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Other Support

In light of events affecting the “integrity of biomedical research” in US research, the NIH issued NOT-OD-19-114 . The intent of this Notice was not to introduce the research extramural community to new NIH policies, but instead it was to remind us of NIH's long-standing policies on Other Support, Financial COI, and Foreign Components in the hopes of improving reporting of all research support (both domestic and foreign) as well as transparency. 

Furthermore, on March 12, 2021, NIH released NOT-OD-21-073 : Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021. This notice informs the research community of NIH's upcoming NIH changes to both the Biosketch and Other Support. Use of these two forms will be for applications, progress reports, JIT, post-submission/award that are due on or after May 25, 2021. If it is due prior to May 25, 2021, then you will use the current formats, but if you are submitting for the June 5, 2021, but submitting prior to May 25, 2021, you will need to use the new formats. This page focuses on the current format and upcoming format for Other Support.  Also, in the future, you will be able to utilize SciENcv  to help you develop your Other Support and automatically format it according to NIH requirements. NIH anticipates this template will be available beginning in FY 2022.

Reminder: Why Other Support Reviewed?
NIH scientific program and grants management staff review Other Support information to ensure that:
  • All resources, domestic or foreign, directly supporting the individual’s research endeavors have been reported
  • Sufficient levels of effort are committed to the project
  • There is no scientific, budgetary, or commitment overlap
  • Only funds necessary to the approved project are included in the award (example is subawards or multi-project awards)
  • Any foreign resources that meet the definition of a foreign component have received appropriate prior approval
On March 30, 2021, HS SPPO held a quarterly Contacts Meeting where we discussed the upcoming changes. The PDF of the PPT is located here

NIH has created a wonderful and helpful pages for the Other Support Form Page (both current and new):
*Once the New Other Support Form Page is live, it will be mandatory to use. No deviations.
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