Primary Email Address Option for Research.gov Sign-in and NSF Account Password Recovery Begins 9/28/2020

Previously, in March 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) introduced a new centralized account registration process in Research.gov for the research community that provides each user with a single profile and unique identifier (i.e., NSF ID) for signing in to FastLane and Research.gov for proposal and award activities and the ability for each user to manage their own profile.

Effective September 28, 2020, NSF will enhance the research community sign-in process by providing the option to use an individual’s primary email address to sign in to Research.gov and for NSF account password recovery.  Users will still be able to sign in to Research.gov with their NSF ID as they do currently or with their organization-issued credentials if the organization participates in the InCommon Federation.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Effective September 28, 2020, the Research.gov Sign-in page will include three sign-in options:
    • Primary email address + password (new option)
    • NSF ID + password (existing option)
    • Organization-issued Credentials (InCommon Federation participating organizations only) (existing option)
  • Also effective September 28, 2020, users will be able to enter either their primary email address or their NSF ID for NSF account password recovery.
  • The user’s primary email address is the one they registered with on Research.gov, and this email address is displayed on their Research.gov My Profile page.
  • This change is intended to make it easier for users to remember their Research.gov sign-in information, as well as to align with the industry standards for sign-in using an email address.

Account Management Resources

Additional information about NSF accounts and the primary email address is available on the Research.gov About Account Management page.  An updated Account Management Guide and updated Frequently Asked Questions will be available on the Research.gov About Account Management page on September 28, 2020.

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  9/21/2020

Enforcement of NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats Begins on 10/5/2020

Effective October 5, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will begin enforcing the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the preparation of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents.  The NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae and an NSF fillable PDF.

All other PAPPG (NSF 20-1) changes were effective on June 1, 2020.  Please refer to the complete list of PAPPG (NSF 20-1) significant changes and clarifications which include the IT system changes and other policy-related changes.  A set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on proposal preparation and award administration related to NSF PAPPG (NSF 20-1) is also available and includes Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support information.

Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Websites

  • The NSF Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support websites include links to the NSF-fillable PDF formats, updated FAQs, and instructions.
  • For the fillable PDF formats, NSF recommends users download and save the blank PDF document prior to adding content. Populating content directly into a web browser (e.g., Chrome or Safari) may result in formatting inconsistencies.  The completed and saved PDF can then be uploaded via FastLane, Research.gov, or Grants.gov.
  • Beginning on October 5, 2020, links to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support websites will also be located in FastLane (on the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Personnel pages), in Research.gov (on the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Upload pages), and in Grants.gov (on the NSF Senior Key Person Profile form version 2.0).

Change of Principal Investigator (PI) and Add/Change Co-PI Requests

  • Effective October 5, 2020, Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documentation must also be in an NSF-approved format when uploaded with a Change of PI and an Add/Change co-PI request in FastLane.

Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Submissions with Active Other Support Changes

  • Effective October 5, 2020, PIs and co-PIs must include an NSF-approved format for Current and Pending Support when notifying NSF that active other support has changed since the award was made, or since the most recent annual report.
  • This new requirement serves as NSF’s implementation of the revised RPPR, a uniform format for reporting performance progress on Federally-funded research projects and research-related activities.

Automated Compliance Checks for NSF-approved Formats

  • Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents not in an NSF-approved format will trigger a compliance error and ultimately will prevent proposal submission or completion of the post-award action.  This compliance check applies to proposals, Change of PI requests, Add/Change co-PI requests, and relevant RPPR submissions.
  • Note that automated compliance checks also apply when a proposal file update (PFU) is performed on a proposal. Proposers should be aware that if a proposal was previously submitted successfully, a PFU performed on the proposal will be prevented from submission if the proposal does not comply with the compliance checks in effect at the time.

NSF-approved Format Updates

Based on feedback from the research community, NSF has enhanced both approved formats, and users are encouraged to use the latest versions.  Please see the system-related FAQs on using SciENcv and the system-related FAQs on using the NSF fillable PDF for a list of the improvements to each format.  In particular, note the permitted use of “et al.” for publication citations in the Biographical Sketch when listing multiple authors.  Senior personnel who wish to include publications in the products section of the Biographical Sketch that include multiple authors may, at their discretion, choose to list one or more of the authors and then “et al.” in lieu of including the complete listing of authors’ names.

SciENcv Enhancements

The SciENcv module for creating NSF Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents will be updated prior to October 5, 2020; however, all SciENcv-generated Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support PDF documents created on or after April 1, 2020 remain compliant in NSF systems.

