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National Science Foundation (NSF) News

April 12, 2021

NSF CAREER Program Webinars. NSF is providing information on the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program solicitation NSF 20-525 at webinars on Friday, May 14, and Thursday, May 20, 2021, starting at 1:00 pm Eastern time each day. Registration is required. The NSF-wide CAREER program supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.


February 18, 2021

NSF 101: 5 tips on how to work with an NSF program officer. Are you an undergraduate student thinking about how to get funding for graduate school? An early-career researcher looking to launch your new lab? An established researcher with dozens of years of funding from NSF under your belt? Whatever the phase of your research career, it is a good idea to reach out to an NSF program officer as the first step in the application process.


October 5, 2020

Biographical Sketches, and Current & Pending support forms must use an NSF-approved format to be accepted in NSF grant proposals; non-approved forms cannot be uploaded. More information about reporting requirements for current & pending forms is here. You can generate the new pdf's via the SciENcv tool, or you can download a pdf of either form from NSF to be filled out. Fillable Biosketch pdfFAQ on fillable biosketchFillable Current & Pending pdfFAQ on fillable current & pending. SciENcv instructions.


August 26, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (pdf) On Proposal Preparation and Award Administration Related to NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1).


June 1, 2020

Must provide e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals.


January 24, 2020

Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 20-1), effective for all proposals due on or after June 1, 2020. See significant changes.


July 11, 2019

Dear Colleague Letter: Research Protection.


May 20, 2019

Effective Practices for Data. Penn State is affiliated with DMPTool.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) News

March 15, 2021

Announcement of Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Supported Individual Fellows. As part of on-going efforts to develop programs that support family-friendly research environments for the NIH-supported workforce, NIH will begin providing an option for NRSA fellows to request support for childcare costs in new and continuation applications or as administrative supplements to existing awards effective April 8, 2021. The NRSA childcare costs apply to full-time NIH-NRSA supported fellowship positions. Each fellow is eligible to receive $2,500 per budget period to defray childcare costs. The NRSA childcare costs are not tied to any payback obligations. This notice replaces NOT-OD-21-069 - Announcement of Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows issued on March 1, 2021 and corrects previously provided application instructions. . Detailed in the application instructions section below, new and administrative supplement applications must include the childcare cost request for the first year on the PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form (i.e. $2,500 for 12 months) and enter NIH as the Source. Any additional years requested must be included in an attachment uploaded in the Other Attachments section of the R&R Other Project Information form.


March 12, 2021

Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021. In an effort to support strong collaboration between Federal research agencies, NIH has made every effort to align the Biographical Sketch (Biosketch), Other Support format page and Application Form Instructions with the guidance issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Joint Committee on the Research Environment. As a result, this Guide Notice informs the extramural community that NIH has updated its application forms and instructions to support the need for applicants and recipients to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic.The updated forms and instructions will be required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021. Full new biosketch instructions. Full new other support instructions.


February 24, 2021

Reminder: Switch Early to the New Secure Two-Factor Authentication Required to Access eRA Modules. Users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR) and Commons Mobile are encouraged to begin their switchover to the new two-factor authentication (2FA) login method (via login.gov) required to access eRA modules before the mandatory deadline of September 15, 2021 for all users. The authentication will help ensure the security of your personal and confidential information in these systems.


January 29, 2021

Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2021. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale. The Office of Personnel Management recently released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 3, 2021, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $199,300.


January 28, 2021

Writing An Effective “K” Application: A Video Guide. Dr. Kay Lund, Director of Division of Biomedical Research Workforce, gives some great tips in a 25-minute YouTube video, “Writing an Effective ‘K’ Application.”


December 1, 2020

New Human Research Protection Training Available! Investigators and key personnel involved in human subjects research are required to receive education in the protection of human subjects (see NOT-OD-00-039). A new way to satisfy this requirement is by completing the free Human Research Protection Training offered by the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).


November 4, 2020

Extended Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications During the COVID-19 Pandemic. NIH grant applications should NOT include contingency plans that would outline steps needed to recover from temporary, emergency situations, or institutional return-to-the-workplace plans, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Contingency plans will not be considered in peer review but, if needed, COVID-19 contingency plans will be requested and carefully considered by NIH staff before funding. Reviewers will continue to receive instruction to assume that temporary, emergency problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic will be resolved and complications related to COVID-19 should not affect their scores. Reviewers will be instructed to disregard situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, e.g., temporary declines in productivity, availability of key personnel, proposed patient populations, animal facility shutdowns, etc.


June 3, 2020

NOSIs & Reissued FOAs. Have you noticed that Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) have their own expiration date? NOSIs can outlive the FOAs they point to for application submission. Most NOSIs include language instructing applicants to use designated FOAs.


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