has prepared guidance that explains how it will address each subject for recipients and applicants, where applicable, and in response to the OMB Memorandum M-20-17. For more information, click here.

 

Date posted: 04/17/2020


NSF ANNOUNCES APPROVED BIO SKETCH/CURRENT AND PENDING SUPPORT FORMATS

NSF has announced the availabiliy of NSF-approved formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal sections that fall under the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedure Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) (see the February 6, 2020 webinar for details on PAPPG revisions). Use of the NSF-approved formats (listed below) for submission of these proposal sections is not required until implementation of the revised PAPPG on June 1, 2020; however, NSF is encouraging proposers to begin using hem now. The NSF-approved formats are:

 

Date Posted: 04/02/2020

 


NOAA Issues Guidance on Administrative Relief for Financial Assistance Recipients during COVID-19

 Following issuance of OMB Memo M-20-17, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued its guidance regarding administrative relief for recipients and applicants due to COVID-19 impacts. For complete information, please visit: https://www.noaa.gov/organization/acquisition-grants/news/health-and-safety-information-for-financial-assistance.  In addition, please visit CRCP Frequent Asked Questions for guidance specific to the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

 

 

Date Posted: 04/02/2020


USRMRAA's and ONR Issue Guidance on Grantee Flexibilities Related to COVID-19

In follow up to the OMB’s Memorandum M-20-17 , both the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have recently issued guidance/FAQ’s providing supplemental guidance on Administrative Flexibilities for Grants and Cooperative Agreements in response to COVID. 

  • USAMRAA - Please visit the USAMRAA COVID-19 Resources website.  The direct link to USAMRAA’s Supplemental Guidance is available here.   
  • ONR – Please visit onr.navy.mil for COVID-19 Guidance for Awardees, which includes a direct link to Frequently Asked Questions for current and prospective awardees impacted by COVID-19.

 

Date Posted: 04/01/2020


Links to Additional Federal Agency Information related to COVID-19 and Sponsored Programs

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

 

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

 

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

 

Date Posted: 03/27/2020


COVID-19 Update: NIH Late Application Policy Due to Public Health Emergency

On March 26, NIH issued an updated noice regarding late applications due to COVID-19 which states that all grant applications submitted for due dates between March 9, 2020, and May 1, 2020, will be accepted through May 1, 2020.   This applies to all relevant funding opportunity announcements.  Advance permission is not required, nor is a cover letter providing justification.  NOTE:  The notice applications reviewed by CSF and does not supercde the IC’ discretion or authority to make decisions on a case by case basis. 

For complete details, read the NIH Notice at NOT-OD-20-091 and visit NIH’s COVID-19 information website for updates.

 

Date Posted: 03/27/2020


NIH - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - COVID-19 Flexibilities for Applicants and Recipients

The NIH and its individual Institutes/Centers have posted a comprehensive listing of Frequently Asked Questions in response to inquiries on policies and programs affecting the grants process as impacted from this public health emergency.  Please visit “NIH FAQs: COVID-19 Flexibilities for Applicants and Recipients” for complete information, and visit  NIH’s COVID-19 information website for continued updates.

 

Date Posted: 03/27/2020   


COVID-19 UPDATE - National Institute of Health (NIH)

The NIH has put together a website to provide updated guidance to NIH applicants and grantees at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/natural_disasters/corona-virus.htm.

  • NIH Late Application Policy due to COVID-19: Outlines the circumstances under which NIH will consider receiving late applications, as determined on a case-by case basis. For full details, see (NOT-OD-20-082).
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Proposal Submission/Award Management: Provides answers to general high level questions related to award management and proposal submission impacted by COVID-19. For full details, see (NOT-OD-20-083).
  •  Flexibilities Afforded to Applicants/Recipients:  Addresses flexibilities being offered by NIH due to COVID-19, including reporting extension guidelines and cost flexibilities associated with cancelled travel and salaries during periods of non-work. For full details, see (NOT-OD-20-086).
  • Guidance for NIH-funded Clinical Trials/Human Subjects ResearchOutlines flexibilities related to conduct of NIH-funded clinical trials/human subjects research and addresses delays in research projects and unanticipated costs.  For full details, see NOT-OD-20-087.

 

Date Posted: 03/25/2020


COVID-19 Update from OSP

Please note, with respect to federal agency guidance regarding charging of salaries and benefits on sponsored awards impacted by COVID-19, any such charges must be consistent with the organization’s existing policies of paying salaries (under unexpected or extraordinary circumstances) from all funding sources, federal and non-federal.  At NSU, the policies that govern charging salaries to sponsored policies are covered under NSU Office of Human Resources (OHR) general compensation policies and OHR’s COVID updates, as well as existing OSP policies covering salary charges and effort reporting.  

 

If you have any questions regarding the applicability of these guidelines to your sponsored award, please contact osp@nova.edu.

 

 Date Posted: 03/25/2020


COVID-19 Memo from The Office of Management and Budget

The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo (M-20-17 Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations) to federal agencies allowing them to invoke certain flexibilities to recipients and applicants of federal funding.  In response to this memo, several agencies have issued their guidance to grantees and applicant regarding their implementation of these flexibilities (we will keep you updated as information changes).

·         National Science Foundation – NSF Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-17

 

·         Department of Defense - Frequently Asked Questions for DOD Research Proposers and Awardees Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Date Posted: 03/25/2020


COVID-19 UPDATE - United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA):

The USARMAA has issued FAQ’s (Link to PDF) which address a variety of topics for applicants and grantees, including but not limited to application deadlines (presently no plans to extend deadlines are in place but this is subject to change), parameters for notifying USARMAA regarding research delays or other impacts, guidance for research-related travel, and appropriate charging of salaries to sponsored awards limited to work performed.   Please refer to the PDF for complete information and check the USARMAA website for updates.

 

Date Posted: 03/25/2020


COVID-19 UPDATE - National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF has a website with links to information for the NSF community and grantees/applicants, including COVID-19 research opportunities, at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/coronavirus/ .  The links below provide information from NIH’s site specific to grantees and applicants.

  • Impact on Existing Deadline Dates: Provides updates on extensions to existing deadline dates - refer to the website above and this link for continued updates. 
  • FAQ's about COVID-19 for Proposers/Awardees and Panelists: Guidance related to impacts, travel, and late applications for grantees and applicants are available at the website above and this link. Guidance for NSF Panelists related to COVID-19 are available from the web address above and directly at this link.

 

Date Posted: 03/25/2020


National Institute of Health (NIH) - Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2020

The Office of Personnel Management has recently released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 5, 2020, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $197,300.

 

Date Posted: 03/25/2020

 


Update of NIH Continuous Submission Policy

Change in Submission Deadlines and End of Recent Substantial Service Option: This notice alerts the scientific research community of plans to discontinue the practice of granting one-year continuous submissions status to reviewers with recent substantial review service, which was earned by serving 6 times in an 18 month period.

 

Date Posted: 03/25/2020


NIH - Preparing for Updated Application Forms (FORMS-F)

Although the FORMS-F version of NIH’s grant application forms won’t be used until due dates on or after May 25, 2020, preparation for their use is well underway.

 

Date Posted: 03/25/2020


National Science Foundation (NSF) - Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), June 2020

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) has been issued. The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020.

 

Date Posted: 03/25/2020


Required use of SciENcv

Effective June 1, 2020, it will be required to use SciENcv for both the biosketch and current and pending support documents.

  • More information can be found here

 

Date Posted: 03/25/2020


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