News & Announcements
Effective January 8, 2017, the NIH salary cap increases from $185,100 to $187,000.
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Effective January 30, 2017, NSF will implement policy updates and run new and enhanced compliance checks on proposals.
NIH released a notice that active NRSA postdocs and fellows will receive increased stipends and provides instructions for requesting one-time supplemental funding to cover the stipend increase.
NSF recently issued a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, which will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. This new version includes some significant modifications and changes.
A recent advisory from the NSF notes that effective July 25, 2016, all NSF proposals will be subject to a new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure compliance with PAPPG requirements.
Effective December 1st, employees paid less than $47,476 per year will be eligible for overtime - mostly affecting lab personnel and postdocs. Researchers should immediately take these compensation levels into consideration on grant proposals.
NIH announced it will be rolling out a forms update with a Competition ID of "FORMS-D" that will be required for all applications due on or after May 25, 2016. Cayuse 424 will be updated to include support for FORMS-D in version 7.0, to be released on April 9, 2016.
For proposals spanning fiscal years, the indirect cost rate will be automatically calculated as an average percentage. The rates will not show details for separate fiscal years so the rate will need to be explained in the budget justification.
The new negotiated Facilities and Administration (F&A) rates are now in place for fiscal years 2016-2019. These new rates will apply to new or new competing contracts/grants awarded funding on or after July 1, 2016.
Changes to NIH application regulations are being implemented in 2016 to address updated policies and reduce administrative burden.
PI's submitting proposals on or after January 25, 2016 must submit their research to the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR)
NSF has made updates to its Policies and Procedures Guide that will impact sponsored research. To ensure compliance, please review the significant changes.
Congress passed a continuing resolution to maintain current funding levels through December 11th. A shutdown remains a possibility when the resolution expires.
Funding for the federal government expires today at midnight. In the event that a lapse in appropriations occurs, OSP will be providing ongoing updates and guidance.
Individual Development Plans (IDP's) for grad students and postdoc's must be included in Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR's), though not the IDP's themselves.
Effective on January 11, 2015, the maximum direct salary that an individual can receive from NIH will increase from $181,500 to $183,300.
NIH's move to the required use of the new biosketch format has been delayed until May 25, 2015. The new 5-page format is being encouraged but it will be optional until May.
According to Notice NOT-OD-14-103, NIH is extending the implementation timeline for the Payment Management System (PMS) to allow grantees time to prepare their systems to accommodate the changes. The new deadline is October 1, 2015.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has combined many federal circulars, including A21 and A110, into a single guidance document that can be used by all agencies, known as "Uniform Guidance." These new regulations become effective on December 26, 2014.
The Office of the VPR is now offering grants up to $1,000 for researchers to visit his/her DARPA program managers.
All non-competing continuation awards will be awarded as if they are competing renewals. This will affect ongoing awards as they reach their annual renewal date.
NIH Notice NOT-0D-14-022 informs applicants of changes to due dates based on scheduled downtime of Grants.gov.
According to Notice NOT-OD-13-097, over the next year the NIH will start requiring an eRA Commons ID for all individuals in graduate and undergraduate student roles who participate in NIH-funded projects for at least one person month or more.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has revised submission due dates for programs that fall between October 1st and October 25th, 2013, due to the Federal government shutdown.
Due to the enactment of a continuing resolution, Federal government operations have re-opened and proposal submissions will resume as normal.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) strongly recommends NO applications be submitted during the federal government shutdown and to wait and submit applications after operations resume.
Due to the lapse in government funding, National Science Foundation websites and business applications will be down. FastLane proposal preparation and submission will be unavailable.
The Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) is now used to prepare and submit multi--project grant applications electronically to NIH and other Public Health Service agencies.
NIH is transitioning to updated electronic application forms packages. For due dates on or after September 25, 2013, all applicants will be required to use FORMS-C packages, (except for K, T, D, or F).
The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science have developed a guide for NIH-funded investigators regarding the NIH Public Access Policy.
The State of Utah has exceeded the NSF funding level that made us EPSCoR eligible, so we are not NSF EPSCoR eligible for fiscal year 2013.
PI's and co-PIs must stop submitting new project reports in FastLane starting February 1, 2013. On March 18, 2013, NSF will transfer its current project reporting service from FastLane to Research.gov.
Applications for the 2013 cycle of the National Institutes of Health's Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are now being accepted through November 15, 2012. LRPs help repay student loans up to $35,000 annually.
The University has revised its Individual Financial Conflict of Interest Policy to comply with new regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) effective August 20, 2012.
The Vice President for Research has subscribed to Research Development and Grant Writing News. This monthly newsletter focuses on how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and foundations. The newsletter is available through Unite.
For FY 2012 the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74) signed into law on December 23, 2011, restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive Pay scale.