December 4, 2013
Application Submission News
Are you ready for our move to updated electronic application forms (FORMS-C) for Fellowship, Career Development and Training programs? Are you submitting a multi-project grant application to NIH electronically? Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmission Items of Interest.
November 26, 2013
Annual Reports to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare due January 31, 2014
NIH reminds awardee institutions that annual reports are due to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) by January 31. See the NIH Guide Notice for more information and links to helpful resources.
Grants.gov Will Be Offline Dec. 6 - Dec. 9; Due Dates Adjusted
November 20, 2013
Grants.gov has scheduled downtime Friday, December 6, 2013 through Sunday, December 8, 2013 in order to perform system maintenance. As a result, December 2013 NIH application due dates that fall in that timeframe will be adjusted. See the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-022 for the new due dates, and as always, submit early!
Clarification to the Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities
October 29, 2013
NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-014 provides additional clarification to the previous guidance (NOT-OD-14-007) on resumption of NIH extramural activities following the recent lapse in appropriations. This includes specific language clarification and rescheduled standard due dates.
In addition to this clarification at NOT-OD-14-014, updates and additional resources may be found on the FAQs and a web page devoted to the resumption of NIH Extramural Activities.
REVISED Detailed Post-Shutdown Guidance
October 22, 2013
NIH has issued a revised guide notice providing NIH’s extramural grants community with more detailed information on how NIH is resuming operations after the government shutdown. See NOT-OD-14-007.
A summary of shutdown-related guidance and related frequently asked questions are also now available.
Detailed Post-Shutdown Guidance
October 18, 2013
NIH has issued a second guide notice providing NIH’s extramural grants community with more detailed information on how NIH is resuming operations after the government shutdown. See NOT-OD-14-003.
Interim Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities
October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
NIH is working to reestablish dates for grant and contract submissions, determine how to handle missed review meetings, and reschedule dates for training and other activities that were scheduled to occur during and immediately following the period of the government shutdown.
As of today, we can confirm that we will be rescheduling all October grant application submission deadlines to the November timeframe (specific dates to be announced in a future Notice). By delaying due dates that occurred both during the lapse in funding and in the week following, applicants will have access to NIH staff and the help desks as they develop their applications.
Peer review meetings that were due to be held between October 1 and October 17 have been cancelled and are being rescheduled.
We expect the eRA Commons will be available for public access on Monday, October 21.
NIH will provide additional information, including a Notice on NIH operations during a continuing resolution, as soon as it is available.
We are back to work...
October 17, 2013
TO: NIH Extramural Community
This is a brief communication to update the biomedical research community of the current status of extramural operations at NIH. The NIH continues to be shut down for all non-excepted activities. This means that the vast majority of NIH staff that oversee program, review, and grants management are furloughed, NIH grants and contract submissions are not being processed, reviews are not occurring, and no awards are being made. As described in NOT-OD-13-126, the Payment Management Systems remains operational and funds for most grants awarded before the shutdown can continue to be drawn down.
As the shutdown drags on, the challenge of reestablishing normal operations quickly is growing. Once the shutdown is over, NIH will need time to set new dates for grant and contract submissions, review meetings, conferences, and other activities that were scheduled to happen during and immediately following the period of the shutdown. It will take us a few days after this is over to communicate our plans, so please bear with us.
You can find the current guidance posted at grants.nih.gov. Once we reopen, additional information will be posted and published in the NIH Guide as quickly as we can make it available.
All of us at NIH hope the current situation is resolved soon, but we don’t know when that will be.
We appreciate your patience as we go through this difficult experience together.
Sally Rockey, Ph.D.
NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research
Review your FY13 grants info today!
September 20, 2013
As NIH’s fiscal year comes to a close on September 30, 2013, NIH encourages grantee officials to verify the accuracy of the FY2013 award information reflected in NIH systems to ensure the most complete and accurate information is reflected in FY13 reports. Any corrections to the data must be received by 5:00 PM EST Friday, October 4, 2013 to be reflected in NIH reports. Learn more.
