NIH/AHRQ Clarifies the Application Submission/Resubmission Policy
NIH has clarified policies concerning submission/resubmission of new and renewal applications submitted to NIH and AHRQ. Specifically, only a single resubmission of an original application will be accepted. Resubmissions to a Program Announcement may be submitted to any other Program Announcement that accepts resubmissions, as long as eligibility and other requirements are met (review criteria of the current Program Announcement will be used). However, switching from a Program Announcement to a Request for Applications will always necessitate submission of a new application. If an original, renewal application is not funded, there is no option to submit another original renewal application; only a resubmission of the renewal application, or a new application (not renewal) may be submitted. Generally, a change of activity code (i.e., R01, K01, U01) between the original and resubmission application, or between a funded and renewal application, is not allowed except in certain cases when the funding opportunity announcement changed activity code at the time of reissuance. For full details, see NOT-OD-18-197.
NIH Announces Delayed Enforcement and Short-Term Flexibilities for Some Requirements Affecting Prospective Basic Science Studies Involving Human Participants
NIH has issued interim policy, effective through September 24, 2019, to provide delayed enforcement of previously announced policies to provide flexibilities for studies that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial and that also meet the definition of basic science (i.e., prospective basic science studies involving human participants). This includes delayed enforcement of reporting of results of such studies in Clinical Trials.gov, leniency for applications submitted to the incorrect funding opportunity announcement (for opportunities with due dates through 9/24/2019) based on study type designation (clinical trial vs. non-clinical trial). The expectation sofr Good Clinical Practice training (in accordance with ANOT-OD-16_148) for all personnel involved in the prospective basic science studies involving human participants will still apply. For full details, see NOT-OD-18-212.
NIH Announces Human Subjects System (HSS) to replace Inclusion Management System (IMS)
In an effort to adhere to 21st Century Cures Requirements and improve transparency in research, NIH has replaced the Inclusion Management System (IMS) with the Human Subjects System (HSS) to maintain a comprehensive file of human subjects and clinical trial information.
As of June 9, 2018, investigators may now make updates to human subjects and clinical trial information in HSS via the eRA Commons Status page.
For complete details, please view the announcement here. Additional information about HSS can be found here.
NIH Plans to Revise Guidelines on Children as Research Participants
NIH recently announced plans to formally revise the guidelines regarding children in research as human subjects. The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director is discussing this matter during the meeting spanning December 14-15, 2017.
For more details, please view the full announcement here.
NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical Research
Additionally, NIH announced that the NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical Research will also be revised. Impacting grants and agreements awarded on or after December 13, 2017, it is now required that investigators conducting Phase III clinical trials under NIH must submit results to Clinicaltrials.gov. Through this change, NIH intends to ensure that valid analysis by sex, gender, and race is achieved.
For additional details on this amendment, including which awards will be impacted, please view the full announcement here.
NIH to Publicly Post Project Outcomes
NIH will move to post project outcomes publicly via NIH's Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORTER). Outcome reports submitted on or after October 1, 2017 must adhere to RePORTER guidelines.
To view this announcement in full detail, please click here.
NIH Encourages Researchers to Identify Reputable Journals
NIH warns of rising reports of NIH-funded works published in journals that fail to adhere to standard scholarly publishing processes. In an effort to protect the credibility of research produced, NIH provides common attributes of predatory journals and resources to help authors find reputable publishers.
For complete details, please click here.
Directorate of Biological Science (BIO) Introduces "No-Deadline" Process
National Science Foundation (NSF) 18-011
The BIO announced that deadlines will be eliminated to create a broader range of opportunities for investigators. To facilitate this change, the preliminary proposal mechanism will be discontinued for proposals submitted in 2018.
For more information on this change, please visit the NSF announcement here.
NIH Webinar Viewing - Single IRB & Exceptions Process
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is hosting a viewing of NIH's upcoming SIngle IRB & Exceptions Process Webinar. This webinar may of be of interest to investigators who may be impacted by implementation of the NIH Single IRB policy for multi-site clinical studies. The webinar will be broadcast by NIH on Wednesday 10/18/2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be available for group viewing in the Shepard Broad College of Law building in the Faculty Study Room #236, located on the second floor.
