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The NSF released it’s newest edition of its Grants Policy Manual on October 30th. The new policies go into effect for all proposals with due dates of January 29, 2018 and beyond. Please note that the effective date is based on due date and not when a proposal is submitted.

To connect to the Grants Policy Manual online please click here.

For a searchable/downloadable PDF please click here.


In the latest edition of NIH’s Extramural News, “Open Mike,” Mike Lauer notes the importance of project outcomes in both interim and final reports. For more information please click here.

NSF Big Ideas

In 2016 the NSF published 10 of it’s “Big Ideas,” 10 bold ideas to guide the NSF in its future strategies. The NSF has published a special report on these initiatives and it can be found here: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51

The NIH recently held a video briefing on Peer Review and R15s. The video from that program is now available at: www.csr.nih.gov/webinar.

Some questions that the presenters were unable to get to during the allotted time are included here:

What is the success rate (granted application/total number of applications) for R15?
Overall, it’s about 17%.

 How important is prior experience of the PI with involving undergraduates in research to getting funded?
Reviewers will want to see that the PI has some experience.   And the more experience they have  training scientists, the more likely reviewers will be convinced that they can continue to do that in the future.

Are the eligibility requirements for R15s changing with the new PA coming out?
We can’t answer this question until the PA is finalized and published in December. So stay tuned.

Can I submit names that I would like to be excluded for reviewing?
You may not do this. However, you may note if someone has what NIH regards as a conflict of interest, which would disqualify them from reviewing your grant application.  Being a competitor with whom you disagree does not necessarily represent a valid conflict of interest (But it would for small business applications).  On the other hand, someone who has publicly demonstrated animosity towards you could be in conflict.  If you are worried that we have the right expertise for your application, you can use the Assignment Request Form to list areas of expertise needed to review your grant application.

I am working on an R15 application with a colleague, and we are both early career researchers at different institutions and did one project together that we are currently finishing up. Besides this one project, we have not collaborated together. I was wondering how this will look on an application, since by the time we plan to submit, June 2018, we will likely have one, maybe two publications together?
Sharing a publication would be good.  But you would want to talk to a program officer, because the answer to your question is going to be field dependent in some ways.

I am a recipient of two R15 grants, and I have contacted my SRO on more than one instance to request serving as a reviewer on an R15 panel. I’ve not received any response. How should I proceed?
Guidance is provided on our Become a Reviewer Web page.  The best option would be to send an email to csrvolunteer@mail.nih.gov and explain your situation.

Can Doctors of Audiology (Au.Ds.) submit an R15?
Yes.  R15s do not require PD/PI to have a particular degree.

The NSF announced yesterday that the Biology Directorate Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) is discontinuing the use of the preliminary proposal mechanism. Instead, DEB is moving to a “no-deadline”, full proposal mechanism for proposals submitted to the core programs. According to the DEB’s blog post, there will be no call for preliminary proposals in January 2018. Instead, new solicitations describing funding opportunities will be released in 2018, for awards starting in fiscal year 2019. To read the announcement please visit: https://debblog.nsfbio.com/2017/10/05/announcing-the-switch-to-no-deadline/ .

The NIH has developed a page on its website devoted to defining key biological and chemical resources. You may find the definition by clicking here.

Additionally, it has developed a page providing instruction on what type of information should be included in the Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources Attachment. You may find that information by clicking here.

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