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

Need to Add Collaborators to a Workspace?

Adding collaborators to a workspace is surprisingly easy – even when the collaborator is not part of your applicant organization.

This new video outlines the different ways a Workspace Owner can add other users to a workspace.

Note: Users who have either the Manage Participants for Organization Workspaces privilege or the Manage Participants for My Workspaces privilege may also add participants to a workspace.

When users are added to a workspace, they are able to help fill out grant application forms – either by downloading a PDF file and filling it out offline, or by opening a webform in a browser window.

Want to learn more about adding participants to one of your workspaces? Read this help article in Grants.gov’s Online User Guide.

original post July 11, 2018 by Grants.gov

NIH: Frequently Asked Questions

In part D of the NIH F-RPPR (participants), should we report time worked for the final budget period or time worked for the final budget period + the no cost extension period?

In the NIH Final RPPR you should report on the individuals that worked on the project during the last budget period minus any approved no-cost extensions. You can find this and more in the RPPR FAQs.

 

original post by NIH Staff 7/5/18

OMB: Micro-purchase and Simplified Acquisition Update

OMB has issued a memo regarding the implementation of the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds under the 2017 and 2018 NDAA:

NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletters

NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletters:

This newsletter is produced by the Policy Office in the Division of Institution and Award Support at the National Science Foundation to provide information about upcoming changes and clarifications to policies and procedures that affect how you prepare and submit proposals and manage NSF awards.

This latest edition is particularly helpful!  You can view it here.

Previous editions are also available:

December 2017 NSF Newsletter 4

September 2017 NSF Newsletter 3

June 2017 NSF Newsletter 2

March 2017 NSF Newsletter 1

Principal Investigators, Delegate!

All you need is another Commons user with the right role. Learn how!

original post by NIH Staff 3/12/2018