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NIH Extramural News - July 2020

July 2020

Open Mike

How We Handle Allegations of Sexual Harassment

By Mike Lauer and Carrie Wolinetz

If there are concerns that sexual harassment is affecting an NIH-funded project, we want to know about it. NIH takes the same rigorous approach to addressing allegations involving sexual harassment as we do other integrity issues. We have added a web page  that highlights the detailed steps NIH takes when we receive notification of a concern.  Continue reading 

Help Us Strengthen Rigor of Animal Research: Public Feedback Requested

By Mike Lauer

Ever figured out a clever solution to a vexing challenge that affected the rigor of your work with laboratory animals, and then thought that those solutions could improve the quality and transparency of animal research supported across NIH? Recently found yourself at virtual lab meetings brainstorming ways to facilitate translating the findings from your animal study to human biology and disease? Questioned the status quo on how the research culture drives the choice of animal models and the design of experiments? Well, we want to know more. Continue reading 

Top Stories

Requirement for Electronic Submission of All Administrative Supplements

We just announced three important updates to our administrative supplement submission policies: effective immediately, NIH will begin accepting administrative supplement applications for multi-project awards electronically; and effective July 25, 2020, all supplement applications to existing single and multi-project awards must be submitted electronically and the streamlined submission method through the eRA Commons will be discontinued and replaced. Continue reading 

Signing Officials Can Access Overall Impact Scores and Summary Statements Starting June 24

Effective June 24, 2020, summary statements and overall impact scores for grant applications will be available on the eRA Commons Status Information screen to users with the signing official (SO) role. Currently, only principal investigators can view the scores and summary statements. Continue reading 

Upcoming Mandatory Submission of the Federal Financial Report (FFR) in the Payment Management System Beginning January 1, 2021

Beginning January 1, 2021, respective to NIH grant awards that require submission of an FFR, NIH grant recipients will be required to submit the SF-425 Federal Financial Report (FFR) in the Payment Management System (PMS) as opposed to the eRA Commons/FFR Module. Continue reading 

Is Your Application Responsive to the Goals of Your Selected Opportunity?

NIH just announced that, like Requests for Applications (RFAs), Program Announcements with special receipt, referral, and/or review considerations (PARs) and Program Announcements with set-aside funds (PASs) may now include criteria that would make an application non-responsive (i.e., outside the scope of the PAR/PAS). Continue reading 

Inclusion Reporting and FORMS-F

Recipients are now required to submit participant-level data on sex/gender, race, ethnicity, and age at enrollment in progress reports. Additionally, as of June 13, 2020 all post-submission updates in HSS must use the FORMS-F version.  Continue reading 

New Resources

Many New and Updated COVID-19 FAQs

All COVID-19 FAQs were reviewed and revised to align with NIH Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-26. Impacted FAQs are marked as new/updated.

You Ask, We Answer

Will NIH Accept Late Applications for New Awards From Applicants Affected by COVID-19?

NIH is taking a very flexible stance for applications submitted within the standard two week late policy. Applicants should include a cover letter with an explanation for the late submission.  Continue reading 

What Is a “Rolling” Submission Date?

With “rolling” submission dates, we define the first and last days applications will be accepted and you pick the day between them to submit your application. This practice is not new, but it is more common with “emergency” or “urgent” funding opportunities meant to get funding to the community as quickly as possible to address a critical need (e.g., COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19). Continue reading 


July 5 Due Date Reminder

Don’t forget that when an application due date falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the due date shifts to the next business day, according to our submission policies. Therefore, the July 5, 2020 due date moves to Monday, July 6, 2020. Continue reading