Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement for Fiscal Year 2019

NIH has released a revised Grants Policy Statement that applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2018.  This revised version does not introduce new policies, but it does incorporate all policy changes or updates made throughout the previous year and includes significant enhancements to improve the user interface, navigation, and search.  Let NIH know what you think of the usability enhancements.  They welcome suggestions for continued improvement!

Read the full announcement for details.

 

Original post by NIH Staff on 11/9/2018

NSF: Statement from the Acting Assistant Director for Biological Sciences on Proposal Submission Limits

In August, the NSF BIO directorate released new solicitations to its proposal submission process to eliminate deadlines and limit the number of proposals that could be submitted to a given division annually by a PI or co-PI. As BIO was receiving far more worthy proposals than it has money to support, this submission cap was established with a view to ensuring that BIO’s merit review process would not be overwhelmed with the move to no deadlines.

In the ensuing three months, the community expressed serious concern that this new policy would hinder collaboration as well as limit funding prospects for new investigators. BIO places a high value on collaboration and on fostering careers of new investigators; thus, we held internal discussions to consider ways to address these concerns. In addition, relatively few proposals have been submitted to BIO since the release of the solicitations.

Having listened to community concern and tracked the current low rate of submission, and following extensive internal consultation, BIO is lifting all PI or co-PI restrictions on proposal submission for FY 2019, effective immediately.

NSF BIO recognizes that it is important to track the effects of the no-deadline policy on proposal submission patterns, to ensure that a high-quality review process is sustained. Therefore, we are seeking approval from the NSF Biological Sciences Advisory Committee to establish a subcommittee to assist in developing the evidence base for any future policy changes that may be needed.

Solicitations for proposals will be amended and released over the next few weeks to reflect these changes.

 Original post by DEB Science Staff at NSF on November 15, 2018

Revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (19-1) has been issued

NSF has announced that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 19-1) has been issued.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 28, 2019. Significant changes include:

  • Addition of Research.gov as an option for proposal preparation and submission, and proposal file updates;
  • Revision of eligibility standards for unaffiliated individuals;
  • Specification that conference proposals over $50,000 and all equipment proposals must include the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information in the proposal submission;
  • Revision of resubmission guidelines for NSF programs that accept proposals at any time;
  • Implementation of NSF’s policy on sexual harassment and other forms of harassment, or sexual assault;
  • Specification that proposers are required to have a policy or code-of-conduct that addresses sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, and sexual assault, and that includes clear and accessible means of reporting violations of the policy or code-of-conduct. This policy or code-of-conduct must be disseminated to conference participants prior to attendance at the conference as well as made available at the conference itself;
  • Emphasis on the importance of training faculty in the responsible and ethical conduct of research;
  • Incorporation of existing patent policy into the PAPPG. This policy was previously implemented by regulation at 45 CFR 650; and
  • Numerous clarifications and other changes throughout the document.

NSF encourages you to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

An NSF webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on November 27 at 2 PM EST. For additional information about the webinar, including how to register for it, visit: https://nsfgrantsconferences.com/pappg-webinar-19/.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 28, 2019, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 18-1) continue to apply.  NSF will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the NSF Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov.

Original post by NSF on 11/6/2018

NSF Report: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering provides statistical information about the participation of these three groups in science and engineering education and employment. Its primary purpose is to serve as a statistical abstract with no endorsement of or recommendations about policies or programs. National Science Foundation reporting on this topic is mandated by the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act (Public Law 96-516).

This digest highlights key statistics drawn from a wide variety of data sources. Data and figures in this digest are organized into five topical areas—enrollment, field of degree, occupation, employment status, and early career doctorate holders.

Surveys conducted by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) at the National Science Foundation provided a large portion of the data used in this report. NCSES has a central role in the collection, interpretation, analysis, and dissemination of objective data on the science and engineering enterprise.

A formal report, in the form of a digest, is issued every 2 years and is available here.

WMPD Digest Cover

 

New Grant Application Submission Tips for Success Videos

Getting ready to apply for a grant and don’t know where to start? Set yourself up for success with tips from the experts at NIH. Quickly learn how to access application forms, ensure your application is a good fit for an announcement, and make an important final check of your application after submitting with new videos from the Office of Extramural Research (OER).

