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Important Notices From NIH and NSF

From National Institutes of Health:

  • NIH Restructures Application Forms.

  • The University of Memphis is currently eligible for the NIH AREA (R15) grant program. Click here for more information, including the R15 Parent Announcement.

  • NIH Public Access Policy

  • NIH Policy on Resubmission (Amended) Applications (effective beginning in January, 2009): NIH announced a change in the existing policy on resubmission (previously referred to as revised) applications. NIH will now accept only one (1) resubmission of the original application. There is no time limit for the submission of the original and subsequent (resubmission) application.

  • Click here for easy review of NIH standard receipt dates. for both paper and electronic applications. Applications for RFAs and ongoing PAs, PARs, and PASs with special receipt dates continue to be due on the specified dates listed in the announcement.

  • To access (1) the SF424 R&R application instructions for use in electronic submissions via and (2) the latest version of the PHS 398 and 2590 forms (dated rev. 06/09) for print submission, click here.

  • Click here to access the NIH website for New and Early Stage Investigators.

  • NIH Notices of Interest to Researchers (recent NIH notices published in the last 12 months).

  • To receive a weekly newsletter of NIH funding opportunities, subscribe to NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

  • The Center for Scientific Review has produced a VIDEO OF A MOCK STUDY SECTION MEETING to provide an inside look at how NIH grant applications are reviewed for scientific and technical merit. To access and download the video, click here. For Study Section Rosters, click here.

  • NIH requires EDUCATION ON THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS for all investigators and senior personnel on NIH new or continuing grants or contracts involving research on human subjects. To meet this requirement, access and complete the University of Memphis Education in the Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training modules. Instructions for the use of the modules and a link to the training may be found on the University of Memphis Human Subjects Research website.

  • CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) has retired. It has been replaced with the new RePORT system, Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools. This new tool has additional search capabilities.

  • For information on NIH Modular Grants, go to the Modular Grant website.

  • Peer Review Policy and Issues - This website describes the NIH review process; provides links to Peer Review Policy Documents, such as Rating of Grant Applications and Review Criteria; and discusses the Peer Review Oversight Group, an advisory group to the review process.

  • From National Science Foundation:

  • NSF has clarified the definition of principal investigator to state that regardless of what an investigator is called, there will be no distinction between the "scientific stature of PIs". All will be equally responsible for the project, but the first name listed will be the contact PI for NSF.

  • NSF proposals seeking funding for postdoctoral research are now required to include a description of mentoring activities as a separate section of the 15 page project description.

  • NSF accepts solicited proposals via Fastlane or, depending on solicitation instructions. All collaborative proposals and proposals with subcontracts must be submitted via Fastlane. Click here for detailed instructions.

  • NSF has published its newest Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) NSF 09-1.

  • NSF Award and Administration Guide is a publication outlining basic NSF policies and procedures covering the NSF award process, from issuance and administration of an award through closeout.

  • To subscribe to a weekly newsletter of NSF funding opportunities and policy information, subscribe to NSF Update.

  • No-cost Extensions via Fastlane - NSF grant recipients are required to submit no-cost extension requests via Fastlane. The first no-cost extension is a grantee approved notification to NSF and must be submitted at least 10 days before the grant end date. All future no cost extensions are submitted as requests for NSF approval and must be done no later than 45 days before end date. Go to the Fastlane website to login (contact 2836 if you've forgotten your password); select Award and Reporting Functions; Notifications and Requests. Call 2836 for further assistance.

  • NSF Guide to Programs/Browse Funding Opportunities

  • A Guide for Proposal Writing is available from the National Science Foundation. This publication incorporates suggestions for improving proposals collected from a variety of sources, including NSF Program Directors, panel reviewers, and successful grantees. The guide is organized in the following sections: Program Information; Review Process; Criteria for Evaluation; Before You Write; Writing the Proposal; Before Sending Your Proposal; and Awards and Declinations.

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