Latest 2015 News from NIH Policy Office – THE TOP 10 NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR INVESTIGATORS

Last week NIH officials met in D.C. with representatives from the Federal Demonstration Partnership and with other federal agency reps.  Their intention is to have open discussion about the new OMB A-81 Circular and to hear basically the complaints and fears from the research admnistration community.

Michelle Bulls, the Director  of the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration at NIH, presented the following top ten announcements to start off 2015:

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ANNOUNCEMENT #1

NIH IS FOLLOWING THE NEW A-81 COMPLETELY – EXPANDED AUTHORITIES LIKELY TO GO AWAY:

Honestly I won’t believe that NIH’s expanded authorities is vanishing until I read with my own eyes in the new NIH Guide takes out the wording.  Ms. Bulls remarked that we need to watch carefully Chapter 8 of the new Guide.  I will definitely post what I find in this blog. It is expected that NIH will publish their office guide by the end of February 2015.

As a result of the publication of HHS’ interim final rule, NIH has already begun making the necessary changes to the NIH Grants Policy Statement in order to reflect NIH’s adoption of the regulations.  

In addition to removing all of the references to the previous OMB Circulars and HHS regulations located at 45 CFR parts 74 and 92. The following are some of the NIH GPS Chapters that have been revised in order to comply with 45 CFR part 75; NIH GPS Chapter 1.1 – Definitions and Terms

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ANNOUNCEMENT #2

NIH is currently funded under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235) signed by President Obama on December 16, 2014.

NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2015 NOT-OD-15-050

NIH awarding ICs will develop and post their fiscal policies consistent with overall NIH goals and available FY 2015 funds.

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 ANNOUNCEMENT #3

NRSA awards –

Stipends increased for undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctorals

No changes in tuition, fees, and training related expenses

See NOT-OD-15-048 for details

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ANNOUNCEMENT #4

MONEY MATTERS FOR SALARY AND NEW INVESTIGATORS:

Salary Cap –

Limited to Executive Level II – currently set at $181,500, increasing to $183,300 effective January 11, 2015. See NOT-OD-15-049

New Investigators –

Support on R01 equivalent awards will continue at rates comparable to established investigators.

Additional information at NOT-OD-09-013 and http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm

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ANNOUNCEMENT #5

NIH SETS NEW “CLINICAL” DEFINITIONS

NIH has revised its definition of “clinical trial”. The revision was designed for the following;

  1. To make the distinction between clinical trials and clinical research studies clearer, and
  2. To enhance the precision of the information NIH collects, tracks, and reports on clinical trials

The revised definition will apply to competing grant applications that are submitted to NIH for the January 25, 2015 due date and subsequent due dates.

See NOT-OD-15-015 for details

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ANNOUNCEMENT #6

Reminder that the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy becomes effective with NIH grant applications submitted for January 25, 2015, due dates and thereafter.

The new GDS Policy promotes sharing of large scale genomic data generated by NIH research.

Includes human, non-human, and model organism data

Please see NOT-OD-15-027 for reminder.

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 ANNOUNCEMENT #7

NEW NIH PROPOSAL REMINDER:  USE THE NEW BIO SKETCH FORM! NOW UP TO 5 PAGE LIMIT.

NIH and AHRQ encourages applicants to use the newly published biosketch format for ALL grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, and will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. 

  1. The revised forms and instructions are now available and adjustments have been made to improve their usability. The following are some of the features of the new format;
  2. Extends the page limit for the biosketch from four to five pages
  3. Investigators can outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the investigator’s field work
  4. Investigators involved in Team Science are provided the opportunity to describe their specific role(s) in the work 

See NOT-OD-15-032 for additional information

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ANNOUNCEMENT #8

NIH’s standard due dates for SBIR and STTR programs are changing in response to small business community feedback, congressional mandates, and recommendations from the NIH Scientific Management Review Board to decrease delays between submission and award funding.

The next standard due date is April 5, 2015, and there will not be an August 5, 2015 due date. From then on, SBIR/STTR due dates will fall on September 5, January 5, and April 5.

The current SBIR and STTR Grant Omnibus funding opportunity announcements are being extended one cycle during the transition, to allow submissions on the April 5, 2015 due date and May 7, 2015 AIDS/AIDS-related due date.

Please see NOT-OD-15-038 for additional information

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 ANNOUNCEMENT #9

IMPORTANT REMINDER ON NIH PROGRESS REPORTS IN 2015:

As of October 17, 2014, NIH requires grantees to submit ALL type 5 progress reports using the RPPR module in eRA Commons.

Annual progress reports submitted in any format other than the RPPR will not be processed by the NIH and will require resubmission through the RPPR.

More at NOT-OD-15-014

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ANNOUNCEMENT #10

Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (the Policy) issued on September 24, 2014.

Applies to all New and Renewal awards issued on applications submitted on or after January 25, 2015, and to all non-competing continuation awards issued on or after January 25, 2015.

Institutions have one year (until September 24, 2015) to establish the necessary infrastructure to come into full compliance with the Policy.  

See NOT-OD-15-017 for more information.

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Some recent notices were published by NIH that effect CENTRAL GRANT OFFICES

  •  NOT-OD-14-084 NIH Updating Grant Closeout Policies and Procedures to Align with New HHS Requirements

  • NOT-OD-14-103 Revised Timeline for Administrative Changes to NIH Domestic Awards to Transition to Payment Management System SubaccountS
  • NOT-OD-14-112 Notice of Annual Reporting Requirements and Revised Financial Closeout Requirements for NIH Administrative Supplements Awarded to Recover Losses Due to Hurricane Sandy under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act

  • NOT-OD-14-113 Revised Policy: Descriptions on the Use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Required in Annual Progress Reports beginning October 1, 2014   

 

 

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