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Delays in Grant Application Submission due to Hurricane Sandy (NOT-OD-13-006)

Release Date: October 26, 2012

The NIH realizes that the path of Hurricane Sandy may cause problems in grant application submission for organizations located over a wide portion of the east coast. The usual NIH practice for such circumstances will apply. Electronic and paper applications submitted late because of weather problems must include a cover letter noting the reasons for the delay. It is not necessary to get permission in advance for weather-related delays in grant application submissions. The delay should not exceed the time period that an applicant organization/institution is closed.

NIH has established a Web page on the NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters that provides information on a variety of topics:

Notice of NIH Special Council Review of Research Applications from PDs/PIs with More than $1.0 Million Direct Costs in Annual NIH Support

This Notice announces a new Special Council Review (SCR) policy to help
NIH effectively manage resources. The policy will require NIH
Institute and Center (IC) Advisory Councils to perform additional
review of grant and cooperative agreement applications from Program
Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) [PD(s)/PI(s)] who receive $1.0
million per year in direct costs from active NIH awards. This policy
does not represent a cap on NIH funding.

Some RPG applications pending Council review will not require SCR.   These exclusions include:

  • Pending applications submitted in response to
    Requests for Applications (RFA), which use a single round of
    competition to address a targeted research objective of IC(s) and are
    separately considered for funding.  
  • P01s and other multi-project RPG applications
    unless all of the PD/PIs and sub-project leaders are at or above the
    $1 million threshold.
  • Multi-PD/PI projects unless all of the PD/PIs are at or above the $1 million threshold.
  • Subprojects within complex applications. This
    may be revisited by NIH once we begin to accept complex applications
    through eRA Commons.
  • Administrative supplements

Changes for Just-in-Time Information (NOT-OD-12-101)

Starting on April 20, 2012, your business official may submit your just-in-time information only through the eRA Commons. Within 24 hours after NIH releases the score, the option to send the information will appear in the Commons Status section for all applications (all grant types).

NIH will send an automatic just-in-time email for all applications with an overall impact score of 40 or less.

NIH Rolls Out Research Performance Progress Report, (NOT-OD-12-083)

NIH announced plans to implement the Research Performance Progress Report (RPRR), a uniform federal-wide approach for progress reporting that replaces the PHS 2590, eSNAP, and PHS 416-9.

Pilot testing starts this spring and is scheduled to expand to Federal Demonstration Partnership institutions during the summer. NIH anticipates that awards—fellowships and those issued under the streamlined noncompeting award process (SNAP)—made in 2013 will use RPRR.

 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends,
Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2012

Notice #:  NOT-OD-12-033
Notice establishes new stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2012
Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral
trainees and fellows, as shown in the table below. The Tuition and
Fees, Training Related Expenses for trainees, and the Institutional
Allowance for individual fellows remain unchanged, and are also

Notice of Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts
National Institutes of HealthNew Electronic Submission Process Now Available for Administrative Supplement Requests
National Institutes of Health

Findings of Research Misconduct
Department of Health and Human Services

Notice of Change of Participation of NIH Institutes and Centers in PA-10-122:

SHIFT Award: Small Businesses Helping Investigators to Fuel the Translation of Scientific Discoveries [SBIR: R43/R44]
National Institutes of Health

Notice of Change to Non-Allowable Costs for PA-10-071: NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings [Parent R13/U13]
National Institutes of Health

Notice of Change to Non-Allowable Costs for PA-10-106 Scientific Meetings for Creating Interdisciplinary Research Teams (R13)
National Institutes of Health

NCI Will Participate in RFA-AR-12-007, "Ancillary Domain Development Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Studies (R01)."
National Cancer Institute

NIDCD Will Participate in PAR-09-220, "Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology Initiative" (SBIR [R43/R44])
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Salary Limitation on FY2012 AHRQ Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality




Grant Success for Scientists: How to Increase Your Odds to Get Your Ideas Funded

Lecture sharing techniques that increase the probability that your great idea will be chosen to be funded. For beginners - assistant professors, postdocs and advanced PhD students. To attend you MUST register:

Speaker:  Dr. James J. O'Brien
When:  May 11, 2012
Where: Busch Campus, Marine Sciences Building, 71 Dudley Rd., Alampi Room

Preparing the Successful Grant Application

Are you writing grant proposals but wish your success rate was higher?  
Come learn some of the tricks of the trade and get a better overview of
the grant application process at Rutgers.  There will be plenty of
opportunities to ask questions and to learn more about the challenges
and opportunities in the current funding environment.

Lunch will be provided for those who register by May 25.  This workshop
is limited to 40 people and is designed for Rutgers faculty and
post-docs.  Advanced graduate students are welcome but must first
contact Xenia Morin ( to obtain permission.

Where:   Cook Campus Center, Room 202 A/B
When:  Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 9:30-4:00 pm