NIH Modification to Guidance on Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications

Monday, December 8, 2014

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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course Changes Effective Nov. 25

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AU contracts with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.  Many of you have or will take the RCR training course either to fulfill sponsor requirements (such as USDA-NIFA or NSF) or to learn more about conducting your research as ethically as possible. 

A new RCR training course will be introduced by CITI on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.  Here is what you need to know:

  • If you start the RCR basic course before November 25, you need to finish and pass the entire course before November 25.  Otherwise, your prior work will be lost and you’ll have to start completely over with the new course.
  • If you successfully completed a RCR course before November 25, your records will stay in the CITI system.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact Bob Holm at, Leslie Farrington at or Niki Johnson at  You can find details about AU’s Responsible Conduct of Research training implementation here

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NASA Seeking Reviewers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is seeking subject matter experts to serve as mail-in reviewers of proposals and/or in-person reviewers to engage in discussions at a face-to-face panel meeting. New researchers (including post doctoral fellows) are welcome to apply as they provide fresh insight from people close to the most current research.  If interested, additional information can be found at the following link.

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Effective January 1, 2014, Mileage rate decreases to 56 cents per mile

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service has announced a decrease in the standard rate for business use of a personal vehicle to 56 cents per mile. In accordance with that change, the Auburn University travelpolicy will be revised to reflect a mileage reimbursement rate of 56 cents per mile for the business use of an employee's personal vehicle while the employee is on university travel status. The new rate becomes effective with travel that begins on or after Jan. 1, 2014. For more information, contact Procurement and Payment Services at (334) 844-7771.

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NIH Unveils New eRA Website

Monday, November 25, 2013

On November 21, 2013, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) unveiled a new Electronic Research Administration (eRA) website.  The new design is more graphical, focusing on processes. The less text heavy approach is designed to make the pages easier to navigate, and less overwhelming. 
With the idea of making the site as useful as possible, applicant steps are broken down into major chunks and each chunk integrates: links to the specific section of the online help, with step-by-step information on basic tasks; policy links, where appropriate; and communication resources, from fliers to presentations to FAQs. The URL for the home page of the site  is  For assistance with this, and other online grant management online tools, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and the appropriate Contract Administrator.

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

Friday, August 9, 2013

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.

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NIH Encouraging the Use of Individual Development Plans

Thursday, August 1, 2013

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. 

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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.

Friday, May 24, 2013

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.

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IRB Protocol and Report Submissions May Now Be Submitted Via Email

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


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.

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