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  • Federal Government Shutdown & Restart Guidance Fri Oct 25 at 9am

    For regular updates please check the Research Home page and the webpage Guidance on the Federal Shutdown on the UW Research webpage. We will add new information as it becomes available.

    Mary Lidstrom
    Vice Provost for Research

     

     

     

  • $31M gift will fund early stage UW research by high-tech entrepreneurs Mon Jul 14 at 8am

    The University of Washington is receiving a $31.2 million gift from Washington Research Foundation to boost entrepreneurship and support research that tackles some of society’s most crucial challenges.

    The award will fund four interdisciplinary initiatives that seek to advance global innovation in clean energy, protein design, big data science and neuroengineering.  See the article in UW Today.

  • UW NEWSBEAT Reports: Scientists Regenerate Heart Muscle in Primates Fri May 9 at 2pm

    “In a major advance, researchers at the University of Washington have successfully restored damaged heart muscle of monkeys using heart cells created from human embryonic stem cells.” Read about this exciting research led by Chuck Murry and Mike Laflamme in NEWSBEAT.   

     

  • NIH eRA Systems will be down Memorial Day Weekend Wed May 7 at 1pm

    eRA Reminder: eRA Commons, ASSIST Will Be Offline Memorial Day Weekend For Unicode Upgrade

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

     

    This is a reminder that all systems, including eRA Commons and ASSIST, will be unavailable over the Memorial Day weekend. The systems will be brought down at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 23 and are expected to be restored to service by Tuesday, May 27 at 7 a.m.

    For more details about the Unicode project, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-071 and the related notice on the impact of submission dates: NOT-OD-14-070.

    Original message below sent Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM ET


    eRA Information: eRA Commons, ASSIST Will Be Offline Memorial Day Weekend

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

     

    In the interest of giving you as much advance notice as possible for planning purposes, we would like to let you know about an extended downtime that eRA has currently scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend in May 2014.

    All systems, including eRA Commons and ASSIST will be offline while our systems are upgraded and the information in the databases will be converted to support Unicode compatible data.

    Unicode is a computing standard that allows systems to handle virtually any type of text expressed in the worlds writing systems.  As a result of this upgrade, eRA systems will be able to accept Greek characters as they appear in the original scientific text submitted by grantees. For instance, Greek characters will now appear in progress reports without resulting in garbled text.

     

    We will share more details about the downtime in May as the date approaches.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

     

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

  • UW Startup Creates Underwater Robotics with a Human Touch Fri May 2 at 2pm

    It should be just as easy to use a robotic arm as it is to use your own hand. That’s the thinking behind University of Washington startup BluHaptics, which is taking telerobotics — controlling robots from a distance — to a new level: underwater.

    Using technology developed by Howard Chizeck’s lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering, a team of UW scientists and engineers working at the Applied Physics Laboratory is creating a control system for underwater remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs. Read the full article in UW Today.

     

     

  • eRA Commons Search Problem (bug) Tue Apr 29 at 9am

    eRA Commons has identified a system bug that doesn’t allow users to search for a grant by the PI last name. They anticipate fixing this defect in May.

    In the mean time, please be advised that all other search parameters work, and you will be able to search for grants by the grant number. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call the eRA Commons Help Desk at 1-866-504-9552.

    Thank you.

  • Clarifications to the NIH and AHRQ Policy for Application Submission Mon Apr 28 at 9am

    Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-082

    Key Dates
    Release Date: April 22, 2014

    Related Announcements
    NOT-OD-14-074

    Issued by
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

    Purpose

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announce clarifications to policy on application submissions that was updated recently (NOT-OD-14-074).

    Background

    On April 17, 2014 the NIH and AHRQ announced a change in policy on application submissions (NOT-OD-14-074):

    “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.”

    All of the provisions of the updated submission policy in NOT-OD-14-074 remain in effect. Clarifications are provided below for certain key points that were raised in questions we received.

    Clarifications

    Due Dates
    Questions were received that asked whether a new (A0) application, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, could be submitted only for the next, appropriate due date. To clarify, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application and release of the summary statement, an applicant may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for any due date in the future that is appropriate for the grant mechanism and Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

    • An application that was reviewed before April 16th, 2014, as well as any application submitted in the future, could be submitted as a new (A0) application for any subsequent, appropriate due date, if the previous summary statement has been released.
    • If the FOA lists “standard dates apply”, then the appropriate due date for a competing application can be found on the NIH website (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm). If the FOA lists a different date, then the date(s) in the FOA is the appropriate due date.

    Applicability
    Questions were received asking which grant programs fall under the policy. To clarify, the updated policy applies to major types of applications and activity codes - including applications for research grants, the NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, Career Development Awards, Individual Fellowships, Institutional Training Grants, Resource Grants, Program Projects, and Center Grants.

    • Eligibility criteria and any other restrictions or requirements in the FOA prevail. For example, a fellowship candidate must meet the eligibility requirements for each fellowship application submission.
    • An application that was not accepted previously for being too similar to a resubmission (A1) application that had been reviewed previously (”virtual A2s”) can be submitted now as a new (A0) application.

    Options
    The updated policy allows an investigator to submit a new (A0) application following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application. Subsequent questions asked whether a time limit exists between an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application and the subsequent new (A0) application, whether the number of such cycles is limited, and whether an intervening resubmission (A1) application is required in order to submit a new (A0) application again.

    • The updated policy has no time limit between an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application and a subsequent, new (A0) application, or between an unsuccessful new (A0) application and a subsequent new (A0) application. The time limit of thirty-seven months between an unsuccessful (A0) application and the subsequent resubmission (A1) application does remain in effect.
    • The number of submission cycles is not limited, but NIH encourages applicants to update their applications to reflect the status of the field over the interim period and to incorporate new preliminary data, literature citations, letters of reference, etc. as time passes.
    • The updated policy does not preclude submission of a new (A0) application following an unsuccessful new (A0) application, without an intervening resubmission (A1) application.

    Inquiries

    Please see resubmission FAQs for answers to many common questions.

    Please direct all inquiries to:

    Division of Receipt and Referral
    NIH Center for Scientific Review
    301-435-0715

    Or

    NIH Review Policy Officer
    ReviewPolicyOfficer@mail.nih.gov

    Or

    Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Calderone
    AHRQ Referral Officer
    Gerald.Calderone@ahrq.hhs.gov

  • New Prepare Proposal Webpages Mon Apr 21 at 11am

    The OSP website has been updated with 14 new webpages. Click on “Prepare Proposal” in the left navigation.

    Content includes:

    • Overview
    • Proposal Prep Basics – system access, internal deadlines, PI resources
    • Budget Development – separate pages for most object codes, F&A, justifications

    We hope these new resources will be helpful to you, your staff and faculty.  We will be adding to the Prepare Proposal section over the next several months in addition to these recent changes.

    Feel free to send your feedback to ospweb@uw.edu.

    Thank you.


    Office of Sponsored Programs
    University of Washington

  • RPPR Open for all Type 5 Non-SNAP Progress Reports Mon Apr 21 at 7am

    RPPR Open for all Type 5 Non-SNAP Progress Reports

    Beginning on April 25, NIH will open up the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) in eRA Commons for the electronic submission of annual progress reports for all Type 5 non-SNAP progress reports.

    For more information, please see the Submit Progress Report page, the Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-079, and the updated NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Instruction Guide.

  • eRA Commons Enhancements & System Downtime - April 24th Mon Apr 21 at 7am

    eRA Enhancements: Highlights of eRA Commons’ Upcoming Release & Scheduled Downtime for Thursday, April 24

    Monday, April 21, 2014

     

    Scheduled Downtime for April Release:

    eRA Commons and ASSIST will be unavailable beginning at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, April 24, and will return to service by 7 a.m. ET Friday, April 25, 2014. When the system is available again, you will see new features and functionality have been added to the system.   The following are highlights of eRA Commons’ upcoming April 24-25 software release. These are just some of the many features being rolled out for this release; check out the release notes for more information on features and fixes.

    Highlights of eRA Commons’ April Software Release

    Updates in eRA Commons

    NIH is making several changes to the Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) module to improve institutional reporting and promote compliance:

     

    ·         The FCOI Annual Report link in eRA Commons will appear closer to when it is due:

    o    For ongoing projects:  The Annual Report link will appear 75 days prior to the next budget period start date, following the submission of an Original Report or Annual Report when there is a future noncompeting year pending within a current competitive segment.

    o    For eRA Commons No Cost Extensions:  The Annual Report link will appear the day after the grantee takes action to extend the project via the Commons.

    o    For Notice of Award (NoA) extensions:  An Annual Report link will not be available.  Instead, until eRA implements a change in the FCOI module, the NIH will send the grantee a “Request for Additional Information” asking the grantee to provide a status of the FCOI and any changes to the management plan, if applicable, prior to the issuance of the revised NoA. 

     

    ·         FCOI Signing Officials (SOs) Will Receive an Email Reminder That Annual Report is Due: 

    o    An email reminder will now be sent to the FCOI SO, when the Annual Report link becomes available in the FCOI module (as described above). 

     

    ·         FCOI Reports to be Submitted under the Current, Active Grant Year:

    o    When an FCOI SO enters a grant number for a grant year that is not the current, active grant year, a warning message will appear to allow the SO to select another grant year, if appropriate. 

    o    Future Annual Reports will be submitted under the currently funded grant year (e.g., year 04) without regard to the grant year in which the Original Report was submitted (e.g., year 01).  This is a change to the way the system currently functions. 

     

    ·         Revised FCOI Reports May Be Submitted up to 150 days After Submitting an Original Report:

    o    Revised FCOI reports are only needed following the completion of a Retrospective Review when the grantee needs to:

    1)     provide new FCOI information that results in a change to a previously submitted FCOI report (e.g., an increase in value of a previously reported significant financial interest (SFI), discovery of a new SFI, or changes to the management of the FCOI, etc.) or

    2)     provide a Mitigation Report if bias is found. 

    o    Grantees should not submit a Revised FCOI report to notify NIH that either the Retrospective Review has been completed or that bias is not found. 

    o    When the Original Report is submitted and the grantee indicates that the Retrospective Review is not completed, the system will allow the Institution to submit a Revised FCOI report up to 150 days after the Original Report’s submission date. 

     

    ·         New FCOI Roles in Commons Replace FCOI Delegations:

    o    Two new roles have been added to Commons for those who work with the Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) module. Only an organization’s Signing Official (SO role) can assign these roles.

    §  FCOI_ASST: Assign the FCOI_ASST role to those users in the institution who will assist in working on the FCOI reporting process. These users can initiate, edit, view, search, and delete forms.

    §  FCOI_View: Assign the FCOI_View role to those users who need authority to search for and view FCOI information entered by the institution, but who will not need to perform any data entry or make changes to the information. These users will have read-only access to the FCOI report and data.

     

    o    Only an organization’s Signing Official (SO role) can assign these roles.

     

    Prior to this release, Commons users with the ASST role could be delegated the authority either to assist with FCOI tasks (FCOI Asst authority) or to view FCOI information (FCOI View authority). These new roles replace the former authorities, but provide the same levels of access to FCOI module. Starting with this release, SOs can assign a Commons user to one of the new roles and do not need to use the Delegation feature of Commons for FCOI purposes. 

     

    NOTE: With this release, eRA has assigned current ASST users delegated with either of the two FCOI authorities (FCOI Asst and FCOI View) to the corresponding new role as described above. For these existing users, the SOs do not need to assign the new roles.

     

    ·         FCOI Corrections - A Change in Business Process when Grantees Identify Errors in Submitted Data:

    o    Corrections to some FCOI report data can be made without NIH taking action to rescind the Original report and requiring the grantee to submit a new report.  Depending on the error, the options are:

    §  Errors in the following data  can be corrected only by NIH rescinding the Original Report and requiring the grantee to submit a new report:

    ·         Grant Number,

    ·         Investigator Name with the conflict, and

    ·         Subrecipient information

    When these corrections are needed, the FCOI SO should contact the Grants Management Specialist/Officer identified on the latest Notice of Award to ask NIH to rescind the FCOI report. 

    §  Errors to the following data  can be corrected by NIH sending the Institution a “Request for Additional Information,” which allows the grantee to make the correction and submit the corrected FCOI report:

    ·         FCOI data (entity name and significant financial interest data)

    ·         Responses to the compliance questions (i.e., questions numbered 4, 5 or 6). 

    When these corrections are needed, the FCOI SO should write to the NIH Grants Management Specialist/Officer identified on the Notice of Award to explain the nature of the error and the need to make a correction. 

     

    • Other FCOI Changes:
      • Only one revision will be allowed to the original FCOI report
      • Revisions to annual reports will no longer be accepted
      • If NIH rescinds any FCOI record, the entire FCOI record (original, annual and revised reports) will be rescinded

     

    For more information on these changes in FCOI, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-081, the FCOI Online Help (accessed by clicking on the question marks on the screens of the FCOI module) and the FCOI User Guide.

     

    • RPPR Open for all Type 5 Non-SNAP Progress Reports

    Beginning on April 25, NIH will open up the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) in eRA Commons for the electronic submission of annual progress reports for all Type 5 non-SNAP progress reports. For more information, please see the Submit Progress Report page, the Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-079, and the updated NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Instruction Guide.

     

    • Online Help Now Available from Within eRA Commons

    o    Online Help for Account Management, used by authorized eRA Commons users to create and manage accounts, can now be accessed from specific Account Management forms within eRA Commons. The question marks for help will take you to the specific information for that form or topic. 

    o    Federal Financial Report (FFR) also has new online help topics. FFR topics can be accessed from the Contents panel of the online help or by selecting one of the help  (‘?’) icons found on most screens.

     

    Updates in eSubmission

    ·         Reorder Components in ASSIST

    ASSIST now provides the option to set the order of different components within a component type. Previous to this release, components had to be created in the order in which you wanted them to appear in the final application image. You didn’t have a lot of options if you entered 6 projects and then decided that you wanted the fourth project to appear first. Starting with this release, the order of the components (e.g., Project-001, Project-002, etc.) can be controlled and modified before final submission.

     

    Refer to the online help for ASSIST for more information regarding this and all ASSIST features.

     

    NOTE: The ability to submit help tickets online will not be available during the downtime listed above. However, customers can always email the eRA Help Desk at that time; commons@od.nih.gov (for eRA Commons support).

     

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out thenew.gifeRA Videos for eRA Commons and Reviewers

  • NIH and AHRQ announce a policy change on application submissions Thu Apr 17 at 9am

    NIH and AHRQ announce a change in policy on application submissions. This is good news for our research investigators, especially new investigators.

    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 NOT-OD-14-074 for the full notice.

    Office of Sponsored Programs
    University of Washington

  • American Health Association Open Science Policies Effective July Tue Apr 8 at 7am

    The Americal Health Association Research Newsletter includes an announcement about “AHA Open Science Policies to Go into Effect with July Applications.

    Here is the excerpt:

    The AHA recently approved new Open Science policies that will impact research funded by the AHA.  These policies will go into effect beginning with applications due in July 2014 and new awards beginning January 2015.

    AHA’s public access policy
    The AHA requires that all journal articles resulting from AHA funding should be made freely available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.

    AHA’s open data policy
    The AHA requires grant applicants to include a data sharing plan as part of the application process.  Any data that is needed for independent verification of research results must be made freely and publically available within 12 months of the end of the funding period (and any no-cost extension).  Specific early career awards are currently exempt from this requirement (Undergraduate Fellowships, Medical Student Research Fellowships, Predoctoral Fellowships, Mentor/AHA Mentee Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Mentored Clinical & Population Research Awards). 

    View more information about AHA Open Science policies and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

     

  • OSP Website Improvements Sat Apr 5 at 1pm

    At the March 13, 2014 MRAM meeting Gretchen Davis Richey provided an update on the OSP website. Many changes have been implemented on our site over the past year and we wanted to give you some links to try for yourself.

    Prepare ProposalProposals that include an outgoing subaward must have 4 items included for each subrecipient:

     

    • scope of work
    • budget
    • budget justification
    • Letter of Intent (LOI) or PHS398 Face Page signed by the subaward institutional official.

     

    Time of Award – New webpage that includes information on Just-in-Time, Time of Award, Plan Ahead, Compliance and Budget. It is often the case that a new award is held up because of a compliance issue. See this site for proactively managing these cases.

    FormsNew webpage with one-stop access to all forms linked from the OSP website. They are categorized for quick visual searches.

    Clinical Trials –Old content was removed, new content added and some edits made here and there.

    Outgoing Subcontracts  - A new matrix table about “Contacting the OSP Subcontracts Team” was added recently.  We strongly encourage the use of standard email subject lines for New Subcontracts and Renewal Subcontracts so that we can quickly triage your requests in our office. See the suggested text on the website.  We will continually be adding new content to this site throughout 2014.  

    Contact OSP – Remember to use the two look-up tools to identify the specific OSP person or tool to address your questions. “Find My OSP Contact” allows you to search by category (i.e., pre-award) and then displays a list of topics and person responsible. “Find Contacts by Campus Unit” allows you to search for your unit (i.e., Biology) and then displays a list of your OSP Teammates. Use the tool, get faster service!

    What’s coming in spring 2014?

    The Prepare Proposal webpages will be extensively revised and extended. Background information, internal deadlines and budget preparation is the first content to be delivered. Later this spring we will add content regarding proposal review, submission and compliance considerations.

    If you have suggestions or feedback about our webpage, please email ospweb@uw.edu.

    Office of Sponsored Programs

    University of Washington

     

  • New Funding Opportunities Webpage Fri Apr 4 at 7am

    The Find Funding link on the left navigation of the OSP website has been removed. A new Funding Opportunities page was created with additional information on the Research webpage which is managed by the Office of Research.

    You can navigate to the Research page by clicking the “Home” button on the top right of the OSP website. If you haven’t yet visited this page, we encourage you to check it out today. 

  • NIH modifies May Deadlines Mon Mar 24 at 10am

    Adjustments to May 25-28, 2014 Grant Application Due Dates


    Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-070

    Key Dates
    Release Date: March 14, 2014

    Related Announcements
    NOT-OD-14-071

    Issued by
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    Purpose

    This Notice informs the applicant community of application due date adjustments to accommodate scheduled federal system downtime (see NOT-OD-14-071). Due dates that fall on or between May 25 and May 28, 2014 will move to May 29, 2014.

    Changes to Standard Due Dates

    Activity Codes

    Program Description

    Original Due Date

    New Due Date

    P Series

    Program Project and Center Grants

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    R18, U18, R25

    Research Demonstration Education Programs

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    T Series, D Series

    Institutional National Research Service Awards and Other Training Grants

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    C06/UC6

    Construction Grants

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    G07, G08, G11, G13, G20, S11, S21, S22, SC1, SC2, SC3

    Other Activity Codes

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    G12, R10, U10, UG1, R24, U24, S06, U19, U45, U54, U56

    Other Activity Codes

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    Changes for FOAs with Non-standard Due Dates

    Funding Opportunity

    Original Due Date

    New Due Date

    PAR-12-084

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    PAR-13-112

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    PAR-13-205

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    PAR-14-017

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    PAR-14-018

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    PAR-14-019

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    PAR-14-021

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    PAR-14-120

    May 25, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    PAR-13-258

    May 27, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    PAR-13-327

    May 28, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    PAR-14-081

    May 28, 2014

    May 29, 2014

     

    Applicants preparing multi-project applications using ASSIST will not have access to their applications during the downtime and should plan according for May deadlines.

    Any applications submitted to Grants.gov during the downtime will be held at Grants.gov. Once service is restored, the applications will be processed by NIH and the submission results will be made available in eRA Commons.

    Inquiries

    Please direct all inquiries to:

    NIH Grants Information
    Telephone: 301-435-0714
    Email: grantsinfo@od.nih.gov

  • NIH eRA Items of Interest - March 24, 2014 Mon Mar 24 at 9am

    NIH eRA Items of Interest - March 24, 2014

    If Three’s Company…

    …then it is getting very crowded on the eRA Video Tutorials page!

    We proudly announce the posting of three new videos for your viewing enjoyment (and if not enjoyment, then at least you might learn something new from them).

    Here are the newest videos to “hit the streets…”

    Status for PD/PIs (PD/PI Only)

    This video reviews the steps for accessing the features available to a Program Director (PD) / Principal Investigator (PI) in the Status module. The video also examines the search options and organization of the Status Result screen table.

    Detailed Status Information (SO & PD/PI)

    Video 5 of this series looks at the Detailed Status Information screen. The Detailed Status Information screen is the culmination of the latest information about your grant application, including critiques, scores, NIH contact information, award information, and more.