Prior to the October 5th requirement to use the NSF-approved format, SciENcv will make a number of enhancements that include:

  • ability for users to reorder products and appointments in the Biographical Sketch
  • ability for users to edit long author citations imported from ORCID on the Biographical Sketch and add “et al.”
  • addition of a Current and Pending Support tool tip to provide clarification and guidance on how users should document support under a fiscal year calendar

Please see the system-related FAQs on using SciENcv for details.

As a reminder, the SciENcv tool integrates with ORCID, enabling users to populate the Biographical Sketch by importing data directly from ORCID records rather than having to manually enter all the required information.  This helps reduce administrative burden associated with the Biographical Sketch preparation process.  Additionally, SciENcv allows users to grant access to delegates to assist with maintaining and updating data. SciENcv also offers users a dynamic and more customized PDF.  For example, users with fewer Current and Pending Support entries may elect to use SciENcv to generate their Current and Pending Support PDF document since SciENcv will produce a PDF without any blank pages.  Conversely, the Current and Pending Support fillable PDF will always be 15 pages regardless of how much data is included.

Latest NSF Fillable PDF Version

  • Revised NSF fillable PDF formats were released on May 1, 2020; however, the previous versions remain compliant in NSF systems.
  • The May 1, 2020 version is indicated by “Revised 05/01/2020” printed on the first page of each form.

Additional Training Resources

To learn more about the NSF-approved formats for Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support, please view the NSF PAPPG (NSF 20-1) webinar and NSF-Approved Formats for the Biographical Sketch & Current and Pending Support Sections of NSF Proposals webinar.

SciENcv has created the following materials to guide NSF users through the preparation of the NSF documents available in SciENcv:

Other Updates for Proposers

A revised NSF Grants.gov Application Guide will be published on September 16th and effective October 5, 2020. The Guide will be updated to remove references and instructions for the Research & Related Personal Data Form. NSF will no longer require this form, and this form will no longer be included in NSF’s packages effective October 5, 2020.

Questions?  Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.  If you have IT system-related or technical questions regarding the SciENcv or NSF fillable PDF formats, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET; Monday – Friday except federal holidays) or via fastlane@nsf.gov.

Original post by NSF on August 14, 2020

DOE Reminder of Requirements for Submission of Final Peer-Reviewed Accepted Manuscripts with Follow Up FAQs

Following the PAMS Broadcast message that was sent in late January 2020 entitled “Requirements for Submission of Final Peer-Reviewed Accepted Manuscripts,” this follow up message is being sent to remind DOE Office of Science (SC) financial assistance recipients of their obligation to submit final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts for published journal articles resulting from SC funding.

Frequently asked questions that DOE received, with answers, are identified below:

Question: When did the requirement to submit final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts take effect for DOE SC financial assistance recipients?

Answer:  The requirement to submit final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts was incorporated into DOE SC financial assistance awards as part of the federal reporting checklist (DOE F 4600.2) in early (calendar year) 2015.  The requirements were established by the DOE Public Access Plan and are incorporated in the terms and conditions of award.

Question: Do I, as the PI, have an individual responsibility to submit my final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript or is it a responsibility of the institution?

Answer:  Recipient institutions are official awardee and are responsible for complying with the terms and conditions of award.  That said, any personnel at the recipient institution may submit final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts.  The recipient institution is responsible for ensuring that submissions are made, whether they are made by the PI, staff in the Sponsored Research Office, other researchers, or students.

Question: How are submissions made and when do they need to be made?

Answer:  Submissions of final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts are to be made to the DOE E-Link system (https://www.osti.gov/elink/) and it is expected that recipients will submit final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts once they are accepted for publication, but no later than one-year after the date the journal article is published online, and before closeout.  Instructions for submissions may be found here.  OSTI has also prepared a video tutorial to demonstrate how to submit a manuscript which can be found here.

Question: My article is copyrighted. Can I submit an article that is copyrighted?

Answer: No. Copyrighted articles are not required for submission, and further, may not be submitted to E-Link.  Rather, only final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts are accepted for submission, and DOE has rights to use the final peer-reviewed version of the manuscript for public access purposes.  Please do not submit the copyrighted, published version of the manuscript.

Question: Are duplicate submissions a concern?

Answer: No, duplicate submissions are not a concern.  When you submit your final peer-review accepted manuscript, and provide the DOI, they will reconcile the submission with any other submissions that have the same DOI.  They will account for the award number and sponsoring office that you identified for the submission, and merge that info as part of the metadata for the accepted manuscript record.

Question: Will my final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript be made available to the public as soon as I submit it?