RPPR Phase II Pilot for FDP Members; Training Webinar in October
September 16, 2013
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites all Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) members to participate in the NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Phase II pilot which begins following the October 18, 2013 eRA release. The pilot includes all non-SNAP awards which require detailed budgets. (As of May 2013, NIH already requires use of the RPPR module to submit SNAP and fellowship award progress reports.) A training webinar for FDP pilot institutions will be given on Oct. 22 from 1-3:00pm EDT. Registration is required and webinar seats are limited: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/351474342.
Further information on this announcement is available in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-113. Additional information and resources on the RPPR can also be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/.
Updates to RePORT: Streamlined Search Form and More
August 23, 2013
You'll find several updates in RePORT, including a freshly designed RePORTER query form with a streamlined layout, enhancements to the data visualization tools such as project publication charts, and new alerts for portfolios and saved queries in MyReporter. Read more about these latest updates on the RePORT ReSOURCE news page.
Application Submission News
August 22, 2013
Are you ready for our move to updated electronic application forms (FORMS-C)? Are you submitting a multiproject grant application to NIH electronically? Find the latest resources and news in the most recent NIH eSubmision Items of Interest.
NIH Guidance on HeLa Cell Whole Genome Sequence Data
August 19, 2013
The NIH has recently provided guidance on the use of HeLa Cell Whole Genome Sequence Data and encourages researchers to acknowledge Henrietta Lacks and her surviving family members for the significant contributions that she and the HeLa cell line have made to scientific research and advances in human health. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-099.
Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals
August 14, 2013
The NIH is seeking input from the public on any concerns they may have regarding the implementation of the revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals (Guiding Principles) of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS). For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-096.
NIH Updates PHS 398 & SF 424 (R&R) for Due Dates Beginning Sept. 25
August 14, 2013
This NIH has announced the availability of new application instructions and forms for paper-based PHS 398 applications (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html) and also the availability of new Application Guide instructions for electronic SF 424 (R&R) applications (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm). The new application instructions and forms must be used for applications intended for due dates on or after September 25, 2013. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-091.
August 13 Webinar: Using ASSIST for Multi-Project Applications
August 6, 2013
We'll be holding a webinar on the new ASSIST (Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking) system to prepare and submit multi-project applications. Anyone involved in the preparation and submission of multi-project applications to NIH is welcome to attend.
Space is limited and filling up quickly. NIH strongly encourages institutions to promote classroom-style viewing whereby groups of viewers can participate via one log-in.
If you cannot attend the webinar, it will be recorded and posted online for later viewing. For registration and more information, please visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/webinar_docs/webinar_20130813.htm.
Modifications to NIH’s Planned and Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Forms
August 1, 2013
NIH has modified the forms used to provide us with information on planned enrollment and actual cumulative enrollment of individuals involved in clinical research studies in accordance with NIH’s inclusion policy. The policies for the inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research and collection of participants' sex/gender, race, and ethnicity have not been modified, however. Read more about the modified enrollment reports in the NIH Guide notice, and find additional resources including a podcast, narrated slide deck, and frequently asked questions on grants.nih.gov.
NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program Announcements
July 17, 2013
The NIH has posted announcements for the following Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP):
The overall purpose of the extramural LRP is the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health professionals as research investigators to careers in research. Additional detailed information about each LRP is provided at http://www.lrp.nih.gov/about_the_programs/index.aspx.
Registration Open for the 2013 NIH SBIR/STTR Conference
July 11, 2013
The 15th Annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference will be held October 28 – 30, 2013 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, 1101 N West Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104. Registration has now opened.
This year's conference "How to Be Competitive in a World of Change: Opportunities Through SBIR/STTR Awards", will offer presentations from NIH program staff and other experts, opportunities for one-on-one meetings with staff representing most NIH institutes and centers, a poster session providing examples of NIH-funded SBIR and STTR projects, and a “Pitch to Investors” panel to educate attendees as to investor expectations.
The conference will include three tracks “Navigating through SBIR/STTRs”; “Circumventing the Hurdles”; and “Path to Commercialization”. The wide variety of topics covered at this conference makes it ideal for SBIR newcomers, Phase I companies looking to advance to Phase II, and Phase II companies looking for commercial assistance, strategic partnership and investors. The conference agenda planned for Monday and Tuesday evenings will allow ample time to network with other attendees, NIH staff, potential strategic partners and investors.
