Uniform Guidance for Grants (2 CFR) Revised FAQs

The Office of Mangement & Budget (OMB) Grants Team is excited to announce the revised set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the Uniform Guidance for Grants (2 CFR).  These FAQs align with the revisions to 2 CFR published in 85 FR 49506 (August 13, 2020) and replace the July 27, 2017 version.  They are available at the following CFO.gov site link:

https://www.cfo.gov/assets/files/2CRF-FrequentlyAskedQuestions_2021050321.pdf

Please reach out to the OMB Grants Team at GrantsTeam@omb.eop.gov with any questions.

Original post by OMB Grants Team on May 3, 2021

 

Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. April 2021) for Fiscal Year 2021

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces publication of the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. April 2021). The NIHGPS provides both up-to-date policy guidance that serves as NIH standard terms and conditions of award for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements, and extensive guidance to those who are interested in pursuing NIH grants.

This revision is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2020. This revision supersedes, in its entirety, the NIHGPS dated December 2019. Previous versions of the NIHGPS remain applicable as standard terms and conditions of award for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began prior to October 1, 2020.

This revision incorporates new and modified requirements, clarifies certain policies, and implements changes in statutes, regulations, and policies that have been implemented through appropriate legal and/or policy processes since the previous version of the NIHGPS dated December 2019.

The requirements set out at 45 CFR Part 75, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards, continue to apply, at this time, as well as NIHs implementation of the federal-wide Research Terms and Conditions (RTCs), available here.

The current version of the NIHGPS, in both HTML and PDF formats, as well as previous versions of the NIHGPS and documents summarizing significant changes implemented with each revision, are available here.

NIH will continue to publish interim grants policy changes through the issuance of NIH Guide Notices, available here. Each Guide Notice describes the policy change, including applicability and effective date, and the necessary language to implement the change as a term and condition of award.

Inquiries
Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
Division of Grants Policy
grantspolicy@nih.gov

Notice Number: NOT-OD-21-107
Key Dates Release Date: April 20, 2021
Related Announcements: None
Issued by: NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

You can find the full document here.

Original post by NIH April 20, 2021

Expanding Requirement for eRA Commons IDs to All Senior/Key Personnel

Targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2022, NIH, AHRQ, FDA, and ORD/VA will require all individuals listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Form to have an eRA Commons username (Commons ID). Extension of the existing eRA Commons ID requirement to include all senior/key personnel will facilitate better data collection for individuals contributing to federally funded research as well as assist in disambiguating data on applications and facilitating the identification of conflicts of interest in peer review.

Background
eRA Commons IDs are already required as part of application submission for PD/PIs, multiple PD/PIs, sponsors on fellowship applications, component leads on multi-project applications, candidates for diversity supplement support, and the primary mentor identified on individual mentored career development applications. While it has always been strongly encouraged that all other senior/key personnel to obtain eRA Commons IDs, it has not been required. Without a unique personnel credential, it is difficult to correctly identify conflicts of interest in peer review as well as gather unambiguous data on personnel involved in federally funded research.

Implementation
Targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2022, an eRA Commons ID must be entered in the “Credential, e.g. agency login” field for all Senior/Key Personnel (as defined in NIH GPS 1.2) listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Form.  An eRA system validation will be implemented to check for a valid eRA Commons ID. For multi-project applications, this requirement also applies to the individual components of the application and not to just the Overall component

To facilitate awareness of this policy change, starting late April, applicants will encounter an eRA system validation if the “Credential, e.g. agency login” field is blank or does not contain a valid eRA Commons ID. This validation will be a warning for no less than 2 council rounds before being escalated to an error that must be corrected before the application can be submitted to the agency.