Answer: No.  After a one-year period, following the published date of the manuscript, the final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript will be made available through DOE PAGES (DOE’s public access search tool) and OSTI.GOV (DOE’s umbrella search tool for all scientific and technical information product types).  This one year period serves as an embargo period following the date of publication.  As a benefit to the recipient and author of the manuscript, OSTI has agreements with commercial search engines such as Google, where the metadata for the submitted manuscript will be indexed.  This maximizes discovery of the submitted manuscript, and can lead to increased visibility and citation of the article.

Question: If I have reported details about the journal article in PAMS, do I still need to submit the final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript to E-Link?

Answer: Yes.  While product information related to journal articles is reported in PAMS for the RPPR, full-text of the final peer-reviewed manuscript is not required for RPPR purposes.  Therefore, the full-text of the manuscript and minimal metadata associated with it, needs to be submitted to E-Link for public access purposes.

For any other questions regarding announcement and submission of your final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript, please contact elink_Helpdesk@osti.gov.

Original post from DOE/OSTI on September 1, 2020

NSF Issuance of Proposal Preparation & Award Administration FAQs related to the NSF PAPPG

On Aug 28th, 2020 NSF announced the issuance of a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on proposal preparation and award administration related to NSF PAPPG (NSF 20-1).

Some of the topics addressed in the FAQs include conference proposals, cost sharing, deadline dates, indirect costs, international activities/considerations and participant support.

Original post by NSF Jean Feldman on August 2, 2020

New Vertebrate Animals Section Training Module for NIH Proposal Applicants

Calling all NIH applicants proposing research with vertebrate animals – check out the latest online learning module on the Vertebrate Animals Section in grant applications. This interactive module will assist applicants in preparing this section of the application, and will serve as a valuable resource for reviewers in evaluating the Vertebrate Animal Section of applications and proposals.

This engaging module takes 30 minutes or less to complete and includes:

  • an overview of the requirements,
  • a checklist for applicants and reviewers,
  • detailed instructions, and
  • responsibilities of applicants, reviewers, and NIH staff.

See additional resources on the humane care and use of animals in PHS supported research on NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) website.

Original post by NIH on July 24, 2020

eRA Enhancement: Change in Format to the NIH Notice of Award Starting October 1, 2020

Starting on October 1, 2020, NIH award recipients will see a new standardized Page One of the Notice of Award (NoA).  The NoA is the legal document issued to notify the recipient that an NIH award has been made and that funds may be requested from the designated HHS payment system or office.  This enhancement is part of HHS’s Reinvent Grants Management initiative to standardize the NoA across various HHS systems and reduce the burden on recipients.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in collaboration with Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and recipients has developed a standardized Page One of the NoA that will serve as the first page of every HHS NoA for all discretionary awards.

The new format captures key award information for NIH grant recipients in an intuitive and digitally accessible format.  For instance, financial award information and federal agency contacts (program official contact information, etc.) will be available on Page One. The remaining sections of the NoA will remain mostly as is, with some data elements moving to Page One from subsequent pages of the NoA.

The new NoA Page One will be used by all HHS OpDivs.

NIH is developing a number of resources to help recipients get familiar with the new Page One of the NoA.  In the coming weeks, please look for these resources on the View Notice of Award page of the public eRA website.

For more information, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-20-155.

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? 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 NIH 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 NIH’s Latest News page at https://era.nih.gov/news.

Original post by NIH eRA Commons on August 5, 2020

OMB Announces Revisions to Uniform Guidance

 The revised guidance was published August 13, 2020.  This is the first major substantive revision to the UG since 2014.  Additional information and resources, including the August 27 Innovation Exchange session on the revisions to UG will be available at https://www.performance.gov/CAP/grants  Sign-up for the August 27 Innovation Exchange session from 12:00-12:45 pm ET: https://grantsinnovation_aug27_2020_2cfr.eventbrite.com
Original post by NCURA e-Xtra Volume VII, No. 33 on August 17, 2020

Now Available on Research.gov Proposals: Cost Sharing and Single Copy Documents

Effective today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) enabled cost sharing (Line M on the proposal budget) for programs with mandatory cost sharing requirements on proposals submitted in Research.gov.  In addition, enhancements were deployed to the proposal Cover Sheet and proposal upload screens to support Single Copy Documents, which include Deviation Authorization, Special Exception – Natural or Anthropogenic Event, Proprietary or Privileged Information, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, and Additional Single Copy Documents.  New associated automated compliance error and warning messages as well as business rules were also implemented.