The agenda, registration, and other conference information are available at the conference website: www.usdresearchpark.com
Info on Latest NIH RePORTER Releases
June 17, 2013
Updates to Report include enhanced search ability, the addition of press releases from Newswise, and enhanced custom hitlists in MyReporter.
Electronic Multi-project Applications
June 11, 2013
NIH has announced an adjusted transition schedule to the electronic submission of multi-project applications. Please view the updated timeline and NIH Guide Notice for details, and visit the Applying Electronically web site to learn more about electronic submission.
Updated Electronic Grant Application Forms
June 11, 2013
NIH’s next electronic grant application form update is coming, beginning with Fall due dates. See the NIH Extramural Nexus article and the related NIH Guide notice for more information.
New SBIR & STTR Omnibus Solicitations
June 10, 2013
The PHS 2013-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now reissued. The reissued solicitation consists of: (1) re-issued parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) re-issued parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1 MB and MS Word - 1 MB formats). The remaining due dates for CY 2013 are August 5 and December 5, 2013. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due September 7, 2013 and January 7, 2014.
The original SBIR and STTR Omnibus solicitations, PA-13-088 (SBIR) and PA-13-089 (STTR) are now expired. Applications can no longer be submitted to these FOAs, applicants will receive an error in their submission if these expired FOAs are used. Applicants must download and use the reissued FOAs, PA-13-234 (SBIR) and PA-13-235(STTR), for ALL SBIR and STTR Omnibus submissions for the remaining due dates listed above. This includes resubmissions ('-A1s').
This re-issuance implements two additional provisions of the Reauthorization Act: 1) majority venture-capital owned companies may now apply to the NIH SBIR program and 2) all small business concerns must register in the SBA Company Registry.
See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-071 for details.
NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2013
May 13, 2013
This Notice provides guidance about the NIH Fiscal Operations for the remainder of FY 2013 in light of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6), signed by President Obama on March 26, 2013, and the sequestration provisions of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended, 2 U.S.C. § 901a. NIH is operating at a program level of $29.15 billion in FY 2013, a decrease of about five percent from FY 2012. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-064.
Open Planning Meeting for Public Access to Federally Supported R&D Data - May 16 & 17
May 13, 2013
On May 16 & 17, 2013, the National Academy of Sciences, with support from NIH and other agencies, will host a two-day meeting on data to allow members of the public and representatives of concerned stakeholder groups and communities to voice their concerns about issues related to public access to the results of Federally funded R&D. This will provide these agencies and others, to consider these views as the agencies develop their respective plans as required by the Memorandum on Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research, released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on February 22, 2013. Registration is required. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-065.
Reminder of Requirement to use the Research Performance Progress Report
April 19, 2013
NIH Reminds Grantee Institutions of the Requirement to Use the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for All SNAP and Fellowship Progress Reports for Awards with Start Dates On or After July 1, 2013. See NOT-OD-13-061 for more info.
Policy for Handling Electronic System Issues that Threaten On-Time Grant Application Submission
April 9, 2013
Experiencing a problem with submitting a grant application due to a Federal system not working as it was designed? NIH reminds applicants of our policy for handling electronic system issues that threaten on-time grant application submission. See NOT-OD-13-054 for more information.
Registration Open! Join Your Peers at the NIH Regional Seminar in Baltimore, MD
April 9, 2013
Need to learn more about the NIH Grants Process to help you with the submission of NIH grant applications and the management of awards? Are you an investigator wanting to get to know Program Officials and get questions answered about writing a successful grant? If yes to either question, check out the 2013 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, MD (June 26-28). For information, see NIH Regional Seminar-Baltimore, MD or for ListServ information see the NIH Regional Seminar Home page.
Notice of Information on the Reissuance of K99/R00 FOA
March 23, 2013
The NIH has posted a Notice of Information on the reissuance of the K99/R00 Pathway to Independence FOA which reiterates the major changes in the program, and provides additional guidance to prospective applicants concerning the deadlines for resubmission applications. The primary purpose of the Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented NIH-supported independent investigators by facilitating the transition from mentored postdoctoral research positions to stable, independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty positions with independent NIH or other independent research support at an earlier career stage than is currently the norm. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-050.
