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December 17, 2010

NOT-ES-11-003: Notice of Change in NIEHS Accepting Submissions for Research Related to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil under PAR-10-083 or PAR-10-084 Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R03 or R21)

December 3, 2010

NOT-OD-11-023: Correction: Reminder of Policies Affecting Submission of NIH Grant Applications for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2011

NOT-OD-11-025: Notice of Availability of Revised Data Tables for Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Training Grant Applications

November 29, 2010

NOT-ES-11-001: Notice of Change in Dates for Pre-Application Meeting and Webinar for RFA-ES-11-006 Deepwater Horizon Disaster Research Consortia: Health Impacts and Community Resiliency (U19)

NOT-OD-11-021: Reminder: Policies Affecting Submission of NIH Grant Applications for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2011

November 23, 2010

Reminder: Training and Related Appointments and Terminations Must Be Submitted via xTrain after January 1, 2011

NOT-OD-11-022: Updated Application Guides and Non-competing Continuation Progress Report Instructions Posted

FAQs on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration, November 2010

November 22, 2010

Updated Application Guides and Non-competing Continuation Progress Report Instructions Posted
National Institutes of Health

October 25, 2010

Notice of Revised NIH Term of Award on use of DUNS Number and New Term of Award on Maintaining an Active CCR Registration
National Institutes of Health

Notice of New NIH Term of Award on Transparency Act Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements
National Institutes of Health

Notice of Revised Eligibility Requirements and Award Administration Information in NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements
National Institutes of Health

Non-Competing Grant Awards under the Current Continuing Resolution
National Institutes of Health

NIA implementation of NIH Policy on Acceptance for Review of Applications Requesting $500,000 or More in Direct Costs in a Single Year
National Institute on Aging

October 15, 2010

NOT-OD-11-012: PD/PI Verification No Longer Necessary to Submit Final Invention Statements in eRA Commons Closeout Feature

NOT-OD-11-001: Reminder: Submission of the PHS 416-7 Termination Notice Not Required for Kirschstein-NRSA T34 Pre-baccalaureate Trainees

NOT-OD-11-002: Proposal Preparation Costs Allowable as a Direct Charge for Mentored Career Development Awards

NOT-OD-11-003: Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. 10/1/2010): Policy Changes, Clarifications and Document Enhancements

October 14, 2010

Extramural Nexus, October 2010

October 8, 2010

eRA Commons, National Center for Biotechnology Information Partner to Provide Comprehensive Online Bibliography Portal

Congress Extends SBIR/STTR Programs Through January 31, 2011

October 7, 2010

NIH Announces New Program to Accelerate Research Independence

NOT-OD-11-010: New Procedures and Instructions for Submitting Annual Progress Reports for Multi-Year Funded (MYF) Awards

NOT-HL-11-121: Corrections to PAR-10-285 NHLBI Program Project (P01) Applications

Study Section Meeting Podcast: "Scoring Your Application"

Application Forms Updated

Archived September 22 Webcast Available for "Does Your Research Raise Security Concerns? Strategies for Promoting Responsible Research in the Life Sciences (OBA)

October 4, 2010

NOT-OD-11-008: Updated Electronic Application Forms Required for F, K, T and D Submissions with Due Dates of Jan. 25, 2011 and Beyond

NOT-OD-10-140: New Time Limit for NIH Resubmission Applications

NIH Clinical Center Offers Sabbatical in Clinical Research Management

Court Lets Stem Cell Funding Continue

NIH Announces Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

NSF 11-1: Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, January 2011

September 22, 2010

The Government Accountability Office on Monday released a new report, "National Institutes of Health: Awarding Process, Awarding Criteria, and Characteristics of Extramural Grants Made with Recovery Act Funding." The report describes the detailed review process NIH used to consider Recovery Act applications and the specific experiences of NIAID, NCI, and NHLBI. Following its review, GAO offered no recommendations or criticisms of NIH's process for distributing Recovery Act funds.

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday hosted a roundtable discussion with university presidents to discuss investments in university research made through the Recovery Act.

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has posted, "Guidance on Withdrawal of Subjects from Research: Data Retention and Other Related Issues." The document provides OHRP's first formal guidance on this topic. A draft version was made available for public comment through a notice in the Federal Register on December 1, 2008.

September 17, 2010

The September issue of NIH Extramural Nexus is available on-line. This month's newsletter is the first since Dr. Sally Rockey was named permanent NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research. Articles discuss the closing of the error correction window for electronic grant submissions, the new ARRA quarterly reporting period beginning October 1, and the new FFATA subaward reporting requirements.

NIH on Monday posted in the NIH Guide a revised policy on applicant institution responsibilities for ensuring that Just-in-Time submissions are accurate and current at the time of award.

