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NSF Grants Conference

The Spring 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will be held on June 5-6, 2017 in Louisville, KY. Conference registration opens on March 30, 2017, and the registration fee is $300.

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.

National Science Foundation Updates

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.

Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter

The Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at NSF produces a new quarterly publication designed to provide information about upcoming changes and clarifications to polices and procedures that affect how you prepare and submit proposals and manage NSF awards. You can access the first issue of the newsletter on the NSF Policy Office website.


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

Proposal File Update

If a proposal was received prior to September 26, 2016 and contained only one biographical sketch and/or current and pending support file rather than individual files for each senior personnel or contained a project summary that exceeds the one-page limit, a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal being rejected if it does not comply with the new compliance checks. These checks will be run on all sections of the proposal regardless of which section was updated in during the PFU. will allow a proposal to be submitted even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal from that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.

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

Legislative Updates

WV Humanities Council

As difficult decisions are made at the West Virginia Legislature, there's a real possibility that Humanities Council funding will be eliminated in the ongoing state budget crisis.

Such an action would be catastrophic for the Humanities Council, since state funds provide a large part of its budget and help to supply the required match for its federal funding. Its ability to provide educational programs and grants statewide will be severely impacted of West Virginia state funds are reduced or eliminated.

If you are interested in taking action, please contact your local finance committee member. The Monongalia County member of the House finance committee is Cindy Frich. Please ask her to restore funding to the West Virginia Humanities Council to $250,000. You can contact her by email at or by phone at 304.340.3125.