    Accessing the Summary Statement (PD/PI Only)

    Video 6 of the Status series looks at the steps a Principal Investigator (PI) takes to access the Summary Statement. Additionally, the video summarizes, at a high level, the review process for grant applications. It is this review process that generates an evaluative document called the Summary Statement.  Because the Summary Statement is considered an evaluation, it is only

    Save It, and They Will Come

    The web team is at it again…

    You can now save your searches when looking for Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and/or Guide Notices.

    This is cool, simple, and it works.

    If you go to the main NIH grants page, in the center of the page you will see a nice blue Funding box. And within that box there is a link called Advanced Search. Set up a search as you normally would, define your parameters using key words, status, issuing organization, etc. and then click the Search button at the bottom of the window.

    When you get your results, you will see an option to save the search, and ironically it looks just like the graphic above. When you click Save this Search, you will be prompted to provide an email address and a name for the search. You can also select the frequency of your notifications (daily, weekly, or monthly). Enter this information along with a security code (provided on the screen) and Wa-LA! Presto Magico!  You will be alerted when notices and/or FOAs are posted that meet your criteria.  After clicking the Save this Search button, you will also receive a confirmation email with a hyperlink for your named search and an unsubscribe button (which is also way easy… one click and done).

    And as if that is not enough, you can have an unlimited number of saved searches!  Once again, those wild and whacky web folks are working hard to make your life easier!

    Unicode

    Unicode is coming to NIH. It is important, and complicated, and important…

    Unicode is a way that computers can understand all the modern characters of almost all the written languages in the world. Greek characters are particularly important to people communicating about their science. This upgrade will allow eRA to be able to recognize Greek characters in the attachments that you submit with your grant applications, progress reports, etc.

    So all systems, including eRA Commons, ASSIST, and IAR will be offline over Memorial Day weekend, 2014. The systems will be brought down on Friday, May 23 at 9:00 PM ET and full service is anticipated to be restored by Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 AM ET.

    For more details about the Unicode project, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-071 and the related notice in the impact of submission dates: NOT-OD-14-070.

    Joe Schumaker

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

    Questions? If you have a question about this email, please contact the eRA Help Desk at http://grants.nih.gov/support/index.html (preferred method of contact) or call 1-866-504-9552/301.402.7469.

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

  • UW Ranked #25 by Times Higher Education Fri Mar 21 at 1pm

    Seattle PI wrote, “The University of Washington is one of the World’s Top 30 universities, according to Times Higher Education’s 2013-14 ranking.

  • Federal Uniform Grant Guidance (Omni-Circular) Thu Mar 20 at 10am

    The Office of Management and Budget released its grant reform regulations called the Uniform Grant Guidance. This guidance relates to administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements for federal awards, and was the outcome of one of President Obama’s goals to provide a government that is more, “…efficient, transparent, and creative.”

    Led by sponsors Mary Lidstrom and Sue Camber, a cross-unit team (the Omni Guidance Core Team) has been assembled to discover and report on differences between past and new federal requirements including policy, procedure, and system changes. See the new Uniform Grant Guidance webpage for updates and federal and sponsor documentation. The effective date for most of the new regulation is 12/26/2014. It will be applicable for all new federal funds received on or after that date.

     

  • NIH eSubmission Items of Interest - March 17, 2014 Mon Mar 17 at 9am

    NIH eSubmission Items of Interest – March 17, 2014

     

    “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”

    -Hal Borland

     

    It sure feels like spring lost its place and went to the back of the line. It’s March 17 and Federal offices are closed again today due to snow. As I look outside at the white blanket covering, well, everything, I find it hard to believe that the cherry blossom trees are expected to peak in three weeks. My sweater-clad, humiliated hound dogs and I are ready for warm weather and walks in the park and I’m sure we’re not alone. For now, it’s hot chocolate and teleworking…so, let me take this opportunity to get you caught up on some stuff going on in NIH’s world of electronic grant application submission.

     

    Application Due Dates and Weather

     

    Despite the icky weather today, Federal staff are teleworking, help desks are open, grant application due dates are on and our standard submission policies are in place. If your organization is closed due to weather, you can submit on the first day your organization reopens. Don’t forget to document your reason for the late submission in your cover letter.

     

    Applications & Project Titles

     

    NIH’s eRA systems can now accept project titles (item 11 on the SF424 R&R cover form) of up to 200 characters. That’s right – eRA systems will no longer truncate your project titles to 81 characters. Over the years we have seen some rather unfortunate truncations so this is a welcome and long overdue change.

     

    Keep in mind that when submitting a Revision application, you must use the exact project title displayed in eRA Commons for the awarded application.  If the project title of the awarded grant was truncated to 81 characters, then only those 81 characters can be used for the Revision application.

     

    eRA Systems Will Soon Support Greek & Other Unicode Characters

     

    Over the long Memorial Day weekend, eRA systems will be upgraded to support the Unicode character standard (see NOT-OD-14-071). Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode). What did we do before Wikipedia? Anyway, the bottom line is we will soon be able to recognize and store Greek and other scientific characters our systems can’t handle today.

     

    Although Grants.gov limits the characters allowed in application form fields, you can (and do) use a broader range of characters in your PDF attachments within your applications. eRA systems already extract information from your Project Summary/Abstract, Specific Aims and other application attachments for use in Summary Statements and reporting systems. However, since our databases don’t currently recognize all the characters, quite a bit of manual manipulation of the data is needed. The Unicode character support will greatly reduce the need to manually edit the data pulled from these attachments.

     

    The effort to implement Unicode support touches every eRA service from eRA Commons through all our internal grants administration systems. Each of these systems will be updated over the Memorial Day weekend downtime. We have made some adjustments to our application due dates to accommodate the downtime and to ensure all our systems are ready to go (see NOT-OD-14-070).

     

    We will also be bringing down our non-production environments, including eRA Commons Demo and External User Acceptance Test (Ext-UAT), for an extended period (March 25-April 5) to update these systems and use them as a ‘practice run’ for our production changes. 

     

    Reference Letters & Fellowship Applications

     

    Along with our upgrade to the latest OMB-approved application forms (FORMS-C), there was a change to our handling of reference letters for Fellowship applications. In the past, NIH had required the use of a specific ‘Fellowship Reference Form’ to be filled out by referees. NIH is no longer requiring that specific reference letter format. Be sure, however, to follow the new instructions outlined in the Individual Fellowship Application Guide SF424 (R&R) Section 5.4 Letters of Reference, Part B. Instructions for Referees.

    Submitting Change of Institution (Type 7) Requests & Relinquishing Statements Electronically

     

    Do you need to submit a post-award Change of Institution (Type 7) request to NIH? If so, have you tried the electronic processes NIH has in place? NIH announced the piloting of electronic Type 7 applications (NOT-OD-12-134) and associated Relinquishing Statements (NOT-OD-12-132) in August 2012. We are moving towards requiring electronic processes for these actions and now is the time to become familiar with them.

     

    Don’t forget, you must use the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) specifically published for Type 7 requests – Change of Grantee Organization (Type 7 Parent) – PA-14-078.

     

    Come See Us at the NIH Regional Conference

     

    NIH will be back in Baltimore, MD June 25-27 for the 2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration.  I know budgets are tight, but this is a great event for anyone new to the NIH grant process.

     

    Hope to see you there!

     

    In the meantime, think Springy, happy, warm thoughts and take care.

     

    Sheri

     

    Sheri Cummins

    Communications & Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

    cumminss@mail.nih.gov

  • eRA Commons and ASSIST will be Offline Memorial Day Weekend Wed Mar 12 at 8am

    eRA Information: eRA Commons and ASSIST Will Be Offline Memorial Day Weekend

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

     

    In the interest of giving you as much advance notice as possible for planning purposes, we would like to let you know about an extended downtime that eRA has currently scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend in May 2014.

    All systems, including eRA Commons and ASSIST will be offline while our systems are upgraded and the information in the databases will be converted to support Unicode compatible data.

    Unicode is a computing standard that allows systems to handle virtually any type of text expressed in the worlds writing systems.  As a result of this upgrade, eRA systems will be able to accept Greek characters as they appear in the original scientific text submitted by grantees. For instance, Greek characters will now appear in progress reports without resulting in garbled text.

     

    We will share more details about the downtime in May as the date approaches.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

     

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

  • Office of Research Campus Update - December 2013 Issue Mon Feb 10 at 10am

    Please see the Office of Research Campus Update for articles on research administration at the UW.

  • eRA Enhancements Coming - System will be down 1/30/14 Mon Jan 27 at 8am

    eRA Enhancements: Highlights of eRA Commons’ Upcoming Release & Scheduled Downtime for Thursday, January 30

    Monday, January 27, 2014

     

    Highlights of eRA Commons’ January Software Release

    The following are highlights of eRA Commons’ upcoming January 30-31 system-wide software release. These are just some of the many features being rolled out for this release; check out the release notes for more information on features and fixes.

     

    A Reminder About RPPR and Multi-year Funded Grants

    • Changes in Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR):

    With this release, NIH multi-year funded (MYF) awards must be submitted using the RPPR module in eRA Commons. This change goes into effect January 31, 2014. Grantees are able to initiate multi-year funded award progress reports via the Status screen in eRA Commons. For more information, please see the Submit Progress Report page, the Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-026, and coming soon will be the updated NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Instruction Guide that will be available on or about the time of the release.

     

    • Project Title Field Expanded

    With this release, eRA systems and databases will be able to accept grant application titles up to 200 characters. The project titles will no longer be truncated to the previous limit of 81 characters. Not all eRA screens and reports will reflect the expanded project title with this initial implementation. Over time these will be updated.

    NOTE: When submitting a Revision application, applicants must use the exact project title displayed in eRA Commons for the awarded application.  If the project title of the awarded grant was previously truncated to 81 characters, then only those 81 characters can be used for the Revision application.

     

    • Improved Continuous Submission Eligibility  Information

    Principal Investigators (PIs) and Signing Officials (SOs) will be able to view real time eligibility for continuous submission within eRA Commons. 

     

    ·         PIs Access to Continuous Submission Eligibility Information

    Principal Investigators will go to the Personal Profile tab of eRA Commons. The Reviewer section of the Personal Profile displays the Continuous Submission Eligibility information. PIs can review their eligibility based on the current appointed membership and/or recent substantial service.

    ·         SOs Access to Continuous Submission Eligibility Information

    Signing Officials will go the Admin>Accounts>Advanced Search within eRA Commons.  On the Account List form, they can search for a PI by Commons ID and/or name.  The Account Search Results includes a column for CS Eligibility Details.  The column will display Yes or No. These will be hyperlinked to a summary of the PI’s Continuous Submission Eligibility status.

     

    ·         Administrative Supplements Online Help Now Available from Within eRA Commons

    Online Help for Administrative Supplements can now be accessed from specific Administrative Supplement screens within eRA Commons. The question marks for help will take you to the specific information for that screen or topic.  Previously, Administrative Supplements help was only available by launching the Commons Online Help from another screen and searching for Administrative Supplement topics.

     

    Scheduled Downtime for January Release:

    eRA Commons and ASSIST will be unavailable beginning at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, January 30, and will return to service by 7 a.m. ET Friday, January 31, 2014.

    NOTE: The ability to submit help tickets online will not be available during the downtime listed above. However, customers can always email the eRA Help Desk at that time; commons@od.nih.gov (for eRA Commons support); helpdesk@od.nih.gov (for IMPAC II support) and rcdchelpdesk@od.nih.gov (for RCDC support). 

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Videos for eRA Commons and Reviewers

     

  • New NIH Salary Cap Thu Jan 16 at 1pm

    NIH has just issued their guidance on the brief extension of the Continuing Resolution through January 18, 2014.

     

    The NIH Salary Cap was increased per E.O. 13655 by President Obama on 12/23/13 to go into effect on 1/12/2014. 

     

    See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-043.html

     

    “Continuing the procedures identified under NOT-OD-14-012 and consistent with NIH practices during the CRs of FY 2006 – 2013, the NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level).   Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after FY 2014 appropriations are enacted, but NIH expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period.  All legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2013 (see NOT-OD-12-034 and NOT-OD-13-064 ) remain in effect under this CR including the salary limitation set at Executive Level II of the Federal Pay Scale.   It should be noted, that the Executive Level II was increased by 1 percent from $179,700 to $181,500 by Executive Order 13655 that became effective January 12, 2014.

  • New eRA Videos on Navigating Status Thu Jan 16 at 10am

    eRA Information: New Videos on Navigating Status Available

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

     

    We are pleased to inform you there are three new tutorial videos available for viewing to help you navigate the Status screen in eRA Commons.  These videos are the first three in a series that will look at the Status option in detail.

     

    Status Screen Overview (tutorial #1) goes through the steps of how to get to the Status search options if you are a Signing Official (SO) or a Principal Investigator (PI); it outlines the importance of the Status screen; it also highlights some of the critical actions that must be taken to manage a grant application from submission to award to closeout.

    Signing Official: Finding Information (tutorial #2)  is focused on the tools available to a Signing Official.  The video reviews the three ways an SO can search for a grant application, and the various other search options available to them.

    Status Search Results (tutorial #3) covers the results of a search. The video highlights how search results are displayed and organized and the importance of checking the items listed in the Action column.

    Thank you,

     

    Joe Schumaker

    eRA Communications Specialist

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

  • Grants.gov System Down 1/18-1/21 Wed Jan 15 at 10am

    Grants.gov will be unavailable this weekend – Saturday (1/18) at 12:01am EST until Tuesday (1/21) at 6:00am EST.  This is scheduled server maintenance. In the event that they run into any issues, Grants.gov staff will post follow-up messages to the Grants.gov website.

     

    Systems Enhancements and Maintenance Outages Calendar

     

    Thank you.

  • http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/11/14/fda-approved-immune-modulating-drug-unexpectedly-benefits-mice-with-fatal-mitochondrial-defect/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fda-approved-immune-modulating-drug-unexpectedly-benefits-mice-with-fatal-mitochondrial-defect Sat Jan 11 at 1pm

    The transplant anti-rejection drug rapamycin showed unexpected benefits in a mouse model of a fatal defect in the energy powerhouses of cells, the mitochondria. Children with the condition, Leigh syndrome, show progressive brain damage, muscle weakness, lack of coordination or muscle control, and weight loss, and usually succumb to respiratory failure. Read the full article in UW Today,

  • Reminder: Use the Subcontracts Modification Request Form Mon Jan 6 at 5pm

    Just a reminder to use the Outoing Subcontracts Modification Request form to request modifications to existing outgoing subcontracts. This form collects all the required information in a minute or two and then sends the request by email to the OSP Subs Team for processing.

    If you have any questions about this tool, feel free to email ospsubs@uw.edu and your question will be triaged appropriately.

    Thank you.

    Office of Sponsored Programs

  • OSP Website Updates Thu Jan 2 at 11am

    We continue to make large and small changes to this website to better serve the needs of our campus users. The following changes were recently made:

    1. The reference to the OSP Helpdesk has been removed from the Contact OSP webpage. Instead of using the Helpdesk, all inquiries should follow the Find My OSP Contact look-up on that page.
    2. The link to SAGE is now at the top of the Prepare Proposal webpage.
    3. A flyout menu has been added to the OSP Homepage for Policy, Procedures and Guidance.

    Reminder of resources:

    1. Need help with an NIH ASSIST application?  There are 3 campus peer mentors willing to help with your questions listed on the UW NIH ASSIST webpage.

    Feel free to send your feedback about the OSP website to ospweb@uw.edu.

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

    Office of Sponsored Programs

  • NIH eRA Items of Interest - 12/12/13 Fri Dec 13 at 9am

    From: ESubmission Update to Organization Officials [mailto:ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of eRA Communications Office
    Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 9:24 AM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: NIH eRA Items of Interest - December 12, 2012

     

    NIH eRA Items of Interest - December 12, 2012

    A Little Holiday Cheer

     

    Now it is December, with much that is new,

    The Holiday spirit is amongst us too.

     

    To ring in the New Year,

    We bring you new resources full of good cheer!

     

    This winter we have videos to educate and inform

    That are sure to help you stay cozy and warm.

    We have one for the new Personal Profile

    And we are sure this will make you smile.

    Invites, Confidentiality Agreement, and Reimbursement for Reviewers,

    After all they are the shakers and doers.

    SOs and PIs can find Important Correspondence

    All within in eRA Commons, and that is no nonsense!

    Check out the videos with us or on YouTube,

    We are sure these will improve your holiday mood.

     

    All this is great and so much better as it comes in a new web wrapper!

    Electronic Research Administration has a new design that’s quite dapper.

    Where less is more, we have streamlined and simplified.

    Process oriented schema makes ease of navigation amplified.

    The “big picture” is there for you to see from application to closeout

    With the design we believe you enjoy without a doubt.

     

    If you are lost or confused fear not, new Online Help has been created,

    Step by step instructions from the web or the Commons will make you elated.

    Click on a question mark to get to what you need,

    A simple action that will help you succeed.

    With Help for Commons, Personal Profile, xTrain, LikeThis, ASSIST, and more,

    You will find all the help you need or could ask for.

     

    Lest we not forget, RPPR has moved to Phase II

    This is a big step for reporting, it’s true!

    With Training and Multi-Project, along with Single-Projects that are Complicated

    All this info can make your brain completely and utterly saturated.

    With a pilot of Non-SNAP reporting and now MYF required.

    Check out the video and other resources so you don’t become mired.

     

    And with the Help Desk I wish not to feud,

    So I introduce Otis, a helpful little dude.

    From the help page, he will lead you to a solution

    And expedite your path to a resolution.

     

    But like the 12 Days of Christmas, we are not done yet.

    More changes and improvements are coming, on that you can bet.

    So we will see you in 2014 for more success

    As we continue to strive to bring you the best.

     

     

    Joe Schumaker

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

    New eRA Commons Online Help System is now available, accessible from any  within Commons.

     

    Questions? If you have a question about this email, please contact the eRA Help Desk at http://grants.nih.gov/support/index.html (preferred method of contact) or call 1-866-504-9552/301.402.7469.

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

  • Updates to the OSP Webpage! Thu Dec 5 at 1pm

    The OSP Webpage has had some changes recently. We hope this new and/or improved content will assist you in your work.

    ·         Clinical Trials – The content on this page has just been refreshed. Take a moment to see the new organization and links. More changes will be made in the coming weeks!

    ·         Funding Announcements now appear on the Find Funding webpage.

    ·         NIH ASSIST. ASSIST was built to support the preparation and submission of multi-project applications to NIH and other PHS agencies using eRA Commons.

    ·         Time of Award. This page lays out the definitions, processes and dependencies for just-in-time, time of award, compliance and budget. It also provides suggestions on how to plan ahead so your award can be issued in a timely manner.

    ·         Budget Extension. The content on this page was wiped and completely redone. The 4-step process is outlined in the top right corner for experienced users, and the webpage breaks each of these steps down and provides additional information.

    ·         Forms. All the research administration and compliance forms on one page!

    ·        Guidance for NIH T32 Institutional Training Grants is a new webpage created by the Office of Research and lives on the Research webpage. It also appears on the OSP webpage (use the Select a Topic drop-down on the left side).

    ·         2013 Federal Government Shutdown & Restart – Guidance for Research Programs. This webpage was developed collaboratively last month by Office of Research, Human Subjects Division, Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Research Information Services.

    ·         OSP Organizational Chart. Updated as needed.

    ·         OSP Team Assignments.  Updated as needed.

     

    Upcoming changes will include new and revised content on the Outgoing Subcontracts page and more changes to the Clinical Trials webpage.

  • Grants.gov Downtime, Fellowship Deadlines Moving, more programs moving to FORMS-C Tue Dec 3 at 9am

    NIH eSubmission Items of Interest – December 3, 2013

     

    Extended Downtime at Grants.gov

    Grants.gov plans to take their service offline from Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12:01 am until Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time to perform critical maintenance (Grants.gov Calendar). 

    To accommodate this extended downtime, we have made some adjustments to due dates, including moving the standard December 8 Fellowship due date to December 10 (NOT-OD-14-022).

     

    Don’t Forget Your Inclusion Data

    The new FORMS-C application packages use a different approach for collecting inclusion data. In addition to reformatting the data tables themselves, inclusion data is no longer collected in PDF attachments. Instead, each package includes new Planned Enrollment Report and Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment forms. These forms allow NIH to collect the data in a format that can be leveraged throughout the lifecycle of the application/grant.

     

    The forms are included in the application packages as ‘Optional’ and eRA systems no longer provide an error when inclusion data is omitted.  However, our policies on when to include the data in your application have not changed. Applicants must carefully follow application guide and supplemental instructions to ensure the new forms are included when needed. A handy decision tree was recently posted that can also help determine whether the inclusion reporting policies apply to your specific application.