Reminder: Individuals needing scientific roles (Program Directors, Principal Investigators, Scientist, Post-Doc, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Project Personnel) should only have one eRA Commons ID for the life of their research career. Always check for an existing eRA Commons account prior to creating a new one. If a person already has an eRA Commons scientific account and is changing institutions, a Signing Official (SO) or an Account Administrator (AA) role at the new institution can affiliate that account with the new institution (see steps). If you find that you have more than one account please contact the eRA Service Desk at https://public.era.nih.gov/submithelp/ or 1-866-504-9552.

Inquiries

Please direct all eRA technical inquiries to:
eRA Service Desk
Submit a web ticket: https://grants.nih.gov/support/index.html
Toll-free:1-866-504-9552
Phone:301-402-7469

Please direct NIH systems policy inquiries to:
NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Systems Policy Branch
Email: OPERAsystemspolicy@nih.gov

Please direct all AHRQ inquiries to:
Priti Mehrotra, PH.D.
Director, Division of Scientific Research
Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Email: Priti.Mehrotra@ahrq.hhs.gov

Notice Number:
NOT-OD-21-109
Key Dates
Release Date: April 20, 2021
Related Announcements: None
Issued by:

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Office of Research and Development (ORD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA))

You can find the full document here.

Original post by NIH on April 20, 2021


Planned UEI Updates in Grant Application Forms

On April 4, 2022, the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number will be replaced by a “new, non-proprietary identifier” requested in, and assigned by, the System for Award Management (SAM.gov). This new identifier is being called the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).

Grants.gov’s Timeline for Organization DUNS and UEITimeline for UEI Updates

 

All Grants.gov users are encouraged to bookmark and regularly consult GSA’s UEI Update page in order to stay up-to-date with the latest information. Grants.gov will continue to work with GSA regarding these upcoming changes.

Please review, below, Grants.gov’s Timeline for New Form Versions with UEI Fields, as well as the list of federal grant application forms that will be impacted by the transition from DUNS Numbers to the UEI.

Grants.gov’s Timeline for New Form Versions with UEI Fields

Grants.gov's Timeline for New Form Versions with UEI Fields

 

NOTE: Applicants may begin testing the new UEI form versions using this test opportunity in the Grants.gov Training Environment. To request a UEI to use with your testing, send an email to forms@grants.gov.

List of Forms Impacted

New form versions with a UEI field will be created for the forms in the table below. The table also indicates which agency owns the form.

🔎 NOTE: Some forms are available for testing now as follows (see the Forms Status Report for available forms):

# Form Version Owner
1 Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424) 4.0 Grants.gov
2 Application for Federal Domestic Assistance – Short Organizational 3.0 Grants.gov
3 EPA Form 4700-4 4.0 EPA
4 Financial Management and System of Internal Controls Questionnaire 3.0 USDOJ
5 HUD-52651 3.0 HUD
6 HUD-52768 3.0 HUD
7 HUD Applicant-Recipient Disclosure Report 3.0 HUD
8 NEH Supplemental Information for Individuals 4.0 NEH
9 PHS 398 Training Budget 2.0 HHS
10 PHS 398 Training Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 3.0 HHS
11 PHS Additional Indirect Costs 2.0 HHS
12 Project/Performance Site Location(s) 4.0 Grants.gov
13 R & R Multi-Project Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 10YR 30ATT 2.0 Grants.gov
14 R & R Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 2.0 Grants.gov
15 R & R Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 10 YR 30 ATT 2.0 Grants.gov
16 R & R Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 10 YR 10 ATT 2.0 Grants.gov
17 R & R Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 5 YR 30 ATT 2.0 Grants.gov
18 Research & Related Budget 2.0 Grants.gov
19 Research & Related Budget 10YR 2.0 Grants.gov
20 Research & Related Multi-Project 10 Year Budget 2.0 Grants.gov
21 Research & Related Budget (Total Fed + Non-Fed) 2.0 Grants.gov
22 Research & Related Subaward Budget (Total Fed + Non-Fed) 5 YR 30 ATT 2.0 Grants.gov
23 Research & Related Subaward Budget (Total Fed + Non-Fed) Attachment(s) Form 2.0 Grants.gov
24 SBIR/STTR Information 2.0 Grants.gov
25 SF424 Mandatory Form 3.0 Grants.gov
26 SF424 (R&R) 4.0 Grants.gov
27 SF424 R&R Multi-Project Cover 3.0 Grants.gov

Tips for Proofreading Your Next Grant Application

Developing a proofreading strategy can greatly improve the quality of your federal grant application.  Here are some tips from grant-making offices across the government that you can use for developing this strategy.

