The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. October 2018). The NIHGPS makes available in a single document the policy requirements that serve as the terms and conditions of NIH grant awards. The October 2018 revision is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2018. Previous versions of the NIHGPS remain applicable as a standard term and condition for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began prior to October 1, 2018.
The final version of NSF’s award term and condition entitled, “Notification Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault” was published on September 21, 2018, in the Federal Register. A link to this Federal Register notice, as well as other important information regarding this important topic (including Frequently Asked Questions regarding the term and condition), is available at: www.nsf.gov/harassment.
On September 17, 2018, a memo was released by Rafael Bras, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chaouki T. Abdallah, Executive Vice President for Research, titled "NIH Foreign Influence Memo from Dr. Francis Collins."
The Office of Sponsored Programs began the implementation of eRouting, an online system for proposal submission, in July 2017. To date all schools, centers, IRIs and colleges should have their individual workflows implemented so that they are using eRouting to route proposals through appropriate internal approvers prior to it being received in OSP. Effective January 1, 2019, OSP will no longer accept paper proposal routing forms.
NASA Policy Statement on Anti Discrimination in NASA Conducted or Funded Programs, Activities and Institutions
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine issued a policy statement on September 11, 2018, reaffirming NASA's commitment to equal opportunity among the many education and research institutions nationwide that receive NASA grant funding or that participate in agency-conducted programs.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) will release a term and condition requiring awardee organizations to report findings of sexual harassment. It will be posted in the Federal Register Sept. 21, 2018 and go into effect Oct. 21, 2018.
A set of five Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Status Reports is now available for use through GTCrossroads (via Cognos Reports). The reports provide timely RCR training status information for employees funded by NSF, NIH, and USDA-NIFA projects that have RCR requirements, as well as RCR training status information for any individual with a GTID.
In asking for identification of “other support” in a grant application, a funding agency’s interests include, but are not limited to, identifying and eliminating duplication of funding for specific budgetary items, understanding the investigator’s capacity to complete projects (e.g., effort available), protect national security or economic interests, and assess potential conflicts of interest.
By Kelly Winn, Office of Research Integrity Assurance on August 30, 2018
The OSP proposal routing forms have been updated with a few new questions related to the NIH SIRB (Single IRB) requirement for multi-site human subjects research projects; however, until this has been completed, we are asking for all COs to please place a disclosure of the Single IRB requirement on the routing sheet, both paper and electronic.