December 24, 2015

Grant Connections | December 2015 Meeting Notes

Notes from the December Grant Connections meeting are included below for your review and reference. Thanks to all who attended. We hope to see you at the next meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

Happy New Year!


December 21, 2015

NIH Notices: For 1/25/16 due dates, revised SF424 Application Guides including new REQUIRED attachment | Revised FY16 Grants Policy Statement

MU Grants Community,

Please take note of the following NIH announcements. Should you have questions about the applicability of this guidance to current or anticipated projects, please contact your OSPA Pre-Award or Post-Award staff.

Effective for proposal with due dates on or after January 25, 2016:
Revised SF424 (R&R) Application Guides and Supplemental Instructions (NOT-OD-16-029)

Rigor and Transparency*
Change: Updated application requirements and review language to enhance reproducibility of research findings through increased scientific rigor and transparency. These changes will take effect for most research grant applications (including small business and complex research grant applications), but will not impact institutional training and individual fellowship applications until a later date. Changes include:
  • Updates to application guide instructions for preparing your research strategy attachment 
  • Use of a new required attachment: "Authentication of Key Resources Plan” (uploaded in Other Attachments section of R&R Other Project Information form) 
  • Additional rigor and transparency questions reviewers will be asked to consider when reviewing applications
See the attached summary and NOT-OD-16-011 and NOT-OD-16-012.

December 3, 2015

Grant Connections - December 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
11:00 a.m. – noon
Room 572 of the Bond Life Sciences Center


  • Hot Topics
  • Office of Research Ongoing Strategic Initiatives and Core Research Infrastructure Support. Mark McIntosh, Ph.D., Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Economic Development; Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives; Director of the Research Core Facilities; and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. McIntosh will talk about the key role we as research administrators play in strategic initiatives for growing MU’s research enterprise. 
Mark your calendars! Meetings are scheduled for the following dates.
  • January 27, 2016
  • February 24, 2016
  • March 23, 2016
  • April 27, 2016
  • May 25, 2016
Grant Connections Organizational Crew (send your suggestions for future topics to these people)
Please share this information with anyone else associated with research who you think might be interested in attending.