Grant Writing Tips

1. Enlist content proofreaders early in the process.

“Request that your colleagues or mentors review a first draft of your specific aims early in the process,” advises NIH.

Consider asking your early proofreaders to focus on macro issues, such as the organization of narrative sections or the logical flow within your application narrative. Even if your proposal is not completely ready, you can still have your designated proofreaders review some sections of the proposal. An Office of Justice Programs resource concurs, stating that early proofreading will allow for “sufficient time to deal with missing information,” as well as other common issues.

2. Develop a master checklist.

“Use [a] checklist to be sure that you have included everything that is required,” advises an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) resource. “Missing or incomplete items often result in outright rejection or at least a lower score, limiting your chance for funding.”

A checklist can mean different things to different people; applicants should think of a multi-page checklist that includes not only a list of required forms and attachments, but also formatting requirements, and a bulleted list of the agency’s judging criteria.

3. Give your application a grade.

“Rate your own application,” advises the NIH resource. Grade your own proposal after completing a solid first draft, or you can ask a qualified individual outside your organization to evaluate it. Doing this well before the deadline will enable your team to identify weak areas before it’s too late.

If you bring in an outside reader, ARC suggests that you “ask them to read the proposal quickly. That is how reviewers will likely go through it, at least initially.”

4. Enlist a proofreader late in the process to focus on micro issues.

“Enlist the help of someone not involved in the preparation of the application and proposal to review the proposal,” advises a USDA resource. This proofreader can focus solely on micro issues – word choice, sentence structure, and typographical errors.

Want more tips about the federal grant writing process? Click here to see other posts in the Grant Writing Basics blog series.

 

Original Post on July 14, 2020

Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021

This is an important update from NIH regarding the upcoming changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page on or after May 25, 2021 as shown below:

NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-21-073

Key Dates

Release Date: March 12, 2021
Effective Date: May 25, 2021

Related Announcements

NOT-OD-19-114 – Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components

Issued by

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

Purpose

In an effort to support strong collaboration between Federal research agencies, NIH has made every effort to align the Biographical Sketch (Biosketch), Other Support format page and Application Form Instructions with the guidance issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Joint Committee on the Research Environment.

As a result, this Guide Notice informs the extramural community that NIH has updated its application forms and instructions to support the need for applicants and recipients to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic.

The updated forms and instructions will be required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021.

The revisions serve as updates to the Biosketch and Other Support format page templates used as attachments in our current Forms-F application packages and RPPRs. The forms updates do not change the policies for Biosketch or Other Support.

The changes are as follows:

Format Page Changes
Biographical Sketch Format Page Section B ‘Positions and Honors’ has been renamed ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors’.
For the non-Fellowship Biosketch, Section D. has been removed.

For the Fellowship Biosketch, Section D has been updated to remove ‘Research Support.’

As applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A.

Other Support Format Page The format page has been re-organized to separate funded projects from in-kind contributions.
Signature block added, for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted. Each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission.

Supporting Documentation: For Other Support submissions that include foreign activities and resources, recipients are required to submit copies of contracts, grants or any other agreement specific to senior/keypersonnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution as supporting documentation. If they are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies. This supporting documentation must be provided as part of the Other Support PDF following the Other Support Format page.

Effective Date

Use of the updated format pages will be required for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021.

During the transition to the new Biosketch format, NIH will not withdraw applications that include the previous Biosketch format. Beginning with applications submitted on or after January 25, 2022, failure to follow the appropriate Biosketch format may cause NIH to withdraw your application from consideration.