Individual registration for this group viewing of the Webinar is not required. However, if you plan to attend the group viewing, please notify Hannah Naylor in the OSP (email@example.com) to ensure sufficient seating is available. Please see the full webinar description here.
Avoid Funding Delays by Ensuring Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy
On September 27, the NIH Office of Extramural Research provided a reminder to researchers to deposit publications arising from NIH funds into PubMed Central, and to report publication information appropriately in their Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR). Investigators should be aware that failure to comply with public access reporting requirements may result in funding delays, since RPPR's will not be processed until all publications are compliant with the public access policy.
To read this article on the NIH Extramural Nexus, please click here. To review the NIH notice regarding reporting of publications on the RPPR, see NOT-OD-16-079.
The NIH Announces New Review Criteria for Research Project Applications Involving Clinical Trials
(NOT-OD-17-118) National Institutes of Health
The NIH will be implementing additional research review questions to bolster criteria for evaluating clinical trial applications, which will go into effect for applications submitted on or after January 25, 2018. NIH will not apply these questions/criteria to applications that do not involve clinical trials. This change is part of an overall strengthening of NIH policies across the critical trials life cycle, aimed toward increasing the likelihood of translating research results into new knowledge that will improve human health.
To review the changes to the review criteria/questions in their entirety, please review the full NIH notice (NOT-OD-17-118) here.
Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy – Hurricane Irma
(NOT-OD-17-113) National Institutes of Health
The NIH recognizes that Hurricane Irma has delayed some submissions, and will consider accepting late applications on a case-by-case basis from institutions that were closed during the hurricane.
For more details, please view the notice page here.
Policy Supporting the Next Generation Researchers Initiative
(NOT-OD-17-101) National Institutes of Health
NIH has announced a new policy to enhance opportunities for investigators to obtain earlier research independence. The policy requires NIH institutes and centers to apply funding priorities to Early Stage Investigators (ESI’s) and Early Established Investigators (EEIs), with the FY 2017 goal to promote funding to approximately 200 more ESI and EEI awards in FY 2017 than in FY 2016.
An ESI is defined as a “a Program Director / Principal Investigator (PD/PI) who has completed their terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years and who has not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award.” An EEI is defined as a “a PD/PI who is within 10 years of receiving their first substantial, independent competing NIH R01-equivalent research award as an ESI.” (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-101.html)
NIH will monitor the implementation of this policy to monitor its success in improving workplace diversity and retaining ESIs and EEIs.
For more details, the full content of the notice is available here.
NIH launches Next Generation Researchers Initiative
NIH has launched the Next Generation Researchers Initiative to bolster support for early-stage and mid-career investigators to address longstanding challenges faced by researchers trying to embark upon and sustain independent research careers.
NIH and its stakeholder community have for many years been concerned about the long-term stability of the biomedical research enterprise. Too many researchers vying for limited resources has led to a hypercompetitive environment. Many highly meritorious applications go unfunded. This has too often resulted in misaligned incentives and unintended consequences for talented researchers at all career stages who are trying to succeed and stay in science. The current environment is particularly challenging for many new- and mid-career investigators.
Find more information about the initiative here.
NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices for June 16, 2017
View full list of announcements and funding opportunities here.
NCURA’s Traveling workshop is coming to South Florida!
NCURA will be hosting three workshops in West Palm Beach, FL on the following:
NIH Videocast Thursday June 8th at 1:00 PM EST – Grant Support Index report
NIH will be hosting a NIH videocast Thursday June 8th at 1:00pm on feedback they received from the Blog article on “Implementing Limits on Grant Support to Strengthen the Biomedical Research Workforce.” In the article dated May 2, 2017, NIH had proposed to apply a funding cap equivalent to three R01 grants to principal investigators as part of the GSI. During the presentation, Larry Tabak, NIH principal deputy director, will explain “changes to the planned policy to include additional measures beyond GSI to strengthen NIH funding support for early- and mid-career investigators.