     

    FORMS-C Budget Forms and PD/PIs

    The latest version of the R&R Budget form developed by Grants.gov includes some changes in how data is entered. Although the PD/PI name provided on the SF424 R&R cover form is still used to auto-populate the first Senior/Key Person entry in Section A, the Project Role filed for that entry no longer defaults to ‘PD/PI’ and must be manually entered. As a result, more applicants have been running into the following error:

     

    There must be a Personnel entry (with a role of “PD/PI”) listed for the PI or PD on the 424 RR Detailed Budget Page (section A&B) for budget year <x>. (5.7.1)

     

    It is critical to type the string ‘PD/PI’ – NOT ‘PI’ or ‘PI/PD’ or ‘Principal Investigator’ or ‘Co-PD/PI’ – you must use ‘PD/PI’ or you will get that dreaded error. So, please add this to your pre-submission application checks to avoid a corrective submission.

     

    K, F, T and D Programs Moving to Updated Electronic Application Forms (FORMS-C)
    A reminder notice regarding the transition of Career Development (Ks), Fellowship (Fs), Training (Ts/Ds) programs to updated electronic application forms (
    NOT-OD-14-027).

     

    ·         All F, K, T and D submissions for due dates on or after January 25, 2014 must use the new application forms. Applications submitted using incorrect application forms will not be accepted.

     

    ·         Research Training (T), Career Development (K) and Fellowship (F) Parent Announcements will be reissued under new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) numbers. All other active F, K, T and D FOAs will be updated to include a FORMS-C package with the existing announcement (i.e., no FOA number change). NIH is making every effort to have the new FOAs and packages in place 45-60 days prior to the first due date that falls on/after January 25, 2014.

    ·         For the January 7, 2014 AIDS due date, applicants should continue to use the ADOBE-FORMS-B packages found in the old Parent Announcements or that remain available in non-parent announcement.

     

    More Multi-project Activity Codes Moving to Electronic Submission

    The second group of activity codes in our transition timeline (G12, P30, P40, P41, P42, P51, P60, R28, S06, U10, U41, U42, U45, U56, UC7) move to electronic application submission for due dates on/after January 25, 2014 (NOT-OD-13-075).

     

    If you are planning to apply to a multi-project program in the near future, you may want to become familiar with the resources available to help you through the electronic submission process:

     

    ·         Special multi-project supplemental section (#9) in the Application Guide

    ·         ASSIST FAQs including a new set of multi-project budget FAQs

    ·         Annotated form set that helps applicants navigate through most of the system business rule validations

    ·         Multi-project Application Images document that describes how NIH assembles a multi-project application for funding consideration

    ·         ASSIST Training resources  including a recorded webinar on the process and instructions for ‘playing’ with ASSIST in a demonstration environment

    ·         ASSIST User Guide

     

    I hope you have a great holiday season! Catch you in 2014!

     

    Take care,

     

    Sheri

     

    Sheri Cummins

    Communications & Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

    cumminss@mail.nih.gov

  • ARPA-E new funding opportunity for Distributed Power Fuel Cell Technologies Mon Nov 25 at 10am

    Today, ARPA-E announced it is making up to $30 million in funding available for a new program focused on the development of transformational electrochemical technologies to enable low-cost distributed power generation. ARPA-E’s Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program will develop fuel cell technology for distributed power generation to improve grid stability, increase energy security, and balance intermittent renewable technologies while reducing the carbon dioxide emissions associated with current distributed generation systems. 

     

    ARPA-E is encouraging outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams for REBELS applications and projects. ARPA-E believes that interdisciplinary and cross-organizational collaboration can facilitate scientific and technological discoveries that a single group alone would not be able to achieve.  

     

    The deadline to submit a Concept Paper for REBELS is 5 p.m. ET on January 8, 2014. Additional information on REBELS, including the full Funding Opportunity Announcement and how to find teaming partners, can be found on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE

  • NSF issues new version of Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Fri Nov 22 at 8am

    Dear Colleagues,

     

    A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 14-1) has been issued.  The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation’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.  Significant changes include:

     

    ·         Addition to the certification regarding Conflict of Interest regarding the appropriate disclosure process;

    ·         Reiteration that indirect costs are not allowed on participant support costs;

    ·         Small-scale pilot of a new environmental impacts process with a few programs, prior to NSF-wide implementation;

    ·         Updated process for program income reporting;  and

    ·         Numerous clarifications throughout the document.

     

    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. 

     

    While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on February 24, 2014, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 13-1) continue to apply.  We will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.

     

    Please direct any questions to the Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at policy@nsf.gov, or (703) 292-8243.

     

    Regards,

     

    Jean Feldman

    Head, Policy Office

    Division of Institution and Award Support

    Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management

  • New eRA Website Now Available Thu Nov 21 at 10am

    eRA Update: The ALL NEW Electronic Research Administration Web Site Now Available

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    As promised, the new eRA web site is now available.  You can access the new pages by going to the OER page and clicking on the eRA tab, or you can use the traditional URL of http://era.nih.gov.  Both options will bring you to the new pages.

     

    We will welcome your feedback on the new design. Suggestions for specific improvements are particularly welcome. Please send any comments about the impending change to eracommunications@mail.nih.gov.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

  • New NIH eRA Website - coming soon! Mon Nov 18 at 11am

    eRA Information: Coming Soon the ALL NEW Electronic Research Administration Web Site

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    It has been six months since we started the redesign of the Electronic Research Administration (eRA) web site. We are excited to announce that on Thursday, November 21, we will launch the new design!

    [Screenshots/images can not display in the OSP Announcements Tool. Please see the NIH website for a view of the new site.]

    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 includes:

    • Links to the specific section of the online help, with step-by-step information on basic tasks
    • Policy links, where appropriate.
    • Communication resources, from fliers to presentations to FAQs.

    The URL for the home page of the site (http://era.nih.gov/) will remain the same as will most other URLs, so as not to inconvenience you.

     

    We will welcome your feedback on the design once we launch. Suggestions for specific improvements are particularly welcome. Please send any comments about the impending change toeracommunications@mail.nih.gov.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

     

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

  • eRA Commons & ASSIST Unavailable December 21-22 Mon Nov 18 at 8am

    eRA Information: eRA Commons and ASSIST Unavailable December 21-22 for Maintenance

    Monday, November 18, 2013

     

    In the interest of giving you as much advance notice as possible for planning purposes, we would like to give you a heads up on scheduled maintenance in December.

     

    All eRA systems, including eRA Commons and ASSIST will be unavailable during this time:

     

    ·         From 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 21 to 4 a.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 22

    This downtime is to upgrade critical network infrastructure at the NIH.

     

    ·         Please note as well, the eRA maintenance normally scheduled for December 7-8 has been cancelled.

     

    We will send a reminder closer to the date. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

     

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

  • PCORI Funding Opportunities and Information Tue Nov 12 at 4pm

    Funding Opportunities

     

    Our Latest Deadlines

    Researchers interested in funding for a clinical trial of a strategy to prevent fall-related injuries in older adults have until 5 p.m. ET tomorrow, Wednesday Nov. 13, to submit applications. We’ve committed up to $30 million to fund this trial in partnership with the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, which is administering the application and peer-review process. Visit our Funding Center for more details and a link to the Request for Applications.

     

    We’re still looking for proposals from those interested in helping us develop an action plan to promote dissemination and implementation of our research findings and a process for evaluating those efforts. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 22. See our RFP for more information.

     

    Webinar for Potential Tier I Pipeline Awards Applicants

    We’ll hold an informational webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 13, for individuals considering applying for one of our new Tier I Pipeline to Proposal awards. These awards aim to develop partnerships and research project ideas involving individuals and groups not usually involved in such efforts. This webinar is open to potential applicants in the 13 Western states where we launched a pilot of this initiative on Oct. 15. We’ll announce more Tier I opportunities throughout the rest of the country in early 2014. Register for the webinar here.

     

    We’ve Reorganized Our Funding Cycles

    Please note some important date and name changes related to our application and funding cycles. We’re moving from three cycles per year to four to increase the amount of research support we award annually.  The Winter 2014 cycle — formerly the December 2013 cycle — now has an application due date of Tuesday, Jan. 21. The Spring 2014 cycle opens on Wednesday, Feb. 5, with required letters of intent due Friday, Mar. 7, and applications due Tuesday, May 6. Visit our Funding Center to find more.

     

    Research Update

     

    Upcoming Workshops Explore Potential Research Funding Opportunities

    Our Science team is holding several teleconferences/webinars in December to gather insights on topics that could serve as the foundation for future PCORI Funding Announcements.

    • Our Addressing Disparities program, working with MillionHearts, will convene a workgroup to explore clinical interventions to reduce hypertension disparities on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Learn more here.
    • Our Improving Healthcare Systems (IHS) program will convene a workgroup on Friday, Dec. 6, to discuss patient-empowering care management, focusing on questions important to patients and other stakeholders facing a life-changing diagnosis. Register here.
    • IHS staff will convene another workgroup to explore unanswered questions related to the integration of mental health care and primary care on Friday, Dec. 13. Register here.
     

    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute | 202-827-7700 | info@pcori.org | http://www.pcori.org
    1828 L Street, NW
    Suite 900
    Washington, DC 20036

  • EPA Urban Waters Program Funding Opportunities Tue Nov 12 at 2pm

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Request for Proposals for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

     

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced an RFP for Five-Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants.  The grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and the habitats they support. This opportunity is sponsored in part by the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, to improve urban water quality, increase public access and restore riparian habitat and urban forests in developed watersheds throughout the United States.

    Also in this RFP, EPA makes funding available through its Five Star Program for on-the-ground restoration projects that include on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in stream and/or coastal habitat restoration. For more information please visit EPA’s Five Star Website at: http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/wetlands/restore/index.cfm .

    There is a webinar about the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant program for potential applicants on Thursday, December 5 (2-3:30 pm EDT). The webinar will review the RFP and provide an overview of the program. First time applicants and anyone with questions about the RFP are strongly encouraged to participate in the webinar. Registration information can be found on the website at http://www.nfwf.org/fivestar.

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Association of Counties, and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Southern Company, FedEx and PG&E, have created a combined total funding opportunity for the 2014 Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program of approximately $1,800,000. Applications for this RFP must be submitted online in Easygrants by 11:59 pm EDT, Wednesday, February 5, 2014.   See the RFP to learn more about using Easygrants.

    EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Information Session Available Nov. 14

    EPA issued the 2013/2014 Urban Waters Small Grants Requests for Proposals (RFP) on September 26, 2013 and posted information about the small grants program and the upcoming webinar for applicants at: (http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants).

    There will be a webinar for those seeking additional information on the RFP on November 14, 2013 at 2:00 EDT. Registration is open at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/334321466 .

    Small grant awards under this competition will range in the amount of approximately $40,000 to $60,000 in federal funding, and EPA expects to award up to $1.6 million in total funding. The funding is for projects taking place in 18 Eligible Geographic Areas that protect and restore urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. The 18 Eligible Geographic Areas are listed and illustrated in maps found at the Urban Waters Small Grants program mapping website http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants-mapping .

    A complete recording and transcript will be posted after the information session. The deadline for proposals is December 16th, 2013.

     

     

  • American Heart Association is accepting application for Research Funding Thu Nov 7 at 12pm

    AHA is accepting applications for research funding for awards that will begin on July 1, 2014. Deadlines vary for affiliate and national programs and for certain award programs. Please see our funding opportunities page for program details and deadlines.

    NEW PROGRAM - Strategically Focused Research Network
    The Strategically Focused Research Network for this deadline will focus on PREVENTION.

    The AHA is interested in the science community exploring all aspects of prevention, which can assist the AHA in reaching its 2020 Goals and overall mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. To that end, the AHA pursues research from the basic, clinical and population sciences. This RFA will require that each submission have an overall application from the Center Director, as well as three proposals from project Principal Investigators:

    • One proposal addressing basic science discovery in prevention
    • One proposal addressing clinical science discovery in prevention
    • One proposal addressing population science discovery in prevention

    A Center application can comprise projects from more than one institution, as long as there is a named sponsoring institution, where the Center Director is located and will manage the oversight and financial responsibilities. Thus, applications should convey how these different areas of science will collaborate, both in their science discoveries and through joint team communication and integration. This program is offered by the AHA National Research Program.

    To read the full Request for Applications please visit our Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network page.

    Letter of Intent Deadline: Monday, December 16, 2013 5:00 PM Central Time

    Mentor/AHA Mentee Award - NEW PROGRAM
    This unique program funds mentors to work with AHA early career grantees who are:

    • working in new/difficult areas of inquiry or potential for new discovery,
    • underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science, or
    • conducting research at NIH AREA-designated institutions.

    This program is being offered by the AHA National Research Program. It is for investigators who are intermediate level or recognized investigator – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent, associate professor or equivalent, professor or equivalent. Applicants are expected to be independent investigators. Visit Mentor/AHA Mentee Award for details. 

     

  • American Heart/Stroke Association Focused Research Funding Opportunities Thu Nov 7 at 12pm

    AHA/ASA/American Brain Foundation Lawrence M. Brass, M.D.
    Stroke Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

    Special funding is available from the American Brain Foundation to support a training award for an individual interested in embarking on a career in stroke research related to vascular neurology, stroke and neurocritical care. Individuals should not have more than 5 years of postdoctoral research training. Interested parties should submit a postdoctoral fellowship application to their local affiliate.

    AHA/CCF Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Joint Research Award
    The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to establish a research award for investigators conducting research specific to pediatric cardiomyopathy. CCF will provide $35,000 per year for two years to fund one project related to pediatric cardiomyopathy research. The AHA will provide the balance of the funds needed to fully fund the selected award. Interested parties should submit a Beginning Grant-in-Aid or Grant-in-Aid to their local affiliate.

    AHA/ Gerontological Society of America National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
    Special funding is made available from the Gerontological Society of America-National Hartford CGNE to support an investigator proposing innovative basic, clinical or translational research projects relevant to gerontological nursing, aging, cardiovascular disease and /or stroke. In addition to an RN degree, applicants must hold a PhD, DN.Sc. or equivalent degree at the time of award activation. DNP applicants are not eligible. The chosen awardee will be expected to attend the GSA Leadership Conference both years of the fellowship. Interested parties should submit a postdoctoral fellowship application to their local affiliate.

    AHA/Myocarditis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
    Supports an investigator proposing innovative basic, clinical or translational research projects relevant to the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment epidemiology and/or prevention of myocarditis. Interested parties should submit a postdoctoral fellowship application to their local affiliate.

  • Corrected Link for RPPR Training Webinar for FDP Wed Nov 6 at 2pm

    eRA Information: Correct Link for RPPR Training Webinar for FDP

    Monday, November 4, 2013

     

    In the original message below, the registration link for Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Institutions training is incorrect.  The correct link for the session is:

     

    https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/262932326

     

    The session for FDP institutions will be November 14, 2013, 1:30-3:00 pm EDT (training webinar).

     

    NOTE: If you registered for the original October session, you will need to register again through this new link.

     

    Sorry for the confusion and we appreciate your patience.

     

    (Original message below sent Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:25AM)


    eRA Enhancements: New  Features for eRA Commons Coming Thursday, November 7

    Monday, November 4, 2013

     

    Highlights of eRA Commons’s November Software Release

    The following are highlights of eRA’s upcoming November software release for eRA Commons. This is just a sampling of the features being rolled out for this release and will be available Thursday, November 7, 2013; detailed information can be found in the Release Notes.

     

    • RPPR Open Pilot to All Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Institutions

    The Research Performance Progress Report in eRA Commons will accommodate submission of non-SNAP awards, including multi-project (complex) and training awards, as part of a pilot open to members of the FDP. For more information on this, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-113.

     

    Training for non-SNAP RPPR training originally scheduled in October has been moved to Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST.  For registration information on this training go to: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/800921518

     

    • BioMedical Workforce (BMW) Initiative Tied to  RPPR

    Data from the new Personal Profile is used as part of the NIH initiative to track the diversity of the biomedical research workforce so that informed decisions can be made about training of the optimal number of people for the appropriate types of positions that will advance science and promote health. As part of the validation process for RPPR submissions, eRA Commons will provide warnings when information on the Personal Profile is missing from key personnel identified in the report.

    • Super Storm Sandy Reporting Link Now On the Status Screen

    If you are one of the many institutions that received special administrative supplement funding as a result of the devastating effects of Super Storm Sandy, a link will now appear in eRA Commons Status screen to allow grantees to submit  quarterly progress reports to a new reporting site and view these submissions. Grantees currently have the ability to submit these reports only by clicking on a link in an email notification.

    • eRA Commons No Longer Accepts Full Social Security Numbers

    As part of the ongoing effort to protect your information, the Personal Profile or any other data fields in eRA Commons no longer accept a full Social Security Number (SSN) beyond four digits.

    • NIH Review Roster URL Has Changed

    The public roster webpage “NIH Scientific Review Group (SRG) Roster Index” that hosts the rosters for NIH review meetings has moved to a new, more secure technology that has been developed by eRA and has a new URL. The old URL, http://era.nih.gov/roster, has changed as of October 24, to http://public.era.nih.gov/pubroster.  Please update your bookmarks accordingly.

     

    No Scheduled Downtime for November Release:

    Because of the temporary government shutdown, the fall system-wide release that was scheduled for October 17-18 is being completed in stages. The initial steps were taken on October 30-31 during scheduled downtime. As a result, the features outlined above will be implemented without any downtime.  Users should see no disruption of services as these changes are put into place.

    Joe Schumaker

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

  • New Call joint funding program with NSF and NIH in Computational Neurosciences Mon Nov 4 at 5pm

     

    The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation is pleased to announce a recent CALL FOR PROPOSAL (see link below) for its newly established joint funding program with the NSF and NIH in Computational Neurosciences. This is the latest of the series of joint funding programs with the NSF that are currently either implemented or under discussion, and in which the U.S grantees will be funded by the NSF (or by the NIH in this program), while the Israeli grantees will be funded by the BSF. In the CALL you will find a link to the relevant solicitation document of the NSF.

     

    We hope that you consider taking advantage of this new funding opportunity.

     

    http://www.bsf.org.il/data/FormsToDownload/BSF-NSF_Computational_Neuroscience_Program_Call_for_Proposal.pdf?PageId=2131&innerTextID=0

  • eRA Commons - New Features Coming Thursday, November 7th Mon Nov 4 at 9am

    eRA Enhancements: New  Features for eRA Commons Coming Thursday, November 7

    Monday, November 4, 2013

     

    Highlights of eRA Commons’s November Software Release

    The following are highlights of eRA’s upcoming November software release for eRA Commons. This is just a sampling of the features being rolled out for this release and will be available Thursday, November 7, 2013; detailed information can be found in the Release Notes.

     

    • RPPR Open Pilot to All Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Institutions

    The Research Performance Progress Report in eRA Commons will accommodate submission of non-SNAP awards, including multi-project (complex) and training awards, as part of a pilot open to members of the FDP. For more information on this, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-113.

     

    Training for non-SNAP RPPR training originally scheduled in October has been moved to Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST.  For registration information on this training go to: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/800921518

     

    • BioMedical Workforce (BMW) Initiative Tied to  RPPR

    Data from the new Personal Profile is used as part of the NIH initiative to track the diversity of the biomedical research workforce so that informed decisions can be made about training of the optimal number of people for the appropriate types of positions that will advance science and promote health. As part of the validation process for RPPR submissions, eRA Commons will provide warnings when information on the Personal Profile is missing from key personnel identified in the report.

    • Super Storm Sandy Reporting Link Now On the Status Screen

    If you are one of the many institutions that received special administrative supplement funding as a result of the devastating effects of Super Storm Sandy, a link will now appear in eRA Commons Status screen to allow grantees to submit  quarterly progress reports to a new reporting site and view these submissions. Grantees currently have the ability to submit these reports only by clicking on a link in an email notification.

    • eRA Commons No Longer Accepts Full Social Security Numbers

    As part of the ongoing effort to protect your information, the Personal Profile or any other data fields in eRA Commons no longer accept a full Social Security Number (SSN) beyond four digits.

    • NIH Review Roster URL Has Changed

    The public roster webpage “NIH Scientific Review Group (SRG) Roster Index” that hosts the rosters for NIH review meetings has moved to a new, more secure technology that has been developed by eRA and has a new URL. The old URL, http://era.nih.gov/roster, has changed as of October 24, to http://public.era.nih.gov/pubroster.  Please update your bookmarks accordingly.

     

    No Scheduled Downtime for November Release:

    Because of the temporary government shutdown, the fall system-wide release that was scheduled for October 17-18 is being completed in stages. The initial steps were taken on October 30-31 during scheduled downtime. As a result, the features outlined above will be implemented without any downtime.  Users should see no disruption of services as these changes are put into place.

    Joe Schumaker

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

  • SFARI announces Innate Immune System Impact RFA Fri Nov 1 at 2pm

    The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce a new request for applications for research focused on the impact of the innate immune system on autism-related disorders.

