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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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).

May 22, 2020. New Biosketch and Current & Pending forms delayed until October 5, 2020, but adhere to new Current & Pending requirements.

Other changes to the PAPPG as of June 1, 2020:

  • Must provide e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals; and
  • Clarifications to current & pending support coverage and other changes.

March 29, 2020. NSF New Biosketch help is available from University Libraries. It may take a little time to adapt to this new format, so please don’t wait until the day before proposal submission (as of October 5)!

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.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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 31, 2020, Inclusion Across the Lifespan II Workshop: September 2, 2020. Planning clinical research studies? Tune in to the Inclusion Across the Lifespan (IAL) II virtual workshop for evidence-based practical advice for meeting the new IAL policy, with a focus on pediatric and geriatric populations. Discussions will include considerations for special populations (e.g. racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, rural/isolated populations, language minority individuals, pregnant and lactating women, people with co-morbidities, sexual and gender minorities, and other groups). 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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