More Information about the article can be found here: Link
The link to the videocast: https://videocast.nih.gov/live.asp?live=23678&bhcp=1
Tutorials on Preparing and Submitting Your NIH Grant Application
NIH has released new “Tutorials on Preparing and Submitting Your NIH Grant Application.” If you are new to the NIH grant process or need a refresher on the NIH grant process, please visit NIH’s newest resource that included four interactive tutorials on the basics of preparing, writing, and submitting your application.
National Science Foundation Headquarters Moving to Alexandria, Virginia
The National Science Foundation is moving its headquarters to Alexandria, Virginia. Effective Monday October 2, 2017 NSF’s new mailing address will be, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Email addresses and phone numbers for NSF employees and NSF offices will not change. However, the move will have an impact on the following:
More information can be found here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/issuances/in139.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_109
Implementing Limits on Grant Support to Strengthen the Biomedical Research Workforce
To learn more please follow the link.
NIH Salary Cap Revised
March 17, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the revision of the salary cap to $187,000 effective January 8, 2017. Please see the link below for more details.
Link to NOT-OD-17-049: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-049.html
Update on Clinical Trial Funding Opportunity Announcement Policy
Effective January 25,2017, 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-17-143)
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:
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:
Updated References and Terminology
Enhanced Automated Compliance Checks
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
NSF Issues the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Effective 01/30/2017
The National Science Foundation has issued NSF 17-1 the Proposal & Award Polices & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. NSF has also
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
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.
For more information on Browser support visit https://era.nih.gov/browser_compatibility_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.
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
NIH ASSIST Can Now be Used for Single-Project Grant Applications
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that the ASSIST on-line system for the preparation and submission of grant and cooperative agreements through Grants.gov to NIH has now become available to use for single-project grant applications as identified in notice NOT-OD-16-042. Please see links below for more details.
Link to NOT-OD-16-042: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-042.html
Link to ASSIST: https://public.era.nih.gov/assist/public/login.era?TARGET=https%3A%2F%2Fpublic.era.nih.gov%2Fassist%2F
NIH Salary Cap Revised
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the revision of the salary cap to $185,100 effective January 10, 2016. Please see the link below for more details.
Link to NOT-OD-16-045: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-045.html
NIH Revises SF424 Application Guides
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the publication of a revised SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for applications due dates on and between January 25, 2016 and May 24, 2016 in notice NOT-OD-16-029. Please see links below for more details.
Link to NOT-OD-16-029: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-029.html
Link to the NIH Forms Page: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm
NIH Revises Grants Policy Statement
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the publication of a revised Grants Policy Statement (GPS) in notice NOT-OD-16-030. The revised Grants Policy Statement is in effect for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began prior to October 1, 2015. Please see links below for more details.
Link to NOT-OD-16-030: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-030.html
Link to GPS Significant Changes Summary: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/Significant_Changes_NIHGPS_Oct2015.pdf
Link to the GPS: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/index.htm
Significant Changes to the FY2016 NIH Grants Policy Statement
NIH grants applicants and recipients should note of significant changes that will be made to the FY2016 NIH Grants Policy Statement, which is expected to be released in November. The NIH made the announcement with notice number NOT-OD-16-017 on October 27, 2015. Questions can be directed to GrantsPolicy@mail.nih.gov.
Link to NOT-OD-16-017: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-017.html
Link to the Significant Changes Document: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/Significant_Changes_NIHGPS_Oct2015.pdf
FY2017 PFRDG/QOL Competition is Now Open
Applications for the FY2017 President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant (PFRDG) and Quality of Life (QOL) competitions are due by Friday, February 5th 2016 at 5:00 PM. Please visit the specific grant websites to review the guidelines, download the application, and read the FAQs. PFRDG/QOL applicant training sessions will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2015 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at HPD and Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 9:00 to 11:00 PM at the Alvin Sherman Library. Space for the trainings is limited, please register at the link provided below.
