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National Science Foundation (NSF) News

January 30, 2023

Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) NSF 23-1: Effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023


December 9, 2022

Federal Statistical Agencies Unveil Standard Application Process for Accessing Restricted Federal Data

Announcing the launch of the standard application process (SAP), a new way to apply for access to confidential microdata. Applicants can now use the SAP to apply for access to data from multiple federal agencies for the same project and can track applications as they move through the review process. To get started, select a dataset and click the "Request Access" button. Full instructions are available in the Applicant Instruction Manual. The SAP marks an important milestone for the federal statistical system. For the first time, primary statistical agencies and units have coordinated and agreed to use the same application for access to their restricted-use data assets. NCSES is proud to be part of this groundbreaking accomplishment. Information about each agency’s collection of confidential data assets can be found at www.researchdatagov.org.


April 20, 2022

Current and Pending Support form changes are noted in the updated Current and Pending Support FAQ. Especially important are the following changes:

1. Honorarium Services need to be listed in some cases. Services and/or payments related to research oversight, research supervision, and co-authoring research papers, are not considered honoraria, but rather research funding.

2. A change in active other support must be reported to NSF when the annual or final project reports are due. Additional information is available on the Research.gov About Project Reports website.

3. Format page. Current and pending support information may currently be provided through use of either SciENcv or the NSF fillable PDF format.


October 4, 2021

New Biosketch and Current & Pending Support formats required as of October 4, 2021. Biosketch instructions. Current & Pending Support instructions.


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.


June 1, 2020

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


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

January 25, 2023

Data Management & Sharing Policy requires Data Management & Sharing Plans for most NIH proposals as of January 25, 2023. Information from NIH. Information from Penn State's library. Use of the DMPTool to develop your DMSP is recommended.


January 25, 2023

SF424 (R&R) - Forms Version H will be required for all proposals starting January 25, 2023


January 25, 2022

Signatures Required on NIH Other Support. NIH requires an electronic signature on all Other Support submissions beginning January 25, 2022. Principal investigators and other senior/key personnel must electronically sign the Other Support form, prior to its submission to NIH, certifying that the information is accurate and complete. Wet and typed names will not be accepted as signatures. Electronic signatures are required. At this time, you should use Adobe's Certificates tool to sign your Other Support document after converting it to pdf.


December 15, 2021

NIH Grants YouTube Channel. Whether you’re looking for an introduction to NIH fundamentals, insight into the peer review, information on NIH policy and compliance or applying for grant funding, an orientation to special funding programs, eRA systems, or any of the grants administrative topics covered by NIH seminars and webinars, you can find it here. Subscribe to keep up with the latest from the NIH Grants YouTube channel.


May 19, 2021

Reminder to “Flatten” PDFs for Just-in-Time and RPPR Before Uploading to eRA Commons. (See the preceding link for instructions to "flatten" a PDF.) In preparation for the required use of the new Biosketch and Other Support format templates for due dates on or after 1/25/2022, NIH is encouraging applicants and recipients to start using the updated templates for grant applications, Just-in-Time Reports, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted for due dates on or after 5/25/2021. For specifics on these changes, please see NOT-OD-21-073 and NOT-OD-21-110. Because of these changes, it is important to flatten all PDFs before upload. PDFs uploaded to Just-in-Time and RPPR in the following sections are now required to be flattened PDFs:

  • JIT Other Support File section
  • RPPR Participants section D.2.b New Senior/Key Personnel
  • RPPR Participants section D.2.c Changes in Other Support

If a PDF for these submissions on or after May 25, 2021 is not flattened before the upload to eRA Commons, this may lead to an error.


April 28, 2021

REVISED Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2022. To support strong collaboration between Federal research agencies, NIH has aligned 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. The updated forms and instructions are required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2022. Full new Biosketch instructions. Full new Other Support instructions.


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.


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). The authentication will help ensure the security of your personal and confidential information in these systems.


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).


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