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Enforcement of NSF-Approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats Begins on October 5, 2020

Jean Feldman, Head of the National Science Foundation Policy Office, has issued a message regarding enforcement of new NSF-approved formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support, effective October 5, 2020.Note that the new NSF-approved formats are: SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae and an NSF fillable PDF.The...

ASSIST for the Submission of NIH Administrative Supplements

Beginning Saturday, July 25, 2020, the use of ASSIST for the submission of administrative supplements will be expanded. Paper submissions and the previous “streamlined” process within eRA Commons that permitted administrative supplement requests to be submitted directly to the awarding agency without having to go through Grants.gov, will no longer be...

NIH Requirements: Disclosure of Other Support, Foreign Relationships and Activities, and Conflicts of Interest

Full transparency in National Institutes of Health applications and throughout the life of an NIH grant is critical. NIH requires the disclosure of all sources of research support, foreign components, and financial conflicts of interest.A chart with examples of what to disclose to NIH about Senior/Key Personnel on Applications and Awards can be found...

NIH Guidance on Applications for Fall 2020 Due Dates During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Institutes of Health has issued Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications for the Fall 2020 Due Dates During the COVID-19 Pandemic (NOT-OD-20-122), with particular focus on not including contingency plans related to COVID-19 in proposals: “NIH grant applications should NOT include contingency plans that would outline steps needed...

NSF Post-Award Disclosure of Current Support and In-Kind Contribution Information

Federal funding agencies have become increasingly concerned about the accurate reporting of current and pending support in proposals. The National Science Foundation has updated the Grant General Conditions (GC-1) dated October 5, 2020 to provide guidance on how a priincipal investigator or co-PI of an active NSF grant can disclose current support or...

Revision of NSF Award Terms and Conditions

A message from Jean Feldman, Head of the National Science Foundation Policy Office:Dear Colleagues: I wanted to make you aware that the following sets of NSF Award Terms and Conditions have been revised: NSF Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms and Conditions (ASR); Cooperative Agreement Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions...

Update to NIH Administrative Supplement Policies

The National Institutes of Health has issued Notice of Requirement for Electronic Submission of all Administrative Supplements (NOT-OD-20-2-128).Effective immediately: NIH will begin accepting administrative supplement applications for multi-project awards electronically. Since the administrative supplement applies to the parent award as a whole, the...

Extension of COVID-19 Administrative Flexibilities

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued Memorandum 20-26 to extend selected administrative, financial, and audit requirement flexibilities related to COVID-19 to recipients of federal financial assistance awards (grants) previously made available under OMB Memorandum 20-17, which expired on June 16, 2020.What does this mean to principal...

Reminder: Updated NIH Forms Required

Nearly all National Institutes of Health grant applications should now be using updated application forms (FORMS-F; NOT-OD-20-026 and NOT-OD-20-077). However there are exceptions. See the NIH Extramural News: Don’t Forget to Use Updated Grant Application Forms (FORMS-F).If you aren’t sure how to tell the form version you should using, check out Do...

A message from Jean Feldman, Head of the National Science Foundation Policy Office: Dear Colleagues: On June 1, 2020, NSF will implement the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) for proposals submitted or due on or after this date. The revised PAPPG implements a variety of changes and clarifications, the highest profile of which requires use of an NSF-approved format for the preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing stress on proposers, the research community has not been able to adequately prepare and train their staff for the implementation of the new requirements. NSF has therefore made the decision to delay the requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of NSF proposals until October 1, 2020. Proposers must continue to format these documents in accordance with PAPPG requirements (see PAPPG sections II.C.2.f and II.C.2.h). NSF encourages the community to use these formats and continue to provide valuable feedback as we enhance them for future implementation. Over the coming week, NSF will make updates to existing policy guidance, websites and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to reflect the change. NSF will communicate further with the community once these updates have been made. Webinars covering the use of NSF-approved formats as well as all of the significant changes to the PAPPG are available on the NSF Policy Outreach website. NSF will continue to implement all other changes to the PAPPG beginning June 1, 2020, including the following: New requirement for proposing organizations to submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM);New requirement for providing e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for the submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals; andClarifications to current and pending support coverage as well as other changes throughout the document. You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov. Regards, Jean Feldman Head, Policy Office Division of Institution and Award Support National Science Foundation email: policy@nsf.gov May 7, 2020 Research Advocate: NSF-Approved Formats for Proposals Due On or After June 1, 2020

A message from Jean Feldman, Head of the National Science Foundation Policy Office:Dear Colleagues:On June 1, 2020, NSF will implement the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) for proposals submitted or due on or after this date. The revised PAPPG implements a variety of changes and clarifications, the highest profile...

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