Research.gov Support for Full Research Proposals

Research.gov now supports all Full Research proposals that conform to standard Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) requirements for formatting and document content including:

  • Single submissions from one organization (available since April 2018)
  • Single submission collaborative proposals with subawards (available since June 2019)
  • Separately submitted collaborative proposals from multiple organizations (available since March 2020)

 

Cost Sharing

The requirement to include cost sharing in a proposal is identified in the program solicitation, and Line M on the proposal budget will only be available for the select few programs that require cost sharing.  Line M will appear in year one of the prime organization’s proposal budget when the selected funding opportunity includes a mandatory cost sharing requirement.  Please see PAPPG Chapter II.C.2.g.xii. for additional information about NSF’s cost sharing policy.

New system-related cost sharing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available in the “Proposal Sections” FAQ topic on the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission webpage.  A new automated compliance warning message and business rules for cost sharing have also been added.  Please refer to the updated Research.gov Compliance Checklist dated July 27, 2020 on the Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals webpage.  Compliance checks triggering an error will prohibit proposal submission to NSF, whereas checks triggering a warning will allow proposal submission to NSF.

Single Copy Documents

Single Copy Documents are for certain categories of information that are submitted in conjunction with a proposal and are for NSF use only. They are not provided to reviewers for use in the review of the proposal.  Please see PAPPG (NSF 20-1) for Single Copy Document requirements.  Research.gov system-related details for Single Copy Documents are included below:

  • Deviation Authorization (PAPPG Chapter II.A.):
    • The Deviation Authorization link can be accessed both in the Optional proposal section as well as via the Deviation Authorization tab in the left navigation pane Optional menu.
    • Once the Deviation Authorization link is clicked in either location, a text entry field with a 256-character limit will be available on the screen.
    • After the Deviation Authorization text entry field is saved, the text is converted to a PDF file. Editing the text entry field and clicking save will generate a new PDF file.
  • Special Exception – Natural or Anthropogenic Event (PAPPG Chapter I.F.3.):
    • When the Special Exception to the Deadline Date Policy checkbox is selected on the Cover Sheet and the Cover Sheet is saved, the Special Exception – Natural or Anthropogenic Event upload section will be accessible either through a link in the blue information message at the top of the Cover Sheet, or by a link in the Other Information section of the Cover Sheet.
    • After a compliant Natural or Anthropogenic Event document has been uploaded, the listed deadline due date is bypassed allowing the Authorized Organizational Representative to submit the proposal in Research.gov after the listed deadline.
    • An error preventing proposal submission will be triggered if the Special Exception to the Deadline Date Policy checkbox is selected on the Cover Sheet, but a compliant document has not been uploaded in the Special Exception – Natural or Anthropogenic Event upload section.
    • Note that checking the Special Exception to the Deadline Date Policy box on the Cover Sheet and uploading a Special Exception – Natural or Anthropogenic Event document will allow proposal submission after the listed deadline in Research.gov, however acceptance remains at the discretion of the NSF Program Officer.
  • Proprietary or Privileged Information (PAPPG Chapter II.D.1.)
    • When the Proprietary or Privileged Information checkbox is selected on the Cover Sheet and the Cover Sheet is saved, the Proprietary or Privileged Information upload section will be accessible either through a link in the blue information message at the top of the Cover Sheet, or by a link in the Other Information section of the Cover Sheet.
    • An error preventing proposal submission will be triggered if the Proprietary or Privileged Information checkbox is selected on the Cover Sheet, but a compliant document has not been uploaded in the Proprietary or Privileged Information upload section.
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (PAPPG Chapter I.G.2. and PAPPG Chapter II.C.1.d.)
    • When the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities checkbox is selected on the Cover Sheet and the Cover Sheet is saved, the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities upload section will be accessible either through a link in the blue information message at the top of the Cover Sheet, or by a link in the Other Information section of the Cover Sheet.
    • An error preventing proposal submission will be triggered if the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities checkbox is selected on the Cover Sheet, but a compliant document has not been uploaded in the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities upload section.
  • Additional Single Copy Documents
    • The Additional Single Copy Documents link can be accessed both in the Optional proposal section as well as via the Single Copy Documents tab in the left navigation pane Optional menu.  Once the Additional Single Copy Documents link is clicked in either location, an upload section will be available on the screen.
    • The Additional Single Copy Documents section supports multiple file uploads.

 

Other Related Changes for Single Copy Documents

  • New Automated Compliance Error Messages and Business Rules:  Please see the updated Research.gov Compliance Checklist dated July 27, 2020 on the Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals webpage for additional details.  Compliance checks triggering an error will prohibit proposal submission to NSF, whereas checks triggering a warning will allow proposal submission to NSF.
  • New FAQs: New system-related Single Copy Document FAQs are available in the “Proposal Sections” FAQ topic on the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission webpage.

