NIH Announces New Policies

National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces new policies regarding 1) Inclusion of Sex as a Biological Variable and 2) Improvement of Reproducibility in applications and progress reports.

Beginning with applications due January 25, 2016, PIs will have to demonstrate strong scientific premise, rigorous experimental design, and consideration of sex and other biological variables in the Research Strategy section of their applications. Reviewers will factor this information into their overall impact scores.

PIs will also have to include an attachment in the Other Research Plan sections to authenticate their key resources. Reviewers will not factor this information into their overall impact scores.

Further, PIs will report on sex differences in their progress reports and publications.

For more information and links to resources that explain NIH’s intent and expectations, read the June 9, 2015 Guide notices:

Consideration of Sex as a Biological Variable in NIH-Funded Research

Enhancing Reproducibility Through Rigor and Transparency

An overview and guidance of Rigor and Reproducibility and FAQs on this topic are available on the NIH OER website. The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health also has published additional guidance regarding Consideration of Sex as a Biological Variable.

NIH will provide instructions for applicants and reviewers later this year.

CPRIT Prevention Program Hosts Q&A on Current Funding Opportunities

CPRIT Prevention Program is hosting a Q&A June 13, 2015 on current funding opportunities.

Delayed Awards from NIH

UPDATE

This is a reminder regarding the NIH Business System (NBS) cutover scheduled for the period of May 19, 2015, 5:00 pm EST through June 3, 2015, 7:00 am EST. During this time, software updates will be made to the NIH accounting and business systems that have wide-reaching impacts across the NIH, resulting in a delay in issuing competing and non-competing awards.

Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-088, issued April 9, 2015 outlines the impact of the outage on extramural research activities.  During this cutover period no new or revised Notices of Award will be issued, regardless of the grant type, no new establishment or changes of Employer Identification Numbers used to pay awards will be made, no No-Cost Extensions of the final budget period can be processed and no Fellowship activations will take place.

Extramural research activities that are not expected to be impacted by the cutover include draw down of funds on existing awards from the Payment Management Systems and submission and review of new applications through Grants.gov with the exception of May 23, 2015. eRA anticipates the downtime to last up to 12 hours, but will return and remain available through the rest of the two-week upgrade period.

The anticipated delay in making awards will not change the terms and conditions of any future or existing awards.  Grantees will retain the ability to incur pre-award obligations and expenditures up to 90 days before the budget period start date at their own risk, same as prior to the cutover.

If there are questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Grants Management Specialist assigned to the grant in question or the Chief Grants Management Officer.

ORIGINAL POST

This Notice is to inform National Institutes of Health (NIH) applicants and grantees that NIH’s ability to issue competing and non-competing awards may be delayed for two weeks from May 19, 2015 until June 3, 2015. During this time, a series of software upgrades will be made to NIH accounting and business systems that have wide-reaching impacts across the NIH.  These also connect to NIH grant-making systems, and while every effort will be made to minimize the expected downtime, it may take up to two weeks to complete all the work.

NIH Biosketch Notice

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) encourages applicants to use the newly published biosketch format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates before May 25, 2015, and will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-032.html

 

NSF Issues FAQ’s for Uniform Guidance

National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Foundation’s implementation of 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).  These FAQs are available on the DIAS/Policy Office website. The FAQs will be updated periodically as additional questions arise.

If you have any questions, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by email to policy@nsf.gov.

Updated Uniform Guidance PI Quick Guide

An updated TAMUS Uniform Guidance PI Quick Guide has been added.

Please check this page for all future updates regarding the new OMB Uniform Guidance.

Uniform Guidance Cost Principles Reference Guide Now Available

The Texas A&M University System Uniform Guidance Cost Principles Reference Guide is now available.

New OMB Uniform Guidance Tools

SRS has posted two new OMB Uniform Guidance Tools for PIs:

TAMUS Uniform Guidance PI Quick Guide

TAMUS Uniform Guidance PI FAQ’s

Please check this page for all future updates regarding the new OMB Uniform Guidance

Resource Links for FDP and COGR

For your reference, resource links for Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) meetings and Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) have been added to the SRS website.

NSF Ebola Virus Research Opportunity

Click here for the NSF Dear Colleague Letter on the Ebola Virus.