Save on 2013 NIH Regional Seminar: Early Bird Rates End Soon!
March 21, 2013
Rates for the 2013 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, MD (June 27-28) are the best they have been for years. Save even more by registering on or before Monday, March 25 and take advantage of the Early Bird Rate of only $275 for 2 days with NIH & HHS staff. In addition, if you are a Predoc or Postdoc, you may receive an additional $50 off the registration costs. For information, see NIH Regional Seminar-Baltimore, MD or for ListServ information see the NIH Regional Seminar Home page.
Save the Date! 15th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference: Sioux Falls, SD - Oct. 28-30, 2013
March 21, 2013
Stay tuned to http://sbir.nih.gov and for an NIH Guide Notice in the coming months for the conference website with details about the agenda, registration, and all logistics. NIH is pleased to work with the University of South Dakota Research Park, Inc. as host for the conference.
Correction to Policy Notice for Managing Conflict of Interest in the Initial Peer Review of Applications
March 1, 2013
See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-047 for a correction to the following:
Section II.B.1. "Financial Benefit" noted in Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-010.
2013 NIH Regional Seminar – Registration Now Open
March 1, 2013
The NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration, June 26-28, 2013, provides a comprehensive program of valuable information about the NIH grants process and related policies. In addition, this is an opportunity to network over the course of 2 days with over 600 grants administrators, researchers, students, financial officials, and grant writers from around the world. An optional eRA Workshop is also available. Space is limited. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-046 or NIH Regional Seminar –Baltimore, MD.
This is the only NIH Regional seminar this year...Be a part of it!
RFI:Implementation of the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on the Biomedical Research Workforce
February 22, 2013
The NIH invites comments and suggestions on the implementation of recommendations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the Biomedical Research Workforce. To ensure a thorough and comprehensive consideration of the issues that may arise in implementing the Working Group’s recommendations, responses are being sought from all stakeholders in the extramural community, as well as from the general public. Responses to the RFI will be accepted through April 22, 2013. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-045.
OLAW Transitioning to Electronic Submission of Noncompliance Reports
February 22, 2013
The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) is transitioning to electronic submission of final noncompliance reports in lieu of paper submissions by postal or express mail delivery. Effective immediately, institutions are requested to submit final reports to the OLAW Division of Compliance Oversight electronically, either by email (email@example.com) in PDF format or by fax (301-480-3387). Full implementation of electronic submission is required by December 31, 2013 after which paper submissions will not be accepted. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-044.
NIH Plan of Operation in the Event of a Sequestration
February 22, 2013
The NIH continues to operate under a Continuing Resolution as described in NOT-OD-13-002 which reduces non-competing continuation awards from the level noted on the most recent Notice of Award. Final levels of FY 2013 funding may be reduced by a sequestration. For more information on the effect of a sequestration on NIH awards, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-043.
Changes to Public Access Policy Compliance Begin July 1
February 20, 2013
Note the following Public Access Policy changes for non-competing continuation grant awards with a start date of July 1, 2013 or beyond:
1) NIH will delay processing of an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.
2) Investigators will need to use My NCBI to enter papers onto progress reports. Papers can be associated electronically using the RPPR, or included in the PHS 2590 using the My NCBI generated PDF report.
For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-042.
RPPR Required for SNAP and Fellowship Awards Starting in May
February 20, 2013
Mark your calendar! The use of the eRA Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Module for submitting Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship progress reports will be required for awards with start dates on or after July 1, 2013 (i.e., due dates on or after May 15, 2013, for SNAP awards and May 1, 2013, for Fellowships). The RPPR module will also allow the awarding Institutes and Centers (ICs) to request and accept additional materials electronically following submission of an RPPR. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-035.
NIH Policy on Post-Submission Application Materials – Updates & Reminders
February 5, 2013
For the latest updates and reminders related to to the NIH policy on post-submission application materials, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-030.
PHS 2013-02 SBIR and STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations Issued
February 5, 2013
HHS has issued the PHS 2013-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications. The solicitation consists of: (1) parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) a parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1 MB and MS Word - 1 MB formats). The due dates for CY 2013 are April 5, August 5, and December 5, 2013. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due May 7, September 7, 2013, and January 7, 2014.
