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Notice of Changes to Federal Grants Policies by U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

A memorandum released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on September 5, 2018, outlined a range of steps that the Federal Government is taking to reduce grant recipient reporting burden. Key policy changes include the phasing out of the SF-424B form, a push for greater sharing across grant systems, and an effort to make the System for Award Management (SAM) the central repository for common government-wide certifications and representations required of Federal grants recipients.

Please click here to see a detailed summary of these changes. 

To read the memo in full click here.

National Science Foundation Updates

NSF Public Access Policy: NSF-PAR

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Public Access policy is intended to expand public access to the results of its federally-funded research. This aligns with the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to clear and open communication of research results, which is central to fulfilling NSF’s primary mission of promoting the progress of science, advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and helping to ensure the nation’s future prosperity.

NSF’s Public Access policy requires NSF-funded investigators to deposit peer-reviewed, published journal articles and juried conference papers in the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR). NSF-PAR was launched in late 2015 in partnership with the Department of Energy (DoE) to enable NSF-funded investigators to meet this deposit requirement and to include the relevant information in their annual and final project reports.

Public Access Expansion

Beginning on March 26, 2018, NSF authors who are jointly funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) can retrieve previously submitted final manuscripts from the DOE system and pull them into NSF-PAR to meet NSF’s Public Access requirement. When an author indicates they have deposited a record into the DOE E-Link system and a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) match is found, the system will upload it to NSF-PAR for submission. The uploaded record will also be linked automatically to the project report associated with the award. This integration will only be available for jointly-funded publications by NSF and DOE, but future efforts will engage additional agencies.

Additional information is available on the Research.gov “ About Public Access” page and in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ( NSF 18-041) on the NSF.gov website. For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to  policy@nsf.gov.

NSF Notice Number 144

Please click here to find an important notice explaining NSF’s new actions to help eliminate sexual harassment in science.

2018 NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Update

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1) has been issued.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on December 8 at 2 PM EST. Registration is now available here.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Significant changes include:

    • Ad dition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch campuses of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education;
    • Revision of eligibility standards for foreign organizations;
    • Implementation of the standard Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) template that has been in pilot phase since April;
    • Increase in the Budget Justification page limitation from three pages to five pages;
    • Restructuring of coverage on grantee notifications to and requests for approval from NSF, including referral to the Prior Approval Matrix available on the NSF website; and
    • Numerous clarifications and other changes throughout the document.

    While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 29, 2018, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 17-1) continue to apply. The NSF will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.

    If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Policy Office at (703) 292-8243 or by e-mail policy@nsf.gov.

    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.

    National Institutes of Health Updates

    Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the publication of the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. October 2017). This revision is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2017. This revision supersedes, in its entirety, the NIH Grants Policy Statement (November 2016) as a standard term and condition of award. Previous versions of the NIHGPS remain applicable as a standard term and condition for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began prior to October 1, 2017.

    The NIHGPS provides both up-to-date policy guidance that serves as NIH standard terms and conditions of awards for grants and cooperative agreements, and extensive guidance to those who are interested in pursuing NIH grants.

    While this revision does not introduce any new material for the first time, it incorporates new and modified requirements, clarifies certain policies, and implements changes in statutes, regulations, and policies that have been implemented through appropriate legal and/or policy processes since the previous version of the NIHGPS dated November 2016. The document is available in the following electronic formats: HTML and PDF.

    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.

    Professional Development Opportunities

    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

    Unavailable May 6

    WVU+kc (Kuali) will be unavailable on all campuses on Sunday, May 6 from 7 to 10 a.m. for important maintenance. ITS appreciates your patience with the planned outage. Please direct any questions to ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu.