Review Changes to NIH Grants Policy Statement for Fiscal Year 2022

Funding News Edition: February 02, 2022
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In December, NIH published a revised Grants Policy Statement (GPS) for fiscal year 2022. The NIH GPS provides policy instruction that serves as the standard terms and conditions of award for NIH grants, as well as guidance for applicants pursuing an NIH grant.

The revision is applicable to all NIH grant awards with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2021. Previous versions of the NIH GPS remain applicable as standard terms and conditions of award for NIH grants with budget periods starting before October 1, 2021.

Refer to Summary of Significant Changes to the NIH GPS for December 2021 Version for a list of new and modified requirements, policy clarifications, and legal regulations. For example, NIH added language to coincide with NIH policy on enhancing diversity in NIH-supported conferences. Further, NIH rewrote the Use of Single Institutional Review Board (sIRB) section to clarify that providing the name of the sIRB suffices as the sIRB plan, highlight differences between NIH sIRB policy and the revised Common Rule, and remove repetitive exceptions language.

Between publishing updated editions of the GPS, NIH regularly announces interim grants policy changes by issuing notices in the NIH Guide. We report on those notices in this newsletter as they happen and index them on Special Announcements.

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