NIH has set up a new website to keep the small business research community abreast of its implementation plan for the many changes resulting from the reauthorization. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-027.
IACUC 101 & IACUC PRIM&R Conference - Baltimore, MD - March 17-19
February 5, 2013
This Notice announces that Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) will present an IACUC 101 workshop and the 2013 IACUC Conference on March 17-19, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. For Program descriptions and Registration information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-028.
Peer Review Notes Now Available
January 31, 2013
Read the January 2013 Peer review notes to learn about the new CSR Director, a reviewer who won the Nobel Prize the day before a review meeting, suggestions from CSR’s Council about ways NIH can help applicants, and more. http://public.csr.nih.gov/aboutcsr/NewsAndPublications/PeerReviewNotes/Pages/Peer-Review-Notes-Jan-2013.aspx
Publications Report for PHS2590 Now Available with My NCBI
January 15, 2013
The NIH announces a new enhancement to My NCBI to facilitate reporting of publications in paper progress reports (form PHS 2590). My Bibliography can now generate a PDF report of publications that may be printed and submitted as Section 2.2.6, Section E. Publications, of the paper PHS 2590 progress report. Grantees are encouraged to begin using the PDF report immediately on a voluntary basis, becoming mandatory in the Spring of 2013. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-017.
Public Access Compliance Monitor: New Web-Based Tool Available
January 15, 2013
NIH announces the release of the Public Access Compliance Monitor (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/utils/pacm/), a web-based tool that institutions can use to track compliance of publications that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy. The compliance monitor supports the efforts of grantee organizations to ensure their awards are compliant. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-020.
Foreign Grantees: Changes to Payment Management System Registration
January 15, 2013
This Notice revises the required documentation for registration in the Payment Management System (PMS) for foreign grantees announced in NOT-OD-12-139. All other policies and processes announced in NOT-OD-12-139 for awards to foreign grantees remain unchanged. For more info, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-019.
NIH Still Operating Under a Continuing Resolution
January 3, 2013
The NIH continues to operate under a Continuing Resolution. See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-018.
Webinar: Upcoming Changes to the NIH Public Access Policy & the Implications to Awards
December 21, 2012
On January 15, 2013, the NIH will be providing a webinar to assist grantee institutions with guidance and resources related to the NIH Public Access Policy, upcoming changes, tools, and how non-compliance will affect awards. Spring 2013, at the earliest, the NIH will hold processing of non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the Public Access Policy. In conjunction with these changes, the NIH has released new tools and enhancements that make it easier for investigators report compliance information, and for investigators and institutions to track compliance. For more information on this webinar, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-016 and the Webinar Event Page with a list of presenters.
NIH Recovery Actions and Resources for Institutions Affected by Hurricane Sandy
December 7, 2012
In addition to the health and safety of people and animals in programs the NIH supports, there is also a deep concern about the health of the biomedical enterprise in the affected area when disaster hits. The NIH is committed to working with researchers and institutions to ensure that NIH-funded research continues.
The NIH has posted a list of available resources and actions being taken in response to Hurricane Sandy. The NIH encourages Investigators and institutions who are affected to talk with their assigned Grants Management and Program Officials about their specific situation. This information is available in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-013.
Revised Policy for Managing COI in Initial Peer Review Process
December 7, 2012
The NIH initial peer review process involves the consistent application of standards and procedures that produce fair, equitable, informed, and unbiased examinations of grant and cooperative agreement applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Last year, the NIH issued revised policy (NOT-OD-11-120) for managing conflict of interest (COI), the appearance of COI, prejudice, bias, or predisposition in the NIH initial peer review process.
After assessing the 2011 policy by the NIH Office of Extramural Research, further changes have been made and are reflected in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-010.
Public Access Policy & Compliance Changes - Spring 2013
November 20, 2012
The NIH announced that in Spring 2013, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. This change will take effect in conjunction with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring. For more on the new requirements and available resources, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-160.
