There is no shortage of challenges for the research enterprise as federal funding stagnates and universities seek to grow. To achieve ambitious growth goals, research leadership must focus on a new set of priorities that include communicating the value of research more broadly, effectively seeking out new sources of funding, and increasingly going after bigger bet research projects. This presentation will offer an overview of the current funding landscape and high-level strategies for the research office to execute on these priorities. we invite all faculty and staff to join us on November 8th from 10:00 - 11:30am in Comer 207 for this session which will be led by Ingrid Lund, Practice Manager for the University Research Forum of the Education Advisory Board (EAB).
On December 31, 2017, Grants.gov will officially retire the legacy PDF application package as a method to apply for federal grants. Going forward, Grants.gov users can apply by creating a workspace from the Package tab on the View Grant Opportunity page. Grants.gov has posted an excellent webinar recording that walks users through the steps of the application process. Please contact your contract administrator or college-level designee with additional question about workspace or submitting proposals through Grants.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) will be offering two free on-line briefings during the month of October 2017:
8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an AREA/R15 Grant - Monday, October 16, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00pm (EDT)
8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an SBIR/STTR Grant - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00pm (EDT)
Each briefing will include presentations by a CSR official and the NIH official who oversees the respective program. A 30-minute Q&A session will follow.
How to Participate in the Briefing
- Register by October 12 here for the briefing you wish to join. You will not need to download special software. You will just need a reliable Internet connection and an up-to-date browser.
Submit questions for the Q&A session before or during the briefing AskExperts@csr.nih.gov.
Go to contact a https://public.csr.nih.gov/pages/csrwebinar.aspx on the day/time your briefing is scheduled. Click on the link that will be provided there.
The 2018 Intramural Grants Program application window is now open through November 10, 2017. For the RFP, program descriptions, and applications, go to:
Effective for receipt dates on or after January 25, 2018 NIH applicants must use FORMS-E application packages - see NOT-OD-17-062 (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-062.html). This change will apply to all funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and all application types (new, resubmission, renewal, revision). Applications submitted using the wrong forms will automatically be withdrawn by the NIH Center for Scientific Review Division of Receipt and Referral and will not be reviewed. Application guides for FORMS-E application packages will be posted on the NIH How to Apply - Application Guide page (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide.html) no later than October 25, 2017.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is moving!
The move begins at the end of August and finishes October 1st. Beginning October 2nd, the new NSF mailing address will be:
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
During the phased move, you may experience delayed response times when trying to communicate with NSF staff. Staff email addresses and phone numbers will remain the same and will continue to be accessible on the NSF website.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a revised version of the NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2016. This revision incorporates new and modified requirements, clarifies certain policies, and implements changes in statutes, regulations, and policies that have been implemented since the previous version of the NIHGPS dated March 31, 2015. A summary of the significant changes can be found at the following link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/Significant_Changes_NIHGPS_Oct2015.pdf.
Interested in seeing what the U.S. Department of Energy,Office of Science (OSC) has been funding? OSC hosts a web page reflecting its research funding to support scientists, engineers and students at nearly 300 leading academic institutions across the county. The Universities web page provides links to an interactive grants map, funding within each state and highlights of university research being funded across the country. If OSC is a potential funder that you have been considering, checking out what has been funded (both in Alabama and around the country) would be a great idea. Have questions about finding funding? Contact Marc Haon in the Office of Proposal Services and Faculty Support for assistance (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In order to improve and applicant's proposal development experience with Grants.gov, Workspace was launched in October 2015. Since its initial launch, functionality and training resources have been added to help applicants transition to Workspace (as the legacy PDC application package will be retired as of December 31, 2017, this is very important). Grants.gov has developed a web site that provides an overview of Workspace, including instructions and tutorial videos. Click here for additional information. Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs with any questions you may have regarding this new option within Grants.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability. NIH has developed a web page (About Grants) that provides easy-to-follow information on the application process (including tip sheets, videos, podcasts). If you are new to NIH as a funding option, you may want to explore this excellent resource.