    To this end, we seek applications for investigations of the impact of physiologically relevant activation of the innate immune system on behavioral, circuit, synaptic and neuronal functions in animal models of autism. SFARI encourages applications that address either of the following two issues: (1) Effects of activation of the maternal innate immune system on embryonic central nervous system development in genetic models of autism and controls; (2) Effects of activation of the innate immune system in genetic autism models and adult controls.

    SFARI especially encourages submission of proposals that are collaborations between immunologists and neuroscientists.

    You may access this RFA and accompanying guidelines here. The deadline for full proposal submission is 3 March 2014, and notification of award is expected by 1 July 2014.

  • Melanoma Research Alliance 2013-2014 RFP Wed Oct 30 at 3pm

    This is a reminder about upcoming application deadlines for the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA).

    Young Investigator Award and Academic-Industry Partnership Award applications are due November 13, 2013.

    Proposals should be submitted via the Proposal Central on-line application tool: https://proposalcentral.altum.com/.

    www.curemelanoma.org

  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute calls for applications for uterine fibroids research Wed Oct 30 at 10am

    Applications Sought to Build Uterine Fibroids Registry for Treatment Research

    The federal government shutdown has not affected the Monday, Dec. 16 due date for funding applications for our project to improve treatment for uterine fibroids, a joint effort with the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). We will commit up to $20 million over five years to an awardee to develop a large registry of women treated for uterine fibroids and conduct comparative studies of therapies using registry data. AHRQ is administering the application process through a Request for Applications (RFA). Letters of intent, though not required, may be submitted to AHRQ by Friday, Nov. 15.

  • PCORI announces new funding cycle dates Wed Oct 30 at 10am

    New Funding Cycle Dates and Names

    PCORI is moving from three funding application cycles per year to four as part of our effort to increase the amount of research support we award each year. As a result, our cycles will have new deadline names. The December 2013 cycle is now called Winter 2014 and the application due date is changing from Monday, Dec. 16 to Tuesday, Jan. 21. The Spring 2014 cycle will open on Wednesday, Feb. 5, with required letters of intent due Friday, Mar. 7, and applications due Tuesday, May 6. Please visit our Funding Center to find more information.

  • MacArthur Foundation grant anouncement: Strengthening American Democracy Wed Oct 30 at 9am

    Strengthening American Democracy

    MacArthur today announced nine grants totaling more than $1.2 million to support information sharing and research on the role of money in politics and efforts to improve election administration.

    Over the last years, MacArthur has been exploring how to strengthen democracy in the U.S., given the widespread view that the political system has failed to address adequately major issues confronting the nation, from climate change to healthcare, from our fiscal future to the criminal justice system, from immigration to education. The rising frustration of citizens, documented in poll after poll, is influenced by an economy that is improving too slowly, a sense that the social and cultural ground is shifting in unpredictable ways, and a perception on the part of many that the political system is distorted by the large amounts of money being spent on campaigns.

    “The recent government shutdown demonstrated once again that our public debate is too partisan, too shrill, too heavily influenced by campaign fundraising, and too often grounded in ideology rather than evidence. Yet virtually all of the work that we do as a foundation requires thoughtful and responsive public policy and an effective government,” said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci, who recently published an opinion-editorial about the need for philanthropy to do more to help address the challenges facing American democracy. “MacArthur is proud to make these additional investments in strengthening our democracy.”

    For more information

    About MacArthur’s grantmaking to strengthen American democracy ›

    Democracy commentary by MacArthur President Robert Gallucci ›

     

    The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

     

    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation | 140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1200, Chicago, Illinois 60603-5285
    Phone: (312) 726-8000 | TDD: (312) 920-6285 |
    www.macfound.org | 4answers@macfound.org | © Copyright 2013

     

     

     

  • Collaborative Science Award Letter of Intent due Friday, November 1 Mon Oct 28 at 11am

    Collaborative Science Award Letter of Intent due Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. CT.
     
    The Collaborative Science Award allows a minimum of two primary investigators from disparate science disciplines, with histories of innovative collaborations, to work on a project that is achievable only with efforts from both disciplines. Collaboration should foster innovative, unique and novel discoveries and may combine basic, clinical, population and/or translational research.

    Please note: only those applicants who submit a Letter of Intent and are invited to apply may submit a full application.
     
    This award is offered by the AHA National Research Program. Letters of Intent must be submitted through  Grants@Heart.

    For additional information regarding the Collaborative Science Award, view the Letter of Intent instructions and  full program description.

  • eRA Commons - System Unavailable Wednesday, Oct 30 Mon Oct 28 at 8am

    Sent: Monday, October 28, 2013 5:48 AM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: eRA Information: Scheduled Downtime for Upcoming Commons Release on Wed, Oct. 30

     

    eRA Information: Scheduled Downtime for Upcoming Commons Release on  Wed, Oct. 30

    Monday, October 28, 2013

     

    Due to the government shutdown, eRA’s system-wide release that was scheduled for October 17-18 is being completed in stages. The initial steps will take place October 30-31. eRA Commons, ASSIST and IAR will be unavailable beginning at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday, Oct. 30 and will return to service by 7 a.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 31.

    We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

    The second stage of the release will occur on November 7, 2013. However, for that release, no downtime is scheduled. A more detailed communication with the highlights of the release will be sent as that date approaches.

     

     

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

  • NIH NOT-OD-14-007, Revised Due Dates & Council Sessions Fri Oct 25 at 9am

    http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-007.html

  • NYSERDA seeks proposals for its Advanced Building Program - Deadline: December 31, 2013 Thu Oct 24 at 1pm

    PON 2606 Advanced Buildings Program

     

    NYSERDA seeks proposals for development and demonstration activities that advance the energy performance of both new and existing buildings in the residential, multi-family or commercial sector. Technology areas of interest include, but are not limited to: construction materials, strategies and practices; HVAC and lighting technologies, automation technologies enabling load flexibility and smarter background operations; and building integrated renewable energy systems. Energy improvements in buildings can also result from activities that do not involve development of new products or construction methods; improvements can result from new policies, regulations or assessments. NYSERDA also seeks proposals for activities to remove inadvertent barriers that hinder the wider use of promising technologies. Added consideration will be given to technologies and opportunities that in addition to improving the energy and environmental performance, increase building resiliency, recovery, and adaptability to disruptions in the electric grid. The total available funding under six rounds of this solicitation is $25 million.  The solicitation and associated documents can be found at

     

     

    http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Funding-Opportunities/Current-Funding-Opportunities/PON-2606-Advanced-Buildings-Program.aspx

     

     

    A informational webinar regarding NYSERDA’s Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2606 Advanced Buildings Program will be held on November 5th, 2013 at 1 PM EST. The webinar will provide information on the solicitation including technology areas of interest, eligible project categories and funding, program requirements, and the proposal submission process.

     

     

    The webinar will provide answers to frequently asked questions and offer participants the opportunity to submit additional questions.  Proposals for Round 3 of this solicitation must be received on December 3rd, 2013 by 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

     

     

     

     

    https://nyserda-events.webex.com/nyserda-events/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=666645280

     

     

     

  • Assaypro announces grant program for flourescent dye design Wed Oct 23 at 11am

     

    Assaypro is pleased to announce a grant program for researchers working in the field of fluorescent dye design. The Phase I grant of $30,000 will support research related to fluorescent dyes. The selected researcher will set a milestone with Assaypro for the Phase I research study. If the milestone is reached, Assaypro will fund a Phase II grant towards continuing the research. Interested applicants must submit a Grant Proposal to grant@assaypro.com. Deadline for application is December 30, 2013.

     

     

    Assaypro, LLC

    Tel: 636-447-9175 or 800-807-3203
    Fax: 636-447-9475 or 866-658-9331

  • American Asthma Foundation 2014 Scholar Awards Wed Oct 23 at 9am

     

     

    2014 AAF Scholar Awards

    for early- to mid-career scientists from all fields

     

    The American Asthma Foundation supports highly innovative research from all fields relevant to asthma.  We wish to draw outstanding investigators from other fields into the study of asthma, and most of our investigators are studying asthma for the first time.  All grants will be to investigators who are within 10 years of their first independent faculty appointment.  Recipients will be designated AAF Scholars.

    AWARD AMOUNT:  Up to $450,000 ($150,000 per year for up to 3 years.)  Funds for institutional overhead are not provided.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 12, 2014

    START DATE:  July 1, 2014

    ELIGIBILITY:

    ·   Scientists in the United States from any relevant field are eligible.

    ·   Initial independent faculty appointment should be on or after February 1, 2004.

    ·   Applicants should have an independent research program, with national-level, independent funding.

    ORGANIZATION:  The American Asthma Foundation is the largest private funder of asthma-related research, having awarded over $100 million to scientists since 2000.

    REVIEW CRITERIA:  Innovation, research proposal, relevance to asthma, investigator

    NOTE:  The application is short (maximum 7 pages).  Preliminary data are not required.

    FURTHER INFORMATION AT:  http://americanasthmafoundation.org/

    CONTACT:

    Valerie Dougherty, Program Manager

    vdougherty@americanasthma.org

    William Seaman, M.D., Research Director

    bseaman@americanasthma.org

    American Asthma Foundation

    4 Koret Way, LR-216

    UCSF Box 0509

    San Francisco, CA  94143-0509

    (415) 514-0730

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund accepting preproposals - deadline 11/18/2013 Tue Oct 22 at 3pm

    Now accepting preproposals
     

     

    The Innovation in Regulatory Science Award provides $500,000 over five years to support investigators who are addressing research questions that will lead to innovation in regulatory science, with ultimate translation of those results into improving the regulatory process.

     

    To find out more information, please visit the Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards website.

     

    The preproposal deadline is November 18, 2013.

     

  • NSF Announced Revised October Due Dates Tue Oct 22 at 2pm

    Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:09 PM
    To: mram@u.washington.edu
    Subject: [Mram] NSF Posts Revised Proposal Due Dates

     

    Dear Colleagues,

     

    The National Science Foundation continues to add documentation and guidance to their Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation webpage.

     

    Today they announced their revised proposal due dates and posted a list of frequently asked questions regarding these date changes.

     

    Please update your eGC1 with the new Sponsor Due Date and re-calculate the GIM 19 deadlines.

     

    And when contacting your OSP Team please always include the eGC1# in the subject line.

     

    Thank you.

     

    Lynette Arias

    Assistant Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research

    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    ariasl@uw.edu

     

  • NIH eRA Items of Interest - October 2013 Mon Oct 21 at 9am

    Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 4:33 AM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: eRA Items of Interest - October 2013

     

    NIH eRA Items of Interest – October 2013

     


    We Are Back!

     

    Hello!  We missed you! I hope you missed us too!

     

    It was Halloween, Friday, October 31, 1980. I was a junior in high school (please, no need to do the math) at a quaint New England boarding school.  Leaving the cafeteria after the traditional “Guts and Eyes” meal (spaghetti and meatballs), the dining hall suddenly went dark. In that moment of stunned silence that immediately followed, two words pierced the darkness and broke the spell: “FOOD FIGHT!” As you can imagine, 300 teenage boys in a darkened room resulted in quite a mess. Those who were immediately sealed in the room by the headmaster (who’s contorted face of rage is still the scariest thing I have ever seen on Halloween), well, they had quite a lot of work to do to set things back to normal.

     

    And here at eRA we busy doing the same: setting things back to normal.  We are working hard to get all of our systems back and available to you after the 16 day government shutdown. To that end you will want to make sure the read the Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-003 posted Friday, October 18, 2013.

     

    It outlines new submission dates for October FOAs; how applications are being processed that were submitted during the shutdown; what your options are for applications that were already submitted for October dates that now have November submission dates; how applications in review are being handled; and much more critical information.  You may even be presented with a “swapportunity.” If the review meeting for your application is rescheduled for May 2014, you will be allowed to withdraw your application and “refresh” it should you so desire. Or you can let the existing application ride. The option is yours. The guide notice has specific information on this procedure.

     

    Additionally, if you have an application or an award in progress, you want to be aware that as we bring systems back online over the weekend, you may start to see automated emails come from Commons. We literally have tens of thousands of messages waiting to go out and it may take a couple days to clear the queue. So, please remember our words of wisdom: Do not rely on email to get information concerning your application or grant!

     

    When eRA Commons becomes available again on the morning of Monday, October 21 don’t be surprised if what you are looking for is not there yet.  There are also thousands of applications at Grants.gov waiting to be picked up by NIH. If you have questions, be sure to contact the eRA Help Desk.

     

    For xTrain users, there will also be some notifications coming your way. Automatic routing of appointments and terminations will have occurred on the normal schedules during the shutdown.  This means that investigators, trainees and sponsor who would normally review these notifications may have missed them.  They will have been automatically routed to the Business Official (BO).  The BO can process them normally or re-route them back to the appropriate person for review.  See the xTrain User Guide for more information.

     

    With the clean up well underway, we are moving forward, ready to get back to business!

     

     

    ~ Joe Schumaker

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

  • NIH Guidance on Resumption of Sponsored Programs Activities Mon Oct 21 at 8am

    This Notice is to provide NIH’s extramural community with information on how NIH is resuming operations after the government shutdown.

    http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-003.html

  • UW ranked 16th among national public universities by US News Mon Oct 21 at 8am

    The University of Washington was tied for 16th place among public universities for its undergraduate program in the most recent edition of America’s Best Colleges released today, Sept. 10, by U.S. News & World Report.

    The UW was tied for 52nd overall among national universities both public and private. No other school in the Pacific Northwest was ranked among the top 100 national universities.

    Read the full article in UW Today.

  • Resumption of Operations at NSF Mon Oct 21 at 7am

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is emerging from a 16-day funding lapse that severely limited our ability to conduct our mission to advance the progress of science and engineering.

    http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/postshutdown.jsp

  • eRA Commons, ASSIST and IAR are Now Accessible Mon Oct 21 at 7am

    Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 5:26 AM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: eRA Information: eRA Commons, ASSIST, and IAR Are Now Accessible

     

    eRA Information: eRA Commons, ASSIST, and IAR Are Now Accessible

    Monday, October 21, 2013

     

    eRA Commons, ASSIST and IAR are available for you to access.

     

    As a result of the 16 day government shutdown, there are a few items that you need to keep in mind:

     

    ·         Error free applications submitted on or the two days prior to the shutdown will be held for viewing in the Commons on Tuesday and Wednesday Oct 22 and 23 to ensure applicants have 2 full days to check their application image before it moves on to NIH’s Center of Scientific Review (CSR) for processing.

     

    ·         Because of large number of queued messages as a result of the shutdown and the number of waiting applications from Grants.gov, timing of email notifications may be off. Do not rely on email notifications concerning your application. Please proactively check the Commons late on Monday or on Tuesday for the status of any application submission.

     

    ·         Be sure to review the Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-003 posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 for more detailed information.

     

     

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs.

  • The Patient-Center Outcomes Research Institute offers “Pipeline to Proposal” awards Fri Oct 18 at 1pm

    Investing in Partnerships

    Individuals and small groups of patients, clinicians, researchers, and other healthcare stakeholders in 13 western states may begin submitting proposals for “Tier I” awards up to $15,000 each through our new “Pipeline to Proposal” awards. We will issue up to 25 awards through this pilot initiative, which provides seed money to encourage individuals and groups not usually involved in research to partner and develop research ideas based on their shared interests. Proposals are due Monday, Dec. 2. We’ll refine the program through this pilot effort and announce additional Tier I funding opportunities throughout the rest of the nation in early 2014. Read more about the awards in a new blog post.

     

    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute | 1828 L Street, NW | Suite 900 | Washington | DC | 20036

  • Cancer Research Institute is calling for Letters of Intent for CLIP Wed Oct 16 at 1pm

    The Cancer Research Institute is requesting letters of intent for its Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP). CRI offers CLIP grants to qualified scientists who are working to explore clinically relevant questions aimed at improving the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies. The grant will support basic, pre-clinical, and translational research, which will provide inofrmation that can be directly applied to optimizing cancer immunotherapy in the clinic.

    LOI Deadline: November 1, 2013
    Funding: Up to $100,000 per year for two years


    Inquiries may be directed to grants@cancerresearch.org.

    www.cancerresearch.org

    1-800-992-2623 | (212) 688-7515
    Cancer Research Institute National Headquarters
    One Exchange Plaza | 55 Broadway, Suite 1802
    New York, NY 10006

     

  • New NIH Guidance on Federal Shutdown Mon Oct 14 at 3pm

    Sent: Monday, October 14, 2013 4:43 PM
    To: mram@u.washington.edu
    Subject: [Mram] Current Status of NIH Extramural Operations

     

    Dear Colleagues,

     

    Below is a recent communication from NIH regarding the ongoing Federal Shutdown.  Guidance may be similar from other agencies.  The agencies are all going to need time to assess and plan once operations are back up and running.  We will continue to share information as it becomes available.

     

    Lynette Arias

    Assistant Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research

    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    ariasl@uw.edu

     

     


    From: Used by OER for communications to grantees [NIH-ALERT@LIST.NIH.GOV] on behalf of NIH-Alert (NIH/OD) [nih_alert@OD.NIH.GOV]
    Sent: Friday, October 11, 2013 5:54 PM
    To: NIH-ALERT@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: Current Status of NIH Extramural Operations

    TO:  NIH Extramural Community

    This is a brief communication to update the biomedical research community of the current status of extramural operations at NIH. The NIH continues to be shut down for all non-excepted activities. This means that the vast majority of NIH staff that oversee program, review, and grants management are furloughed, NIH grants and contract submissions are not being processed, reviews are not occurring, and no awards are being made. As described in NOT-OD-13-126, the Payment Management Systems remains operational and funds for most grants awarded before the shutdown can continue to be drawn down. 

    As the shutdown drags on, the challenge of reestablishing normal operations quickly is growing. Once the shutdown is over, NIH will need time to set new dates for grant and contract submissions, review meetings, conferences, and other activities that were scheduled to happen during and immediately following the period of the shutdown. It will take us a few days after this is over to communicate our plans, so please bear with us. 

    You can find the current guidance posted at grants.nih.gov. Once we reopen, additional information will be posted and published in the NIH Guide as quickly as we can make it available.

    All of us at NIH hope the current situation is resolved soon, but we don’t know when that will be.   

    We appreciate your patience as we go through this difficult experience together.      

    Sincerely,

    Sally Rockey, Ph.D.

    NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research

  • LOI Deadline for Next Round of Broad PCORI Funding Announcements is October 15th Fri Oct 11 at 10am

    LOI Deadline Approaches for Next Round of Broad PCORI Funding Announcements

    You have until Tuesday, Oct. 15 to submit required Letters of Intent (LOIs) for our December 2013 cycle of PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs). Visit the Funding Center on our website and use the Open Funding Announcements section links for more information. (Reminder: we now designate funding cycles by the month in which applications are due.) Apply Now.

     

    PCORI-AHRQ Funding Announcement to Improve Treatment of Uterine Fibroids

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), our partner on a project to improve treatment for uterine fibroids, released a Request for Funding Applications (RFA) for this initiative on Sept. 30. PCORI will commit up to $20 million through this joint effort to develop a geographically diverse registry of women who have been treated for uterine fibroids and to fund studies of the comparative effectiveness of medical and surgical therapies using data from this registry. AHRQ will administer the application process; an awardee will receive up to $4 million per year for up to five years to build the registry and conduct the research. Letters of intent may be submitted to AHRQ by Friday, Nov. 15, with applications due Monday, Dec. 16. Learn More.

     

    We realize that during the current federal government shutdown, AHRQ staff are not available to answer questions about this opportunity or to receive any submitted material. Because the announcement is being managed by AHRQ, PCORI staff are unable to do so either. However, we wanted to be sure interested researchers are aware of this announcement so that they can consider preparing applications and can seek additional information as soon as the government shutdown ends. Please refer to and follow the guidance to potential applicants on the federal Grants Guide website.

     

  • US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Announces new travel grants for PD students Thu Oct 10 at 3pm

    The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation announces a new round of applications for its travel grants program for PhD students.

     

    The current Call for Proposals can be found by clicking on the following LINK.

     

    http://www.bsf.org.il/data/FormsToDownload/BSF-TravelGrant-call.PDF

     

     

  • Subcontracts - Process Improvement & Team Changes Wed Oct 9 at 10am

    Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 2:04 PM
    To: mram@u.washington.edu
    Subject: [Mram] Subcontracts - Process Improvement and Team Changes

     

    Dear Colleagues,

     

    As announced previously, the Office of Sponsored Programs is undergoing an extensive effort to update and streamline the outgoing subcontracts process. This will include business process changes in OSP, new SPAERC online functionality for the OSP Subs Team, revised processes for campus and quite possibly some new functionality in SAGE to make this important business process more transparent. This process improvement project will be deployed in phases and adjusted as needed.

