"Building a Brighter Future for Rare Brain Disease Patients" set for March 12th

3/5/2019 3:33:35 PM      

Auburn to celebrate Brain Awareness Week March 12 with event

Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will host an event celebrating Brain Awareness Week on Tuesday, March 12, to share research being conducted at Auburn on rare and fatal brain disorders known as GM1 gangliosidosis, Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases.

The university and community event, Building a Brighter Future for Rare Brain Disease Patients, will be held at 10 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. There is no charge to attend the program but registration is requested. 

Researchers from Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine; the UMass School of Medicine; family members of those with GM1 and Tay-Sachs; international advocacy groups; and officials with Axovant, which licensed the gene therapy treatments, will speak. 

Can't attend the event? It will be webcast live on Tuesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. until noon. You can also follow on Twitter and Facebook at #BrainAwarenessatAuburn.

Email us with questions.

Learn More and Register


NIH proposal writing workshop to be held March 8th

2/15/2019 9:53:10 AM      

2019 NIH Proposal Writing Workshop

The AU Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) and Office of Proposal Services & Faculty Support is hosting a free Proposal Writing Course. This Proposal Writing Course is designed to aid rising Auburn faculty in the acquisition of their first “R”-type NIH award. By highlighting the underlying culture of the NIH, the attendee gains insight into the key predicates of success. In this regard, the course provides an overview of all facets of the NIH “R” process – conceptualization of grant, construction of grant, routing of grant, and follow-on steps. In addition, intensive focus is provided to allow attendees to transit all of the competitive barriers to funding acquisition. This course differs from other professional grant writing courses in that it fosters the fullest understanding of the institutional logic of the NIH. On this basis, the course provides the tools to achieve productive engagement with the NIH at all levels. Registration open through March 1, 2019.

When: March 8, 2019
Where: School of Nursing, Lecture Hall 1145
Time: 8am – 12:45pm (including Q&A lunch).  A continental breakfast will also be included.
Presenter: Dr. David Curiel, Professor of Radiation Oncology/Director, Biologic Therapeutics Center, Washington University of St. Louis

Workshop Registration:


NSF CAREER webinar scheduled for March 1st

2/15/2019 9:51:12 AM      

2019 NSF CAREER Webinar

The Office of Proposal Services & Faculty Support, in conjunction with Hanover Research, will be facilitating a webinar to help answer questions related to the NSF CAREER program. This free webinar will be held on March 1, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. and can be accessed from any location (log-in information to be shared to all registrants on/before February 25, 2019). Registration open through February 24, 2019.


Webinar Registration:

Categories: OVPRED

Sponsored Programs Advisory Network meeting Feb. 11

2/5/2019 3:27:44 PM      

The next meeting of the Auburn University Sponsored Programs Advisory Network, or AU SPAN, will be Feb. 11 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the training room of the National Center for Asphalt Technology at 277 Technology Parkway. The network is comprised of individuals across campus involved in the university's sponsored programs administration and accounting.

The agenda for the meeting can be found online.


Neuroscience Grand Rounds, January 31, 2019, 4:00 to 6:00 pm

1/9/2019 1:07:52 PM      

VCOM Auburn invites all Auburn University faculty interested in neuroscience research to mingle and engage with their colleagues within the Auburn University and VCOM community.  Expected attendees will be Auburn University faculty participating in the Auburn University Center for Neuroscience (CNS) Initiative, VCOM Biomedical faculty, Clinical faculty and associated Physicians, and all others interested in learning about the exciting neuroscience research within the AU/VCOM community.

Research updates will be presented by Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam, concerning the “Presidential Award for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR) titled, ‘Establishment of a Center for Neuroscience (CNS)” and by Dr. Amal Kaddoumi for her “Presidential Award for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR) titled, ‘Extra-virgin Olive Oil Prevents Conversion of Mild Cognitive Impairment to Alzheimer’s Disease”.

The Grand Rounds will take place on January 31, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the MPR room on the 1st floor of the VCOM building.  Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.


Application Window for LAUNCH Funding Opens September 17, 2018

8/30/2018 12:46:44 PM      

Application Window for LAUNCH Funding Opens September 17, 2018

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will begin accepting applications for the 2019 LAUNCH Innovation Grants program on September 17, 2018, with the goal of identifying and fostering Auburn research that has potential for near-term commercialization.  Previous LAUNCH activity has generated a licensing agreement for a faculty start-up for one innovation, as well as data used to support proposals for follow-on development funding.  

The OVPR has set aside a pool of $100,000 per competition for LAUNCH awards. At the discretion of the judges and the Vice President for Research, some or all of this amount may be granted to one or more awardees.  Important dates to note are:

· September 17, 2018: Application window opens.  Apply through the Auburn University Competition Space.

· October 15, 2018: Deadline to either 1) submit an Innovation Disclosure form to IAC for the subject innovation or 2) have a meeting with an Innovation Advancement and Commercialization (IAC) licensing officer to review the subject innovation.  This is also the early review deadline to submit a draft application to IAC ( to receive feedback before formal submission; feedback to be provided by October 22nd.

· October 29, 2018: Application window closes.  Applications not associated with Auburn invention disclosures will not be reviewed.

· March 27, 2019: LAUNCH Finals.  Finalists should plan to be available to present.

For additional information, please visit: or contact Brian Wright, Director for Commercialization, at 334-844-7962.