The third issue of the NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter is now available on the NSF website. Included in this issue are proposed significant changes to the next iteration of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedure Guide (PAPPG); the newly revised common rule for the protection of human subjects; faculty salary policy, aka the two-month rule; FAQs on the collaborators and other affiliations pilot; and more. For further information, please read the full newsletter here.
The Office of Research Compliance will accept protocol and report submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) via email. Protocol forms, modification and renewal requests, and final reports may be submitted to IRBsubmit@auburn.edu which is a designated email for submission purposes only. Please incorporate all materials related to the request into one pdf file. All electronic submissions for full board review must be received by 4:45 PM on the day of the submission deadline to be considered at the next meeting. An automated confirmation will be provided upon receipt of your submission. If Investigators prefer, a hardcopy of protocols and reports will continue to be accepted at this time. For hardcopy submissions, only the original is required (additional copies are not necessary). To avoid confusion, please do not duplicate submissions using both methods. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance at (334) 844-5966 or IRBadmin@auburn.edu with any questions.
Effective September 26, 2016, FastLane will now check to ensure that the combined text of the Project Summary text boxes (or uploaded PDF if the Project Summary contains special characters) does not exceed one page prior to submission, rather than the current check of 4,600 characters. See the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2.b, for further information. The October 2016 Tiger Tips article provides additional information regarding these checks.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a developed a one-page guide to explain how to address rigor and reproducibility in NIH applications. This resource walks through each of the four key areas of scientific rigor, explaining how and where to address each area in your application.
NSF has implement a more convenient and secure process for resetting passwords. NSF awardees and applicants will now be able to reset their own passwords. To do this, awardees and applicants can go to www.research.gov and click “Log In,” then “Forgot Password.” After entering their NSF ID and clicking, “Send Temporary Password,” they will be able to reset their passwords using the temporary password sent to their email address on file.
Passwords must be between 8 and 20 characters and use three of the four categories below:
- Upper-case letter
- Lower-case letter
- One of these special characters # & % ! @ ( )
In addition, the last six passwords cannot be reused, and accounts will be locked for five minutes after the tenth unsuccessful password attempt.
The Offices of Proposal Services and Faculty Support (PSFS) and Sponsored Programs (OSP) websites have been updated with a Data Management Plan (DMP) tool. This tool has been created for faculty writing proposals for which a plan is required (currently NSF, DOE and certain NIH programs require a plan). The Auburn-specific DMP tool was developed by the Auburn University Libraries with content support provided by OSP and PSFS: https://alpha.lib.auburn.edu/dmp/nsf-dmp.php.
The National Institutes of Health releases a monthly "NIH eSubmission Items of Interest." The November release includes a number of reminders regarding proposal compliance, including the new biographical sketch format. To review these reminders, click here. If you are interested in subscribing to this monthly e-mail, please visit http://era.nih.gov/about_era/get_connected.cfm.
Beginning in October 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will require all personnel working on a grant to have an eRA Commons ID for reporting on your Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).
This applies to all personnel, including undergraduate and graduate students, who participate in the project for at least one person month.
For about the last year, you should have seen a warning when submitting an RPPR without eRA Commons IDs for each participant. In October, that warning will become an error and prevent submission of the report.
For more information on the policy change, see NIH Notice NOT-OD-13-097.
To have an eRA Commons account set up, or if you have questions, please contact your Contract Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs.
NIH has shared its latest statiscs regarding success, award and funding rates. Check out Sally Rockey's June 29, 2015 Rock Talk for details
When an NIH awardee’s grant project periods comes to an end, recipients must close out their grant by submitting a Final Federal Financial Report (FFR), Final Progress Report (FPR), and Final Invention Statement and Certification (FIS). The deadlines for these reports has recently changed to align with forthcoming standard award terms and conditions for participating Federal research agencies. All projects with a period of performance end date on or after October 1, 2014 must submit the final FFR, the FPR, and the FIS within 120 calendar days of the end of the period of performance. For any grants with a period of performance (project period) end date prior to October 1, 2014, the reporting deadline will be 90 days from the project period end date. For more information visit NIH's FAQ's on grant closeout.
