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Effective April 24, 2017 the National Science Foundation (NSF) will initiate a new pilot requiring the use of a spreadsheet template for identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on proposals.

For information on the pilot and instructions on use of the template and the template please visit: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/coa/coa_pilot.pdf. .




The new NSF Grant Proposal Guide is effective for all proposals with due dates on or after 1/30/17. For proposals being submitted prior to January 30th, but with due dates on or after January 30th, the new Grant Proposal Guide is in effective. To access the Grant Proposal Guide please click here.

The NIH has updated it’s application requirements to include rigor and reproducibility. These updates took effect for research grants and mentored career development award applications submitted for the January 25, 2016 due date and beyond.

These new instructions and revised review criteria focus on four areas deemed important for enhancing rigor and transparency:

Scientific Premise of Proposed Research
Rigorous Experimental Design
Consideration of Sex and Other Relevant Biological Variables
Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resource

For more information and definitions of the above four areas please click here.


The NSF Proposal Guide has been updated. Changes will go into effect for proposals due on or after 1/30/17. For a list of significant changes please click here.

Effective July 25, 2016, OLAW implemented a new Animal Welfare Assurance database that utilizes a new numbering format. Wesleyan’s new number is D16-00543.

Ever wonder who you should contact at the NIH for your particular question? The NIH has created a chart that helps you determine who to contact for a specific question by defining roles and responsibilities and when and who to contact. The chart can be found here.

The NIH has produced a one page tip sheet explaining what is considered Rigor and Reproducibility in NIH Applications. The tip sheet can be found here.

New forms and guidelines are in store for anyone applying to the NIH on or after May 25, 2016.

All proposals submitted on or after May 25th must use Forms D!

A full summary of changes can be found here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/forms-d/general/g.120-significant-changes.htm

The NIH has updated the application guide and supplemental instructions for use with grant application due dates on or after May 25, 2016. Take a moment to check these sites out.

The John Templeton Foundation makes grants in five areas http://templeton.org/what-we-fund/core-funding-areas. Researchers interested in funding first contact the foundation via an online letter of inquiry, seeking to receive an invitation to submit a full proposal. Due dates for these inquiries are based on the size of the grant sought: for projects of $217,400 or less, LOIs are due 5/31, 8/31, and 11/30; for projects over $217,400 there is one upcoming due date, 8/31. Interested faculty should contact the Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Grants prior to submitting an LOI.
Core funding areas:

  • Science and the Big Questions provides resources for research (and disseminating the results of research) about the “basic forces, concepts, and realities” governing the universe and humankind’s place in the universe. This program is the largest of the foundation’s funding initiatives and is further divided into five areas:
    • Mathematical and Physical Sciences: The Foundation supports innovative projects that focus on foundational questions in mathematics or that seek a deeper understanding of the nature of reality within the realm of physics, cosmology, astronomy, chemistry, or other physical sciences. Projects that are unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources are especially encouraged.
    • Life Sciences: The Foundation supports projects investigating the evolution and fundamental nature of life, human life, and mind, especially as they relate to issues of meaning and purpose. Projects are welcome from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including the biological sciences, neuroscience, archeology, and paleontology.
    • Human Sciences: The Foundation supports projects that apply the tools of anthropology, sociology, political science, and psychology to the various moral and spiritual concepts identified by Sir John Templeton. These include altruism, creativity, free will, generosity, gratitude, intellect, love, prayer, and purpose.
    • Philosophy and Theology: The Foundation supports projects that attempt to develop new philosophical and theological insights, especially (but not only) in relation to advances in scientific understanding.
    • Science in Dialog: The Foundation has a strong interest in projects that bring one or more scientific disciplines into a mutually enriching discussion with theology and/or philosophy, whether for a scholarly audience or the public at large.
  • Character Virtue Development component supports a broad range of programs, publications, and studies focused on the universal truths of character development, from childhood through young adulthood and beyond. The qualities of character referenced by the foundation are awe, creativity, curiosity, diligence, entrepreneurialism, forgiveness, future-mindedness, generosity, gratitude, honesty, humility, joy, love, purpose, reliability, and thrift as well as the relationship between culture (as expressed in beliefs, values, and worldview) and behavior.
  • Individual Freedom and Free Markets support a range of programs intended to liberate the initiative of individuals and nations and to establish the necessary conditions for the success of profit-making enterprise.
  • Genetics research support is a relatively new goal for the foundation. The foundation’s initial investments in genetics can be seen on their website, and they are open to new ideas and expect to broaden their portfolio of funded projects.
  • Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius represents the Foundation’s strong commitment to identifying and nurturing young people who demonstrate exceptional talent in mathematics and science. The foundation has made individual awards and funded research under this program, in both the U.S. and internationally.

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