Featured NIH Notices and Reminders:
Webinars for Applicants and Grant Administrators: What you need to know about NIH Application and Review
These webinars are designed to give participants useful insights into our application submission and peer review processes. The University Research Administrators focused Webinar will take place on November 5th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST, including a 30 minutes Q&A period. Register here:
NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution (CR)
DHHS & NIH are currently operating off of a continuing resolution. This will expire on December 11, 2015. The NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent NOA (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after FY 2016 appropriations are enacted, but NIH expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period. All legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2015 (see NOT-OD-15-054 and NOT-OD-15-048) remain in effect under this CR, including the FY 2015 Salary Cap (NOT-OD-15-049).
NIH & AHRQ Announce Upcoming Changes to Policies, Instructions, and Forms for 2016 Applications
The planned changes will be introduced in two phases.
Phase 1 implements a subset of the policy changes using the existing forms (Forms-C+) that will be required for due dates on or after January 25, 2016 and until May 24, 2016;
Phase 2 completes the implementation of the new changes with the introduction of new (FORMS-D) forms and instructions that will be required for due dates on or after May 25, 2016 and beyond.
The planned changes focus on the following areas: 1. Rigor and transparency in research; 2. Vertebrate animals; 3. Inclusion reporting; 4. Data safety monitoring; 5. Research training; 6. Appendices; 7. Font requirements; and Biosketch clarifications.
It is expected that the
Phase 1 application guide instructions will be released by November 25, 2015 and the
Phase 2 application guide instructions will be released by March 25, 2016. All Funding Opportunity Applications (FOAs) will be reissued or updated at least 60 days prior to the first due date on or after May 25, 2016. Parent announcements, administrative supplements, research training, career development, individual fellowship and multi-project FOAs that include "Indiv Career Dev", "Inst Career Dev" or "NRSA Training" component types will be reissued.
NIH & AHRQ Announce Transition to New Research Training Table Formats for 2016 and Upcoming Release of the xTRACT System
Table formats, instructions, and a completed set of tables with sample data may be
found here on the NIH website.
These tables are to be used with the FY 2016 institutional training grant applications and research performance progress reports (RPPRs). Existing tables will be revised to 1. Reduce the number of tables from 12 to 8; 2. Minimize the reporting of individual-level information; and 3. Extend the tracking of trainee outcomes from 10 to 15 years.
Where possible, existing data will be used to pre-populate the xTRACT system, including trainee names and selected characteristics, institutions, grant numbers, and subsequent NIH, AHRQ and other HHS awards.
For RPPRs due prior to December 1, 2015, and for applications submitted for due dates prior to May 25, 2016, applicants are advised to continue to use
previously issued training data table formats.
Recent eRA Commons Software Release
Diversity Administration Supplements Now Require Credentials in ASSIST
When submitting Diversity Admin Supplements (Type 3) applications, all Senior/Key Persons are required to have valid eRA Commons credentials, otherwise an error will occur and the submission will be rejected.
NRSA Individual Fellowship (F-series) applications now can utilize ASSIST for application submission for the upcoming December 8, 2015 due date.
Contact Arpa Orojian for more information or if you have a fellow who plans on submitting an NIH NRSA Individual Fellowship.
This module has now been added in eRA Commons, though it is only to be used in the pilot phase,
click here for overview of this new module.
xTRACT can be used on a pilot basis for creating data tables for those mechanisms for Research Performance Progress Reports submitted Dec. 1, 2015 or later and applications submitted for the May 25, 2016 due date and after. It will not be required for FY 2016 (NOT-OD-15-112).
Moreover, because xTRACT is being integrated with eRA Commons, some of the data for training tables and reports will be prepopulated, using xTrain appointment and related data. This data includes trainee names, selected characteristics, institutions, grant numbers and subsequent NIH and other HHS awards. Plus, some of the data that is manually entered in xTRACT for one training table submission will be available for reuse in xTRACT, when preparing data for subsequent training table submissions. This automation will significantly reduce the workload for those responsible for completing the information.
NIH & AHRQ Announce Upcoming Changes to Post-Award Forms and Instructions
Newly revised post-award forms and instructions,
including non-competing progress reports, will be posted on the
NIH Forms & Applications page. This table below is a summary of the highlights as well as target dates for these updates.