The new issue of Peer Review Notes, published by the NIH Centers for Scientific Review, is now available. Highlighted are pilot projects aimed at reducing the need for special emphasis review panels and the new limits on post-submission supplementary materials. The issue also features a top ten list of positive changes for reviewers.

Secretary of HHS Katherine Sebelius announced in the August 31 Federal Register that the name of the HHS "Office of Public Health and Science'' has been changed to the ''Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health." The current Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) is Dr. Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.

September 10, 2010

NOT-OD-10-135: Enhancing Peer Review: Reminder of and Correction to Previous Notice on A2 Resubmission Opportunities for Eligible Applications

NOT-RM-10-014: Notice of Correction to Application Instructions for the 2011 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (RFA-RM-10-009)

NOT-ES-10-012: Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Gulf Oil Research Consortia: Impacts on Health of Residents (U19)

September 8, 2010

NOT-OD-10-128: Clarification on the Roles of NIH Scientific Review Groups (SRG) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) in Review of Vertebrate Animal Research

NOT-OH-10-008: NIOSH Policy on Resubmission (Amended) Applications

New Podcast Series on Application Review

NIH to Require all Applications to be Submitted in Response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Published in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts
National Institutes of Health

BP Provides $10 Million To Support Study of Health Issues Relating To Gulf Oil Spill

HOUSTON - BP today announced it is providing $10 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under its Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI) to support a study of potential public health issues relating to the Gulf oil spill and other spill-related health research. The GRI is a 10-year, $500 million independent research program established by BP to better understand and mitigate the environmental and potential health effects of the Gulf spill.

Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Gulf Oil Research Consortia: Impacts on Health of Residents

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in partnership with several NIH Institutes/Centers/Offices, intend to promote a new initiative by publishing a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit applications to examine the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster on health and quality of life of the general population residing in the Gulf Coast Region. In addition to the potential for exposure to oil and chemical mixtures, dispersants, etc., residents in the Gulf region are experiencing economic hardship, job loss, resettlements and other forms of psychological distress which may all impact health and quality of life. The intent of this RFA is to create one or more community-based participatory consortia of university-community partners to address the health issues of concern to the residents. By developing multi-project programs that may include population and associated laboratory-based research projects, it is anticipated that the outcomes of these programs will be to better understand the interplay and impact of multiple stressors on human health and well-being and the potential underlying mechanisms for effects observed. In addition, the findings will establish the evidence base needed to inform recovery and to develop strategies to prevent illness and promote the health and well-being of populations faced in this and other future man-made and natural disasters.

This notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

August 23, 2010

NSF Updates Training Requirement Frequently Asked Questions
The National Science Foundation has updated its list of frequently asked questions related to the requirement that project submissions include plans to assure that students and postdoctoral researchers receive training in the responsible conduct of research. Questions address how the requirement flows down to subrecipients, and whether grant funds can be used to pay for training.

NIH, Other Agencies, Eliminate Error Correction Window Beginning Next January
In response to comments received after a request for information was published earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will eliminate the error correction window for grant applications, the agencies announced Aug. 16. "Eliminating the error correction window will ensure consistent and fair deadlines for all applicants and better align these agencies' application submission processes with the submission processes of other federal agencies," they said. The window, implemented in 2005, was meant only to be a temporary fix "to facilitate the transition from paper to electronic submission of grant applications." The change will be in effect for submissions due on or after Jan. 25, 2011.

August 16, 2010

eSNAP User Guide

Extramural Nexus, August 2010

Congress Extends SBIR/STTR Programs Through September 30, 2010)

July 23, 2010

Commons Version eSNAP, MyBib, xTrain, and Commons Release Notes

Adobe Reader version 9.3.2 compatible with Grants.gov

July 9, 2010

Federal-wide Efforts to Develop Common Forms
The Federal Financial Report and the Research Performance Progress Report, the result of two Federal-wide streamlining efforts, will relieve grantees from the administrative burdens associated with the array of different forms and systems used by Federal research funding agencies.

Federal Financial Report: The Federal Financial Report (FFR) is replacing the Federal Cash Transactions Report (SF 272) and the Financial Status Report (FSR SF269 or SF269A). The Payment Management System has already implemented the federal cash data portion of the new report, see NOT-OD-10-038. NIH will begin pilot testing an eRA Commons solution (electronic FFR) for submission of the actual expenditure data portion of the report during August and September 2010. NIH plans to open the new financial reporting to all grantee institutions October 1, 2010, and require use of the electronic FFR for all grantee institutions as of January 1, 2011.

Research Performance Progress Report: The White House recently released the final format of the Research Performance Progress Report, a universal, standardized progress-reporting format for research and research-related activities for Federal grantees. The new progress report resulted from an initiative of the Research Business Models Subcommittee (co-chaired by Acting OER Director Dr. Sally Rockey) of the Committee on Science, a committee of the National Science and Technology Council. NIH is presently evaluating the format in light of the non-competing continuation progress report we currently use. An NIH implementation plan will be posted by January 2011.