 

What’s Ahead in the Research.gov Proposal Submission System?

Features supporting the following types of proposals are planned for a late fall 2020 release in Research.gov:

  • Rapid Response Research (RAPID)
  • EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)
  • Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE)

NSF is also currently developing a Research.gov demo site that will be available for training purposes.  Stay tuned for additional information about these exciting developments in the coming months!

 

Help NSF Build Research.gov

Research.gov is being developed incrementally, and features are expanding with the goal of transitioning all proposal preparation and submission functionality from FastLane to Research.gov.  NSF strongly encourages the use of Research.gov where possible and wants feedback on your experience, so they can continue to make improvements.  Please submit your feedback on the Research.gov Feedback page (select “Proposal Preparation & Submission” under the Site Area dropdown menu).

NSF would appreciate you sharing this information with your colleagues.  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.

NSF looks forward to receiving your Research.gov proposals and your feedback!

 

Original post by NSF on 7/27/2020

NSF’s Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-26: Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19 due to Loss of Operations

NSF has issued guidance on NSF’s implementation of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum (M-20-26), entitled, Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations.  NSF remains committed to working with the Administration, other federal agencies, and the research community to effectively respond to the COVID-19 national emergency.  This guidance is to implement updated guidance authorized by OMB Memorandum M-20-26 for recipients affected by COVID-19.

The guidance extends two of the short-term administrative relief from specific requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, without compromising accountability requirements. These extensions, that go beyond what OMB previously outlined in Memorandum M-20-17, specifically pertain to the allowability of salaries and other project activities and single audit submission.  In order to support charges against NSF awards, recipients are reminded of their responsibility to maintain appropriate records and documentation to support the charges in accordance with institutional policies and procedures. OMB Memoranda M-20-17 and M-20-20 have been rescinded.

NSF has worked with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health to develop a consistent implementation which they will be issuing separately.

Questions about the policies described in the NSF Guidance should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Original post by Jean Feldman NSF on 6/26/2020

FY2021 Funding Opportunities for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award

The NIH Common Fund announces FY2021 funding opportunities for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award in the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program.  The program provides unique opportunities for exceptionally creative scientists to pursue highly innovative approaches to address major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research.  Applications are welcome that propose any research topic relevant to the broad mission of NIH and from any eligible institution.  NIH especially encourages applications from women and members of groups that are underrepresented in NIH-funded research.

The Early Independence Award has separate funding opportunities available for COVID-19-related research to be supported by Emergency funds through the CARES Act.  Applicants should apply to the appropriate funding opportunity based on their research topic. Applications submitted to the Emergency and non-Emergency funding opportunities will be reviewed together at the same time using the same process.

FY2021 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5 – Clinical Trial Optional): RFA RM-20-014

Supports outstanding junior scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity to bypass the traditional postdoctoral training period and launch an independent research career.  Applicants must have recently completed or will soon complete her/his doctoral degree or clinical training and have the support and guarantee of an independent research position from a host institution.

  • Complete doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2019 and September 30, 2021
  • In non-independent position at time of application
  • Cannot have served in a postdoctoral position more than 12 months following a previous, non-terminal degree
  • Single-PI applications only
  • Requires significant institutional commitment
  • Limited to two applications per institution
  • No preliminary data required
  • Up to $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years
  • See website for more information and FAQs
  • Application deadline: September 4, 2020

FY2021 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5 – Clinical Trial Optional): COVID-19 Proposals RFA RM-20-021

Supports outstanding junior scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity bypass the traditional postdoctoral training period and launch an independent research career.  Applicants must have recently completed or will soon complete her/his doctoral degree or clinical training and have the support and guarantee of an independent research position from a host institution.

  • Proposal must be relevant to COVID-19 prevention, preparation, or response
  • Complete doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2019 and September 30, 2021
  • In non-independent position at time of application
  • Cannot have served in a postdoctoral position more than 12 months following a previous, non-terminal degree
  • Single-PI applications only
  • Requires significant institutional commitment
  • Limited to two applications per institution
  • No preliminary data required
  • Up to $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years
  • See website for more information and FAQs
  • Application deadline: September 4, 2020

The High-Risk High-Reward Research Program and other Common Fund programs are managed by the Office of Strategic Coordination, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives in the NIH Office of the Director, in partnership with the component NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices.  The NIH Common Fund encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) –“The Nation’s Medical Research Agency” – includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases.

For more information about NIH and its programs, visit the NIH website.

Original post by NIH on May 22, 2020