Check out these helpful quick tip videos on the How to Apply – Video Tutorials page to help you avoid common mistakes and position yourself for success:

 

Original post on October 12, 2018 by

Research.gov: Enhancements & Options

Effective September 24, 2018, Research.gov’s Proposal Preparation and Submission Site will be enhanced to allow additional flexible options for PDF uploads. These include:

  • Support for PDFs generated from LaTeX source documents in addition to existing support for PDFs from Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Open Office for document compliance checks
  • Support for fonts and font sizes:
    • Arial (not Arial Narrow), Courier New, Palatino, Palatino Linotype, or Helvetica at a font size of 10 points or larger;
    • Times New Roman at a font size of 10 points or larger; or
    • Computer Modern family of fonts at a font size of 10 points or larger.
    • Other fonts not specified above, such as Cambria Math, may be used for mathematical formulas, equations, or when inserting Greek letters or special characters.

Note that while some of the above font sizes differ from the guidance provided in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), proposals following the on-screen guidance in Research.gov will not be prevented from submission.

Please note the Proposal Preparation and Submission Site is being developed incrementally and as capabilities are migrated from FastLane to Research.gov, the system features will expand until it eventually replaces FastLane for proposal preparation and submission.

More Information on Document Uploads

Document upload Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be available via this link on September 24, 2018. Additional resources such as instructional videos and a system capabilities release timeline are currently available on the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission page.

For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Original post by NSF on 9/19/2018

RPPRs: Who Can Do What?

A new resource, RPPRs: Who Can Do What?, provides a quick look at the Annual, Interim, and Final Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs), including information such as due dates and how to access RPPR links. It also charts what happens to the Interim RPPR when a Type 2, Competing Renewal application is submitted.

Original post September 7, 2018

Notice of Increases to the Simplified Acquisition and Micro-purchase Thresholds by the Office of Management and Budget

Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-219

Key Dates
Release Date:   August 28, 2018

Related Announcements
None

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Purpose

The purpose of this notice is to notify the extramural research community that on June 20, 2018, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum raising the threshold for micro-purchases under Federal financial assistance awards to $10,000, and the threshold for simplified acquisitions to $250,000 for all recipients. Further, the memo implements an approval process for certain institutions that wish to request micro-purchase thresholds higher than $10,000. These updates are being made in accordance with statutory changes set forth in the National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) for Fiscal Years 2017 (PL 114-328) and 2018 (PL 115-91).

As directed by OMB, NIH is updating its policy to reflect the new thresholds. This change is effective immediately for all NIH recipients. If purchases were made using the higher thresholds prior to this notice, NIH will support the charges in accordance with the OMB memo.

Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Regulation at 48 C.F.R. Subpart 2.1 and the Uniform Guidance, 2 C.F.R. 200, are forthcoming.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH Division of Grants Policy
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
Telephone: 301-435-0949
Email: grantspolicy@nih.gov

NIH Application Resubmission Policy

NIH’s resubmission policy has not changed, but the policy notice highlights some important points:

  • Only a single resubmission (A1) of an original application (A0) will be accepted
  • An A0 application may be submitted following an unsuccessful A0 or A1 application, with a few exceptions
  • What happens when switching FOAs between the A0 and A1 applications
  • Generally a change of activity code (e.g., R01) between the A0 and A1 is not allowed, with one exception

Read the policy for details.
 

Grants.gov Learning Workspace Video Series

The recently refreshed Learning Workspace Video Series provides step-by-step instructions for organization applicants using Grants.gov workspace.

While the videos listed below do not cover every special circumstance, they do walk viewers through the primary path for completing and submitting a federal grant application. Of course, if you wish to dig in on any of the steps, you are welcome to browse and consult the in-depth Online User Guide.

Here are the videos in the Learning Workspace series:

  1. Application Workflow for Organizations (updated on May 29, 2018)
  2. User Roles & Workspace Actions (updated on April 21, 2018)
  3. How to Create a Grants.gov Workspace (updated on April 20, 2018)
  4. How to Add Participants to a Grants.gov Workspace (updated on June 29, 2018)
  5. Completing Forms in a Grants.gov Workspace (updated on June 29, 2018)
  6. Submitting an Application in a Grants.gov Workspace (updated on July 6, 2018)

  original post by Grants.gov on 8/1/2018