New and Updated eRA Resources Save You Time and Energy
eRA's systems are custom built to meet the unique needs of our grantees. In recent months, NIH has released numerous products to aid you in the use of eRA's systems.

•Updated User Guides have been released for Commons and the eSNAP (Electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process) feature, providing detailed, illustrated instructions on the features and functions of each module.
•Redesigned eRA and Applying Electronically websites provide how-to's, updated FAQs, tips, presentations, and news for pre- and post-award processes.
•A new Self Help page on the eRA website offers a frequently updated "What Users Are Asking" section, among other resources.

Stay tuned for a series of eRA Virtual School demonstrations regarding the integration of Commons and My NCBI, as well as an all-OER FAQ database, projected to arrive by early fall.

SNAP Progress Reports Become All Electronic
If you are submitting a progress report for a SNAP (Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process) eligible award, as of August 1 you must submit electronically using the eSNAP module in eRA Commons (see June 2010 Nexus article). An updated eSNAP User Guide can assist first time users with this process. For technical assistance, contact the eRA Help Desk.

Make that Application Complete Upon Initial Submission
In the fall (starting with applications submitted for the September 25, 2010 receipt date), NIH will implement a new policy restricting the types of late grant application materials we will accept. The policy will encourage applications to be complete and ready for review upon submission.

We understand that sometimes events happen after the application has been submitted and before the review takes place that reviewers need to know about in order to provide an informed evaluation of the application. To accommodate these unforeseen circumstances, we will continue to allow certain types of late materials, such as:

•Revised budget page(s) (e.g., change in budget request due to new funding or institutional acquisition)
•Biographical sketches (e.g., change in senior/key personnel due to the loss of an investigator)
•Letters of support or collaboration resulting from a change in senior/key personnel due to the loss of an investigator
•Adjustments resulting from natural disasters (e.g., loss of an animal colony)
•Adjustments resulting from change of institution (e.g., PI moved to another university)
•News of an article accepted for publication

As before, these materials must be received 30 days prior to the initial peer review and require the concurrence of the Authorized Organizational Representative to be included in the application. In addition, investigators will be able to submit a one-page explanation to accompany these materials.

We will not accept substantial changes to the application such as updates to the Specific Aims or the Research Strategy, late-breaking research findings, supplemental pages, and new letters of support that do not meet the afore mentioned situation. These materials should be included in the initial application submission.

Note that there is an exception for many types of training programs. For these programs we will allow three pages of post-submission materials to present new information or data about the applicants that was not available at the time of application submission.

To read more about these new policies, see the Enhancing Peer Review Advance Notice: New NIH Policy on Post-Submission Application Materials (NOT-OD-10-091) and Enhancing Peer Review: Advance Notice on Post-Submission Application Materials for NIH Training and Related Applications (NOT-OD-10-104).

July 7, 2010

How to Pick a Project
Before you choose a project, it's a good idea to have a plan for your future research goals based on the research you have been doing. Read the full article here.

In the Court of Appeals, Revision Is the Verdict
If you are submitting a new application after running out of resubmissions, you'll need to decide what to do if the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) rejects the application as insufficiently different from the previous one. Read the full article here.

ARRA Is Starting to Make a Lasting Impression
It's too early to assess the legacy of ARRA, but we can see one long-term benefit already. Read the full article here.

Get Help from NIH to Repay Your Student Loans
NIH's Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) may repay up to $35,000 of your educational debt each year if you commit at least two years to conducting qualified research and you're an eligible doctoral-level clinician or researcher. Read the full article here.

June 18, 2010

New Videos Reveal How NIH Identifies the Most Promising Research Applications

NOT-OD-10-104: Enhancing Peer Review: Advance Notice on Post-Submission Application Materials for NIH Training and Related Applications

June 11, 2010

My NCBI Tool to Replace eRA Commons for Bibliography Management

Update of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

Postdoc Podcast Posted

NIH - Clinical Trials
On May 1, 2010, OER launched an expanded informational Web site to help NIH applicants and grantees better understand their roles and responsibilities related to the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). The statute expands ClinicalTrials.gov (the National Library of Medicine's clinical trials registry and results database) and imposes new requirements that apply to certain clinical trials, including certain trials supported in whole or in part by NIH funds.

The expanded site provides an overview of FDAAA specifically as it relates to NIH grants and cooperative agreements supporting "applicable clinical trials." The site provides step-by-step guidance to help grantees comply with the statute throughout the lifecycle of their grant and trial. It includes clear descriptions of the NIH-specific "certifications of compliance" with the statute required for all competing applications and non-competing continuation progress reports that include applicable clinical trials. The site also has expanded FAQs, including a new section on results reporting.

