Important Information Regarding Automated Compliance Checking at NSF

On July 25, 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will perform additional automated compliance checks on proposals submitted through FastLane.  These automated compliance checks will not be conducted on proposals submitted to NSF via  Proposers submitting through should be aware that will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements.  Should NSF receive a proposal from that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.

Please note that the new set of compliance checks are in addition to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane.  You can also choose to view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including these checks, by clicking here . The list specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement, or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center, or Fellowship).  It also specifies whether the check triggers a “warning” or “error” message for non-compliant proposals.

You are encouraged to share this information with your colleagues. For system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or  Policy-related questions should be directed to

If you would like to stay up-to-date on upcoming events or future enhancements to and/or FastLane, subscribe to the new System Updates NSF listserv.  To subscribe, simply email: and you will be automatically enrolled.

NSF: Revision of the Grant General Conditions (GC-1) Effective July 1, 2016

Effective July 1, 2016, grants made to organizations subject to 2 CFR § 200, which includes grants made to for-profit organizations (other than Small Business Innovation Research grantees) and State and local governments, will incorporate by reference the Grant General Conditions (GC-1) dated 7/1/16. The GC-1 will serve as the applicable terms and conditions for the grantee organizations outlined above, until such time as revised Research Terms and Conditions become effective. The GC-1 will not be applied to NSF cooperative agreements or to NSF fellowship awards made to individuals.
Unless otherwise noted in a specific article, the Grant General Conditions apply to all new NSF grants and funding amendments to existing NSF grants awarded on or after July 1, 2016.  For more information click here

For a copy of the GC-1 click here


What Criteria Will Be Used to Assess How I Address Scientific Rigor In My NIH Application?

The guidance reviewers use to assess rigor and transparency is available on the NIH website: Reviewer Guidance on Rigor and Transparency. In addition to reviewing the applicant resources and the NIH application guide, we encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the peer review criteria that will be used for their application.

Original post by NIH Staff dated 5/31/16

NSF Public Access begins for Grants Awarded to Proposals submitted on or after 1/25/2016

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The National Science Foundation (NSF or Foundation) has developed a plan outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from research the foundation funds. The plan, entitled “Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries,” is consistent with the objectives set forth in the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Feb. 22, 2013, memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research,” and with long-standing policies encouraging data sharing and communication of research results.

As outlined in section 3.1 of the plan, NSF will require that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions must:

  • Be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF;
  • Be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication;
  • Possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication;
  • Be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and
  • Be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements.

This NSF requirement will apply to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that will be issued in January 2016.

This recommended change to the PAPPG will be announced in the Federal Register no later than May 2015 and will follow government-wide procedures for public notice and comment.

NSF’s current data management plan requirement and policies on costs of publication and data citation in biographical sketches will remain unchanged for the present while the Foundation undertakes activities to engage the research communities around data management in support of public access goals. Additional guidance at the Foundation, directorate, division, office or program levels may become available in the future. As stipulated in section 3.a.ii of the OSTP Feb. 22, 2013, memorandum, NSF’s plan (section 7.5) discusses a “mechanism for stakeholders to petition for changing the embargo period.”

To receive updates on NSF’s Public Access Initiative, events, and future enhancements to and/or FastLane, subscribe to “System Updates” on the NSF listserv. To subscribe, simply email and you will be automatically enrolled. For general information about NSF, including information on the Public Access Initiative, sign up for email notifications at: NSF Updates.

See also NSF’s Open Government website.

See also Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results.


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New Podcast on Writing the Vertebrate Animal Section in Your NIH Application

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Proposing the use of animal models in your application? All About Grants has a new podcast episode on writing the vertebrate animal section in your grant or contract research proposal. Join Dr. Patricia Brown, director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare for a discussion of why this application section is required, what reviewers look for, and more.  Check out “Writing Your Vertebrate Animal Section” (mp3) (transcript) and other episodes on NIH’s All About Grants page or via our podcast RSS feed.

Original post on 4/30/16 by

Innovating to Make it Easier for You to Find the NIH Grants Information You Need

More isn’t always better, especially when it comes to wading through information on NIH grant policies and processes. NIH talks about burden frequently, usually in reference to policies and processes that add burden to our grantee community. But there is another source of burden: having to spend time digging through resources to find critical information you need to apply for or manage your grant award.

