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New 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.

New 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.

New 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

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-006
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 has established a Web page on the NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters that provides information on a variety of topics:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/natural_disasters.htm.

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 Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer.  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/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer.

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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