Announcements

NIH Loan Repayment Program 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released six separate program announcements for the 2022 application cycle of the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP).  The LRP may repay up to $50,000 of qualified student loan debt per year to outstanding health professionals who commit at least two years to conduct biomedical, behavioral, social, or clinical research, and who agree to engage in such research for an average of at least 20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week. This includes most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary received for research. LRP awards are based on an applicant's potential to build and sustain a research career.

NEW – the application process is different this year! All applications must be submitted through the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST), and not the LRP website. We will provide more explicit instructions on how to apply through ASSIST as it becomes available. ASSIST will begin accepting applications on September 1st, 2021 through November 18, 2021, 8pm EST.

Potential applicants should carefully read the general eligibility requirements, plus the eligibility requirements and application instructions under each funding announcement. Questions concerning eligibility should be discussed with NIH staff. Find the appropriate contact at the Contact and Engage page.

The six program announcements are:

  • NOT-OD-21-139 – LRP for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR)
  • NOT-OD-21-140 – LRP for Pediatric Research (LRP-PR)
  • NOT-OD-21-141 – LRP for Health Disparities Research (LRP-HDR)
  • NOT-OD-21-142 – Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (LRP-IDB)
  • NOT-OD-21-143 – LRP for Contraception and Infertility Research (LRP-CIR)
  • NOT-OD-21-144 – LRP for Research in Emerging Areas Critical to Human Health (LRP-REACH) - NEW

Please note: Recipients of Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) support from an individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32) or an institutional research training grant (T32) will be eligible for loan repayment during the second year of NRSA support if a formal extension of the NRSA service payback is granted (see NIH Training Payback).  Concurrent fulfillment of LRP and NRSA service obligations is prohibited. You must request a deferral of NRSA payback service prior to acceptance into the LRP. A deferral form can be obtained by contacting the LRP Help Line at 866-849-4047.  It is important to note, though, that NRSA recipients may continue to receive their stipends from the NRSA.

All general questions should be directed to the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047 or [email protected].

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released six separate program announcements for the 2022 application cycle of the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP).  The LRP may repay up to $50,000 of qualified student loan debt per year to outstanding health professionals who commit at least two years to conduct biomedical, behavioral, social, or clinical research, and who agree to engage in such research for an average of at least 20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week. This includes most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary received for research. LRP awards are based on an applicant's potential to build and sustain a research career.

NEW – the application process is different this year! All applications must be submitted through the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST), and not the LRP website. We will provide more explicit instructions on how to apply through ASSIST as it becomes available. ASSIST will begin accepting applications on September 1st, 2021 through November 18, 2021, 8pm EST.

Potential applicants should carefully read the general eligibility requirements, plus the eligibility requirements and application instructions under each funding announcement. Questions concerning eligibility should be discussed with NIH staff. Find the appropriate contact at the Contact and Engage page.

The six program announcements are:

  • NOT-OD-21-139 – LRP for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR)
  • NOT-OD-21-140 – LRP for Pediatric Research (LRP-PR)
  • NOT-OD-21-141 – LRP for Health Disparities Research (LRP-HDR)
  • NOT-OD-21-142 – Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (LRP-IDB)
  • NOT-OD-21-143 – LRP for Contraception and Infertility Research (LRP-CIR)
  • NOT-OD-21-144 – LRP for Research in Emerging Areas Critical to Human Health (LRP-REACH) - NEW

Please note: Recipients of Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) support from an individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32) or an institutional research training grant (T32) will be eligible for loan repayment during the second year of NRSA support if a formal extension of the NRSA service payback is granted (see NIH Training Payback).  Concurrent fulfillment of LRP and NRSA service obligations is prohibited. You must request a deferral of NRSA payback service prior to acceptance into the LRP. A deferral form can be obtained by contacting the LRP Help Line at 866-849-4047.  It is important to note, though, that NRSA recipients may continue to receive their stipends from the NRSA.

All general questions should be directed to the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047 or [email protected].

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Archived Announcements

The following FAQs related to the NIH Other Support format pages were collected from researchers and administrators at Columbia University. See https://research.columbia.edu/FAQs_NIH_OtherSupport. They are meant to supplement NIH's FAQs. Please refer to NIH’s websites for additional information and guidance on this topic:

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your SPA Project Officer.

The following announcement was issued by NSF on 6/23/2021. Questions should be sent to your SPA Project Officer.


Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1) has been issued.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021. Significant changes include:

  • A new section covering requests for reasonable and accessibility accommodations regarding the proposal process or requests for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites and other digital content;
  • A table entitled, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. This table identifies where pre- and post-award current and pending support disclosure information must be provided. Proposers and awardees may begin using this table immediately;
  • Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;
  • Updates to the current and pending support section of NSF proposals to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects is provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication;
  • Adding planning proposals and Career-Life Balance supplemental funding requests as new proposal types;
  • Updates to travel proposals will require that AORs certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment.

You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

NSF plans to conduct a webinar covering these changes. Visit the NSF policy outreach website to sign up for notifications about this and other outreach events.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on October 4, 2021, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 20-1) continue to apply. 

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at [email protected].

Regards,

Jean Feldman
Head, Policy Office
Division of Institution and Award Support
Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management

The slides from today’s town hall on the revised NIH other support format pages are available here (included in the NIH Researcher Disclosure Requirements webpage).

Key takeaways:

  • You may continue to use the current biosketch and other support format pages, however, the new formats will be required for applications, JIT requests, and RPPRs due on or after 1/25/2022.
  • Regardless of which format you use, applicants and recipients remain responsible for disclosing all research endeavors.
  • Other Support: As a reminder (see NIH announcement NOT-OD-19-114, July 10, 2019), regardless of the format used, you must ensure to include: completed projects (past three years); consulting that involves the conduct of research; and in-kind contributions.

We will continue to schedule future town halls and develop tools to assist you. For immediate questions, please contact your SPA Project Officer.

The slides from today’s town hall on the revised NIH biographical sketches and other support format pages are available here (included in the NIH Researcher Disclosure Requirements webpage). For those of you who attended previous town halls, minor revisions were made to the slides to reflect the latest information from NIH, issued after last week’s May 5 town hall. This latest slide deck should be used regardless of which session you may have attended in the past.

Key takeaways:

  • You may continue to use the current biosketch and other support format pages, however, the new formats will be required for applications, JIT requests, and RPPRs due on or after 1/25/2022.
  • Regardless of which format you use, applicants and recipients remain responsible for disclosing all research endeavors.
  • Other Support: As a reminder (see NIH announcement NOT-OD-19-114, July 10, 2019), regardless of the format used, you must ensure to include: completed projects (past three years); consulting that involves the conduct of research; and in-kind contributions.

Another town hall focusing on the NIH Other Support format pages is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (can register using a Columbia-affiliated email address). We will continue to schedule future town halls and develop tools to assist you. For immediate questions, please contact your SPA Project Officer.

Tomorrow we’ll be resuming our town halls on the new NIH biosketches and other support format pages. We will provide the latest information and guidance.

We added another session to cover both the biosketches and other support forms on Monday, May 10, from 10am – 11:30am (see schedule below). This will be a shortened version covering both topics. In addition, we will have pre-recorded videos available later in the month.

You can register for any of the sessions below using a Columbia-affiliated email address. If you have immediate questions about the forms, please contact your SPA Project Officer. You can send policy-related questions to me prior to the webinars, and to assist us in the creation of FAQs.

Webinars

Changes to the NIH Biosketch

Wednesday, May 5, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

NIH Other Support Format Pages

Wednesday, May 5, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

NEW – both Biosketch and Other Support

Monday, May 10, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

NIH Other Support Format Pages

Wednesday, May 19, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Resources:

NIH has issued a follow-up notice to NOT-OD-21-073 on the upcoming changes to the biographical sketch and other support format pages. Per the new announcement NOT-OD-21-110, “NIH expects* applicants and recipients to use the updated biosketch and other support format for applications, Just-in-Time (JIT) Reports, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) as of May 25, 2021. NIH will require* the use of the updated format pages for the previously mentioned submissions for anything on and after January 25, 2022.”
*emphasis added.

In addition, NIH states:

“Please note, applicants and recipients remain responsible for disclosing all research endeavors regardless of the version of the forms used. Therefore, if applicants and recipients choose not to use the updated format pages before they are required, applicants and recipients must still capture all the necessary information.”

As of this most recent Notice, NIH has not specified a limited lookback period for disclosures under Section B of the biographical sketch, “Positions, Scientific Appointments and Honors. As we have previously advised, for biographical sketches being submitted with NIH institutional training grants due May 25, if you are pressed for space, we encourage you to prioritize disclosure of Scientific Appointments held during the last three years, both domestic and foreign, including any affiliations with foreign entities or governments.  A scientific appointment can include participation in study sections, membership in a scientific society, board membership, and some consulting appointments.

All positions, however, should be included. This includes employment history or any kind of institutional appointment, whether or not remuneration is received, and whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary).

