How Clinical Trial, Single Institutional Review Board Policies Impact Contracts

To respond to contract solicitations—that is, requests for proposals and broad agency announcements—issued by NIAID on or after January 25, 2018, you’ll need to follow as applicable NIH’s new Clinical Trial (CT) Requirements for Grants and Contracts, including the NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board (sIRB) for Multi-Site Research.

Unlike investigator-initiated grant applications, which give you discretion over much of your Research Plan, proposals in response to contract solicitations are much more structured. To ensure compliance with the policy changes, the rule of thumb is simple: adhere to the solicitation’s requirements.

NIAID will write contract solicitations such that by closely following their instructions you will be in compliance with the changing policies.

What Will Be Different?

As you complete your next proposal, expect to find the following requirements in the solicitation:

Addressing these new requirements may increase the time you need to complete your proposal, so start early. Contact a solicitation’s listed primary point of contact if you have questions.

Content last reviewed on December 20, 2017

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