     

    REMINDERS:  

    ·         Per GIM 7, OSP requires a Letter of Intent from an authorized official for each and every proposed subawarding institution/entity for outgoing UW proposals. These letters should be included in the proposal package uploaded to the eGC1, along with other required subcontract information, and must be present for the application to be “Ready to Submit”.  See GIM 7 procedures and guidance.

    ·         General inquiries should be directed to ospsubs@uw.edu.  

    ·         Invoice Discrepancies, Closeouts and Budget Number Changes should be directed to Debbie Emerson-Carter at ddcarter@uw.edu

    ·         Michael Corn, Associate Director, is managing the OSP Subcontract Team until a new Assistant Director for Subcontracts is hired. Feel free to contact him as needed at mcorn@uw.edu.

     

    In July the following changes were deployed.  The OSP Subcontracts Team now:

    ·         Uses the most recent Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP)* Subaward Template for new subawards. This template is the national standard which is used by the majority of our collaborative research institutions.  A high percentage of our subcontracts are processed using the FDP template and we believe this percentage will increase, resulting in faster turnaround time and less negotiation.

     

    ·         Includes the prime award from the sponsor in most outgoing subcontract agreements. In the past, the OSP Subs Team only incorporated sections of the prime award.  This document will appear as a contract exhibit or attachment. Any references to either dollar amounts of any kind (i.e., total dollars awarded to UW or other subrecipient entities, out-year obligations, or direct/F&A costs), or any references to other subrecipient entity names will be redacted.

     

    ·         Sends newly developed Subrecipient Award Certification Form with the outgoing subaward agreements. These certification forms are part of the new OSP subrecipient monitoring program requirements and help us ensure that we receive the appropriate information from our subrecipients and that it is appropriate to subcontract with them.

     

    ·         Subcontracts are now sent out unsigned to the subrecipient for review and as part of the process to gather needed subrecipient information.

     

    Additional changes are also occurring for the team.

    ·         Bethany Mason, Subcontract Administrator, left to take a promotional position at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We are pleased for Bethany’s success but will miss her expertise and quiet humor. She has been a valuable asset to the SC Team, OSP and campus during her time at the UW.

     

    ·         We have temporarily added an experienced resource to the SC Team to ensure business is completed in a timely manner.

     

    ·         The Assistant Director of Subcontracts position has been posted to UW Hires. Please encourage all interested persons to apply.  We hope to have a new Assistant Director on board by October, 2013.

     

    We appreciate your patience during these changes and anticipate that all subcontracts business will continue to move without delay.  If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please feel free to contact me directly and I am happy to discuss. 

     

    Thank you,

     

    Lynette Arias

    Assistant Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research

    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    ariasl@uw.edu

     

    NOTE:  The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) provides a valuable forum through which Federal science and technology agencies can work creatively with University partners to reduce administrative burdens while advancing scientific discoveries and increasing transparency and accountability. The University of Washington is a member of FDP and actively participates in activities to help assist our faculty in streamlining the overall research administration process and requirements.

     

  • SRA Launches Shutdown Resource Center Wed Oct 2 at 12pm

    Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:26 PM
    To: Lynette F. Arias
    Subject: SRA International Lauches Shutdown Resource Center

     

    As of October 1, 2013, the federal government shutdown.  Congress has not passed a spending bill that funds most government functions, including the agencies that researchers depend on.

    The Society of Research Administrators International is working to ensure its members and the research community are well-informed about the status and impact of this impasse, how it is affecting funding agencies, and where to look for for help.

    Check back to the Federal Government Shutdown page where we will post all of the information we have.

     

    If you have any questions or have received information from a funding agency that we can post, please contact Kerri McGovern kmcgovern@srainternational.org.

     

    This e-mail was sent from Society of Research Administrators International (membership@srainternational.org) to ariasl@uw.edu.

  • MRAM Email - Federal Government Shutdown, OSP Response Wed Oct 2 at 7am

    Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 6:10 PM
    To: mram@u.washington.edu
    Subject: [Mram] Federal Government Shutdown - OSP Response

     

    Dear Colleagues,

     

    The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is working diligently to determine the most appropriate UW response during the Federal shutdown. Impacts to application submission, award processing, no-cost extensions, and other tasks that require federal sponsor interaction are being assessed. Our commitment to help campus navigate sponsored programs administration is unchanged. We will continue to provide guidance as clearly and timely as possible.

     

    OSP Guiding Principles for Federal Shutdown Response

    ·         We will continue with business as usual within the constraints created by unavailable Federal sponsor systems and staff. It is our goal not to “hold” any items, but rather, either process them to the extent possible or return them to the department until the shutdown is over.

     

    Applications

    ·         Non-eRA Commons Grants.gov applications routed to OSP will be reviewed and submitted using the posted sponsor deadline.  These applications will process through Grants.gov and then wait until their sponsor system is back online.

    ·         eRA Commons Grants.gov applications have two options:

    o   Applications will be reviewed and submitted using the posted sponsor deadline. These applications will process through Grants.gov and then wait until eRA Commons is back online.

    o   The PI may choose to use additional time to refine the scope of work during the shutdown. The GIM 19 deadline will be re-set once the Federal systems are back online and sponsors have set new deadlines. The PI can designate this desire by either sending an email to the OSP staff member who is reviewing your application or by withdrawing their application and marking it RTS-No. In this first case, OSP will attach the PI email and document non-submission at the request of the PI, then return the application in SAGE.

    ·         Non-Grants.gov applications have two very similar options:

    o   Applications will be reviewed and submitted using the posted sponsor deadline. These applications will wait until the required sponsored system is back online and then be submitted.

    o   The PI may choose to use additional time to refine the scope of work during the shutdown. The GIM 19 deadline will be re-set once the Federal systems are back online and sponsors have set new deadlines. The PI can designate this desire by either sending an email to the OSP staff member who is reviewing your application or by withdrawing their application and marking it RTS-No. In this first case, OSP will attach the PI email and document non-submission at the request of the PI, then return the application in SAGE.

    ·         NOTE:  Once OSP performs their full review of the application, the application will be returned to the PI with a list of any suggested changes. Once the application is received back from the department with RTS=Yes, no re-review will be done before the submission process. This is standard practice. Therefore, if your application is reviewed by OSP and then returned to the PI for fine-tuning of the scope of work, when it is routed back to OSP only those items listed as suggested changes will be re-reviewed.

     

    Awards

    ·         Federal awards will not be issued during the Federal shutdown. We will resume processing these awards when the Federal systems are back online and all current proposals are submitted.

    ·         Awards that have already reached OSP will be processed accordingly and sent to GCA.

    ·         Awards that have been issued a UW budget number and are expected to start this week can begin on time unless notification from the sponsor includes a “stop work” order.

    ·         If OSP receives an award-specific communication regarding terms and conditions, this will be uploaded to SAGE Attachments and the PI and eGC1 Admin Contact will be emailed.

     

    Contracts

    ·         If a sponsor sends a stop-work order, OSP will immediately notify the PI and eGC1 Admin Contact. We are working with GCA related to how these budgets will be handled.

     

    Advance Budget Numbers

    OSP will continue to process these requests. Be conservative in your spending. If an award has not yet been granted, it is conceivable that the start date could be moved back and the 90 day pre-award time block will be moved back as well. Any spending before this time could be unallowable. The department assumes this risk.

     

    Budget Extensions

    Campus is welcome to submit these requests to OSP. Our office will review them and put them on hold until sponsor approval processes are available again.  If no sponsor approval is required (i.e., NIH Expanded Authorities), OSP will issue the request to GCA for processing.

     

    Post Submission/Post Award Requests

    When the standard process involves campus utilizing a sponsor system (which is currently unavailable) to make a request, please wait until the system is available and use the standard process.

     

    As always, please contact your OSP Teammates as needed. We will send additional information as it becomes available.

     

    Lynette Arias

    Assistant Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research

    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    ariasl@uw.edu

     

  • DDC Email: Impact to Research of the Federal Government Shutdown Tue Oct 1 at 11am

    The following email was sent to UW Deans, Directors and Chairs (DDC).

    Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 9:58 AM
    To: uwddc@uw.edu
    Subject: Impact to Research of the Federal Government Shutdown

     

    The partial shutdown of the federal government began at midnight last night. There will be some impacts to the functionality of federal systems. We want to pass along what we know and share some resources. Each unit on campus should review the pertinent information for those federal agencies that they interact with the most for potential impacts.

     

    Federal Response and Resources

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the best place to get up-to-date information on how individual agencies will respond to shutdown. They now have a web page that includes the list of contingency plans for each federal agency. 

     

    NIH has issued a notice with information for the grantee community (NOT-OD-13-126). If you have an NIH grant with an upcoming deadline, please see this guidance.

     

    Normally, routine, ongoing operational and administrative activities relating to contract or grant administration (including payment processing) cannot continue when there is a gap in funding. Therefore, agency employees who are paid with annual appropriations and who perform an activity associated with contract or grant administration (including oversight, inspection, payment, or accounting) will generally not continue work during a funding hiatus.

     

    However, active grant and contract activity funded with FY2013 (or prior year) appropriations can continue. In these cases, agency personnel most likely will not be available for approvals, supervisory support, and other administrative functions, but each agency will handle this a little differently.

     

    Office of Sponsored Programs

    OSP will continue to provide general and sponsor-specific information as we become aware of it. In those cases where award-specific guidance is provided by a sponsor, we will immediately notify the PI and Administrative Contact on the eGC1. This may include “stop work” actions. Please contact your OSP Teammates for guidance regarding sponsor communications specific to your funding awards.

     

    OSP will send regular communications to MRAM (Monthly Research Administrators Meetings) with updates or additional information until the Federal budget situation is resolved. Please check with your unit administrator for ongoing information.

     

    Human Subjects Division

    The shutdown will have negative effects on some human subjects research. Thankfully, the impact will most likely be limited to some new studies that have not yet received IRB approval, where delays for a variety of reasons are possible. The attached table summarizes the information we have at present. It also includes suggestions for action and possible mitigation.

     

    HSD will provide new information and updates as we receive them. If you experience other negative impacts, please contact HSD so they can explore mitigation avenues and share the information campus-wide. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Karen Moe Karen Moe, Director of the Human Subjects Division at kemoe@uw.edu  or hsdinfo@uw.edu .

     

    In short, we expect there to be a minimal immediate effect on the UW for a shutdown lasting only a few days. A shutdown that stretches a week or longer may begin to present challenges for the university. We will continue to keep campus informed as this process moves forward and new information emerges. 

     

    Please share with department chairs, administrators, and faculty. We will provide updates as we move forward.

     

    Mary Lidstrom,

    Vice Provost for Research

     

     

  • NSF Guidance During Government Shutdown Tue Oct 1 at 9am

     

    National Science Foundation
    Assistance and Contract-Related Policy and Systems Issues
    During the Government Shutdown

    This document addresses the various assistance and contract-related policy and systems issues that may arise during the shutdown of the Federal Government. NSF is providing this information as a service to our proposer and awardee communities in the hopes that it will address most of the questions you may have during this time period.

    Please be aware that, except as noted below, NSF will not be available to respond to emails or phone calls during the shutdown, but will respond to your inquiries as soon as practicable after normal operations have been resumed. NSF is committed to minimizing the negative impacts this disruption may have on the science and engineering enterprise and, as necessary, will issue follow-on guidance after the shutdown ends.

    Assistance - Grants and Cooperative Agreements

    Proposal Preparation & Submission

     

    No new funding opportunities (program descriptions, announcements or solicitations) will be issued.

    FastLane proposal preparation and submission will be unavailable.

     

     

    Grants.gov may be up and running, however, since FastLane will not be operating, proposal downloads from Grants.gov

    will not take place. Therefore proposals will not be checked for compliance with NSF proposal preparation requirements or processed until normal operations are allowed to resume.

    Impact on Existing Deadlines

    Once normal operations resume, NSF will issue guidance regarding any funding opportunities that have a deadline or target date that occurs during the government shutdown. Such information will be disseminated via a FastLane Advisory and other electronic methods.

     

     

    Proposal Review Process

     

    All panels scheduled to occur during the shutdown will be cancelled and will likely be rescheduled to a later date.

     

     

    Ad hoc reviews will not be able to be submitted via FastLane.

    Proposal Processing Time

    The Foundation may not be able to meet our customer service standard of informing applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months of the deadline or target date, or receipt date, whichever is later.

    Issuance of New Grants and Cooperative Agreements

    No new grants or cooperative agreements will be awarded.

    Issuance of Continuing Grant Increments (CGIs)

    No new CGIs (whether electronically released upon Program Officer acceptance of the Annual Project Report or approved by a Grants and Agreements Officer) will be awarded.

    Post-Award Administration

    Performance of Work

    Awardees may continue performance under their NSF awards during the shutdown, to the extent funds are available, and the term of the grant or cooperative agreement has not expired. Any expenses must be allowable and in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cost circulars. During the shutdown, NSF cannot authorize costs exceeding available award amounts or obligate additional funds to cover such costs.

    Payments

    No payments will be made during the shutdown.

    Project Reporting

    Principal Investigators (PIs) will be unable to submit annual and final project reports or project outcomes reports via Research.gov

    For continuing grants, awardees also should be aware that since annual project reports will not be able to be submitted and Program Officers will not be available to approve them, no new continuing grant increments will be awarded (see above). Awardees should submit their reports as soon as possible after NSF systems are available.

     

     

    No-Cost Extensions

     

     

     

     

    No-cost extensions (including awardee-approved and NSF-approved) will not be able to be submitted or processed.

    Awardees, therefore, are cautioned that Federal funds cannot be obligated for expenses that occur beyond the award expiration date.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Award Transfer Requests

     

    will not be able to be submitted or processed.

    Supplemental Funding Requests

     

    will not be able to be submitted or processed.

    Other Post Award Notifications & Requests

     

    will not be able to be submitted or processed.

    Cooperative Agreements in Support of Large Facilities

    Recipients may continue to perform under Cooperative Support Agreements for work where sufficient funds are available, and performance does not require Government support which would be funded by a lapsed appropriation, including quality assurance oversight or other actions required of NSF staff.

    Since the cooperative nature of these Agreements anticipates the need for Government involvement, NSF has, or will have, put work plans in place with the Large Facility Cooperative Agreement Recipients outlining the extent and time duration that operations will continue in the absence of NSF oversight and direction.

    For Agreements that include major research equipment and facilities construction, unless the work is considered to be essential to the operations of the Foundation, and therefore NSF personnel have been retained to provide oversight of construction activities, work cannot proceed for an extended period, even if funds are available, based on the foreseen need for NSF oversight of construction activities.

    Payments

     

    No payments will be made during the shutdown.

     

     

     

     

     

    Contracts

    NSF will notify contractors whether they will be expected to continue work in support of an excepted activity, or will issue an order to suspend or stop work, or take other appropriate action during the shutdown as determined by NSF.

    New contracts will not be issued during a shutdown, except those that NSF has identified as supporting excepted activities, and then only to the extent and amount necessary to meet those requirements.

    Contract personnel may be instructed by NSF to excepted activities, provided all of the requirements governing excepted activities are met. Contractors may perform these excepted services, but only to the minimal extent necessary to address emergency situations, such that the suspension of the function would imminently threaten the safety of human life or the protection of property.

    Contractors may be authorized by NSF to continue to perform under other contracts for work where sufficient funding was obligated prior to the shutdown, provided performance does not require the use of closed NSF facilities, is not in support of closed NSF facilities, or where the contractor’s work does not require Government oversight or support which would be funded by a lapsed appropriation (such Government oversight or support includes, but is not limited to quality assurance oversight, technical direction, review of deliverables, or similar actions requiring NSF staff).

    NSF may notify certain cost reimbursement and Time and Materials contractors of work plans outlining the extent and time duration that operations can continue in the absence of NSF oversight and direction.

    Payments

     

    No payments will be made during the shutdown. An extremely limited exception may be made by NSF in circumstances where the payment is made in support of excepted activities, and failure to make the payment itself would result in an imminent threat to life or property.

    Excepted Personnel

    The Division of Acquisition and Cooperative Support has assigned Contracting Officers to support contract-related excepted activities during the shutdown.

  • NIH Guidance to Grantee Community During Federal Funding Lapse Tue Oct 1 at 9am

    Information for the NIH Extramural Grantee Community During the Lapse of Federal Government Funding


    Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-126

    Key Dates
    Release Date: October 1, 2013

    Related Announcements
    None

    Issued by
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    Purpose

    The Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ended on September 30, 2013 at midnight EST and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not been passed leading to a lapse in Federal funding.  We are providing the following information to answer questions you may have on the impact this lapse in appropriation will have on your grant/cooperative agreement or the availability of NIH’s systems and services.

    RESUMING OPERATIONS

    You are encouraged to stay tuned to the national media to determine when the Federal Government will resume operations.  Depending on the length of the funding lapse, once NIH non-excepted staff are authorized to resume operations it will take time for full operations to be resumed.  Depending on the length of the funding lapse, the eRA system may require at least one business day after operations resume.   We ask for patience when trying to contact NIH staff once operations resume since there will be a backlog of information to process.

    CONTACT WITH NIH STAFF

    E-mail, Phone, Fax, and Postal Mail Contacts:  For the duration of the funding lapse, NIH extramural employees will be prohibited from working (remotely or in the office).  Consequently, there will be no access to voice mail, e-mail, fax, or postal mail during this period.  Mail requiring someone to sign/accept may not be received.  All other postal mail, fax, and voice mail communications will not be acted upon until after operations resume. It is recommended that you delay sending such communications until after operations resume.

    Help Desk Support:  For the duration of the funding lapse, all help desks, central e-mail boxes, and web ticketing systems for questions related to NIH grants policy and electronic grants systems will not be available, including the eRA Helpdesk and Grants Information Services.  

    In the event of an emergency involving human safety, please contact Dr. Sally Rockey at rockeysa@od.nih.gov.

    SUBMISSION OF GRANT APPLICATIONS

    For the duration of the funding lapse, applicants are strongly encouraged not to submit paper or electronic grant applications to NIH during the period of the lapse.  Adjustments to application submission dates that occur during the funding lapse will be announced once operations resume.  For any applications submitted immediately prior to or during the funding lapse, here is what will happen.

    1. For electronic submissions through Grants.gov: Grants.gov will be open and can accept electronic applications.  However, applications will not be processed by NIH until the eRA Systems are back on-line.  NIH will ensure that all applications submitted within the two business days before or during the funding lapse will receive the full viewing window once the systems are back on-line.  
    2. For electronic submission of multi-project applications through NIH’s ASSIST system: The ASISST system will not be available until NIH systems are back on-line.
    3. Paper Submissions: Staff will not be available to receive paper applications during a funding lapse. 

    The safest course is to wait to submit any application to NIH until after operations resume and a Notice in the NIH Guide concerning adjusted submission dates is posted.

    PEER REVIEW AND COUNCIL MEETINGS

    Initial Peer Review Meetings:  For the duration of the funding lapse, the NIH will not be able to conduct initial peer review meetings – whether in-person or through teleconferences or other electronic media. Also during this time, the NIH staff will not be able to send or receive email messages, or update website information, and NIH computer systems that support review functions will not be operational.  When operations resume, those meetings will be re-scheduled and the pending applications will be processed and reviewed as soon as possible. 

    Also, the results, including final impact scores and summary statements, of some peer review meetings that took place prior to the orderly shutdown of operations may not be available until operations resume.  Therefore, applicants with applications going through the peer review process should stay tuned to the national news to determine when operations of the government resume, and then check the NIH website for information on any review meetings that may have been extended or re-scheduled.  The results of meetings held prior to a potential funding lapse will be released as soon as possible after resumption of operations.

    Individuals who had agreed to serve on NIH review panels (”study sections”) that were scheduled to meet during the funding lapse will not be able to access the Internet Assisted Review (IAR) site or other NIH web-based systems during that time. Reviewers who were scheduled to travel for a review meeting on a day when operations are down will not be able to board a plane or train, and will be sent instructions on how to handle their reservations.  Reviewers who are attending an NIH review panel on the day of orderly shutdown will be able to change their travel plans and return home.  Therefore, peer reviewers should stay tuned to the national news to determine when operations of the NIH will resume, and then check the NIH website for information on meetings that have been re-scheduled.   As soon as possible after operations resume, the NIH Scientific Review Officer in charge of the review meeting will contact those reviewers with more detailed information.

    Advisory Council Review: The NIH will not be able to conduct Advisory Council review meetings – whether in-person or through teleconferences or other electronic media - during the funding lapse.  Also during this time, the NIH staff will not be able to send or receive email messages, or update website information, and NIH computer systems that support review functions will not be operational.  Therefore, no applications will be processed for Council review or be taken to Council meetings during that time.  When operations resume, those pending applications will be processed, and meetings will be re-scheduled as soon as possible. 