Annual Reports to OLAW due January 31, 2013
November 13, 2012
Reminder: The Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) requires Assured institutions to submit a written report to OLAW at least once every 12 months. Annual reports for the period January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 are due to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) by January 31, 2013.
More information available at NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-009.
Delays in Grant Application Submission due to Hurricane Sandy
October 31, 2012
Release Date: October 26, 2012
The NIH realizes that the path of Hurricane Sandy may cause problems in grant application submission for organizations located over a wide portion of the east coast. The usual NIH practice for such circumstances will apply. Electronic and paper applications submitted late because of weather problems must include a cover letter noting the reasons for the delay. It is not necessary to get permission in advance for weather-related delays in grant application submissions. The delay should not exceed the time period that an applicant organization/institution is closed.
NIH Operating Under Continuing Resolution
October 13, 2012
The NIH will be operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) (H. J. Resolution 117) that was signed by President Obama as Public Law 112-175 on September 28, 2012. The CR continues government operations through March 27, 2013 at the FY 2012 level plus 0.6 percent.
What does this mean for grantees? Until FY 2013 appropriations are enacted, NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NO-OD-13-002.
Electronic Submission of Multi-Project Applications: Transition Plans Announced
October 1, 2012
NIH plans to transition all multi-project applications to electronic submission using the SF 424 (R&R) form set by January 2014. These changes include: 1) transitioning multi-project applications from the paper PHS398 grant application to the Standard Form 424 Research and Related (SF 424 R&R), and 2) simultaneously transitioning to electronic submission of these multi-project applications.
To facilitate this process, an online application system for multi-project applications called ASSIST (Application Submission System and Interface for Submission Tracking) has been developed by NIH and Grants.Gov. ASSIST will allow users to develop and store their applications in a secure online environment and includes many features requested by users over the years. For more details on ASSIST and a timeline for the transition, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-161.
NIH Grants Policy Statement Revised (10/1/2012)
October 1, 2012
Revisions to the NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. 10/1/2012) were announced, effective for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2012. This revision supersedes, in its entirety, the NIH Grants Policy Statement (10/2011) as a standard term and condition of award. However, for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012, the October 2011 NIHGPS still applies. For more info, see NIH Guide Notice: NOT-OD-157.
Note: The NIHGPS provides guidance that serves as NIH standard terms and conditions of awards for grants and cooperative agreements as well as extensive guidance to individuals interested in pursuing NIH grants.
RPPR Webinar for All Grantees – October 17 – Register & Reserve Your On-Line Seat
September 29, 2012
On October 17, the NIH will provide guidance on how to submit a Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) using the new NIH RPPR eRA Module. This webinar will help prepare you for October 19 when eRA provides all grantees with the option to submit an RPPR for SNAP and Fellowship awards. If you are responsible for completing and/or submitting progress report to NIH...then don't miss this opportunity. The live broadcast session will be held from 1:30-3:00 pm, EDT but will also be archived. Registration is limited to the first 1,000; reserve your on-line seat at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/647997446. More information is avaialable at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/upcoming_webinars.htm.
Read the Latest Peer Review Notes
September 28, 2012
The NIH Center for Scientific Review publishes Peer Review Notes to inform our reviewers, NIH staff and others of news related to our grant application review policies, procedures and plans.
Electronic Submission Webinar for Foreign Institutions - Sept. 27 - Register Today!
September 24, 2012
Register today for an opportunity to participate in the NIH webinar, "Electronic Submission of Grant Applications Webinar for Foreign Institutions". It will be held this Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8:00-10:00am Eastern Standard Time. Registration is required, so insert your information at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/399335782 . For more information, including internet connection requirements, see NIH Guide Notice http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-158.html. This event will be captioned and archived for future viewing.
Revised Pre- and Post-Award Application Forms and Instructions Available
September 24, 2012
Newly revised application forms and instructions are posted on the NIH Forms & Applications page with a date of 08/2012. These include interim and final progress reports, and other post-award documents associated the monitoring, oversight, and closeout of an award. In addition, related revised Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) forms are also now available. NIH Guide Notice: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-152.html.