Other Support

Reminder:

Other Support includes all resources made available to a researcher in support of and/or related to all of their research endeavors, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value and regardless of whether they are based at the institution the researcher identifies for the current grant. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Resources and/or financial support from all foreign and domestic entities, that are available to the researcher. This includes but is not limited to, financial support for laboratory personnel, and provision of high-value materials that are not freely available (e.g., biologics, chemical, model systems, technology, etc.). Institutional resources, such as core facilities or shared equipment that are made broadly available, should not be included in Other Support, but rather listed under Facilities and Other Resources.
  • Consulting agreements, when the PD/PI or other senior/key personnel will be conducting research as part of the consulting activities. Non-research consulting activities are not Other Support.
  • In-kind contributions, e.g. office/laboratory space, equipment, supplies, or employees or students supported by an outside source. If the time commitment or dollar value of the in-kind contribution is not readily ascertainable, the recipient must provide reasonable estimates.

Other Support does not include training awards, prizes, or gifts. Gifts are resources provided where there is no expectation of anything (e.g. time, services, specific research activities, money, etc.) in return. An item or service given with the expectation of an associated time commitment is not a gift and is instead an in-kind contribution and must be reported as Other Support.

Reporting of Other Support is required for all individuals designated in an application as senior/key personnel—those devoting measurable effort to a project. Information on Other Support is not specifically requested for Program Directors, training faculty, and other individuals involved in the oversight of training grants since applicable information is collected in other sections of a training grant application. Other Support is not required to be submitted for individuals categorized as Other Significant Contributors.

Recipients are reminded to establish and maintain effective internal controls (e.g. policies and procedures) to ensure that individuals designated in applications as senior/key personnel fully disclose all Other Support information to their institution as soon as soon as it becomes known.

Updated Requirements for Recipients:

Effective May 25, 2021, NIH requires the following:

  • Supporting documentation, which includes copies of contracts, grants or any other agreement specific to senior/key personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution for all foreign activities and resources that are reported in Other Support. If the contracts, grants or other agreements are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies.
  • Immediate notification of undisclosed Other Support. When a recipient organization discovers that a PI or other Senior/Key personnel on an active NIH grant failed to disclose Other Support information outside of Just-in-Time or the RPPR, as applicable, the recipient must submit updated Other Support to the Grants Management Specialist named in the Notice of Award as soon as it becomes known.

Specific Changes to Biosketch Instructions – Updates

A full copy of the updated Biosketch instructions can be found here. Specific changes are below, in bold italics. As a normal matter of business, NIH will incorporate the changes into the NIH Application Form Instructions within the next forms update by FY 2022.

G.240 R&R Senior/Key Person Profile Expanded Form

Instructions for a Biographical Sketch

  1. Personal Statement updated to read:

Briefly describe why you are well-suited for your role(s) in this project. Relevant factors may include: aspects of your training; your previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; your technical expertise; your collaborators or scientific environment; and/or your past performance in this or related fields, including ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that you want to draw attention to (previously known as research support).

  1. Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors updated to read:

List in reverse chronological order all positions and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign, including affiliations with foreign entities or governments. This includes titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received, and whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary). High school students and undergraduates may include any previous positions. For individuals who are not currently located at the applicant organization, include the expected position at the applicant organization and the expected start date.

  1. Scholastic Performance updated to remove ‘Research Support’. Section D is solely present on the fellowship version of the Biosketch, and no longer includes research support, only Scholastic Performance.

Availability of Forms and Instructions – Updates:

The updated format pages and instructions for Other Support can be found here. NIH is finalizing the SciENcv template for Other Support and anticipates that the template will be available beginning in FY 2022. Until the SciENcv template is available, applicants and recipients are required to use the Word Format page to prepare Other Support information. The form must be converted to a PDF, and electronically signed prior to submission. This is an interim process, while NIH moves to the use of SciENcv templates for Other Support.

