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National Science Foundation (NSF)

October 13, 2020. Virtual NSF Grants Conference. Registration opens Oct. 29 and is Free. The conference will be held during the weeks of Nov. 16 and Nov. 30, 2020. It will give faculty, researchers and administrators key insights into a wide range of current NSF issues. NSF staff will provide up-to-date information about the proposal and award process, funding opportunities, and answer questions. This conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers, and administrators.

As of 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 will cause proposals to be rejected. Instructions are below. For the current & pending form, please also note that investigators may have to input additional information to meet NSF’s disclosure requirements, including information about appointments at other institutions (honorary, adjunct, visiting, or part-time) and resources (financial and non-financial) provided in support of an investigator’s research (e.g., space, equipment, supplies, employees, or students provided in support of your research, whether at Penn State or somewhere else). 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.

How to add data to ORCID in order to pull ORCID information into ScienCV to generate your Biosketch:

A) If you do not have your data in SciENcv, OR content existing in ORCID to create your NSF Biosketch

1 - Login to https://metadata.libraries.psu.edu/profile/bio

2 - Connect your ORCID ID to https://metadata.libraries.psu.edu

3 - Click button to Add Organization records 

4 - Click ‘Publications’ link in top menu and Add Publications to ORCID

5 - Login to ORCID

     a. Ensure that your Education is properly entered by editing each degree:

         i. Display Organization: the institution that awarded your degree, such as The Pennsylvania State University

        ii. Display City: the city in which the institution is located. Reminder, Penn State is located in University Park, not State College.

       iii. Display State/Region: The state, or region if non-US.

       iv. Display Country: Choose from pull-down menu.

        v. Department: (Very Important) Input the field of your degree, such as Criminology, History, etc. This is the only way SciENcv can import your degree field correctly from ORCID.

       vi. Degree/title: Input your degree, such as BS, PhD, etc. If you are entering a postdoctoral period and not a degree, enter Postdoctoral or Postdoctoral Fellow, etc.

       vii. Enter start and end dates, then click Save Changes.

How to generate the Biosketch with SciENcv:

A) If you do not have your data in SciENcv, but have an ORCID ID and content existing in ORCID to create your NSF Biosketch:

1 - Login to SciENcv. Instructions from Penn State's libraries for using SciENcv: https://guides.libraries.psu.edu/sciencv. NSF's SciENcv FAQ.

2 - Link information from your ORCID account

3 - Create your Biosketch as an NSF Biosketch

4 - To the right of "B. Appointments", click on "Edit entries". To the right of your current appointment, which should be at the top of your appointments list, click on "edit". In the resultant popup box, click the checkbox to the left of this statement: "Use this entry as the position title and current employment". This is the only way that you will be able to cause your current position to appear on your biosketch pdf!

5 - Export as a pdf.

B) If you do not have your data in SciENcv, but have content in Activity Insight (aka Digital Measures), 

1- Login to Digital Measures

2- Use the NSF Biosketch screen to build your report.

3- Run a NSF Biosketch Report

4- Send this report to AI-Support@psu.edu

5- A member of Penn State Libraries will contact you to let you know how you can make them a delegate and enter the information on your behalf.

How to generate a Current & Pending Support form:

A) If you do not have your data in SciENcv, but have an ORCID ID and content existing in ORCID to support your Current & Pending:

1- Login to ScienCV

2- Link information from your ORCID account

3- Create your Current & Pending report, and export in the desired format to then be submitted to NSF as an accepted PDF format.

B) If you do not have your data in SciENcv, but have content in Activity Insight (aka Digital Measures): 

1- Log into Digital Measures

2- Use the NSF Current and Pending Support screen to build your report

3- Run a NSF Current and Pending Report

4- Send this report to AI-Support@psu.edu

5- A member of Penn State Libraries will contact you to let you know how you can make them a delegate and enter the information on your behalf.

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and the University Libraries are working further towards automation of this process. This is our current best solution, and we will continue to work towards improving it. Give yourself plenty of lead time to make these changes.  

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.

December 9, 2019, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program for Submission in Years 2020 - 2025.

July 11, 2019: Dear Colleague Letter: Research Protection.

May 20, 2019: Effective Practices for Data. Open science can be further advanced by: (1) use of persistent IDs for research data, and (2) use of Data Management Plan (DMP) tools that create machine-readable DMPs. Penn State is affiliated with DMPTool.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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.

