Partial Government Shutdown

Please see the information below regarding the partial government shutdown.  While this won’t affect submitting proposals, reports and various deliverables, it will affect the review process.  OSP will continue to process actions as scheduled and will keep you apprised if there are any unexpected delays.  Some key takeaways:

Affected US Departments & Agencies:

·         National Science Foundation (NSF)

·         National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

·         National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Affected Sponsor Applications/Proposals

Grants.gov: We expect Grants.gov will be up and that proposals can be submitted, but they will not be forwarded to affected federal sponsor agencies. These applications will be in a holding pattern in Grants.gov.

Other: We will provide details on affected sponsor systems used for proposal submission, as they become known

Please contact MBL OSP with any questions or concerns.

 

NSF: NEW EDGE Solicitation Released!

A new Enabling Discovery Through GEnomic Tools (EDGE) solicitation (NSF 19-527) has been released. Although for the Directorate of Biological Sciences there are no deadlines for many kinds of proposals, as a special program EDGE will continue to have a deadline – in 2019, EDGE proposals will be due on Tuesday, February 12th.

EDGE continues to focus solely on tool development for direct tests of gene function in non-model organisms.  The expectation is that those tools will be rapidly disseminated throughout the biological community for future hypothesis-driven research.

With this solicitation EDGE introduces two separate funding tracks:

The Comprehensive Track is intended for projects to develop and provide proof-of concept tests of functional genomic tools and infrastructure to enable direct tests of hypotheses about gene function in diverse animals,  plants, microbes, fungi and viruses for which such tools and infrastructure are presently unavailable.

The Targeted Track is intended to address a specific bottleneck that impedes either transformation or aspects of husbandry required to produce sufficient biological material (e.g. specific cell types, life history stages etc.) needed to efficiently conduct direct tests of gene function. Targeted track proposals are expected to be smaller in scope and thus have more limited budgets.

Prior to submission please read the EDGE solicitation carefully. There are some significant differences for EDGE proposals from the general instructions in NSF’s PAPPG. EDGE proposals have required sections in the project description and additional supplementary documents compared to regular proposals submitted to IOS core programs. Collaborative projects from a consortium of organizations must submit a single proposal with one eligible organization serving as the lead, and all other organizations as sub-awardees.

EDGE proposals also have special review criteria. For EDGE proposals, reviewers will be instructed to focus on the following critical aspects of the proposed work:

  • The potential catalytic impact of enabling the species named in the proposal to advance research in organismal biology;
  • The potential catalytic impact of the proposed research to advance organismal research by enabling new tools, approaches, and infrastructure;
  • The feasibility of the proposed methods and approaches to achieve the stated goals, and the likelihood of success;
  • The quality and potential for rapid and high impact of the Dissemination and Education Plan; and,
  • For those proposals involving multiple organizations, the quality of the Project Management Plan and likelihood of successful project coordination.

Questions?

Contact the NSF EDGE working group: BIOIOSEDGE@NSF.GOV

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

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

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: 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

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

NSF: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Public Access

Click here to see NSF FAQ’s for Public Access updated Program Announcements & Information NSF 18-041 which replaces NSF 17-060

Two New “All About Grants” Podcasts: 2018 Appendix Policy Changes, and Why You’re Encouraged to Submit Your Application Early

NIH’s Office of Extramural Research brings you two new “All About Grants”  podcasts to ring in the new year. In “Why it’s so Important to Submit Applications Early” (mp3transcript), Dr. Cathie Cooper, director of the Division of Receipt and Referral in the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review, talks about the importance of submitting application early due to changes in NIH’s policies and application forms for 2018.

In “Changes to the NIH Appendix Policy for 2018” (mp3transcript), Dr. Cooper joins us again to talk about the NIH appendix policy and new limits on what can be included as appendices.

All About Grants podcast episodes are produced by the NIH Office of Extramural Research, and designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others just curious about the application and award process. The podcast features NIH staff members who talk about the ins and outs of NIH funding, and provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. Listen to more episodes via the All About Grants podcast pagethrough iTunes, or by using our RSS feed in your podcast app of choice.

 

originally posted by NIH on 12/28/17