    Applicants with applications pending Council review during that time should check the NIH website for information after operations resume.  Advisory Council members should stay tuned to the national news to determine when operations of the government will resume, and then check the NIH website for information on Council meetings that have been re-scheduled.   As soon as possible after operations resume, the NIH Executive Secretary in charge of the Council meeting will contact those Council members with more detailed information.

    AWARDED GRANTS

    Currently Active Grant Awards:  For the duration of the funding lapse, all work and activities performed under currently active NIH grant awards may continue.  However, see below for limits on performing many of the reporting requirements associated with NIH grant funding. 

    Progress Reports

    1. Electronically Submitted Progress Reports:  For any progress reports due during the funding lapse, the eRA Commons will not be accessible.  Users will need to wait until the eRA Commons is back on-line before these progress reports can be submitted. 
    2. Paper Submitted Progress Reports:  No NIH staff will be available to receive paper progress reports. Therefore, institutions are encouraged to delay mailing all paper progress reports due during the funding lapse until after operations resume.  

    Notice of Awards (NoAs):  No NIH grant awards will be processed for the duration of the funding lapse.  For any awards processed before the funding lapse that have an issue date during the funding lapse, the awards will not be sent to the grantee on the issue date.  Once operations resume, all pending NoAs will be sent.  This will not affect the start date nor the issue date of these awards; it just affects the date the award document is actually sent to the grantee and available for access in the eRA Commons.  In the absence of actually receiving the NoA, institutions may use pre-award costs authority at their own risk. 

    No-cost Extension Notifications:   The eRA Commons will not be accessible during the funding lapse.  Further, no-cost extension notification cannot be submitted via the Commons once the expiration date of the grant has passed.  For any grants due to expire during the funding lapse that plans to be given a no-cost extension, a paper notification to the IC will be required after operations resume. 

    General Access to eRA Commons and Other OER-Supported Systems:  The eRA Commons will not be accessible during the funding lapse.  Therefore, no user will be able to access the Commons for viewing electronically submitted applications, accessing Internet Assisted Review, or processing such actions as Commons Registration, FSRs/FFRs, xTrain documents, Closeout documents, and/or FCOI notifications etc.  Further there will be no ability to access Commons for query or other purposes.  There also will be no access to the Interagency Edison or Electronic Council Books systems.

    Prior Approval Requests and Other Communications:  NIH extramural employees will have no access to voice mail, e-mail, fax, or postal mail during the funding lapse.  All prior approval requests and other communications will not be received until operations resume.  It is recommended that you delay sending such communications until after operations resume.

    Access to HHS Payment Management System (PMS):   For the duration of the funding lapse, the HHS PMS will be open; however, no Federal staff will be available to assist or process any requests.  Therefore, drawdowns (payments) on accounts can be processed as long as no Federal staff action is required to finalize the payment.  For most NIH grantees, this means drawdowns should be possible.  However, if a particular grant is on a reimbursement basis for withdrawing funds or otherwise restricted, then these requests cannot not be processed until after Federal Government operations resume.

    ANIMAL WELFARE

    The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) business processes are funded by annual appropriations and are not designated as excepted activities under the Antideficiency Act. No activities associated with the OLAW mission will continue for the duration of the funding lapse.
    For the duration of the funding lapse, PHS-funded institutions are encouraged to delay sending all Assurance documents, preliminary or final reports of noncompliance or IACUC suspensions as required under the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals IV.F.3, or other correspondence due to OLAW during the funding hiatus period until after operations resume. OLAW will extend deadlines for all reporting activities as necessary to compensate for the period of the lapse in funding and the unavailability of the website and OLAW operational support.

    Institutions are reminded that their obligation under their Animal Welfare Assurance to ensure ongoing local support and oversight, and to address and correct all situations that affect animal welfare and compliance with the PHS Policy continues during this period.

  • MRAM Email: Federal Budget Shutdown & Proposal Submissions Tue Oct 1 at 8am

    Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 5:13 PM
    To: mram@u.washington.edu
    Subject: [Mram] Federal Budget Shutdown & Proposal Submissions

     

    Dear Colleagues,

     

    As you are aware, a federal budget shutdown is possible if a new federal budget or a continuing resolution is not passed by midnight tonight. There will be some impacts to the functionality of federal systems. We want to pass along what we know and share some resources.  I apologize for the length of this email and the large number of attachments. Please read the sections and attachments that apply to your unit and type of funding.

     

    OSP will continue to provide general and sponsor-specific information as we become aware of it. In those cases where award-specific guidance is provided by a sponsor, we will immediately notify the PI and Administrative Contact on the eGC1. This may include “stop work” actions. Please contact your OSP Teammates for guidance regarding sponsor communications specific to your funding awards.

     

    DHHS

    ·         eRA Commons will be unavailable

    ·         Staff will not be available to provide routine administrative support services

    ·         HHS will maintain Grants.gov in operational status (see below)

    Grants.gov

    ·         Grants.gov will be up and running. Applications can be submitted, but they will not be forwarded to any of the 26 Federal funding agencies. These applications will be in a holding pattern until the Federal systems are back online. Once a shutdown is over and the Federal systems back online, these applications will complete the submission process. 

    ·         SAGE Grant Runner applications will work the same as Adobe Forms submission (described above). SAGE eGC1 will show the Grants.gov status updates in the history. When an application eventually reaches NIH then their status updates will be added to the history.

    ·         The Grants.gov Contact Center will remain available.

    ·         The Grants.gov Program Management Office will send updates to the federal grantor community regarding the status of Grants.gov as plans evolve.

     

    NSF

    ·         NSF website, FastLane and Research.gov will be unavailable

    ·         NSF will not be available to respond to emails or phone calls during the shutdown

    ·         Work may continue on all awards to the extent that doing so will not require federal staff intervention and that funds are available

    ·         Follow-on guidance will be issued once the Federal Government resumes normal operations

    Department of Defense

    ·         Work may continue for all fully funded contracts that were awarded prior to the expiration of appropriation

    ·         New contacts will not be executed during the shutdown

    Department of Education (DoED)

    ·         G5 (web system) will be available if there is a lapse in Federal appropriations

    ·         G5 is scheduled for system maintenance and will be unavailable from 9am Sept 30th to 5pm October 1st.

    NASA

    ·         All NASA installations will be shut down with limited exemptions for specifically exempted activities. UW would receive formal notification with specific guidance.

    ·         See attached

    NOAA

    ·         Operations will be limited & Grant Officers will not be available during a lapse in appropriations

    ·         Grants Online System will not be available

    ·         Unless specifically notified to stop work, performance under Grants and Cooperative Agreements may continue during the lapse in appropriations.

    OSP will send regular communications to MRAM with updates or additional information until the Federal budget situation is resolved.

     

    Lynette Arias

    Assistant Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research

    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    ariasl@uw.edu

     

     

  • MRAM Email: Possible Federal Shutdown - Impact to Sponsored Programs Tue Oct 1 at 8am

    From: Lynette F. Arias
    Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 5:57 PM
    To: mram@u.washington.edu
    Subject: [Mram] Possible Federal Government Shutdown - Impact on Sponsored Projects

     

    Dear Colleagues,

     

    As you are aware, our Federal government has yet to pass a budget or continuing resolution, and while we hope this will be accomplished by next Monday, we are making plans to respond to a federal shutdown on October 1, 2013.

     

    During a lapse in federal appropriations:

    ·         Active grants and contract activity may continue work if the shutdown is a short one

    ·         Applications may not be able to be submitted (sponsor determined)

    ·         If you are anticipating a new federal award, be advised that it will most likely be delayed.

    ·         Agency personnel will most like not be available for approvals, supervisory support, and other administrative functions.

    ·         Although Federal agencies may temporarily cease making payments on active grants, the UW has funding plans in place to ensure research continues in the event of a shutdown.

     

    If you receive communication from your federal sponsor, please forward them to osp@uw.edu to ensure our office is aware.

     

    The OMB Memo and FAQ dated 9/17/13 addresses grants and contacts in Section II of the FAQs.

     

    We will keep you apprised of this situation and our response using the MRAM mail list and will communicate directly to PIs and their campus administrators regarding specific projects as necessary.

     

    Lynette Arias

    Assistant Vice Provost for Research

    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    University of Washington

    ariasl@uw.edu

     

    Tami Sadusky, Executive Director

    Research Finance and Operations

    Research Accounting and Analysis

    University of Washington

    tamis@uw.edu

     

  • EPA Issues 2013/2014 Urban Waters Small Grants Requests for Proposals (RFP) Fri Sep 27 at 2pm

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to award up to $1.6 million in funding for projects taking place in 18 Eligible Geographic Areas that protect and restore urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. Small grant awards under this competition will range in the amount of approximately $40,000 to $60,000 in federal funding. The funding is part of EPA’s Urban Waters program, and is one element of support EPA is providing to the goals of the multiagency Urban Waters Federal Partnership. This announcement provides support to the Partnership’s place-based work, currently underway in 18 locations. The Eligible Geographic Areas are listed below, and illustrated in maps found at the Urban Waters Small Grants program mapping website http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants-mapping .

     01. Patapsco Watershed/Baltimore Region (Maryland)

    02. Anacostia Watershed (Washington, DC/Maryland)

    03. Bronx and Harlem River Watersheds (New York)

    04. South Platte Watershed from the Headwaters to the Denver Metropolitan Area

          (Colorado)

    05. Los Angeles River Watershed (California)

    06. Lake Pontchartrain Area/New Orleans (Louisiana)

    07. Northwest Indiana Area (Indiana)

    08. Big River and Meramec River Watersheds, near St. Louis (Missouri)

    09. Delaware River Basin (Covering Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Camden, New Jersey;

          Chester, Pennsylvania; and Wilmington, Delaware)

    10. Grand Rapids Area (Michigan)

    11. Green-Duwamish River/Seattle (Washington)

    12. Mystic River Watershed (Massachusetts)

    13. Martin Peña Canal/San Juan (Puerto Rico)

    14. Middle Blue River/Kansas City (Missouri)

    15. Middle Rio Grande/Albuquerque (New Mexico)

    16. Passaic River/Newark (New Jersey)

    17. Proctor Creek Watershed/Atlanta (Georgia)

    18. Western Lake Erie Basin, near Toledo (Ohio)

    Eligible applicants are defined in the RFP, and do not need to be located within an Eligible Geographic Area; however, project activities proposed by eligible applicants must take place entirely within and focus on one of the Eligible Geographic Areas.

    The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, investigations, experiments, training, surveys, studies, and demonstrations that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality in urban areas through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. This program recognizes that healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, social, and employment opportunities in nearby communities.

     

    This is the second grant cycle for the Urban Waters Small Grants. Eligibility requirements and project types are newly defined for this cycle. The intent of this 2013/2014 RFP is to strengthen and diversify the work taking place in Eligible Geographic Areas to improve water quality and support community revitalization, with an emphasis on underserved communities. Information about Urban Waters Small Grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinar is available at http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants.  EPA expects to award the grants in July 2014.  

    Note to Applicants:  In accordance with EPA’s Assistance Agreement Competition Policy (EPA Order 5700.5A1), EPA staff will not meet with individual applicants to discuss draft proposals, provide informal comments on draft proposals, or provide advice to applicants on how to respond to ranking criteria.  Applicants are responsible for the contents of their proposals.  However, consistent with the provisions in the announcement, EPA will respond to questions from individual applicants regarding threshold eligibility criteria, administrative issues related to the submission of the proposal, and requests for clarification about the announcement.  Questions must be submitted in writing via e-mail to urbanwaters@epa.gov and must be received by the Agency Contact, Ji-Sun Yi, by November 18, 2013. Written responses will be posted on EPA’s website at http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants-questions.

    Dates to Remember:

    • ·         Sept 26: RFP open period starts
    • ·         Oct 22: National Webinar for Applicants
    • ·         Nov 18: Deadline for submitting questions
    • ·         Nov 25: RFP open period ends
    • ·         Jul 15, 2014: Anticipated award date

     

    Related Links:

    · For more information on EPA’s Urban Waters program, visit http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters.  
    · For information about the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, visit http://urbanwaters.gov

     

  • NIH ASSIST Budget FAQs Mon Sep 16 at 7am

    From: ESubmission Update to Organization Officials [mailto:ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of Ask eRA (NIH/OD)
    Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 3:57 AM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: NIH eRA Items of Interest - September 16, 2013

     

    NIH eRA Items of Interest - September 16, 2013
    Budgets Make My Brain Hurt

    I have budget phobia. There I said it. It is a bit embarrassing to admit – I work with grants after all, but it’s true.  I’m actually pretty good at math, I like money and I know quite a bit electronic grant application submission - but there is something about the mix that makes my brain hurt. I think it’s the lingo – F&A rates, direct costs, modified total direct costs, fringe benefits, cost principles – yikes!

    When we were building ASSIST, I knew that our help desk would get more content and policy questions about application preparation, some of which would find their way to my desk. What I wasn’t prepared for was how many of those questions would be related to budgets. Thankfully, NIH employs lots of grants management and policy professionals that not only know the budget lingo and what all those crazy terms mean (without looking them up like I do), they actually like to talk about budgets – go figure.

    I know ASSIST and how eRA systems process multi-project applications. They know budgets. Together we’ve prepared the following ASSIST Budget FAQs that we hope you will find useful.

    Q: What is the best way to structure my multi-project application from a budget perspective?

    A:  NIH has provided a basic framework for multi-project applications. However, there is some flexibility within that framework regarding how to put together an application. Some applicants decide to structure their applications with the applicant organization leading every component within the application.  Other applicants have collaborating organizations lead a subset of components within their applications.

    Many factors can influence how you decide to structure your application. An application’s budget is important, but it should not be the primary consideration in your decision. Funding Opportunity Announcement guidelines, NIH policy, your own organization’s policies, the role any collaborating organizations will play in the proposed research, where the research will be carried out, and other factors should also be considered. In the end, your multi-project application should be structured to reflect the scientific and administrative needs of the proposed research.

    Once you decide how you are going to structure your application, filling out the component forms (including budgets) is fairly straightforward. Treat each component like it is a standalone application. If the applicant organization is leading a component, then all the forms in that component should be completed from the perspective of the applicant organization. If a collaborating organization is leading a component, then all the forms in that component should be completed from the perspective of the collaborating organization.

    Q: When a collaborating organization leads an entire component, is it still considered a subaward/consortium to the applicant organization?

    A: Yes. The R&R Cover form within each component is used to identify which organization is leading the component. Having a DUNS on the component R&R Cover that is different than the DUNS provided on the Overall R&R Cover form informs NIH systems that the budget information included in the component should be considered subaward/consortium costs to the applicant organization. Even when a collaborating organization leads a component, the applicant organization is still ultimately responsible for the entire application.

    Q: When a collaborating organization leads an entire component, should the Budget Type on the R&R Budget form be set to ‘Project’ or ‘Subaward/Consortium’?

    A: ASSIST automatically marks the Budget Type field on the R&R budget form to ‘Project’.  The ‘Project’ designation simply indicates it is the main budget for the component.  NIH systems use the DUNS number and not the Budget Type field to determine if the budget form is completed from the perspective of the applicant organization or a collaborating organization.

    Q: Why doesn’t the Overall component include a budget form?

    A: Electronic multi-project applications are made up of an Overall component that describes the entire application and some number of additional components where the work is actually carried out.  Although the SF424 R&R Cover form includes an estimated Project Funding section that must be completed, the Overall component doesn’t have a dedicated budget form that applicants can fill out. Instead, applicants fill out an R&R Budget form for each of the additional components and any related subaward budget forms. NIH systems present a summary of the budget information with the Overall component.

    Q: How are the system-generated summaries that are displayed with the Overall component calculated?

    A: Assembled application images include three budget summaries: a Composite Application Budget Summary, a Component Budget Summary and a Categories Budget Summary. A resource that describes the different parts of a multi-project assembled application image (including the various system-generated summaries) can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/Electronic_Multi-project_Application_Image_Assembly.pdf.

    Q: Why don’t budgets marked Subaward/Consortium show in the Component Budget Summary?

    A: The summaries provide a roll-up of the activity across the components of the application. The Component Budget Summary is just that - a summary of the main budgets for each component. It is not meant to be a listing of the cumulative budget pages of every budget form included in the application. The detailed budget forms supporting the summaries are included in the application image within their components.

    Q: How do you change the DUNS and Organization information displayed on a component budget form?

    A: In ASSIST, the DUNS and Organization Name fields from the R&R Cover automatically populate the DUNS and Organization Name fields on the R&R Budget form. Although the fields on the budget form are not editable, edits to the R&R Cover form are reflected on the R&R Budget form.

    Q: Why is the R&R Budget form tab missing from my component?

    A: You may not have the authority to view or edit budget data for the component. Have a Signing Official (SO) or someone with the Access Maintainer role check your privileges using the Manage Access action in ASSIST.

    Q: How do you add subaward budget forms to a component in ASSIST?

    A: Use the Add Optional Form action available while on the component Summary tab to add additional budget forms for subawards.  ASSIST automatically marks the Budget Type field of each subaward budget form to Subaward/Consortium. Carefully enter the DUNS number of the subaward organization. eRA systems use the DUNS information when doing summary roll-ups.

    Q: Does ASSIST automatically add up the costs of subawards within a component to populate line F5 – Other direct Costs Subaward/Consortium/Contractual Costs on the main budget form?

    A: No. Remember, F5 - Other Direct Costs Subaward/Consortium/Contractual Costs can include contractual costs in addition to the Subaward/Consortium costs found on the subaward budget forms; auto calculating this field would limit the ability to add those additional costs. The total direct and indirect costs for all subaward/consortium budgets within a component (along with appropriate contractual costs) must be manually entered on line F5 of the component’s main budget (the one with Budget Type Project).

    Q: How can I tell if my application falls within the direct cost limit designated in an FOA?

    A: NIH continues to support the policy established in 2004 regarding applications that involve consortium/contractual F&A costs (see NOT-OD-05-004). This policy allows applicants to exclude consortium/contractual F&A costs when determining if an application falls at or beneath any applicable direct cost limit.

    Although the Composite Application Budget Summary found in the assembled application image does not include a line item specific to this calculation, you can take the Direct Costs line item from the summary and manually subtract the F&A amounts of all direct consortiums to the applicant organizations.

    Q: How do I complete the R&R Budget form for a component or subaward that is not active for all periods of the entire application?

     

    A: Simply fill out the minimal required information for the inactive budget periods and complete all information for the active periods.


    For example, let’s say Project-004 of your multi-project application does not start until budget period 2. In the Project-004 R&R Budget form for period 1 you would:

    ·        Select the appropriate Budget Type (the selection of Project or Subaward/Consortium is already made for you in ASSIST)

    ·        Provide the Budget Period 1 Start and End Dates (the Start Date is already pre-populated for you in ASSIST)

    ·        In Section A - Senior/Key Person, include the project lead specifying their role, .01 effort under Calendar months, $0 for Requested Salary and $0 for Fringe Benefits

    ·       Attach your Budget Justification including an explanation for the delayed start

    Complete the remaining budget periods following standard instructions.

     

    Q: Our organization’s F&A rate uses a modified total direct cost base which excludes sub-recipient charges after the first $25,000. How do I account for the first $25,000 in my multi-project budget?

    A: Many negotiated F&A rate agreements use a modified total direct cost (MTDC) base rate and include the following language:

    “Modified total direct costs, consisting of all salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials, supplies, services, travel and subgrants and subcontracts up to the first $25,000 of each subgrant or subcontract (regardless of the period covered by the subgrant or subcontract). Modified total direct costs shall exclude equipment, capital expenditures, charges for patient care, student tuition remission, rental costs of off-site facilities, scholarships, and fellowships as well as the portion of each subgrant and subcontract in excess of $25,000.”

    Section H - Indirect Costs on the R&R Budget forms allow you to specify an Indirect Cost Type, Rate and Base and multiple entries in this section are allowed. The first $25,000 of the Total Direct and Indirect Costs of each Subaward/Consortium organization for which you have an agreement can be included in the Indirect Cost Base. This is pretty straight forward and works well for single project applications. However, it is a bit more complicated with multi-project applications. Let’s look at a few scenarios.

    Scenario 1: Organization A is the applicant organization on a P01 and has structured their application such that they lead all the components of the application. Organization B is a subaward on Project-001 with a total cost of $50,000 and a subaward on Project-002 with a total cost of$25,000.

    Although A has listed B under two projects, generally A can only apply the first $25,000 of organization B’s total costs to the Indirect Cost Base.

    Scenario 2: Organization A is the applicant organization on a P01 and has structured their application such that they lead all but two components of the application. Organization B leads the remaining two components with total costs of $50,000 and $25,000. None of the components have subawards.