We will resume our webinars to train on the new biosketches and other support format pages. You can register below using a Columbia-affiliated email address.  Additional webinars are being scheduled now, and we will send a separate email once the schedule is finalized. If you have immediate questions about the forms, please contact your SPA Project Officer. You can send policy-related questions to me at prior to the webinars at [email protected], and to assist us in the creation of FAQs.

Webinars:

Changes to the NIH Biosketch

Wednesday, May 5, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

NIH Other Support Format Pages

Wednesday, May 5, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

NIH Other Support Format Pages

Wednesday, May 19, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Resources:

NIH announced the publication of the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. April 2021). See:

Per NIH’s announcement, “This revision is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2020. This revision supersedes, in its entirety, the NIHGPS dated December 2019. Previous versions of the NIHGPS remain applicable as standard terms and conditions of award for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began prior to October 1, 2020.”

For more information about these changes, see NIH’s full announcement at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-107.html.

As always, contact your SPA Project Officer should you have any NIH policy-related questions.

In follow-up to the announcement I sent yesterday (see Update on NIH Biosketches and Other Support), we are expecting NIH to release an announcement by the end of this week containing additional guidance on the new Biosketches and Other Support format pages and the possible extension of its deadline. Therefore, in order to save you time, we will be canceling tomorrow’s previously scheduled Biosketch and Other Support webinars. If you registered you will receive a cancellation notice shortly. We would rather wait to continue with the Biosketch and Other Support webinars until NIH’s announcement is released containing critical information.

We will, however, continue with the SciENcv webinar scheduled for Thursday, April 22 at 2pm.  All other webinars will remain on the schedule until further notice, which include (note you can only register using a Columbia-affiliated email address):

NIH Other Support Format Pages

Tuesday, April 27, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Changes to the NIH Biosketch

Wednesday, May 5, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

NIH Other Support Format Pages

Wednesday, May 5, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

NIH Other Support Format Pages

Wednesday, May 19, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Please feel free to send me any questions concerning these webinars. Thank you.

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Stephanie F. Scott, MS, CRA

Director of Policy and Research Development

Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)

[email protected]

Dear Colleagues,

As we said in the special training grants biosketch meeting on March 24, and for the broader research community on April 6, we are trying to provide real-time updates as NIH provides clarifications to the new Biosketch and Other Support requirements.  We understand that, in response to advocacy by COGR and other associations, NIH will be issuing another Guide Notice soon, and that it will clarify that the new forms are strongly encouraged but not required until January 2022.  We also understand that NIH will specify a limited look-back period for the Section B. Positions, Scientific Appointments and Honors of the Biosketch.  Although this is not yet confirmed, we encourage you to prioritize disclosure of Scientific Appointments held during the last three years, both domestic and foreign, including any affiliations with foreign entities or governments. A scientific appointment can include participation in study sections, membership in a scientific society, board membership, and some consulting appointments.

All positions, however, should be included. This includes employment history or any kind of institutional appointment, whether or not remuneration is received, and whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary).

We continue to encourage you to register for one of the upcoming Other Support webinars.  Even assuming the deadline for new forms is extended, the changes are significant and researchers will need lead time to respond.  We are optimistic NIH will provide additional guidance in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to send any questions to your SPA Project Officer.

On March 12, NIH announced significant changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support format pages.  Among other things, these changes will require principal investigators and senior/key persons to:

  • provide significantly more information about their activities than before; and
  • include translated copies of certain Other Support documentation, e.g., agreements related to non-U.S.  appointments; and
  • certify the accuracy of all Other Support submissions.   

Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) and the Office of Research Compliance and Training (ORCT) will be hosting several town halls to review the new instructions and forms with the Columbia research community.  We strongly encourage NIH applicants, researchers and administrators to attend one session on the Biosketches and another on the Other Support format pages. We will also offer sessions on the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv), NIH’s system to assist you with creating an NIH or NSF Biosketch. SciENcv is optional at this time, but offers many benefits, which you can read about here.

See below to register. Please only use a Columbia-affiliated email address to register (no Gmail, etc.). Other types of email addresses will be rejected and asked to re-register.

Slides from the sessions will be made available afterwards on the dedicated NIH Researcher Disclosure Requirements webpage as part of the Science & Security website.

Please feel free to send questions about these webinars to me at [email protected]. As always, feel free to send questions about these forms to your SPA Project Officer.


 

Earlier today, NIH released announcement NOT-OD-21-073, concerning upcoming changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format page. It is important for all NIH applicants and awardees, including PIs, senior/key personnel, and grants administrators, to read it in its entirety.

The updated Biographical Sketch and Other Support format pages will be required for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021. It is advisable that you bookmark these pages:

Please note: PIs and senior/key personnel will be required to certify that their Other Support information is true, complete and accurate to the best of their knowledge.

