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National Institutes of Health Updates

New NIH "FORMS-E" Grant Application Forms and Instructions

Effective for receipt dates on or after January 25, 2018 applicants must use FORMS-E application packages. This change will apply to all funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and all application types (new, resubmission, renewal, revision). Applicants must use FORMS-E application packages for due dates on or after January 25, 2018, and must use FORMS-D application packages for due dates on or before January 24, 2018. Applications submitted using the wrong forms for their intended due date will not be reviewed. Applications submitted using the wrong forms will automatically be withdrawn by the NIH Center for Scientific Review Division of Receipt and Referral and will not be reviewed.

For additional information, see the following notice from the NIH. 

The Next Generation Researchers Initiative

To ensure the long-term stability of the biomedical research enterprise, NIH must encourage successful independent careers for early stage investigators, and retain them as they become early established investigators in a way that enhances workforce diversity. The NIH's Next Generation Researchers policy will provide funding opportunities to Eary Stage Investigators (ESIs) and Early Establish Investigators (EEIs) and enhance workforce diversity.

Please see the following announcement from the NIH for more information.

New Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information Form

A primary component of NIH’s initiative to enhance the stewardship of clinical trials is the creation of a new application form that consolidates all Human Subjects and Clinical Trial related information into one place, and also expands the information required for studies that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial. This new form will be included in the new FORMS-E Application Packages and will be required for all applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

For more information, please visit the NIH website.

National Science Foundation Updates

Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter

The Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at NSF has released Issue III of the Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter. This quarterly publication is designed to provide information about upcoming changes and clarifications to policies and procedures that affect how you prepare and submit proposals and manage NSF awards. You can access current and former issues of the newsletter on the NSF Policy Office website.

Collaborators and Other Affiliations Spreadsheet Template

Starting on April 24, 2017, NSF will require PIs, co-PIs, and senior project personnel to use a spreadsheet template for identifying collaborators and other affiliations. The spreadsheet template is fillable and must be saved in .xlsx or .xls formats and directly uploaded to FastLane.

For more information, visit NSF's collaborators and other affiliations webpage.


NSF has published a revised set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on proposal preparation and award administration. These FAQs accompany the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and are effective for proposals submitted or due and awards made on or after January 30, 2017.


On September 26, 2016, NSF released FastLane updates. All proposals are subject to the new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure proposals comply with requirements outlined in Chapter 11.C.2b. of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. The new set of compliance checks are in addition to FastLane's current compliance checks.

FastLane triggers error messages if any of the following criteria are not met:

  • Biographical sketch(es) and current and pending support files are required for each senior personnel associated with a proposal
  • Biographical sketch(es) can only be uploaded as a file, must not exceed two pages and can no longer be entered as text
  • Project Summary text exceeds the one-page limit
  • Project Summary text is entered and the user also uploads a Project Summary with Special Characters supplementary document

Professional Development Opportunities

NSF Grants Conference

The Fall 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will be held on November 13-14, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Conference registration opens the week of September 4, 2017. 

For more information, visit the conference website.

NIH Good Clinical Practice

The NIH Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for Social and Behavioral Research training modules and eLearning course are available at the NIH website.

The NIH Policy on GCP Training takes effect January 1.

WVU+kc Updates

Issue with Recalled Proposals

Currently, the WVU+kc system requires recalled proposals and subsequent resubmissions to be performed by the same user. If someone other than the person who recalled the proposal resubmits it, that resubmission will not go to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for review until the person who recalled it approves. Additionally, the system won't generate an email notification or news feed alert requesting that approval.

If you recall a proposal, be aware that you are the only user who will be able to resubmit until the problem is corrected.

Information Technology Services (ITS) and OSP are aware of the issue, and a planned fix is scheduled for January. Send questions or concerns to the ITS Service Desk at 304.293.4444 or