    In this scenario, Organization B is actually a subaward to organization A and the Overall budget (calculated by eRA systems and presented as the Composite Budget Summary) should allow for the first $25,000 of organization B’s costs to be applied to the Indirect Cost Base. However, an issue has been identified with the system-generated Composite Budget Summary. When an application includes components that are for organizations that have different DUNS than the Applicant Organization DUNS, the Indirect Cost calculation may appear less than expected since the first $25,000 of those organization costs are not applied to the applicant budget. No action is required from the applicant, although applicants always have the option to document any concerns over system-calculated information in the budget justification of any component. The application review is not affected by this issue and NIH will correct the budget calculations administratively.

    Q: Based on internal organization rules, we do not allow collaborating organizations to lead components within our multi-project applications. For components where the project lead and all incurred costs are actually at a collaborating organization, how do I fill out the budget form? ASSIST does not allow the R&R Cover of a component and the main R&R Budget form to have different DUNS.

    A: If you feel strongly about retaining leadership of all components, then you will need to fill out the Project budget for the component using the information from the applicant organization with the minimum required information and fully complete the subaward budget for the collaborating organization.

    Q: Should a budget phobic person ever talk to more than one grants management person at a time?

     

    A: No. When you ask a question, you will get what sounds like a reasonable answer and then the ‘except whens’ start flowing…my institute does it this way…mine allows this but not that unless it’s a leap year… and they don’t notice you are now cowering in the corner rubbing your temples. Of course, I’m just kidding…they did, in fact, notice my cowering and temple rubbing. They also said something that made me feel surprisingly better.

     

    “There really isn’t such a thing as a ‘perfect’ application budget. Instruct applicants to follow the general NIH guidelines and any FOA-specific instructions. The budget needs to be reasonably close and must convince reviewers and staff that they have a good sense of the actual costs. Rarely is an application awarded exactly as it is presented in the application budget. Once a funding decision is made, grants management folks get busy with their spreadsheets and rule books and make necessary adjustments.”

     

    With that, I took a deep breath and my brain didn’t hurt quite so much.

     

    For Frequently Asked Questions related to ASSIST and multi-project applications (that aren’t all about the numbers), see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/faq_full.htm#assist.

     

    Sheri

     

    Sheri Cummins

    Communications & Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

    cumminss@mail.nih.gov

  • New OSP Webpage - NIH ASSIST Fri Sep 13 at 2pm

    Dear Colleagues,

     

    The OSP website has been updated to include a new page on NIH ASSIST. You can access this page from the fly-out menu for “Prepare Proposal” in the left navigation, or from this link.  New information will be added as it becomes available, including campus experts and hints for success.

     

    The NIH ASSIST system is used for electronic submission of multi-project applications – P01, P20, P50 and U19 mechanisms. If you support these types of applications please consider reviewing the webpage to become familiar with a high-level description.

     

    We are always interested in your feedback about our website. Please send input to ospweb@uw.edu. Thank you.

     

    Lynette Arias

    Assistant Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research

    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    ariasl@uw.edu

    543-4043

     

  • NIH Items of Interest - important updates! Wed Aug 21 at 10am

    Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:18 AM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: NIH eSubmission Items of Interest - August 21, 2013

     

    NIH eSubmission Items of Interest - August 21, 2013

     

    Gearing Up for FORMS-C

     

    Are you ready for our move to updated electronic application forms (FORMS-C)?

     

    We’ve been busy preparing for our transition to updated application forms for most grant programs (NOT-OD-13-074).  Our FOAs now have FORMS-C application packages and old B1 and B2 packages have been set to expire.

     

    Here are some updated resources you may want to check out:

    ·         Updated FAQs for Application Forms Updates and Choosing the Correct Forms

    o   Pay special attention to the FAQs on choosing the appropriate forms for applications submitted for the September 9 AIDS deadline and under the continuous submission policy

    ·         New Application Guides for Forms Version C in both Word and PDF format

    ·         Annotated Form resources for C Series applications

    Watch out for the dreaded ‘The Closing Date of the grant opportunity for which you have applied has already passed and the grantor agency is no longer accepting applications.’ message from Grants.gov. This message is sent under multiple conditions. In addition to being sent after an FOA has closed/expired, Grants.gov also gives this error when the FOA is still active but the application is submitted using a forms package attached to the FOA that has closed or not yet open. Basically, if you use B packages too late or C packages too early, you may get that message.

     

    If you are submitting to one of the few NIH programs (Fellowship, Career Development, Training and Small Business) that aren’t moving to FORMS-C yet, use the B package available with your FOA. Otherwise…please, please, please use B application packages for due dates before September 25, 2013 and C packages for due dates on/after September 25, 2013.

     

     

    ASSIST Has Lots to Say

     

    My dad is a collector of quotes. He keeps long lists of them and every year at Christmas he presents me with a bundle of purple day planner pages with my name on the top, a little picture of Tigger in the corner (I’m a huge Tigger fan), and one of the quotes across the bottom. I am blessed to be able to face each day with a little ‘hug’ from my dad.

     

    Last Tuesday (the day I gave the ASSIST webinar), this was the quote I saw…

     

           ‘You can promote and explain a software product, but it eventually speaks for itself.’

     

    Sometimes dad has really freaky timing! After all the requirements gathering, system building, pilot conducting, feedback gathering and system tweaking, it’s finally time to let ASSIST speak for itself.

     

    The September 25, 2013 due date for multi-project P01, P20, P50, U19, P2C and U2C is just around the corner (note P2C and U2C are new activity codes that will be used as the multi-project equivalent of R24 and U24). Many of you are likely getting into ASSIST for the first time to prepare your applications.

     

    Here’s a list of handy ASSIST Links & Resources:

           ASSIST: public.era.nih.gov/assist

           Slides and recording of August 13 webinar: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/webinar_docs/webinar_20130813.htm

           ASSIST Online help: http://era.nih.gov/erahelp/ASSIST/

           Application Guide: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm
    Be sure to check out the new section in the application guide on Multi-project applications.

           Applying Electronically Website for Multi-project Applications: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/index.htm

           Annotated form set: grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/annotated_multi-project.pdf

           Description of how your multi-project application image will be assembled: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/Electronic_Multi-project_Application_Image_Assembly.pdf

           Multi-project Application Demonstration Resources: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/training.htm#multi

     

    Yesterday I asked a pilot applicant what advice she’d pass along to new ASSIST users. Denise is a wise woman…

    ·         Don’t get overwhelmed by the data entry for all the components and forms. Take it one component at a time and treat each component like a stand-alone single project application.

    ·         Once all the data entry is complete it takes time to finalize each component and go through the appropriate steps and statuses to prepare the application for submission. You can’t wait until the last minute.

    ·         Be prepared for an onslaught of emails.

    I must admit that we did get a bit carried away with the email notifications and we know we still need to make some changes in that area. Yes, sometimes ASSIST has too much to say.

     

     

    Size Matters

     

    For nearly a decade our application guides have included specific formatting instructions for documents included with applications. We’ve been very specific on such things as the font type (Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia), font size (11 points or larger), type density (15 characters per inch), line spacing (no more than six lines per inch), margins (at least one-half inch on top bottom, left and right) and paper size (standard paper size of 8.5 x 11 inches).

     

    If you forgot (or never knew) that last bit about paper size and you submitted an application after July 18, then our systems may have reminded you with the following error message:

     

    Filename <filename> cannot be larger than U.S. standard Letter paper size of 8.5 x 11 inches. Please see our PDF guidelines at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/pdf_guidelines.htm  for additional information. (0.1.7) 

     

    We set formatting requirements for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most important one being our strict page limits for Introduction, Specific Aims, Research Strategy and other documents.

     

    Before July we did not systematically enforce the 8.5 x 11 inch paper size. In some cases, our systems even resized documents to the appropriate size for you. Consequently, we had cases where applications got through our systems that were returned post-submission because of incorrect page size or because, after system resizing, the font was no longer in the acceptable range. Applicants were upset because our validations did not catch the issues up front and provide the opportunity to make corrections before the deadline. So, we implemented the systematic enforcement of 8.5 x 11 paper size.

     

    What we didn’t realize was just how many documents we receive that are larger (often very slightly) than 8.5 x 11 inches. The most common offenders – Letters of Support, Cover Letters, Appendices and other places where scanning or concatenating from a variety of sources is common. You all apparently do a good job at self-policing paper size for the documents with page limits (kudos to you).

     

    So, here’s what we are going to do…we will continue to systematically enforce paper size. However, we will not throw an error until the file is well out of range (bigger than 9 x 12 or 12 x 9 inches). NIH staff will continue to strictly enforce 8.5 x 11 inches for the attachments with page limits. We are phasing out the resizing of documents. If you submit an attachment that is bigger than 8.5 x 11 inches and the assembled image doesn’t look quite right (e.g., text falls of the page or our footers overwrite some of your text) we will not consider it a system issue and will not allow corrections after the deadline.  As always, we highly recommend submitting early and carefully checking your application image in eRA Commons before the deadline when corrections are still possible.

     

    We plan to have the validation change in place by the end of this week (August 23, 2013) for applications that use FORMS-B application packages and by the end of next week (August 30, 2013) for applications that use FORMS-C application packages. We have taken steps through timing and monitoring to ensure that all applications for the same opportunity/due date have equal systematic enforcement of business rules.

     

    We have not changed our policy. We still expect a paper size of 8.5 x 11 inches or 11 x 8.5 inches  for all attachments (yes, landscape is OK as long as you keep it to 11 x 8.5). We just want to acknowledge that size matters, but it matters more for some documents than others. We think this is a compromise we can all move forward with.

     

    TTFN – Ta Ta For Now!

     

    Sheri

     

    Sheri Cummins

    Communications & Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

    cumminss@mail.nih.gov

     

  • Online Learning Library coming soon to the OSP website Tue Aug 13 at 9am

    We are in the process of adding an Online Learning Library to the OSP website. It will be linked off of the “Learning” webpage and contained in the left navigation flyout menu.  This will include links to past events which were webcasted such as Faculty Orientation to Research, Faculty Research Career Development Series and outside learning videos which our staff have confirmed are current, accurate and applicable to UW compliance and business process.  Watch for an announcement in Fall 2013.

  • Coming Soon - Research Administration Learning Program Fall Classes Tue Aug 13 at 9am

    We are in the process of scheduling fall class sessions for the Research Administration Learning Program.  The beginning of September will have a host of courses aimed at supporting the upcoming fall deadlines. October and November will have additional courses aimed at developing new skills and competencies around research administration business process and compliance.

    If you are interested in any particular course, please use the “request an email alert” link displayed at the end of each course description. When that course is scheduled, we will first notify anyone who requested an alert (and then a general email will be sent to MRAM a few days later).

    Thank you and happy learning!

  • NIH News Fri Aug 2 at 9am

    From: Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research to the external biomedical [mailto:EXTRAMURALNEXUS@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of NIH Extramural Nexus (NIH/OD)
    Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2013 2:44 PM
    To: EXTRAMURALNEXUS@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: NIH Update: Individual Development Plans for Trainees, Podcast on Reporting Inclusion Information, ASSIST Webinar

     
    Read the full issue online.

    Rock Talk

    Individual Development Plans for NIH-supported Trainees

    Posted on July 23, 2013 by Sally Rockey

    We continue to make progress on implementing the recommendations proposed by the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) working group which studied the biomedical research workforce. We have just posted a Notice in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts announcing that NIH encourages 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. Continue reading 

         

    NIH Wants Your Feedback on LGBTI Health Research

    Posted on July 17, 2013 by Sally Rockey

    In January I blogged about NIH’s support of health research in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities (LGBTI communities). …. NIH continues extensive outreach to identify research priorities and gaps, and opportunities to capitalize on ongoing projects in this field. …. Continue reading 

     

    Top Stories

     

    A Webinar to ASSIST You With Electronic Submission of Multi-Project Applications

    As announced earlier, NIH will require electronic submission for all P01, P20, P50 and U19 applications intended for due dates on or after September 25, 2013. …. On Tuesday, August 13, from 2:30 to 4:00 PM Eastern time, NIH will hold a webinar to help potential applicants get acquainted with ASSIST, NIH’s system for electronic submission of multi-project applications. …. Continue reading 

     

    Applications to NIH Loan Repayment Programs Accepted Sept. 1 through Nov. 15

    On July 16 NIH announced the next application cycle for the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). If you are a researcher who has incurred significant educational debt, then the NIH LRPs are for you. …. Continue reading 

       

    Register Today for the 15th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference in South Dakota

    Are you a small business that is looking for funding opportunities to support innovative technological research that has high-potential for commercialization? Or a current NIH grantee that is looking for additional information and networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs, small businesses and NIH staff? If so, be sure to register today for the 15th annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on October 28 – 30, 2013 …. Continue reading 

     

    New Resources

     

    New Podcast on Reporting Inclusion Information on Race and Ethnicity

    In the latest episode of All About Grants, Dr. Meredith Temple-O’Connor, NIH Inclusion Policy Officer, joins us to talk about the distinction between race and ethnicity and how grantees should report inclusion information to the NIH. Continue reading 

     

    You Ask, We Answer

     

    ·         How Can My Institution Support Public Access Compliance and Prevent Delays in Funding Due to Public Access Issues?

    ·         What Dimensions Do My PDF Attachments Need to Be When I Apply Electronically?

     

    Calendar

    September 2, 2013: NIH Closed for Federal Holiday

    NIH (including help desks) will be closed Monday, September 2, 2013 (Labor Day). If a postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

  • Transitioning to Grants.gov FORMS-C Fri Jul 26 at 1pm

    NIH is transitioning to updated electronic application forms packages with a Competition ID of FORMS-C. This new form set will be required for all applications due on or after September 25, 2013. The updated forms will be incorporated into new and existing Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) beginning this month. NIH will make every effort to post the FORMS-C application packages with the FOA at least 60 days in advance of the due date.

     

    The formal NIH announcement and list of exceptions can be found on the NIH Guide Notice. The changes to Grants.gov forms are outlined here.

     

    The majority of changes can be summarized in three areas:

    1.       Some former attachments have become new data entry pages allowing NIH to capture new data elements.

    2.       Some data entry pages are now attachments.

    3.       The forms now allow for an increased number of senior/key personnel, performance site locations and stem cell lines.

    The changes include 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 on or after September 25th, 2013.

     

    At the University of Washington, you have the option to use SAGE Grant Runner for NIH R01, R03 and R21 applications with modular budgets. Grant Runner will support FORMS-C starting August 28th. We will contact you again when the new forms are available in Grant Runner.

     

    NOTE: If you have already started an application with a sponsor due date of September 25th  or after which uses FORMS-B, you must download and use the new FORMS-C from Grants.gov or create a new SAGE Grant Runner application on or after August 28th in order to pick up the changes to the dataset. You cannot convert an application from FORMS-B to FORMS-C. Using FORMS-B after the September transition date will cause your submission to fail Grants.gov validation.

     

    Training:

    This fall, the Research Administration Learning Program will offer Grants.gov: The Basics and SAGE 102: Grant Runner for anyone needing hands-on training using these systems. The new forms will be used, but these courses will focus on system functionality, not form set changes.

     

    If you have any questions about choosing the correct form set, please refer this this helpful NIH resource.  If you have any questions about using Grant Runner, contact sagehelp@uw.edu.

     

    Thank you.

     

    The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and Office of Research Information Systems (ORIS)

     

  • Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices Fri Jul 26 at 12pm

    From: Table of Contents for the NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts [mailto:NIHTOC-L@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of Guide TOC
    Sent: Friday, July 26, 2013 11:26 AM
    To: NIHTOC-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices for July 26, 2013 (The NIH Guide TOC)

     

    Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

    NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
    July 26, 2013
    Table of Contents (TOC)
    Web Version


    Notices

    • Notice of Eligibility Clarification for RFA-OD-13-014 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award in Tobacco Control Regulatory Research (K01)
      (NOT-OD-13-089) National Institutes of Health
    • Public Comments on Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition
      (NOT-OD-13-090) National Institutes of Health
    • Now Available: PHS 398 Application Forms and Instructions for Application Due Dates on or after September 25, 2013 and Updated Application Guides for Electronic Application Forms
      (NOT-OD-13-091) National Institutes of Health
    • Modifications to NIHs Planned and Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Forms
      (NOT-OD-13-092) National Institutes of Health
    • NIH Encourages Institutions to Develop Individual Development Plans for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers
      (NOT-OD-13-093) National Institutes of Health
    • Notice of Participation of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research(OBSSR) in RFA-HG-13-009 Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing in the Biomedical Sciences (U54)
      (NOT-OD-13-094) Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
    • Request for Information (RFI): Radiation/Nuclear Countermeasure Product Development Support Services
      (NOT-AI-13-057)
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    • Notice of Change in Application Due Date for PAR-12-236 Identification and Analysis of Causal Variants: Follow-Up on Genome-Wide Association Studies for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (R01)
      (NOT-AR-13-022)
      National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    • Notice of Change in Application Due Date for PAR-12-230 Identification and Analysis of Causal Variants: Follow-Up on Genome-Wide Association Studies for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (R21)
      (NOT-AR-13-023)
      National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    • Expiration of PAR-13-024, NIDCD Research Core Centers (P30)
      (NOT-DC-13-007)
      National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    • Request for Information (RFI): The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Request for Information on the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan
      (NOT-DE-13-005)
      National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    • Notice to Amend Foreign Institution Eligibility in PAR-12-206 Decreasing Patient Radiation Dose from CT Imaging: Achieving Sub-mSv Studies (U01)
      (NOT-EB-13-003)
      National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    • Notice Announcing Informational Webinar and Webpage for RFA-ES-13-010 Biogeochemical Interactions Affecting Bioavailability for in situ Remediation of Hazardous Substances (R01)
      (NOT-ES-13-009)
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    • Notice of Intent to Publish the Reissued Funding Opportunity Announcement for Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (U01)
      (NOT-HD-13-009)
      Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    • Notice of NHLBI’s Participation in NOT-OD-04-047 High Priority, Short-Term Project Award (R56)
      (NOT-HL-13-188)
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    • Discontinuation of PAR-12-097 Ancillary Studies in PREDICT-HD (U01)
      (NOT-NS-13-037)
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    • Opportunity to Submit Proposals for the Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases (TRND) Program
      (NOT-TR-13-007)
      National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

    Requests for Applications

    • Biogeochemical Interactions Affecting Bioavailability for in situ Remediation of Hazardous Substances (R01)
      (RFA-ES-13-010)
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
      Application Receipt Date(s): November 01, 2013
    • Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing in the Biomedical Sciences (U54)
      (RFA-HG-13-009)
      National Human Genome Research Institute
      John E. Fogarty International Center
      National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
      National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
      National Cancer Institute
      National Eye Institute
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
      National Institute on Aging
      National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
      National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
      Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      National Institute on Drug Abuse
      National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
      National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
      National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
      National Institute of General Medical Sciences
      National Institute of Mental Health
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
      National Institute of Nursing Research
      National Library of Medicine
      Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
      Application Receipt Date(s): November 20, 2013
    • NIMHD Social, Behavioral, Health Services, and Policy Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
      (RFA-MD-13-006)
      National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
      Application Receipt Date(s): November 19, 2013
    • NIMHD Basic and Applied Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
      (RFA-MD-13-008)
      National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
      Application Receipt Date(s): November 26, 2013
    • NIH Transformative Research Awards (R01)
      (RFA-RM-13-008)
      NIH Roadmap Initiatives
      The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
      Application Receipt Date(s): October 04, 2013
    • Limited Competition: International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (U19)
      (RFA-TW-13-001)
      John E. Fogarty International Center
      National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
      National Cancer Institute
      National Institute of General Medical Sciences
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
      National Science Foundation
      Application Receipt Date(s): November 20, 2013

    Program Announcements

    • NEI Audacious Goals Initiative in Vision Research High Priority Research Area: Molecular Therapies for Eye Disease (R01)
      (PA-13-283)
      National Eye Institute
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
    • Systemic Amyloidosis: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research (R01)
      (PA-13-286)
      National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
      National Cancer Institute
      National Institute on Aging
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
    • NINDS Phase III Investigator-Initiated Efficacy Clinical Trials (U01)
      (PAR-13-278)
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
    • NINDS Exploratory Clinical Trials (R01)
      (PAR-13-281)
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
    • Development and Application of PET and SPECT Imaging Ligands as Biomarkers for Drug Discovery and for Pathophysiological Studies of CNS Disorders (R21)
      (PAR-13-282)
      National Institute of Mental Health
      National Institute on Aging
      National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
      National Institute on Drug Abuse
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
    • NLM Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics (K01)
      (PAR-13-284)
      National Library of Medicine
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
    • Developmental Mechanisms of Human Structural Birth Defects (P01)
      (PAR-13-285)
      Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      Office of Dietary Supplements
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
    • Network and Infrastructure Support for Development of Interdisciplinary Aging Research (R24)
      (PAR-13-287)
      National Institute on Aging
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 25, 2013
    • Building Evidence: Effective Palliative/End of Life Care Interventions (R01)
      (PAR-13-289)
      National Institute of Nursing Research
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 8, 2013, June 9, 2014, October 8, 2014, June 9, 2015, October 8, 2015, June 9, 2016


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  • NIH eRA Info - Commons, ASSIST and IAR unavailable on July 28 Wed Jul 24 at 2pm

    From: ESubmission Update to Organization Officials [mailto:ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of eRA Communications Office
    Sent: Monday, July 22, 2013 10:54 AM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: eRA Information: eRA Commons, ASSIST, and IAR Will Be Unavailable Sunday, July 28, Starting at 3 p.m.

