Sponsor Guideline Updates

Sponsor Updates - June 2017

Research Terms and Conditions Agency Implementation Statements - 5/4/17

USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA)implementation of the Research Terms and Conditions (RTCs) has been posted to the The USDA/NIFA Implementation is effective June 30, 2017.


NSF updates FAQs about pubpc access to research results

Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure renamed Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration

Proposal & Award Popcies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1) has been issued.

Revision of the Major Research Equipment and Facipties Construction (MREFC) Epgibipty threshold

NIH notices

New NIH Approach to Grant Funding Aimed at Optimizing Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars

Reminder of New Policies Now - Or Soon To Be - In Effect

Effective January 25, 2018 - New NIH "FORMS-E" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2018 (NOT-OD-17-062)

Effective January 1, 2017: Final Research Performance Progress Reports: As of January 1, NIH no longer accepts the Final Progress Report (FPR) form for most grants. Read more in the NIH Guide (NOT-OD-17-022) and Nexus, and read about the “Interim RPPR” further below.

Effective January 25, 2017: Application Appendix Materials: NIH eliminated most types of appendix materials for grant applications intended for due dates on or after January 25. Applications will be withdrawn if they are submitted with appendix materials that are not specifically listed in NOT-OD-17-035, or specified in the specific funding opportunity announcement to which you are applying.

Post-submission Materials: NIH clarified the types of materials that can be submitted due to unforeseen events after submission of the grant application but prior to the initial peer review. NIH Guide (NOT-OD-16-130).

Updated Application Font Guidelines: NIH updated its recommended font list and no longer requires that black text be used within grant application attachments. NOT-OD-17-030

Effective February 9, 2017: Interim RPPRs: If you submitted a renewal (Type 2) application that is under consideration, NIH Guide notice NOT-OD-17-037 explains that you must still submit a progress report via eRA Commons no later than 120 calendar days from the period of performance end date of your existing award. If the competing renewal is funded, NIH will treat this “Interim RPPR” as the annual performance report for the final year of the previous competitive segment. If the competing renewal is not funded, NIH will treat the Interim RPPR as the institution’s Final RPPR.

Additional Notices

Registration Open for the Spring 2017 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration - New Orleans, Louisiana (NOT-OD-17-039)

Notice of the Publication of the Final Rule on the Federal Policy for the Protections of Human Subjects (Common Rule) (NOT-OD-17-038) (link is external)

Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. November 2016) for FY 2017 (NOT-OD-17-021)

Adjustment to Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows on Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) (NOT-OD-17-002)

Optional Electronic Submission Method to Request to Submit an Unsolicited Application that will exceed $500,000 in Direct Costs (NOT-OD-17-005)



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