NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Resubmission Policy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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.

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NSF Releases New Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

Monday, February 17, 2014

A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) has been issued.  The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to NSF's proposal and award process and consists of the:

(a) Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and

(b) Award & Administration Guide (AAG) to guide, manage, and monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation.

This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 24, 2014. 

A by-chapter summary of the changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide to assist with identifying the changes.  

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National Science Foundation (NSF) Launches a Demo Site

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In order to further improve the project reporting function, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched the Demo Site . The site provides NSF awardees (specifically PIs, co-PIs) the opportunity to explore and familiarize themselves with preparing, submitting, and reviewing NSF project reports without actually submitting a real report.  Additionally, the Team is developing an instructional video tutorial on submitting project reports to assist NSF awardees.

Information for PIs and co-PIs  seeking assistance with preparation and submission of NSF project reports can be found at the following links:

Online Help

Project Report Informational Page

NSF Help Desk

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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 Encouraging the Use of Individual Development Plans

Thursday, August 01, 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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NIH to Require Use of Updated Electronic Application Forms for Due Dates on or after September 25, 2013

Monday, June 03, 2013

For due dates on or after September 25, 2013, all applicants will be required to use FORMS-C packages. The requirement includes electronic applications submitted under the continuous submission policy, administrative supplement requests (Type 3), change of organization requests (Type 6) and change of grantee/training institution requests (Type 7) submitted September 25, 2013 and beyond. Multi-project applications that are transitioning to electronic submission beginning with the September 25, 2013 due dates (see NOT-OD-13-075) will also use FORMS-C packages.

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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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Adobe 11.0.2 Now Compatible with Application Forms

Wednesday, April 17, 2013



As of March 5, Adobe version 11.0.2 is compatible for use with application forms. However, application packages downloaded before this date are not compatible with Adobe XI. If you have downloaded application packages prior to March 5 choose one of the following options when submitting your application: 

  • Submit the current package using Adobe 10.1.4
  • Re-download the package and submit using Adobe 11.0.2


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Don't Underestimate NSF's New Grant-Submission Rules

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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NIH Releases Information Related to FY 2013 (Success Rates, Applications, Investigators, and Awards)

Friday, January 04, 2013

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National Science Foundation (NSF) to Transfer Reporting Function to

Monday, October 15, 2012

NSF awardees must stop submitting project reports in FastLane starting on February 1, 2013. On March 18, 2013, NSF will transfer its current project reporting service from FastLane to Principal Investigators should pay particular attention to reports previously submitted and returned by their NSF Program Officer. Returned reports should be revised and resubmitted prior to February 1. To assist the research community with this transition, the overdue date will be extended for all project reports that are currently scheduled to become overdue between January 31 and April 30, 2013. Information regarding these requirements can be found on the web site. In addition, NSF is offering a free webinar on January 16, 2013 regarding this transition.

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Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. 10/1/2012)

Monday, September 24, 2012

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the publication of the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. 10/1/2012). This revision is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2012. This revision supersedes, in its entirety, the NIH Grants Policy Statement (10/2011) as a standard term and condition of award. However, the October 2011 NIHGPS continues to be the standard term and condition for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012.

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NASA Restrictions on Funding Activities with China

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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.


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