     

    eRA Information: eRA Commons, ASSIST, and IAR Will Be Unavailable Sunday, July 28, Starting at 3 p.m.

    Monday, July 22, 2013

     

    eRA Commons, ASSIST and IAR will be unavailable Sunday, July 22, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. on Monday, July 29.  During this time, NIH will complete network maintenance that may affect eRA systems.  As a precaution, those systems will be offline during the maintenance period.

     

    We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

     

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

  • NIH eRA Ext-UAT & Commons Demo Downtime TODAY Fri Jul 12 at 8am

    eRA Update: Ext-UAT & Commons Demo Downtime Re-scheduled for Today

    Friday, July 12, 2013

     

    This is to notify you that the External User Acceptance Test (Ext-UAT) environment, which includes eRA Commons and ASSIST Demo environments, will be unavailable today, Friday, July 12, until no later than 5 PM. This downtime is in preparation for the July system-wide software release.

     

    Please note that this downtime does not affect the Production environment.

     

    Thank you for your patience.

  • UPDATE - eRA Commons Downtime Postponed Tue Jul 9 at 12pm

    From: ESubmission Update to Organization Officials [mailto:ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of eRA Communications Office
    Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 12:48 PM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: eRA Update: Ext-UAT & Commons Demo Downtime Postponed

     

    eRA Update: Ext-UAT & Commons Demo Downtime Postponed

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

     

    The upcoming July system-wide software release includes significant software changes.  To ensure a more thorough review of the changes and implement quality control measures for the release, eRA will be extending its testing efforts.

     

    As a result, the External - User Acceptance Testing (Ext-UAT) environment will not be going offline on Wednesday, July 10, as planned, and will be available for your use.

     

    We will send an updated communication at the end of the week with the anticipated schedule.

     

    We are sorry for the back and forth.

  • Schedule Change - eRA Ext-UAT & Commons Demo Downtime moved to July 10th Mon Jul 8 at 9am

    From: ESubmission Update to Organization Officials [mailto:ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of eRA Communications Office
    Sent: Monday, July 08, 2013 7:58 AM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: eRA Information: Ext-UAT & Commons Demo Downtime Moved to Wednesday, July 10

     

    eRA Information: Ext-UAT & Commons Demo Downtime Moved to Wednesday, July 10

    Monday, July 8, 2013

     

    Due to some internal rescheduling, the planned downtime for the External User Acceptance Test environment, which includes the eRA Commons and ASSIST Demo environments, has been moved to Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

     

    Please note that this downtime does not affect the production environment.

     

    We are sorry for the inconvenience

  • NIH eRA -Ext-UAT & Commons Demo Environments Offline July 9, 2013 Fri Jul 5 at 7am

    eRA Information: Ext-UAT & Commons Demo Environments Offline Tuesday July 9, 2013

    Friday, July 5, 2013

     

    This is to notify you that the External User Acceptance Test (Ext-UAT) environment, which includes eRA Commons and ASSIST Demo environments, is scheduled to be down all day on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in preparation for the July system-wide software release.

     

    Please note that this downtime does not affect the Production environment.

     

    We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

     

     

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

  • Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices Fri Jun 28 at 12pm

    Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

    NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
    June 28, 2013
    Table of Contents (TOC)
    Web Version


    Notices

    • Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on the Health and Health Research Needs, Specific Health Issues and Concerns for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Populations
      (NOT-OD-13-076) National Institutes of Health
    • Announcement of Agency Decision: Recommendations on the Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research
      (NOT-OD-13-078) National Institutes of Health
    • Notice of Change to Earliest Start Date for Applications Submitted to RFA-DA-14-002 Short-term Mentored Career Enhancement Awards in the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences: Cross-Training at the Intersection of Animal Models and Human Investigation (K18)
      (NOT-DA-13-040)
      National Institute on Drug Abuse
      John E. Fogarty International Center
      National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
      National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
      National Cancer Institute
      National Eye Institute
      National Human Genome Research Institute
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
      National Institute on Aging
      National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
      National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
      Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
      National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
      National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
      National Institute of General Medical Sciences
      National Institute of Mental Health
      National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
      National Institute of Nursing Research
      National Library of Medicine
      Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
      Office of Dietary Supplements
      Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs
      Office of Research on Women’s Health
    • Notice of Change to Foreign Institutions Eligibility Information for RFA-FD-13-034 “Collaborating Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (U01)”
      (NOT-FD-13-017)
      Food and Drug Administration
    • Notice to Extend the Expiration Date for PAR-11-132 Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program (G12)
      (NOT-MD-13-005)
      National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    • Notice of Change in Application Due Date for RFA-MD-13-009 NIMHD Technologies for Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R41/R42)
      (NOT-MD-13-006)
      National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

    Requests for Applications

    • Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging (P30)
      (RFA-AG-14-004)
      National Institute on Aging
      Application Receipt Date(s): January 22, 2014
    • Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging (P30)
      (RFA-AG-14-005)
      National Institute on Aging
      Application Receipt Date(s): September 26, 2013
    • Integrated Preclinical/Clinical Program for HIV Microbicides and Biomedical Prevention (IPCP-MBP) (U19)
      (RFA-AI-13-023)
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      Application Receipt Date(s): November 13, 2013
    • Sexually Transmitted Infections Cooperative Research Centers (STI CRC) (U19)
      (RFA-AI-13-043)
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      Application Receipt Date(s): October 23, 2013
    • Research to Understand and Inform Interventions that Promote the Research Careers of Students in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences (R01)
      (RFA-GM-14-013)
      National Institute of General Medical Sciences
      Application Receipt Date(s): October 18, 2013
    • Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies The $1000 Genome (R01)
      (RFA-HG-13-005)
      National Human Genome Research Institute
      Application Receipt Date(s): October 17, 2013
    • Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies The $1000 Genome (R21)
      (RFA-HG-13-006)
      National Human Genome Research Institute
      Application Receipt Date(s): October 17, 2013
    • Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies The $1000 Genome (SBIR [R43/R44])
      (RFA-HG-13-007)
      National Human Genome Research Institute
      Application Receipt Date(s): October 17, 2013
    • Disseminating Patient Centered Outcomes Research To Improve Healthcare Delivery (R18)
      (RFA-HS-14-003)
      Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
      Application Receipt Date(s): September 27, 2013
    • Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award in Tobacco Control Regulatory Research (K08)
      (RFA-OD-13-013)
      National Institutes of Health
      National Cancer Institute
      National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
      Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      National Institute on Drug Abuse
      National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
      Office of Disease Prevention
      Application Receipt Date(s): October 02, 2013
    • Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award in Tobacco Control Regulatory Research (K01)
      (RFA-OD-13-014)
      National Institutes of Health
      U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products
      National Cancer Institute
      National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
      National Institute on Drug Abuse
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
      Office of Disease Prevention
      Application Receipt Date(s): October 02, 2013
    • Transition Career Development Award in Tobacco Control Regulatory Research (K22)
      (RFA-OD-13-015)
      National Institutes of Health
      National Cancer Institute
      National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
      National Institute on Drug Abuse
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
      Office of Disease Prevention
      Application Receipt Date(s): October 02, 2013
    • Pathway to Independence Award in Tobacco Control Regulatory Research (K99/R00)
      (RFA-OD-13-016)
      National Institutes of Health
      National Cancer Institute
      National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
      Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      National Institute on Drug Abuse
      National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
      Office of Disease Prevention
      Application Receipt Date(s): October 02, 2013
    • National Center for Construction Safety and Health Research and Translation (U60)
      (RFA-OH-13-001)
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      Application Receipt Date(s): September 01, 2015

    Program Announcements

    • NIAID SBIR Phase II Clinical Trial Implementation Cooperative Agreement (U44)
      (PAR-13-250)
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 11, 2013; January 13, 2014; May 13, 2014; September 11, 2014; January 13, 2015; May 13, 2015; September 11, 2015; January 13, 2016; May 13, 2016
    • Resource-Related Research Projects for Development of Animal Models and Related Materials (R24)
      (PAR-13-253)
      Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
    • NIAID Investigator Initiated Program Project Applications (P01)
      (PAR-13-254)
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.


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  • Gov. Inslee announces a new state budget Thu Jun 27 at 12pm

    NEWS RELEASE

    Statement from Gov. Inslee on announcement of budget agreement.

    http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/releases/article.aspx?id=124

  • UMass at Lowell assessed penalties for export control violoation Tue Jun 25 at 10am

    Individuals responsible for outgoing shipments from the University to end-user entities and individuals    should be aware of export control regulations.  If an item is export controlled by the U.S. Department of Commerce or the U.S. Department of State, there may be limitations on where the item can be shipped.

    In addition to where the item can be shipped, there may be restrictions on who may receive the shipment.  It is a best practice to implement a routine screening process of every receiving entity/individual against government restricted party lists, whether the shipment is within the U.S. or international.  A consolidated list of restricted parties is available through the Consolidated Screening List, a list of all governmental agency restricted parties.

    A recent penalty assessed against a University reflects how even what appears to be a benign shipment can lead to an export control violation.  As detailed in the analysis of the case, a “low level” control on an item that is shipped to a restricted entity is a clear violation and leads to civil penalties and potentially criminal penalties.   

    Questions about export controls?  Please visit the University of Washington’s export control website, click on the area of interest, and find out more.  For more detailed assistance, please send your inquiry to exports@uw.edu.

  • NSF Fastlane is now available Fri Jun 21 at 4pm

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) Fastlane system was experiencine technical difficulties earlier today.  The technical issue seems to be resolved at this time and all users are able to access both the webpage and system. 

  • NSF Fastlane experiencing technical difficulties Fri Jun 21 at 10am

    National Science Foundation (NSF) Fastlane is experiencing technical difficulties.   As a result, campus and OSP users are not able to connect to the NSF system and receive an error message which states “Bad Gateway.  Some users are also experiencing a similar response from Research.gov.  NSF is investigating the problem.  As of yet there is no estimated time for repair. We will provide updates as they become available.

  • NIH eSubmission Items of Interest - 6/17/13 Tue Jun 18 at 11am

    From: ESubmission Update to Organization Officials [mailto:ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of NIH OER Communications Office (NIH/OD)
    Sent: Monday, June 17, 2013 5:37 AM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: NIH eSubmission Items of Interest - June 17, 2013

     

    NIH eSubmission Items of Interest - June 17, 2013

     

    July 5th R01 Deadline is On

    With the July 4th federal holiday falling on Thursday, it’s quite tempting to make an extra-long weekend and take Friday off, too. Don’t forget that NIH’s July 5th R01 deadline will take place as scheduled - even if your own organization is closed.

    Get your applications in early and enjoy some time off!!

     

    Application Form Update A-B-Cs

    It’s a basic fact of government forms – they have a limited shelf life. In fact, agencies are required to seek reauthorization from the Office of Management and Budget at least every three years to continue to use existing forms. Add to that the need to update forms to address programmatic and reporting changes and it seems like form versions are continually in flux. We’ve already been through a few form updates since NIH began to transition grant applications to electronic submission in 2005. If you’ve been doing this as long as I have you may recall the ‘ADOBE-FORMS-A’ transition in 2009  when we moved from PureEdge to Adobe-based forms or the ‘ADOBE-FORMS-B’ transition in 2010 when we implemented the ‘Enhancing Peer Review’ changes.  Now, it’s time for FORMS-C (see NOT-OD-13-074).

     

    For many agencies form updates aren’t a big deal. They have a small number of programs and their announcements have single due dates. They can simply let current FOAs run their course and use new forms the next time they post an opportunity. NIH isn’t like many agencies. We have over 600 active Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) at any given time, hundreds of activity codes with various standard due dates, and opportunities that are open for 3 years. This makes updating forms a major undertaking for NIH and confusing for applicants.

     

    I can’t do anything about the need to update forms, but let’s see if I can help avoid some of the confusion through this Q&A…

     

    ·         When do I need to use the updated forms (FORMS-C)?

    Applications to FOAs with due dates on/after September 25, 2013 must use updated forms (FORMS-C), except:

    o   Career Development, Fellowship, and Training  FOAs will transition to updated forms for deadlines on/after January 25, 2014

    o   Small Business FOAs will NOT transition to updated forms until Small Business Reauthorization form changes are also available – timing TBD

    ·         What changes to the forms are included in FORMS-C?

    Specific changes are documented at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/FORMS-C_Changes.pdf.

    ·         How can I tell if my application package was created using the appropriate forms?

    NIH gives each set of updated forms a version name for quick identification and easier communications (in this case ‘FORMS-C’). When we post an opportunity and its application package on Grants.gov we provide some basic information (opportunity title and number, key dates, etc.). We also have the ability to provide a ‘Competition ID’ to further identify an opportunity. We use the Competition ID to convey the form version name. The version name shows up in the Competition ID field in various screens and within the application package (see Do I have the Right Electronic Forms for My Application? ). If the Competition ID is ADOBE-FORMS-B1 or B2, then the application was created using the older forms. On the other hand, if it is FORMS-C, then the application was created using the newest forms.

    ·         Will NIH be reissuing each FOA or simply posting a new application package to incorporate the form updates?

    For the activity codes transitioning to updated forms for deadlines on/after September 25, 2013, we will simply expire old application packages and post new ones to the existing FOAs (i.e., no new FOA number, but must use the application package with a Competition ID of ‘FORMS-C’).

    Planning is still underway for the Fellowship, Training, Career Development and Small Business programs that will transition later. Since those form changes will be made in conjunction with other programmatic changes, it is likely that we will need to post new FOAs as well as application packages for those transitions.

    ·         When will the Application Guides be updated to reflect the new forms?

    The Application Guides currently posted on the SF424 (R&R) Forms/Applications/Instructions page are  specifically for use with ‘Adobe Forms Version B Series’ application packages. NIH staff are working hard to have new Application Guides posted for ‘Forms C Series’ application packages. The updated guides will be ready no later than mid-July (hopefully sooner).  

    Be careful to use the correct application guide for your opportunity and due date. Since some programs will transition after September 25, the Forms B Series and the Forms C Series guides will both be available on our Web site for a period of time.

    ·         When will the Applying Electronically web site be updated to reflect the updated forms?

    General resources available on the Applying Electronically web site, such as, Avoiding Common Errors, Annotated Forms, and FAQs will be posted in late July to early August. We want to wait until after some of our major summer deadlines are behind us to avoid additional confusion.  

     

    ·         What happens if I try to submit my R01 application for the October 5 deadline using ADOBE-FORMS-B2?

    Your application will be Rejected with Errors at Grants.gov. Thank goodness you all submit early to leave time to address unforeseen issues.  You will need to move to the updated forms and submit BEFORE the deadline. Finding out that you used the wrong forms right at the deadline will not be considered a valid reason for a late submission.

     

    Form updates are not anyone’s idea of a good time, but they  don’t have to be a huge source of stress. We got through the A and B transitions and we’ll get through the C transition, too.

     

    The Same But Different

    We are starting to receive some inquiries regarding the new look and feel of Grants.gov application form packages. Don’t panic - we haven’t jumped the gun and started posting FORMS-C form packages yet. However, Grants.gov has updated the initial Grant Application Package screen used to manage the forms within existing packages. The changes are actually quite nice. Mandatory forms are now automatically included in your application without dragging them from one side of the page to the other and optional forms can be added with a simple check-box. Each form is also hyperlinked for easy access. Basic opportunity information  (opportunity title, offering agency, etc.) remains at the top of the screen. This is also where you can find the Competition ID which, at least for now, should say ADOBE-FORMS-B1 or B2.

     

    Since it is the exact same opportunity with the same underlying application forms just presented in a slightly different way, you can continue to use the same application package for your submission regardless of whether the old or new Grant Application Package screen is used.

     

    Stop By and Say Hi

    If you are attending NIH’s Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore at the end of the month, please stop by and say hi. Scarlett Gibb, Joe Schumaker, Vera Holder and I will be at the eRA booth and would love to see you.

     

    Take care,

     

    Sheri

     

    Sheri Cummins

    Division of Communication and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

    cumminss@mail.nih.gov

     

  • Changes Coming Soon to the UW Budget (No-Cost) Extension Form Mon Jun 10 at 7am

    NSF Grants must now use the UW Budget (No-Cost) Extension Form

    Starting on June 13th the NCE form will be modified slightly. The initial question about NSF being the sponsor will be removed – going forward all sponsors and all application types will need to use this form when requesting a budget extension.

    Why? 
    All budget (no-cost) extension requests need to undergo compliance review and be approved by OSP (whether they have been approved by the sponsor or still need approval).   In order to do this review, OSP needs pieces of administrative and compliance information from the campus unit. This now includes NSF funded projects.

    Where is this form located?
    The
    Budget Extension Request Tool can be found on the OSP website.

    What has changed?
    This change effects NSF funded projects which now must use this form in addition to completing the No-Cost Extension Notification or Request in Fastlane.  OSP will review the UW NCE Form and if the project qualifies then we will submit the NSF NCE Notification or Request in Fastlane.

    If you have any questions, please contact you the Program Coordinator on your OSP Team.

  • Reminder of NIH System Issue Policy Fri Jun 7 at 7am

    From: ESubmission Update to Organization Officials [mailto:ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of eRA Communications Office
    Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 11:15 AM
    To: ERA_COMMONS_ADMIN-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
    Subject: ATTN NIH Applicants: Reminder of NIH System Issue Policy

     

    Reminder of NIH System Issue Policy

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

     

    NIH Applicants,

     

    We understand that some applicants are experiencing issues submitting grant applications through Grants.gov to NIH. Despite these issues, NIH has received a steady stream of applications both yesterday and today. NIH does not plan on extending today’s R01 deadline since the issues experienced are not affecting the majority of applications.

     

    If you are experiencing system issues that threaten your on-time submission, please follow our standard system issue policy documented at  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/support.htm#guidelines and in the recent reminder notice (NOT-OD-13-054).

     

    A couple items to keep in mind:

    ·         Remember that viewing your assembled application in eRA Commons is the best way to ensure we have received your application.

    ·         Grants.gov does not guarantee that applications will be processed in the order submitted. Check to ensure your final application is the version you want to move forward for consideration.

    ·         Help Desks are very busy. If you only need to document your issue and don’t need to talk to a help desk agent, take advantage of the eRA Commons Help Desk’s web ticketing system at http://public.era.nih.gov/commonshelp.  

     

    As long as we can verify that a system issue impeded the timely submission of your application and you work diligently to complete the process, you will not be penalized for these issues beyond your control.

     

    eRA Communications

    Division of Communications and Outreach

    NIH Office of Extramural Research

     

    Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

     

    Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

     

    To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

     

    Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

     

    We are sorry if you receive duplicates. This notification was sent to multiple distribution lists. To subscribe to or unsubscribe from our listservs, please visit http://era.nih.gov/about_era/get_connected.cfm.

    Looking ahead: RPPR required for SNAP and Fellowship progress reports in May 2013 (See NOT-OD-13-035)

     

     

  • NIH eRA Commons, ASSIST and IAR Unavailable June 8th from 2-6pm PST Wed Jun 5 at 1pm

    eRA Information: eRA Commons, ASSIST, and IAR Will Be Unavailable June 8, 5pm-9pm

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

     

    eRA Commons, ASSIST and IAR will be unavailable Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  During this time, NIH will complete network maintenance that may affect eRA systems.  As a precaution, those systems will be offline during the maintenance period.

     

    We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

     

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  • Submission Problems with Grants.gov and SAGE Grant Runner Tue Jun 4 at 12pm

    Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2013 11:31 AM
    To: mram@u.washington.edu
    Subject: [Mram] Submission Problems with Grants.gov and SAGE Grant Runner

     

    Dear Colleagues,

     

    OSP has been experiencing submission problems with Grants.gov and SAGE Grant Runner applications in the past few days.  We want to assure you that we are working with ORIS to resolve the Grant Runner issues and that help tickets have been opened with Grants.gov for each application experiencing problems.  OSP Administrators and Grant & Contract Coordinators will be in touch with their departments regarding the status of specific applications. Based on past experience we anticipate that all applications submitted in accordance with deadline requirements will be accepted by sponsors.  OSP staff have documented the issue and will continue to shepherd proposals through the process.

     

    Please support your PI and OSP by doing the following:

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