December 30, 2014

NIH Notices: Biosketches | Genomic Data Sharing | Late Submissions | Resubmissions

Please take note of the following NIH Notices:
  • Update: New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After May 25, 2015 (NOT-OD-15-032)
NIH and AHRQ will require use of the new biosketch format for all applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. Between now and that time, applicants will have the choice of using the old or new biosketch format. This Notice supersedes a prior notice specifying that the new format would be required for applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015.
  • Reminder for the Extramural Scientific Community: Implementation of the Genomic Data Sharing Policy Begins January 25, 2015 (NOT-OD-15-027)
The NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy becomes effective with NIH grant applications submitted for the January 25, 2015, due date and thereafter. The policy sets forth expectations that ensure the broad and responsible sharing of genomic research data. The GDS Policy applies to all NIH-funded research that generates large-scale human or non-human genomic data, regardless of the funding level, as well as the use of these data for subsequent research. 
  • Simplifying the NIH Policy for Late Application Submission (NOT-OD-15-039)
Effective for applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, there is a two week window of consideration after the application due date, during which time NIH might consider accepting a late application. This is a significant change from previous policy, which tied different late windows of consideration to different types of applications and provided no late window of consideration for applications submitted to any funding opportunity with special application due dates.
  • NIH Modification to Guidance on Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications (NOT-OD-15-030)
NIH has removed the requirement to identify “substantial scientific changes” in the text of a Resubmission application by “bracketing, indenting, or change of typography.” Effective immediately, it is sufficient to outline the changes made to the Resubmission application in the Introduction attachment.

Should you have questions about the applicability of these policies to current or anticipated projects, please contact your OSPA pre-award or post-award staff. 

December 23, 2014

Grant Fact Sheet Update: New Mileage Rates

MU Grants Community, 

A new version of the Grant Fact Sheet, dated 12/23/2014, is available on the OSPA website. Please access the current version here, noting new mileage rates on page 3.

December 5, 2014

OSPA Update

MU Grants Community,

Greetings from OSPA! It is a busy time of year and – as we all well know – research doesn’t take a holiday. The following update covers several key developments and items of note. Should you have any questions, please contact your OSPA Pre-Award or Post-Award staff.

Sponsored Programs Procedure Guide (SPPG) and Forms
The OSPA website is updated with revisions to the SPPG and the OSPA Forms page. The image below describes revisions and additions in detail. Please note in particular that a new F&A Waiver form replaces the Request for University Contribution (RUC) form, effective immediately. RUC forms currently in process can proceed; we will not refuse the old forms but will ask that you use the new form for your next request.

OMB Uniform Guidance
On December 1, the UM System Controller’s Office and MU OSPA provided a campus training session on the new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance for Federal Awards that will become effective December 26, 2014. Presentation slides are available on the MU OSPA OMB Uniform Guidance page.

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1)
NSF has released its implementation of the OMB Uniform Guidance by way of a revised PAPPG (NSF 15-1), effective for (1) proposals with submission deadlines on or after December 26, 2014, and (2) awards issued on or after December 26, 2014. Until the effective date, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 14-1) continue to apply. A brief summary of the significant changes is included below for reference.