The updated format pages and instructions for the Biosketch can be found here. The updated SciENcv Biosketch template will be available in March 2021. Investigators with an existing Biosketch in SciENcv will be able to transfer their current Biosketch information to the new format.

Resources

Updated Biosketch resources, including FAQs and sample Biosketch format pages can be found here.

Updated Other Support resources, including FAQs and sample Other Support format pages can be found here.

Additional resources, including training videos and other materials will be posted on the pages above as they becoming available.

Inquiries

Please direct all grants policy inquiries to:

NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Division of Grants Policy
grantspolicy@nih.gov
Please direct all systems/forms related inquiries to:

NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Systems Policy Branch
OPERAsystemspolicy@nih.gov

 

Original post by NIH on 3/12/2021

Ever Wondered What Happens During the Scientific Review of an NIH Grant Application?

Understanding how peer review works is key to writing a good grant application.  In this 44-minute video, NIH Peer Review: “Live” Mock Study Section, scientists have gathered virtually to review three fictional applications in response to a fictional Request For Applications (RFA).

Watch their discussion to learn how applications are scored, what questions are commonly asked, and what mistakes to avoid in your application.

This video was originally recorded on October 28, 2020 during the 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. Find other presentations from the Seminar here.

Original post on February 23, 2021 by

eRA Reminder: New eRA Commons Login and Landing Screens Have Arrived!

The new eRA Commons home screen (log-in screen) and landing screen (screen when first logged in) are now available!

Both screens provide resources and information that are easily identifiable and centrally located (see Figure 1).

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Figure 1: New eRA Commons landing and login screens

Remember that as part of the new design, once authenticated, you will be able to navigate to various eRA modules within Commons via the apps icon thumbnail_image002  in the upper left corner. Clicking the icon will present a dropdown menu of the eRA modules.

Buttons to get to Status, ASSIST, Personal Profile and Account Management (Admin) will be available on the landing screen itself.

Resources

 

Attention users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR) and Commons Mobile!

You will be required to use login.gov for two-factor authentication (2FA) to access these modules in 2021. This requirement began to be phased in for reviewers starting Dec. 14, 2020 for meetings on Feb. 1, 2021 and beyond. Other users are encouraged to switch now before the mandatory deadline of Sept. 15, 2021. See details.

Note: If users experience an issue with an eRA module after a release, they should completely clear out their browser cache, which will generally resolve the issue. If not, please contact the eRA Service Desk.

 Need Help? Contact eRA Commons and Submit a web ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469. The Service Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

 

Original post by eRA Commons on January 12, 2021

eRA Information: Required Use of Login.gov to Access eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR and Commons Mobile Coming in 2021

A new login method, in pilot since April 2020, is rolling out for all users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR) and Commons Mobile in 2021.  This secure two-factor authentication allows you to log into multiple systems using the same login.gov credentials while enhancing the security and integrity of access to data in eRA systems.

The new secure two-factor authentication (2FA) login method involves users creating an account at login.gov, a centralized government portal, and associating their eRA Commons or ASSIST account with it.  Users only need to do this association one time.

This requirement will be phased in first for reviewers, meeting by meeting, starting with review meetings effective February 1, 2021 and beyond.  As reviewers are enabled for meetings, their IAR accounts will be transitioned to require login.gov.

Users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile and ASSIST can switch any time to the new option; they are encouraged to begin the switchover to login.gov now, before the mandatory deadline of September 15, 2021 for all users.

Background: eRA has been piloting the use of login.gov to access eRA’s external modules with select review groups with excellent success since April 2020 (see the April 6 communication).

eRA’s move to two-factor authentication via login.gov is part of an HHS initiative to provide the external user community the ability to log in to four different grants systems (eRA, Grants.gov, GrantSolutions.gov and Payment Management System) using the same account via login.gov.

What’s involved:  The two-factor authentication method involves creating an account at login.gov, a centralized government portal, and associating your eRA Commons account with it.

If you already have an eRA Commons account:

  • Make sure your Commons account is active and you know your password.  If you need to reset your eRA account password, please do so by using the Forgot Password/Unlock Account? link on the main Commons homepage.
  • Select the login.gov login option on the Commons home screen.
  • Login to login.gov using your existing account or create a new account by selecting the Create Account option.
  • When you are redirected back to Commons, you will be guided through the process to associate your Commons account with your login.gov account (a one-time process).

If you do not have an eRA Commons account:

Once done, the next time you log into eRA Commons using login.gov, you will automatically be redirected to eRA Commons without having to log in again.

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Figure 1: The three steps involved to access eRA Commons/IAR via login.gov

If you have multiple eRA Commons accounts

  • gov can only be linked to one eRA Commons account
  • If you have multiple eRA accounts, it is recommended that you associate your login.gov account to the eRA account that you use to perform your review activities, as reviewers are transitioning to the required use of login.gov first.
  • eRA is working on a solution in the future for users with multiple eRA accounts.

Note:  Once you start using login.gov to access eRA Commons or ASSIST; the use of other login methods such as Commons or ASSIST credentials (username/password) or InCommon federated credentials (use of an organization’s credentials) is not permitted.  This requirement to use login.gov also applies to any activities you may subsequently do in eRA Commons as a principal investigator, reviewer, etc.  For those who utilize InCommon federated credentials, NIH is working with the InCommon Federation community to determine if and when that service could implement the necessary two-factor authentication processes to allow that login method to continue in the future.

For more information on making 2FA a requirement, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-21-040.

Resources

Help

electronic Research Administration (eRA)

NIH Office of Extramural Research

Need Help? Submit a web ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469. The Service Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Help eRA improve their communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

To read other recent articles and messages, please visit their Latest News page at https://era.nih.gov/news.

 

Original post by NIH Office of Extramural Research/eRA Commons on December 14, 2020

RAPID, EAGER, and RAISE Proposal Types Now Available in Research.gov

Effective today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) enabled three new proposal types in the Research.gov Proposal Submission System and in the recently launched Research.gov demo site.  These are the Rapid Response Research (RAPID), EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), and Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) proposal types.  New automated compliance checks and associated error and warning messages were also implemented.

In addition, based on feedback from the research community, NSF has removed the font type and font size automated compliance checks and compliance warning messages for Research.gov proposals to align with FastLane and NSF policy.

New and updated system-related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available on the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission page via the left navigation menu.

RAPID, EAGER, and RAISE Proposals

Proposers can now select a RAPID, EAGER, or RAISE proposal in the Research.gov proposal creation wizard, in addition to the existing Research proposal option.  These proposal types are also available in the Research.gov proposal preparation demo site.

New automated compliance checks for RAPID, EAGER, and RAISE proposals have been added to Research.gov and are listed on the updated Research.gov Compliance Checklist dated November 23, 2020 on the Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals page.  Error messages prohibit proposal submission to NSF, whereas warning messages still permit proposal submission.

Refer to the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) for RAPID, EAGER, and RAISE proposal requirements.

Removal of Font Type and Font Size Compliance Checks

Although the automated compliance checks and associated compliance warnings for font type and font size have been removed, proposals may still be returned without review if the font type or font size is not compliant with the PAPPG Chapter II.B.2.a.

Refer to the updated Research.gov Compliance Checklist dated November 23, 2020 on the Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals page for a complete listing of the current automated proposal compliance checks for Research.gov proposals.

What’s Ahead?
Research.gov is being developed incrementally, and features are expanding to support the transition of all proposal preparation and submission functionality from FastLane to Research.gov in accordance with NSF Important Notice 147: Research.gov Implementation Update issued September 22, 2020.  Please refer to the new Proposal Submission Capabilities list on the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission page left navigation menu to see what is in development.

Questions?  If you have IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET; Monday – Friday except federal holidays) or via rgov@nsf.gov.  Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Original post by NSF on November 24, 2020