Attention SBIR and STTR Phase I Awardees: Niche Assessment Program Announced
September 21, 2012
If you are a NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee funded in fiscal years (FY) 2012 and 2013, then you may be interested to learn more about the NIH's Niche Assessment Program. All active NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees (by grant or contract) as well as those small businesses selected to receive a Phase I award in the first three months of the upcoming fiscal year will be eligible to participate. For more information, see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-146.html.
Procedures for Late Applications Due to Hurricane Isaac
August 31, 2012
Organizations affected by the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Isaac and who are submitting grant applications late because of these events must include a cover letter noting the reasons for the delay. For additional details see the NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters Web page and NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-145.
Are you a Researcher with Over $1.0 M Active NIH Awards? Read on!
August 30, 2012
Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) [PD(s)/PI(s)] who receive $1.0 million per year in direct costs from active NIH awards will now undergo an additional review of all grant and cooperative agreement applications by NIH Institute and Center (IC) Advisory Councils. In an effort to help NIH effectively manage resources, the NIH piloted the Special Council Review (SCR) procedure earlier this year and refined the policy based on feedback. For more information see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-140.
NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Webinar - Registration Now Open!
August 24, 2012
On October 17, 2012 from 1:30-3:00pm EDT, NIH will host a webinar for grantees on the new NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). This training is an opportunity for grantees to get a first-hand look prior to October 19 when all grantee institutions will have access to the NIH RPPR for most Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards. Registration is required. For more information see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-142 and the NIH RPPR web site.
NIH FCOI Reporting Requirements & Demo - Webinar Recording, PPT, & FAQs Available
August 24, 2012
On August 14, the NIH hosted a webinar reminding NIH grantees of the 2011 revised FCOI reporting requirements and provided a demonstration of report submission through the updated eRA Commons FCOI Module. The archive of this webinar, along with FAQs and additional resources, are now available on the NIH FCOI web site.
Changes in Payment and FFR Policies for Foreign Institutions
August 17, 2012
NIH issued a Guide notice regarding changes in payment method, policies, and processes for awards to foreign institutions made on or after October 1, 2012. The notice also informs NIH grantee institutions of changes to the FFR requirements for foreign institutions.
Fiscal FAQs Posted
August 8, 2012
NIH added a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), NIH Fiscal Policy, to address applicant budget submissions under the Fiscal Policy announced in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-036 regarding cost-of-living/inflationary increases in awards, and related issues.
NIH FCOI Reporting Requirements & Demo – Webinar Registration Open
July 30, 2012
On August 14, 2012 (1:30-3:00PM EDT), the NIH will host a webinar reminding NIH grantees of the 2011 revised FCOI reporting requirements and providing a demonstration of report submission through the updated eRA Commons FCOI Module. Space is limited. Registration Required! If you are responsible for submitting FCOI reports to NIH through the eRA Commons, then don’ t miss this opportunity. For more information see, NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-122.
2013 NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Information Announced
July 30, 2012
You do the research. NIH will repay your student loans. If you are or will be conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit institution, you may be eligible for one of the five extramural Loan Repayment Programs. Specific program information posted for the 2013 application cycle:
LRP applications will be accepted September 1 through November 15, 2012, 8:00 p.m. EST. For more information, visit the NIH Loan Repayment Programs website at www.lrp.nih.gov.
Subscribe to the NIH Guide Today!
July 19, 2012
The NIH Guide is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. Subscribe to the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts ListServ and receive a weekly email of links to all announcements (PAs, RFAs and Notices) published during the week.
FCOI Module’s New Features in eRA Commons
July 5, 2012
The FCOI Module in the eRA Commons has new features available to accommodate the additional reporting requirements required by the 2011 FCOI regulation, Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought at Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50, Subpart F for grants and cooperative agreements. The enhanced FCOI Module will accommodate the submission of the additional FCOI information as required under the 2011 revised FCOI regulation for NIH grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-118.