October 13, 2020. New RePORT and RePORTER Tools. The updated RePORT site is easier, simpler, and quicker to access the same information you have come to rely upon. Right from the homepage, for instance, you can jump into data with interactive charts that connect out to NIH Data Book, RePORTER, and other resources.

October 5, 2020. Program Officials Are Here to Help. Program Officials (POs) in the NIH institutes/centers (ICs) serve as your scientific and programmatic contacts.

August 26, 2020, What Are the Reporting Requirements for the Inclusion Across the Lifespan Policy? The Inclusion Across the Lifespan policy requires submission of de-identified individual-level participant data, including participant age at enrollment, in progress reports.

August 4, 2020, Save the Date: Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration! If you’re new to working with the NIH grants process as an investigator or administrator, then mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 26 – Friday, October 30 for a unique opportunity to learn, share and meet virtually with NIH and HHS experts. It's Free!

July 21, 2020, Protecting U.S. Biomedical Intellectual Innovation. This page comprehensively describes actions that NIH, institutions, and researchers can take to protect U.S. biomedical intellectual innovation.

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.

June 2, 2020, A Walk-Through of the PHS Human Subjects & Clinical Trials Information Form. NIH has updated the Walk-through of the PHS Human Subjects & Clinical Trials Information Form video to align with the latest application form update (FORMS-F). 

March 3, 2020, Minimum Level of Effort for NCI-Funded Awards. In addition to previously established policies for specific grant mechanisms that have been described in FOAs, PIs, including Project Leaders on multi-project grants, will be required to commit a minimum level of effort to be eligible for NCI funding through R01, U01, P01, and R21 grant mechanisms. Effective immediately, competing applications that do not meet the minimum criteria will not be considered for funding unless the level of effort is raised to comply with the policy.

February 5, 2020, Updated NIH Salary Cap.

February 4, 2020, Reminder of NIH Requirement to Adhere to the Revised Common Rule and Use a Single IRB for Multi-Site Studies.

January 24, 2020, Update of NIH Continuous Submission Policy: Change in Submission Deadlines and End of Recent Substantial Service Option, NOT-OD-20-060. NIH will no longer grant one-year continuous submission status to reviewers with recent substantial review service. This policy had unintended consequences, among them encouraging excessive review service and thus disproportionate influence by some.

  • Reviewers currently eligible for continuous submission will remain eligible through the end of their term on Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Reviewers who earn eligibility for continuous submission between Jan. 1, 2019 and Jun. 30, 2020 will be eligible from Aug. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021.
  • No reviewers will subsequently earn or be granted continuous submission eligibility for Recent Substantial Service.

January 8, 2020, How NIH Can Support Your Career Path. These guides walk you through how NIH programs can support you at different career steps.

January 6, 2020, Need help determining if your research involves human subjects? NIH has updated its human subjects research decision tool.

January 6, 2020, Important Reminders for Fellowship and Career Development Applicants. ORCID iDs are required for PD/PIs on individual fellowship and career development applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2020.

December 9, 2019, Selecting the Correct NIH Budget Format for Your ApplicationWhen presented with budget format options, you need to carefully read the funding opportunity and application guide instructions and choose the budget format that matches your situation.

October 30, 2019, Penn State Clinical Research Guidebook. This clinical research guidebook was developed for faculty and staff members engaged in clinical research at Penn State, and it particularly offers guidance for clinical research not conducted at the College of Medicine.

October 2, 2019, When in Doubt, Reach Out. NIH encourages PIs to contact NIH staff!

August 5, 2019: Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Extension Request Process Moving to eRA Commons. Investigators can request an extension of their ESI eligibility at eRA Commons. For instructions, see the video ESI Status Extension Request.

July 25, 2019: Consolidated Notice on NIMH Clinical Trials Policies.

July 11, 2019: Clarifying Long-Standing NIH Policies on Disclosing Other Support. See also: Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components.

June 28, 2019: Project Summary/Abstract and Project Narrative: What’s the Difference and What to Include.

May 13, 2019: The Do’s & Don’ts of Hyperlinks in Grant Applications.

March 29, 2019: For Clinical Trials, NIH Releases Protocol Template for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Involving Humans (NOT-OD-19-092)

February 15, 2019: Update to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Policy on Post-Submission Materials.

July 3, 2018: The NCATS Trial Innovation Network – A Resource Supporting High Quality and Cost Effective Clinical Trials Available to You”

January 12, 2018: Updated Appendix Policy.

March 24, 2017: Citing interim research products in applications, proposals and reports

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