Auburn University Libraries offering research enhancement seminars for faculty, students, staff

8/20/2018 4:06:02 PM      

Auburn University Libraries will offer seminars in fall semester 2018 to promote excellence in research. These seminars are open to all faculty, students and staff. Register for seminars through the AU Libraries website at

Mendeley is a free reference/citation manager. This hands-on workshop will cover how to add references to Mendeley from your computer, databases or the web; how to read and annotate your information sources within Mendeley; and how to generate citations and bibliographies using Mendeley and the MS Word plug-in. 
Thursday, Sept. 20, 4-5 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 27, 9-10 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 4-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 4-5 p.m.

EndNote is the industry standard software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references on the Windows and Macintosh desktop. 
Saturday, July 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon 
Saturday, Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Saturday, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Thursday, Sept. 6, 3-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 4, 3-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Saturday, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1-2:30 p.m.

Research Data Management Workshop
This introductory seminar is intended for graduate researchers who are learning about issues in data management for the first time. All sessions will cover data organization and formatting. More specialized, subject-specific topics are addressed based on the participants' research areas. 
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m.

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use, online tool to help you collect, organize, cite and share your research sources. This hands-on workshop will cover registering for an account, importing references, organizing your references, creating a formatted bibliography and using Zotero with the MS Word plugin. Sharing references through the Group Libraries feature will also be discussed. Bringing your laptop is encouraged, but not required. The workshop will be held in the second floor Gibbs Lab at Ralph Brown Draughon Library, across from the Mell Commons entrance into Ralph Brown Draughon Library. For more information and to schedule a separate Zotero workshop for a course or group, go to

Wednesday Aug. 29, 5-6 p.m. 
Thursday Sept. 13, 5-6 p.m.
Wednesday Sept. 26, 5-6 p.m. 
Wednesday Oct. 17, 5-6 p.m.
Monday Nov. 5, 5-6 p.m.

Systematic Review
Systematic Review is for those interested in starting a systematic review* but not sure where or how to start. This workshop will cover how systematic reviews differ from other types of reviews, the steps involved in completing a systematic review and information about additional resources and services to help with the systematic review process. 
Saturday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-noon
Friday, Oct. 26, 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
* A systematic review is a formal research study that seeks to first identify (through a systematic and comprehensive search) all relevant literature answering a focused research question, then appraise the identified literature and finally analyze, synthesize and present data from all studies included in the review.



It's Time to Transition to Workspace

4/23/2018 9:06:34 AM      

On December 31, 2017, will officially retire the legacy PDF application package as a method to apply for federal grants.  Going forward, users can apply by creating a workspace from the Package tab on the View Grant Opportunity page. 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


DHHS Salary Cap Increased in 2018

3/16/2018 9:48:47 AM      

Effective January 7, 2018, the DHHS salary cap has increased from $187,000 to $189,600 pursuant to NIH Notice Number NOT-OD-18-137.  The Salary Cap Guidance and Salary Cap Calculator on the OSP website have been updated to reflect this increase (many thanks to Gina Bailey in CGA for the updates!).


New NIH Forms Package (FORMS-E)

9/6/2017 1:53:55 PM      

Effective for receipt dates on or after January 25, 2018 NIH applicants must use FORMS-E application packages - see NOT-OD-17-062 ( 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 ( no later than October 25, 2017. 


NIH Publishes Revised Grants Policy Statement

8/28/2017 10:45:44 AM      

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:


DOE Office of Science - University Research

8/28/2017 10:42:07 AM      

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 (


Categories: Workspace

8/28/2017 10:26:59 AM      

In order to improve and applicant's proposal development experience with, 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). 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


NIH: About Grants

8/28/2017 10:18:47 AM      

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.


NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter - August/September 2017

8/28/2017 10:08:26 AM      

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.


IRB Protocol and Report Submissions May Now Be Submitted Via Email

11/15/2016 1:39:43 PM      

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 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 with any questions.


Automated Compliance Improvements of NSF Proposals

9/20/2016 3:12:42 PM      

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.


Rigor and Reproducibility in NIH Applications: Resource Chart

8/2/2016 11:06:15 AM      

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. 


New Process for Resetting FastLane/ Passwords

7/25/2016 8:56:03 AM      

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 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
  • Number
  • 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. 



PSFS and OSP websites have been updated with a Data Management Plan (DMP) tool

11/20/2015 9:09:42 AM      

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:  


Important eRA Information from NIH

11/16/2015 1:22:41 PM      

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


NIH to Require eRA Commons ID for all Grant Personnel

10/22/2015 10:26:34 AM      

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: What are the Chances of Getting Funded?

7/7/2015 11:45:44 AM      

NIH has shared its latest statiscs regarding success, award and funding rates. Check out Sally Rockey's June 29, 2015 Rock Talk for details


Important Information from NIH Regarding Closeout of Grants

7/7/2015 11:18:23 AM      

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.


NASA Restrictions on Funding Activities with China

5/5/2015 1:57:02 PM      

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.



RSO has new "Group" e-mail address

5/5/2015 1:56:02 PM      

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


NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Resubmission Policy

5/5/2015 1:55:48 PM      

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.


Project Veterinarian Review is Required for all IACUC Forms

5/5/2015 1:55:28 PM      

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.



NIH Updates Grant and Contract Submission Requirements Regarding the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals

5/5/2015 1:54:56 PM      

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 Encouraging the Use of Individual Development Plans

5/5/2015 1:53:44 PM      

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.

5/5/2015 1:53:31 PM      

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.