Federal Update
OSP Roundtable – January 16, 2013
Updates and Reminder
NIH Update
NIH Public Access Policy
Continuing Resolution
NSF Update
Grant Proposal Guide Changes
NIH Update
Research Performance Progress Report
• As mandated by the Office of
Management and Budget, NIH is
implementing the new progress report
format, RPPR, a Federal-wide initiative.
• The new format for submitting progress
reports have been available to all NIH
grantees effective October 19, 2012
• While optional at this time, NIH expects to
require use of the RPPR for these activity
codes in the Spring of 2013, and to pilot the
RPPR for non-SNAP awards during calendar
year 2013. Please stay tuned for further
• The following Streamlined Non-Competing
Award Process (SNAP) progress reports as
well as Fellowship progress reports may use
RPPR format:
Activity Codes
R01-like SNAPs D71, DP1, DP5, G08, G11, G13, P40, R00, R01, R03,
R18, R21, R33, R34, R36, R37, R56, RC1, RC2, RL1,
S10, S21, S22, SC1, SC2, SC3, UB1, UC2, UH1, UH2,
UH3, UP5, P01, P20, P30, P40, P41, P50, PL1, R24,
S11, U01, U10, U19, U24, U34, U54
Individual K
K01, K02, K05, K06, K07, K08, K18, K22, K23, K24,
K25, K26, K99, KL1
D43, K30, R13, R25, RL5, T14, T36, U13, U2R
F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37
R41, R42, R43, R44, U43, U44
• When initiating the progress report the
PI will have the option to select either
eSNAP or RPPR under above
• It is important to know that after
selecting either format, it is not possible
to change unless you request help from
the NIH Commons help desk.
• Recommendations:
– Become familiar with RPPR format:
- NIH RPPR Instruction Guide
- Webinar
– Decide which format to use BEFORE
starting the progress report
Changes to the NIH Public Access Policy
• Spring 2013:
In an effort to enhance compliance, NIH will hold
processing of non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from
grant awards are not in compliance with the Public Access Policy.
New tools and enhancements which will make it easier for investigators report
compliance information, and for investigators and institutions to track
• Recommendations:
View NIH webinar which will help you better understand these changes.
– Describes the policy change
– Provides an overview of My NCBI, a tool investigators use to track and
report compliance
– Describes the Public Access Compliance Monitor, a web based tool
institutions can use to track public access compliance
Changes to the NIH Public Access Policy
• The use of My NCBI will be required to report
papers, when electronically submitting
progress reports using the new RPPR.
My NCBI is a tool integrated with PubMed to track literature searches, collections of citations, and public access compliance .
• Encourage Investigators to log into My NCBI
now to track compliance.
• Ask PI’s to delegate you access in the
“Delegation in My Bibliography” section.
Changes to the NIH Public Access Policy
• My NCBI has a new feature within the “My
Bibliography” section to allow you to generate a PDF
report of publications that can be printed and
submitted as part of the paper PHS 2590 progress
• Public Access Compliance Monitor:
– A New Web-Based tool for Institutions to Track Compliance of publications
that full under the NIH Public Access Policy
• Additional Resources:
Application Submission System & Interface
for Submission Tracking
NIH is making changes to the application
process for multi-project applications.
ASSIST is used to prepare and submit multiproject grant applications electronically to NIH
and other Public Health Service agencies.
NIH plans to transition all multi-project
applications to electronic submission
using the SF 424 (R&R) form set by
January 2014.
The transition will be done by activity
code, in the same way NIH has
completed previous electronic application
In November 2012 —NIH began issuing a
series of pilot funding opportunity
announcements of varying activity codes that
will require electronic submission for due dates
between January and September 2013.
September 25, 2013 — All applications
submitted in response to FOAs with the
following activity codes intended for September
25, 2013 due dates and beyond will require
electronic submission: P01, P20, P50, R24,
U24, U19.
• Review the ASSIST Transition Timeline
• View Webinar
NIH Update
NIH Operates under a Continuing
“The CR continues government operations through
March 27, 2013 at the FY 2012 level plus 0.6 percent.”
“Until FY 2013 appropriations are enacted, NIH will issue
non-competing research grant awards at a level below
that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award
(generally up to 90% of the previously committed level).”
NSF Update
• A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies
& Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 13-1) has been
issued. The PAPPG is comprised of documents
relating to the Foundation's proposal and award
process and consists of the:
(a) Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the
preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and
(b) Award & Administration Guide (AAG) to guide,
manage, and monitor the award and administration of
grants and cooperative agreements made by the
• The revised PAPP is effective for
proposals submitted or due on or after
January 14, 2013
• NSF 13-1
• GPG Summary of Changes:
• http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf13
• AAG Summary of Changes
• http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf13
GPG Changes
• Revisions to the NSF Merit Review
Criteria which implement the National
Science Board's (NSB)
recommendations. Changes will affect
the project summary and project
description sections of
proposals. Annual and final reports also
will be affected.
• http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/merit_review/
GPG Changes
• For example, the Project Summary
page has been revised to omit language
regarding the inclusion of separate
headings to address the two merit
review criteria. In lieu of this approach,
FastLane has been modified to display
three separate text boxes in which
proposers must provide an Overview
and address the “Intellectual Merit’ and
“Broader Impacts” of the proposed
GPG Changes
• Revision of the Biographical Sketch(es)
instructions to rename the
"Publications" section to "Products" and
amend terminology and instructions
• Clarification on indirect costs specifying
that, except as noted in the PAPPG or a
program solicitation, organizations must
use the applicable negotiated indirect
cost rate.
GPG Changes
• Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources,
has been supplemented to indicate that an
aggregated description of the internal and
external resources that are, or will be available to
the project (both physical and personnel) should
be provided. A new format for submission of the
Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources
information will be available in FastLane when
the PAPPG becomes effective in January 2013.
The new format will assist proposers in
complying with the NSF cost sharing policy.
NSF Project Reports
• On March 18, 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will
completely transfer all project reporting from FastLane to
Research.gov. This means that Principal Investigators (PIs) and
Co-PIs will use Research.gov to meet all NSF project reporting
requirements, including submission of Final, Annual and Interim
Project Reports and the Project Outcomes Report. The new
Project Reporting Dashboard will make it easier for PIs, Co-PIs,
and Sponsored Project Office (SPO) staff to see which reports
are due or overdue, and will provide access to all reports
submitted to NSF. Research.gov provides research-related
information and grants management services in one location.
Research.gov is the modernization of FastLane, providing the
next generation of grants management capabilities for the
research community.
• NSF awardees must stop submitting
project reports in FastLane starting on
February 1, 2013. On March 18, 2013,
NSF will transfer its current project
reporting service from FastLane to Rese
• http://www.research.gov/
• What is Research.gov?
• Research.gov is the National Science
Foundation’s (NSF) grants management
system that provides easy access to
research-related information and grants
management services in one location.
Research.gov is the modernization of
FastLane, providing the next generation
of grants management capabilities for
the research community.
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