While FDAAA only requires registration and results reporting for certain trials, the NIH strongly encourages registration of all clinical trials whether required by law or not.

June 4, 2010

eRA Commons has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to link NCBI's personal online tool, "My NCBI," to the Commons. My NCBI offers an online portal-"My Bibliography"-for users to maintain and manage a list of all of their authored works. As of April 2010, linking a Commons account to a new or existing My NCBI account allows references saved in My Bibliography to automatically appear in users' Commons accounts. ERA Commons: Manage Your Professional Bibliography (My NCBI)
>>Click here for more information

As of May 20, 2010, the NIH has updated its SF424 (R&R) application guide.
See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm

Notable changes: Application Guides have been updated to include new and revised NIH policies such as a clarification to the Vertebrate Animal section of the Research Plan in Part I; an update to the Vertebrate Animal section in Part III; an emphasis on the prohibition on using the appendix to circumvent page limits per NOT-OD-10-077http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-077.html; an update to the instructions for "Type of Application" field in the 424 Cover Component per NOT-OD-10-052http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not-od-10-052.html. A description of the more notable edits is attached http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/appl_g more information

April 16, 2010

NOT-OD-10-081: Guidance on Confirming Appropriate Charges to NIH Awards during Periods of Noncompliance for Activities Involving Animals
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NOT-OD-10-083: Update of Sample Animal Welfare Assurance for Foreign Institutions
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April 15, 2010

NOT-OD-10-077: Policy Reminder Concerning Appendix Materials for All NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Grant Applications
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NOT-OD-10-080: Enhancing Peer Review: Clarification of Resubmission Policy and Determination of New Application Status
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April 14, 2010

eRA Commons Electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (eSNAP) User Guide (System Version; Document Version
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Applying Electronically for Grants
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April 13, 2010

FY 2009 NIH Data Book Released
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All Personnel Report FAQs Posted
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April 9, 2010

4/6/10 FR: Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program Intellectual Property Option to Collaborator; Request for Comments
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April 2, 2010

NOT-OD-10-079: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award Levels Adjusted to $150,000 (Phase I) and $1,000,000 (Phash.gov/grants/guide/norting requirements for agencies for data related to grants and contracts, which appear to exceed those mandated under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (see usaspending.gov).

Agencies generally have two years to spend the funds. (The March issue of RRC will provide more details on agencies' plans for the funding.) Link: Initial Implementing Guidance for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.The National Institutes of Health posted the broad outlines of how it plans to spend its $10.4 billion on Feb. 25. The stimulus funding represents a 36% increase in its current budget. The largest chunk, $8.2 billion, will be used "in support of scientific research priorities," with $7.4 billion "transferred to the Institutes and Centers and Common Fund, based on a percentage-based formula," according to NIH. Another $800 million will go the director's office for cross-institute funding. Reports differ as to whether NIH will issue requests for new grant applications or fund already approved but unfunded proposals. NIH also said more information would be forthcoming.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology also issued information it said came from a briefing with NIH Acting Executive Director Raynard Kington. Links:: NIH's Role in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA); NIH Outlines How It Will Spend the Stimulus Funds.

The National Science Foundation's $3 billion from the stimulus law will go "directly into the hands of the nation's best and brightest researchers at the forefront of promising discoveries, to deserving graduate students at the start of their careers, and to developing advanced scientific tools and infrastructure that will be broadly available to the research community," NSF Director Arden L. Bement said in a Feb. 24 statement. No other details have been provided, although the National Science Board met for two days earlier this week to deliberate on the new funding as well as other issues. Link: www.nsf.gov/recovery; Statement by Arden L. Bement, Jr., Director, National Science Foundation, on the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 .Other research agencies receiving large sums under the law include $600 million for the National Institute of Science and Technology; $1 billion for NASA, of which $400 million is for research; and $1.6 billion to the Departfor Individual National Research Service Awards (Fs) and Confirming Plans to Transition Individual Research Career Development Awards (Ks)
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NIH Announces the Availability of Adobe-Based Grant Application Forms
National Institutes of Health
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NINDS Change in Policy for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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Earlier this year, NIH announced a number of changes to its peer review
system as a result of a year-long review. On Wednesday, the NIH posted three
notices related to the implementation of the previously announced changes.
The notices include a revised implementation timeline, as well as the
revised review criteria and scoring system that will be used beginning for
applications received for potential funding in fiscal year 2010.
>>Click here for notice NOT-OD-09-023
>>Click here for notice NOT-OD-09-024
>>Click here for notice NOT-OD-09-025

Update to AHRQ Administrative and Program Expansion Grant Supplement Policy>>Click here for more information

Revised New and Early Stage Investigator Policies
National Institutes of Health
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CDC/NIOSH Set Transition from PureEdge to Adobe Application Forms for December 2008 and Plan Subsequent Transition of PAR-08-070 to Electronic Submission
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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