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Top Policy Changes

Newest entries appear at the top of the list. For other NIH Guide policy notices, see Special Announcements.

Payments for Domestic Noncompeting Awards Will Move to Payment Management System, May 22, 2014

In FY 2015 (October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015), NIH will transition payments to subaccounts in the Payment Management System (PMS) for domestic noncompeting continuation awards.

This means that NIH will need to make administrative changes, e.g., shift funding from PMS accounts to PMS subaccounts, to grants with a noncompeting continuation year of funding in FY 2015.

The transition will also affect grantees' Federal Financial Reports for affected grants.

Read the May 16, 2014, Guide notice for details.

Research Performance Progress Report Required for Non-SNAP Institutions, May 16, 2014

NIH's requirement to use Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) now extends to grantee institutions submitting Type 5 non-SNAP progress reports on or after October 17, 2014.

Note that RPPR is still in development for final progress reports and Type 4 administrative extensions, e.g., Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Fast-Track Phase II applications.

Read the May 16, 2014, Guide notice for the official announcement.

Big Change in NIH Application Resubmission Policy, April 21, 2014

Revised NIH policy now allows investigators to submit a new (A0) application in the same scientific vein as an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application. Previously, to be considered, the A0 application had to reflect substantial changes in scientific direction or scope.

The rule prohibiting submission of overlapping applications is still in place. A new application that overlaps the direction and scope of a previous submission is ineligible until NIH releases a summary statement for the earlier application.

NIH's updated policy on application submission is already in effect. The first standard due date affected is May 7, 2014, for AIDS and AIDS-related applications.

For the official announcement, see the April 17, 2014, Guide notice. Read additional coverage in our Funding Newsletter article “Big News on Application Submission Policy.”

NIH Outlines Policy for Managing Conflict of Interest in Peer Review for R&D Contract Projects, April 21, 2014

NIH issued a conflict of interest policy for federal and nonfederal employees who participate as peer reviewers of concepts and proposals for research and development contract projects. This includes Broad Agency Announcements.

For more information, see the March 20, 2014, Guide notice.

NIH Allows Chimpanzee Research Proposals, March 4, 2014

Researchers may propose work involving chimpanzees or biomaterials from chimpanzees. For research not funded by NIH, third parties may request permission to use NIH-owned or -supported chimpanzees.

After peer review, NIH requires investigators to complete a Chimpanzee Research Use Form unless their work is exempt. The form goes to NIH's Council of Councils for review and approval by a Chimpanzee Research Use Panel. Due to these additional steps, successful applicants should expect to wait at least a year for an award.

For more information, see the following:

NIH Implements Class B Dog Policy, December 17, 2013

Starting on October 1, 2014, NIH-supported research may not use NIH funds to procure or use dogs from Class B ("random source") dealers. Instead, researchers must use only approved legal sources, such as the following:

  • USDA Class A dealers.
  • Privately-owned colonies (e.g., colonies established by donations from breeders or owners.)
  • Client-owned animals (e.g., animals participating in veterinary clinical trials.)

For more information and background, see the December 17, 2013, Guide notice.

NIH Makes Several Changes Due to the U.S. Government Shutdown, October 29, 2013

NIH issued policy guidance for the following people affected by October's government shutdown:

  • Investigators applying to funding opportunities with October 2013 receipt dates.
  • Applicants with review meetings scheduled in October 2013.
  • Applicants whose applications' advisory Council reviews are being moved from January to May 2014.
  • Grantees with progress reports due in October 2013.
  • Grantees with awards scheduled to begin in November 2013.
  • Early-stage investigators (ESI).
  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) applicants.

For more information and links to relevant Guide notices, see NIH's Resuming Extramural Activities After the 2013 Government Shutdown.

NIH Implements Policy Related to Dual Use Research of Concern, August 30, 2013

NIH announced it is implementing the United States Government Policy for Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern, which requires federal agencies to continually monitor funded research for dual use research potential and in cases of DURC, work with institutions and investigators to develop an appropriate risk mitigation plan.

At NIH, that plan may be a term of award after an administrative review of awards to determine if they involve DURC.

NIH may also request that institutions conduct periodic reviews of projects for their DURC potential and share with their program officer any resulting manuscripts before submitting them to journals.

For complete details, read the August 28, 2013, Guide notice.

NIH to Require eRA Commons IDs for Graduate and Undergraduate Students, August 6, 2013

NIH is phasing in a new policy that requires graduate and undergraduate students working on NIH-funded projects to set up eRA Commons IDs.

The implementation will begin as follows:

  • August 15, 2013: Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to start establishing eRA Commons accounts.
  • October 18, 2013: The PHS 2590 and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) forms will start prompting for this information. Warnings will also appear in eRA Commons screens to alert students that they need to complete their IDs.
  • October 2014: RPPRs must have eRA Commons IDs for graduate and undergraduate students or the reports won't be accepted by NIH.

For more information, read the August 2, 2013, Guide notice and our September 4, 2013, article "Take Note of Notices Affecting Students and Postdocs."

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Last Updated May 22, 2014

Last Reviewed May 22, 2014