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NSF  announced today  it’s framework for Public Access in order for information about NSF funded research to be accessible to all.

This NSF requirement will apply to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that will be issued in January 2016. NSF will require that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions must:

  • Be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF;
  • Be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication;
  • Possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication;
  • Be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and
  • Be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements.

There will be FAQs regarding these changes published in April, 2015.

For more information please visit the NSF Public Access Special Report Site.

The NIH has released a new, simplified policy for late application submission. There is a two week window of consideration after the application due date, during which time the NIH will consider accepting a late application. For complete guidelines on the policy as well as what is considered acceptable and not acceptable for late application submission please visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-039.html for complete information .

The NIH is rolling out a new format for biographical sketches. PIs may use the new format for proposals beginning January 25, 2015, but the new format is required effective with proposals due May 25, 2015 and after.

The significant changes are:

  • Page length (5 pages)
  • Instead of Publications the section is now called “Contributions to Science” and is limited to five most significant contributions (this section has new instructions with what information is required – see link below or attachments)

You may not combine new and old formats prior to the May 25th effective date. If you chose to use the current format you must adhere to the guidelines for the current format, if you choose to use the new format you must use the new guidelines.

The new form and instructions are available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm#format .  The first MS Word link when you land on the page is the new form and the second link provides both the instructions for each section and a sample biosketch. I am also attaching both Word documents here. The attachment “SF424R-R biosketchsample VerC.dox” includes both the instructions and the sample.

The NIH is also advocating for PIs to use Science Experts Network (SciENcv)   as a tool to build biosketches and this functionality will be available in the upcoming weeks with the NIH forms.  There is a YouTube video  that provides instruction on using SciENcv.

The NSF has released an updated GPG. The new regulations go into effect for proposals being submitted December 26th and later. The new GPG is available (HTML) at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf15001/index.jsp.

The NIH provides an annotated SF424 to help complete the forms required for NIH proposal submission. You can access those forms by clicking here.

The NIH has released a short You Tube video, “Tips for Electronic Grant Submission Success”.  This seven minute video provides 10 helpful hints on successful submissions.



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announce a change in policy on application submissions. Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review. Although a new (A0) application does not allow an introduction or responses to the previous reviews, the NIH and AHRQ encourage applicants to refine and strengthen all application submissions.

– See more at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-074.html

Investing in Science, Engineering and Education for the Nation’s Future (2014-2018)


NIH 2014 budget

For fiscal year 2014, NIH has a budget of $30.15 billion, an increase of $1 billion over fiscal year 2013.

According to NIH’s Extramural Nexus newsletter,  “Because of the increased NIH budget as compared to last year, and due to the cycle of out-year commitments, we should ultimately be making more competing awards in FY 2014. This is very positive news as it should result in reversing the trend of RPG success rates sliding lower each year. Remember, however, the success rates are dependent on the number of applications received, so as long as application numbers stay near or below where they were last year, combined with a higher number of awards, success rates should go up.”

See more at: http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/02/14/fiscal-policies-and-more-for-2014/?utm_source=nexus&utm_medium=email&utm_content=nihupdate&utm_campaign=feb14#sthash.PGoKiWsZ.dpuf


The Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants is pleased to announce a new resource for grant funding seekers, InfoEd Global’s SPIN. To access SPIN please visit: https://spin.infoedglobal.com/Home/GridResults . The tabs allow you to create your search using a number of filters. You may access SPIN without a log on from any campus computer. If you wish to access the database from an off-campus location you will need to create a sign in.  The site does offer training videos; the link to which can be found in the upper right hand corner.

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