NIH Pilots Review Procedures for Applications from PDs/PIs with More than $1.5 M Total NIH Support
May 31, 2012
During May 2012 NIH Institute and Center (IC) Advisory Council meetings, Councils will discuss and pilot-test procedures for the additional review of grant and cooperative agreement applications from Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) who already receive in excess of $1.5 million per year in total costs to determine if additional funds should be provided to already well-supported investigators. The feedback from this pilot will help NIH further refine policies for managing limited grant resources. (NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-110)
NIH Regional Seminar in D.C. - Final Weeks to Register
May 22, 2012
The NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration provides 2-days of sessions designed to demystify the grants process, plus optional eRA computer workshops on a 3rd day. This comprehensive program covers topics such as peer review, grant writing for success, pre-award and post-award issues for administrators and investigators, compliance, research integrity, human subjects and animals in research, interacting electronically with NIH, and mapping your career with NIH. In addition to the opportunity to meet and receive guidance from approximately 35 NIH and HHS experts in a central location, the seminar also brings together 600 grants administrators, researchers, students, financial officials, and grant writers from around the world. See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-109.
Checklist for FCOI Policy Development Now Available
May 10, 2012
The NIH has developed and posted a checklist to assist Institutions as they implement the requirements of the 2011 revised Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) regulation for NIH grants and cooperative agreements. This checklist may be utilized as a resource when developing, revising or reviewing an Institution’s FCOI policy to determine compliance with all regulatory requirements. This document may be accessed on the Office of Extramural Research, FCOI Web Page under “Resources” at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/index.htm. More information available in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-103.
Bioethics Research Opportunities
May 4, 2012
Funding Opportunity Announcements for Bioethics Research have been published in the NIH GUIDE. For FAQs and more, check out http://oba.od.nih.gov/policy/research_policies.html.
NIH & HHS Share Grants Expertise at Upcoming NIH Regional Seminars
March 14, 2012
Registration is now open for the 2012 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding & Grants Administration! Held only twice each year, the 2012 locations include Indianapolis, IN (April 16-18) and Washington, DC (June 20-22). Approximately 35 NIH & HHS program, review, and grants management experts provide sessions on the NIH grants process and special areas of interest, including research involving animals and/or humans, R15 AREA opportunities, Office of Research Integrity, and so much more. Optional eRA hands-on computer workshops are offered on the day prior to the 2-day seminar. Register soon for the best rates! For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-082 and the NIH Regional Seminar website.
Registration Opens for 14th Annual SBIR/STTR Conference
March 14, 2012
Attention small business research community! The 14th Annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference will be held May 30-June 1, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. Registration is now open for this year's conference, "The Changing Face of SBIR/STTR." During the 2 day conference, presentations will be offered by NIH program staff and other experts, a poster session will provide examples of NIH-funded SBIR and STTR projects, exhibits, and opportunities for one-on-one meetings can be scheduled with staff representing several NIH institutes and centers. An optional 3rd day will provide information on SBIR/STTR programs at other agencies. For more information, see the conference website at http://nih.kysbir.com/ .
Pilot Program underway for E-submission of Administrative Supplements
February 24, 2012
The pilot program for Electronic Submission of Administrative Supplements is underway. Launched in February 2012, the program helps to simplify the application process and reduce the burden on grantees. In addition, it meets the NIH and federal-wide goal for increasing electronic grant processes.
For further information, refer to the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-024.
NIH Grants Workshop Opens Registration
January 30, 2012
The 2012 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration will be held in Indianapolis, IN (April 16-18) and Washington, DC (June 20-22). Registration is OPEN for the first seminar in Indianapolis, while the D.C. registration is expected to open in mid-February. Register early to take advantage of reduced rates for the seminar and the hotel. Held only twice each year, participants at an NIH Regional Seminar experience an unparalleled opportunity to gain a better perspective of NIH policies and programs, network with peers, gather helpful NIH contacts, and to return to the office or lab with inside information, resources, and tools to assist in obtaining and managing NIH awards. For more information, see NOT-OD-12-040.
FCOI Webinar Archive & Slides Now Available!
December 14, 2011
On Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offered a live webinar titled, What NIH Grantees Need to Know About the 2011 Revised Financial Conflict of Interest Regulation. Investigators and administrators are encouraged to watch the newly posted archive of this event and view the PPT slides on the topic of the 2011 Revised Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) regulation (42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F, Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for Which PHS Funding is Sought). This webinar, sponsored by the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER), focused on requirements as they relate to NIH-funded grants and cooperative agreements
Links to the archive and slides are available on OER’s Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Page.
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