Link to PFRDG Website: http://www.nova.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-research-grant/index.html
Link to PFRDG Website: http://www.nova.edu/qol/application-guidelines-procedures.html
Link to Register for Training: http://www.nova.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-research-grant/index.html
NSF Webcast Registration for the NSF Grants Conference on November 2-3
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that their Grants Conference on November 2-3 will be webcast to the research community. Conference plenary sessions will be recorded as well for on-demand viewing once the conference has concluded. New faculty, researchers, and administrators should view the webcast which focuses on the state of NSF funding; new and current policies and procedures; and pertinent administrative issues. Registration for the webcast is required. Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Link to the webcast registration: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/151102/
Link to the conference agenda: https://www.signup4.net/Upload/BOOZ12A/NATI644E/Conference%20Agenda_151030.pdf
Link to the conference documents: https://www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=NATI644E&OID=162
NIH and AHRQ Announce Changes to Their Application Processes
The National Institutes of Health and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality issued multiple notices regarding changes to their application processes. Details can be found in the links below with information regarding where questions can be directed.
Link to NOT-OD-16-004 on NIH & AHRQ Announce Upcoming Changes to Policies, Instructions and Forms for 2016 Grant Applications: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-004.html (Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Link to NOT-OD-16-005 on NIH Announces Upcoming Changes to Post-Award Forms and Instructions: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-005.html (Questions: email@example.com)
Link to NOT-OD-16-006 on Simplification of the Vertebrate Animals Section of NIH Grant Applications and Contract Proposals: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-006.html (Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Link to NOT-OD-16-007 on NIH & AHRQ Announce Transition to New Research Training Table Formats for 2016 and Upcoming Release of the xTRACT System: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-007.html (Questions: NIHTrain@mail.nih.gov)
Link to NOT-OD-16-008 on NIH & AHRQ Announce New Form for PHS Awarding Component and Peer Review Requests: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-008.html (Questions: email@example.com)
Link to NOT-OD-16-009 on NIH & AHRQ Change Font Guidelines for Applications to Due Dates On or After May 25, 2016: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-009.html (Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Link to NOT-OD-16-010 on Inclusion of Children in Clinical Research: Change in NIH Definition: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-010.html (Questions: email@example.com)
Link to Implementing Rigor and Transparency in NIH & AHRQ Research Grant Applications: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-011.html (Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Link to NOT-OD-16-012 on Implementing Rigor and Transparency in NIH & AHRQ Career Development Award Applications: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-012.html (Questions: email@example.com)
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to the new PAPPG: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf16001
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.
NSF Posts a “For Comment” Draft of the NSF PAPPG
The National Science Foundation published a notice in the Federal Register on May 19, 2015 announcing the availability of a “for comment” draft of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). NSF is accepting comments from the external community until close of business on July 20, 2015. Below are links to highlighted documents with explanatory comments provided by NSF to facilitate review. Questions should be directed to the NSF DAIS/Policy Office at email@example.com.
Link to the draft PAPPG: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/papp/pappg16_1/fedreg/draftpappg_may2016.pdf Link to the Federal Register Notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-19/pdf/2015-12086.pdf
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
NIH Issues New Grants Policy Statement
The National Institutes of Health issued a new Grants Policy Statement on 3/31/2015 which is effective for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that begin on or after December 26, 2014 and awards receiving supplemental funds on or after that date. Notice NOT-OD-15-087 describes changes since the 2013 version. The Significant Changes Document describes changes in this revision of the Grants Policy Statement.
Link to NIH Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/index.htm Link to the 2015 NIH Grants Policy Statement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/nihgps.pdf Link to NOT-OD-15-087: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-087.html Link to the Significant Changes Document: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/Significant_Changes_NIHGPS.pdf
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: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/index.htm.
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, visit http://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.
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).
Applicability 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.
Options 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
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:
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
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
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: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/index.htm.
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:
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:
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)
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.
Links to the Uniform Guidance 1-27-14 Training WebcastCOFAR Training Intro 1-27-14 http://youtu.be/SOET4b-7my8
COFAR Training Administrative Requirements 1-27-14 http://youtu.be/BP3l3PjI1JQ
COFAR Training Cost Principles 1-27-14 http://youtu.be/q0rWXdy2ICM
COFAR Training Audit Requirements 1-27-14 http://youtu.be/g-U8HGbbC-Y
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/academic-affairs/faculty-research-grant/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.