Our office is in the process of reviewing the updated forms and instructions. We are scheduling webinars in the coming weeks to provide an overview of these changes. NIH is also planning to release additional resources and training materials in the coming weeks. If you are in the process of creating either a Biosketch or Other Support format page for applications and RPPRs due on or after May 25, 2021, please refer to the FAQs and instructions and contact your SPA Project Officer for any immediate questions. Additionally, we will also be collecting your questions prior to our webinars, and we will be providing guidance along with other materials to assist you. Please send your webinar questions to me at [email protected].

Thank you and please stay tuned for more information.

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Stephanie F. Scott, MS, CRA

Director of Policy and Research Development

Sponsored Projects Administration

NOTE, subsequent announcement sent 3/15/2021:

Earlier today, NIH issued corrected instructions to request childcare costs for recipients of NRSA individual fellowships. See NOT-OD-21-074, which replaces to announcement NOT-OD-21-069 referenced below. NIH also updated its FAQs.

If you have any questions regarding how to make the request in a fellowship application, RPPR, or administrative supplement, please contact your SPA Project Officer. We’ll provide you with any updates.

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ORIGINAL Announcement sent 3/5/2021:

This week NIH announced a new policy to allow for childcare support costs to recipients of NRSA individual fellowships (i.e., F31, F32, etc).  These costs must be specifically requested in new, continuation applications or through administrative supplements beginning on or after April 8, 2021. Please read the full announcement at NOT-OD-21-069, the FAQs, and supplementary information below.

Some key takeaways:

  • The policy applies to full-time NIH-NRSA supported individual fellowship applicants and awardees. However, additional information is forthcoming later this year regarding expanding the policy to trainees on institutional training grants, anticipated for FY2022.
  • Each fellow is eligible to receive $2,500 per budget period for childcare costs. The childcare cost amount is not determined by number of children.
  • Childcare costs are permitted for dependent children living in the eligible fellow’s home from birth under the age of 13, or children who are disabled and under age 18.
  • Eligible childcare is care that is licensed and/or regulated by state and/or local authorities. See FAQs for more details.
  • At a minimum, recipients must obtain and retain documentation verifying that a childcare provider is licensed and/or regulated by state and/or local authorities, and must document that the fellow is eligible to receive the childcare costs and has eligible dependents.
  • The childcare cost is restricted for that purpose and cannot be rebudgeted without prior written approval from the NIH awarding IC.

If you have any questions regarding how to make the request in the fellowship application, RPPR, or administrative supplement, please contact your SPA Project Officer. The announcement NOT-OD-21-069, and the FAQs, provide instructions on how to make the childcare support request.

We’ll provide further guidance on these new costs at a later date.

Please see announcement from NIH for recipients of NIH Fellowship (“F”) and NIH Career Development (“K”) awards who have been impacted by COVID-19: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-052.html

NIH is providing opportunities for no cost extensions and funded extensions for recipients of individual fellowships and K-awards impacted by COVID-19. Please read the notice carefully for specifics. Funded extensions are being considered on a case-by-case basis, and it is advised to speak with the Program Official named on the Notice of Award, and your SPA Project Officer, prior to submitting such a request.

As always, please reach out to your SPA Project Officer should you have any questions.

See important announcement below from the Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). They are stressing the importance of disclosing significant developments impacting research awards, including problems, delays and other events impacting your ability to meet the award objectives.

As always, please reach out to your SPA Project Officer should you have questions or concerns about your awards.


CDMRP continues to be concerned about the impacts of COVID-19 on Service Members and the public.  We are aware of the challenges it poses and are tracking some of the impacts to current awardees and ongoing research.  While not every program will have financial resources available to assist, awareness of any significant unresolved issues affecting current research awards is important.

The intent of this notice is to remind recipients of the requirements in 32 CFR Part 1134, Subpart E Other Reporting. This provision specifies the requirement for recipients to disclose significant developments as soon as they become known.  These include problems, delays, or adverse conditions that will materially impair your ability to meet the objectives of your awards.

Disclosures of significant developments may be made on your next interim performance report or at any point between scheduled performance reporting dates by contacting the Science Officer or Grant Specialist assigned to your award. This disclosure must include a statement of the action taken, or contemplated, and any assistance needed to resolve the situation.

For questions concerning this notice, please contact the Grants Specialist and Science Officer or Grants Officer’s Representative listed in your award.

NIH released their salary cap notice. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-057.html.

The new NIH salary cap is $199,300. You may begin to use this new salary cap in budgets in NIH proposals. Please read the notice above for more details, and if you have questions, please reach out to your SPA Project Officer.