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Newest entries appear at the top of the list. For other NIH Guide policy notices, see Special Announcements.
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 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 plans to require a Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for all noncompeting awards starting in or around October 2014.
In advance of that transition, all institutions will have the option to submit RPPRs beginning April 25, 2014, except for final progress reporting and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Fast Track Phase II applications. Progress reporting deadlines will not change.
Read more in the March 4, 2014, Guide notice.
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:
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:
For more information and background, see the December 17, 2013, Guide notice.
NIH issued policy guidance for the following people affected by October's government shutdown:
For more information and links to relevant Guide notices, see NIH's Resuming Extramural Activities After the 2013 Government Shutdown.
NIH is delaying the transition to Payment Management System (PMS) subaccounts for domestic noncompeting continuation awards until FY 2015. All other domestic award types will transition to the PMS by the end of FY 2014 as planned.
Previously, NIH used pooled PMS accounts representing multiple grant awards. Under the new approach, grantees can draw down PMS funds only from a single grant subaccount and the available funds in that subaccount.
See the September 26, 2013, Guide notice for more details on the revised implementation timeline.
For more information, including how this affects carryover of funds, read the September 3, 2013, Guide notices:
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 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:
For more information, read the August 2, 2013, Guide notice and our September 4, 2013, article "Take Note of Notices Affecting Students and Postdocs."
Grantees must use the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for streamlined noncompeting award process (SNAP) reports due on or after May 15, 2013.
SNAP no longer exists as a process, though some documents and systems may still use the term to distinguish between applications that require RPPR and those that don’t. eRA Commons will soon remove the eSNAP option from its progress reporting module.
Go to NIH's Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) site for more information, including an instruction guide that explains how to submit RPPRs.
Last Updated April 22, 2014
Last Reviewed April 22, 2014