In guidance documents issued in February 2012, NASA noted that appropriation bills for the past two years (NASA’s 2011 continuing resolution and NASA’s fiscal year 2012 appropriation) contain a funding restriction with respect to China. Specifically, the funding statute states that none of the funds appropriated may be used by NASA to:
develop, design, plan, promulgate, implement, or execute a bilateral policy, program, order, or contract of any kind to participate, collaborate, or coordinate, bilaterally in any way with China or any Chinese-owned company unless such activities are specifically authorized [by law.]
Although the statute does not define “China” or “Chinese-owned company,” NASA’s procurement guidance states that the terms mean the People’s Republic of China, any company owned by the People’s Republic of China, or any company incorporated under the laws of the People’s Republic of China.
The statute applies to any NASA grant, cooperative agreement, or contract and applies to all subrecipients at any level. Therefore, the restriction prohibits Auburn University from collaborating with or issuing a subaward to the Chinese government, a government-owned company, or a company incorporated under Chinese law. This includes using NASA funds for the U.S. side of a collaboration with these entities that is performed on a “no-exchange-of-funds” basis. The restrictions do not apply to commercial items of supply needed to perform a grant or cooperative agreement.
The appropriations law does not restrict the use of NASA funds to support Chinese national students or visiting researchers. A NASA grants guidance document states participation by Chinese nationals will be reviewed by NASA grant and technical officers prior to awarding grants or cooperative agreements (including amendments), and the University will continue to monitor these developments to ensure no citizenship restrictions are accepted in violation of University policy.
Please contact your OSP Contract Administrator with any questions.
The Research Security Office (RSO) has a new way to contact all its staff with just one e-mail. This is a very convenient way to obtain help with any security related issues, because any of the RSO staff will gladly reply to your e-mails in a timely manner; as oppossed to addressing the issue to just one person, who happen to be away from the computer at that particular time.
This new e-mail address will help to minimize delays and will facilitate wider dissemination to your requests. The new e-mail address is email@example.com
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. Information regarding this policy update can be found in Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-074 released April 17, 2014. In addition, the May 2014 Tiger Tips article provides Sally Rockey's blog discussion on this topic, and also provides a number of direct links for more details. Finally, NIH has updated the FAQ website for Resubmissions to assist with questions regarding the new policy. As always, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Sponsored Programs if we can provide additional assistance with questions or concerns.
All animal use protocols, SOPs, and protocol modification forms are required to be reviewed and signed by the Project Veterinarian BEFORE being submitted to the Auburn University IACUC. Please allow up to 3 business days prior to the IACUC submission deadline for appropriate veterinary review.
NO FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT A PROJECT VETERINARIAN SIGNATURE.
NIH Updates Grant and Contract Submission Requirements Regarding the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals
Grant and Contract Submission Requirements Regarding the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 7, 2013, NOT-OD-13-098. After September 1, 2013, the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) of grants and contracts must be consistent with the 2013 Guidelines. In submissions to NIH, investigators are required to describe any method of euthanasia to be used and the reasons for its selection and to state whether the method proposed is consistent with the 2013 AVMA Guidelines. If the proposed method is not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines, a scientific justification must be included in the VAS.
NIH has recently posted a Notice in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts encouraging grantees to develop an institutional policy requiring an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every graduate student and postdoc supported by any NIH grant regardless of the type of NIH grant that is used for support. Dr. Sally Rockey in her weekly "Rock Talk" blog also addressed this topic and provided some additional thoughts. MyIDP is a free site sponsored by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that assists with the development of these plans. More information will be shared regarding this topic as it becomes available.
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is now requiring training in responsible conduct of research (RCR) for any faculty, staff, or students participating in NIFA research projects.
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is now requiring training in responsible conduct of research (RCR) for any faculty, staff, or students participating in NIFA research projects. The training must be documented and is subject to NIFA review. Auburn University has adopted a plan to fulfill the NIFA training requirement. The requirements of this plan are applicable to all awards subject to the USDA NIFA February 2013 Terms and Conditions or subsequent Terms and Conditions that contain the RCR training requirement. Please note that, in accordance with the NIFA Training Process, all identified project personnel must complete RCR training before a Fund may be established for a NIFA research project. Please refer to the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) page on the Research Compliance web site for additional information.