We recently added the following entries to Top Policy Changes.
- Changes for Just-in-Time Information
- NIH Rolls Out Research Performance Progress Report
- Revised Criteria for Foreign Institutions Renewing Animal Welfare Assurances
- Submit Administrative Supplement Requests Electronically
Changes for Just-in-Time Information, April 4, 2012
Starting on April 20, 2012, your business official may submit your just-in-time information only through the eRA Commons. Within 24 hours after NIH releases the score, the option to send the information will appear in the Commons Status section for all applications (all grant types).
NIH will send an automatic just-in-time email for all applications with an overall impact score of 40 or less.
NIH announced these changes in a March 30, 2012, Guide notice. Get details on the process in the Just-in-Time SOP.
NIH Rolls Out Research Performance Progress Report, March 27, 2012
NIH announced plans to implement the Research Performance Progress Report (RPRR), a uniform federal-wide approach for progress reporting that replaces the PHS 2590, eSNAP, and PHS 416-9.
Pilot testing starts this spring and is scheduled to expand to Federal Demonstration Partnership institutions during the summer. NIH anticipates that awards—fellowships and those issued under the streamlined noncompeting award process (SNAP)—made in 2013 will use RPRR.
Read more in the March 9, 2012, Guide notice and the March 28, 2012, article "This Summer's Feature: Uniform Progress Report, RPPR."
Revised Criteria for Foreign Institutions Renewing Animal Welfare Assurances, March 27, 2012
Based on a revised NIH rule, non-U.S. institutions can renew their Foreign Animal Welfare Assurance only if they have NIH funding or funds pending. Previously, renewals were allowed even if instutions didn't have an NIH grant.
For details, read the March 8, 2012, Guide notice and the March 28, 2012, Funding Newsletter article "Foreign Institutions: Time to Renew Your Animal Assurance?"
Submit Administrative Supplement Requests Electronically, March 27, 2012
Some investigators now have three ways to submit requests for administrative supplements: 1) electronically through the eRA Commons, 2) electronically through Grants.gov, using the Parent Announcement for administrative supplements, and 3) sending paper PHS 398 forms to their program officer.
Note that this applies only if the parent award has moved to electronic submission. If it hasn't, PIs must go the paper route.
For more information, read the February 13, 2012, Guide notice and our March 14, 2012, article "Choose Your Path for an Administrative Supplement Request."
NIH Sets New Rules for Spending at Conferences and Meetings, January 30, 2012
A new policy prohibits NIH from supporting food and meal costs charged to competing and noncompeting conference grants (R13 and U13) issued after January 26, 2012.
We will not revise conference grants previously awarded with FY 2012 funds to comply with the new terms and conditions, but grantees are strongly urged to apply the new policy.
For more details, read our Conference Awards SOP, the January 27, 2012, Guide notice, and the HHS Policy on Promoting Efficient Spending.
NIAID Establishes Funding Plan, January 30, 2012
NIAID has set its financial management plan, which defines how the Institute will fund grants in FY 2012. For more information, go to Financial Management Plan.
The funding plan was based partly on the NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards—FY 2012, which was one of several Guide notices issued on January 20, 2012:
- Notice of Salary Limitations on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts
- Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2012
- Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2012
NIH plans to develop new policies reflecting the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations on chimpanzee research. Meanwhile, NIH will not fund any new projects for research involving chimpanzees.
Ongoing projects involving chimpanzees may continue for now, but they will be reassessed on a project-by-project basis by an NIH working group to determine if they meet IOM’s criteria. If not, the research will be phased out.
For NIH’s full announcement and details, see the December 21, 2011, Guide notice.
Fellowship Applicants May Send Post-Submission Update on Sponsor’s Funding, December 19, 2011
Starting with fellowship applications sent for the December 8, 2011, due date, NIH allows applicants to send a one-page summary to update their sponsor's funding information after applying. See the December 14, 2011, Guide notice for details.
New Guidelines on Animal Care and Use, December 6, 2011
Starting January 1, 2012, institutions and their institutional animal care and use committees (IACUCs) must follow guidelines in the eighth edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
Read the December 2, 2011, Guide notice for more details, including implementation schedule, documentation requirements, and links to new NIH Web resources.
NIH Expands Transparency Act Requirements, November 14, 2011
For awards issued after October 1, 2010, NIH now requires many grantee institutions to submit information about subawards and executive compensation for each noncompeting grant.
Notices of Award will include a term of award that tells you whether your institution is subject to the reporting requirements.
Awards issued before October 1, 2010, are not affected. For details, read the November 10, 2011, Guide notice.
Grantees Can Change to or From a Multi-PI Award With Prior Approval, October 13, 2011
With NIAID's prior approval, grantee institutions can switch to or from a multiple PI award without peer review of the new leadership team and Leadership Plan. New investigators retain their status if added to a multi-PI award.
Read more in the September 28, 2011, Guide notice and go to the Change of Principal Investigator SOP. Also read the October 26, 2011, NIAID Funding Newsletter article "Switch to a Multi-PI Grant After Award? Think Hard."
Revised Rules for Financial Conflicts of Interest, August 31, 2011
HHS amended regulations governing financial conflicts of interest for grantee institutions. Major changes include a new threshold for significant financial interests, additional reporting requirements, and mandatory training.
For details, including compliance dates, read the August 22, 2011, Guide notice. Find additional information and resources at NIH's Financial Conflict of Interest Web site, and go to the Financial Conflicts of Interest for Awardees SOP for instructions on reporting conflicts to NIAID.
We also wrote about this in the September 14, 2011, NIAID Funding Newsletter article "Get the Scoop on Changes to Financial Conflicts of Interest Rules."
Withdraw Your Appeal if You Resubmit, July 29, 2011
Applicants cannot have an appeal and a resubmission application simultaneously. Investigators who want to resubmit but have a pending appeal must ask their authorized organizational representative to send a written request to withdraw the appeal.
For more information, read the Appeals of Scientific Review of Grant Applications SOP and the July 29, 2011, Guide notice.
Training Grants: Revised Instructions for Appendices, July 29, 2011Applicants for NRSA Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) and Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35) have more instructions on what they can put in the Appendix. NIH provided guidelines on including publications and items unique to training grants, such as course syllabi, recruitment materials, and forms to track trainee progress.
Complete details are in the July 28, 2011, Guide notice and the supplemental instructions for Ts in the SF 424 Application Guide.
Change in Continuous Submission Rules for Some Reviewers, July 13, 2011Peer reviewers with recent substantial service may submit applications under the continuous submission policy according to the following schedule:
- Service at least six times between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011—eligible for continuous submission from August 16, 2011 through September 30, 2012.
- Service at least six times between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012—eligible for continuous submission from August 16, 2012 through September 30, 2013.
For more information, read the July 8, 2011, Guide notice and visit NIH's Frequently Asked Questions on continuous submission. We also wrote about this in our July 20, 2011, Funding Newsletter article "Temporary Reviewers—Note a Change in Continuous Submission Rules."