For the past year NIH staff have been strategizing how to improve upon the way we deliver information, with the goal of reducing the time it takes you to find the information you need. To do this, they’ve embarked on a comprehensive, data-driven approach to understand how you use key resources, including the NIH’s grants and funding website and the application guides. They’ve examined web analytics, looked at search term patterns, surveyed website visitors, asked you how you use — and would like to use — our application guides, and engaged usability experts to ensure we are following best practices.

NIH staff listened, learned, and have put these experiences into practice. If you’ve visited last week, you likely noticed a complete transformation. What you will find now is a simplified interface that streamlines how you find information and provides the context you need for understanding the information you find.

NIH has reimagined the application guide to better serve your needs. They’ve completely disaggregated the application guides and reassembled them in a way that addresses many of the needs expressed by the community. Some highlights of the changes include:

  • Separated the details of the grants process information from the form instructions, providing both on a How to Apply – Application Guide page for at-a-glance access to key pieces of information.
  • Provided the general instructions for the newest version of NIH application forms (known as FORMS-D), in an interactive HTML version for ease of on-line use, in addition to a pdf version for those of you who still feel compelled to print.
  • Consolidated instructions for all types of grant programs into the general instructions, and reorganized the information to make very clear how each instruction applies to each of the various grant programs (research, training, career development, etc.). These general instructions are a great option for those of you who submit applications for various types of grant programs.
  • For those of you who may only be applying to single type of grant program, NIH has a more personalized option for you. They’ve created filtered PDF versions of the form instructions that show only the instructions you need for the type of grant program to which you are applying, instructions specific to research, career development, training, fellowships, multi-project, or small business (SBIR/STTR) applications.

You will find a lot of changes across the site, all designed to simplify how you get to the information you need. You may want to try the new search interface for the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, and use the “save this search” feature to get notified of future postings that match your search. Check out the new forms library. Poke around. See what’s new!

Original post NIH dated 4/4/2016 Open Mike

How Do I Know If I Have the NIH Right Forms, & What Do I Do If I Don’t?

Most of you are aware that NIH is updating their application forms (NOT-OD-16-081).  You must use FORMS-D forms and instructions for due dates on or after May 25, 2016 and you must use FORMS-C for due dates on or before May 24, 2016.

If you’re not sure how to tell the difference between FORMS-C and D, check out the NIH resource, Do I Have the Right Electronic Forms for My Application?

It is imperative that you choose the correct application forms for your due date and submit on time.  Incorrect form selection is not a sufficient reason to submit a late application.  If you’ve selected the incorrect forms and instructions for your due date, you’ll need to switch to the correct forms before submission.  ASSIST users can take advantage of the “copy application” feature to easily move data from one form version to another.

Original post on March 31, 2016 by

NEW! MBL Rate Agreement Information

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is pleased to announce the successful negotiation of a new rate agreement with our federal cognizant agency, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The agreement, dated December 23, 2015, specifies the F&A rates to be applied to sponsored awards from federal and non-federal sponsors. Click here for more detailed information:  Rate Agreement MBL Community Letter

NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2016

The following NIH fiscal policies are instituted in FY 2016:

FY 2016 Funding Levels: Non-competing continuation awards that have already been made in FY 2016 were generally funded at levels below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level) as described in NOT-OD-16-002.  In general, such reductions will be fully restored, and non-competing continuation grants (research and non-research) including those that remain to be issued in FY 2016 will be made at the commitment level indicated on the Notice of Award.  Any exceptions will be posted at the site listed under “Additional Information” below.  Out-year commitments for continuation awards in FY 2017 and beyond will remain unchanged.  The NIH awarding Institutes/Centers (IC) will develop and post their fiscal policies consistent with overall NIH goals and available FY 2016 funds.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA):  Consistent with the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act and with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee to the Director regarding the Biomedical Research Workforce, the NIH will increase NRSA stipends by approximately 2 percent on average.  The full range of stipend adjustments for FY 2016 is described at NOT-OD-16-047.

New Investigators: NIH will continue to support new investigators on R01 equivalent awards at success rates comparable to that of established investigators submitting new (Type 1) R01 equivalent applications.  Achievement of comparable success rates should permit the NIH to support new investigators in accordance with the policies established in FY 2009 and subsequent years as described at and at

Salary Limits: Section 202 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 prohibits payments for salaries under grants and other extramural mechanisms in excess of Executive Level II previously set at $183,300, and effective January 10, 2016, increased to $185,100.  See NOT-OD-16-045 for additional information.

Other Legislative Mandates: Other statutory requirements are described in NOT-OD-16-044.

Additional Information:   Additional details on Fiscal Operations, including specific funding strategies for ICs will be posted at


Please find more information at the following LINK.