Upcoming NIH proposal deadlines - reminder of required disclosures

With the NIH application due dates approaching in late September and early October, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind the research community of the latest required researcher disclosure requirements in proposals:

Biographical Sketch (“Biosketch”) –

  • The newest Biosketch format is preferred immediately and required to be used for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted on or after January 25, 2022 (NOT-OD-21-073 and NOT-OD-21-110).
  • The Positions, Scientific Appointments and Honors section of the Biosketch must include, in reverse chronological order, all current positions and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign, including affiliations with foreign entities or governments. This includes titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received, and whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary).
  • Regardless of whether you use the old or new formats, only current positions and scientific appointments are required in the Biosketch. Applicants may choose to include past appointments that they wish to highlight.
  • The Personal Statement may now include including ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that you want to draw attention to (previously captured under Section D. Research Support).
  • Biosketches can be created using SciENcv, or using NIH’s blank format page in Word.
  • If you forgot to include an item in the Biosketch after submission, contact your SPA Project Officer as soon as possible.
  • Refer to NIH’s Biosketch FAQs, Columbia’s supplementary FAQs, and contact your SPA Project Officer should you have any questions.

Disclosing a Foreign Component

  • If any significant scientific element or segment of your project will be performed outside the United States, either by you or by a researcher employed by a foreign organization, whether or not grant funds will be expended, your project has a “foreign component” that requires disclosure and prior approval by NIH.  See NIH’s full definition of Foreign Component.
  • You must answer Field 6 of the Research and Related (R&R) Other Project Information form to indicate whether your project involves activities outside the U.S. or partnerships with international collaborators.
  • If you indicate “Yes” to Field 6, you must include a "Foreign Justification" attachment in Field 12, Other Attachments.
  • If a project develops a foreign component during the course of the project, prior approval must be obtained. Contact your SPA Project Officer in this situation.
  • See NIH’s Foreign Component FAQs.

We will be hosting several webinars in the coming months to provide the latest information on Biosketches and Other Support. Stay tuned for a subsequent announcement.

As always, all questions should be directed to your SPA Project Officer.

Stephanie F. Scott, MS, CRA
September 20, 2021