Announcements and Updates

NIH Changes to Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page

For due dates on or after May 25, 2021, NIH has implemented changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Pages. The purpose of these changes are an effort to support collaboration between Federal research agencies.

Changes for the Biographical Sketch include renaming Section B, ‘Positions and Honors’ as  ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors, for the non-Fellowship Biosketch, Section D. has been removed, for the Fellowship Biosketch, Section D has been updated to remove ‘Research Support.’, and as applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A.

Changes for the Other Support Fortmat Page include the re-organization of the format page to separate funded projects from in-kind contributions, signature block added, for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted, and each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission.

For more information, please visit: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-073.html

Template Other Support Due dates on/before May 24, 2021

Template Other Support Due dates on/after May 25, 2021

Date Posted: 3/12/21


Keeping on Top of NIH-Funded Research You Care the Most About Just Got Easier

Last fall, we launched our newly revamped RePORTER site which made it easy to find information about specific NIH supported grants, investigators, and institutions. Today, we are adding to RePORTER’s functionality with a modernized version of MyRePORTER so you can stay on top of the research you care the most about.

With MyRePORTER, you can save searches and set customized weekly email alerts that are sent when new projects are funded or new publications are linked to projects in your search. Email alerts will provide a summary listing of the new items, with hyperlinks to bring you back to MyRePORTER to get more information about the projects and publications.

Here is how it works (check out this short tutorial video too).

Users outside NIH will need a login.gov account to access MyRePORTER (Figure 1). The system will allow you to create a new account with login.gov if you do not have one, or to use your existing login.gov credentials, as you can now do with eRA systems. Of note, please clear your browser’s cache if you do not see the sign-in option on initial launch.

More information

Date Posted: 2/16/21


Extensions for Early Career Scientists Whose Career Trajectories Have Been Significantly Impacted by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic, along with extensive mitigation measures, has adversely affected progress in many biomedical research settings. Evidence from multiple sources, including a survey NIH issued to its supported extramural research workforce last fall, indicates legitimate concerns about career trajectory for early career scientists, including those with caretaker responsibilities. An article by Dr. Erin Gibson and her colleagues argued for a “reset” with focus on early career investigators. One point I took away from this paper is that a reset does not necessarily mean for us to go “back to normal” after the pandemic is over, because that time may have favored certain investigators and disfavored others (something I reflected on in this video and this blog). (See NOT-OD-21-052)

Date Posted: 2/8/21


New eRA Commons Screens

The new eRA Commons home screen (login-in screen) and landing screen (screen when first logged in) are going to be unveiled on January 12, 2021.

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Date Posted: 12/22/20


NIH Implementing New Login Method

A new login method is rolling out for all users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR) and Commons Mobile in 2021. This secure two-factor authentication allows you to log into multiple systems using the same login.gov credentials while enhancing the security and integrity of access to data in eRA systems.

This requirement will be phased in first for reviewers, meeting by meeting, starting with review meetings effective February 1, 2021 and beyond. As reviewers are enabled for meetings, their IAR accounts will be transitioned to require login.gov.

 Users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile and ASSIST can switch any time to the new option; they are encouraged to begin the switchover to login.gov now, before the mandatory deadline of September 15, 2021 for all users.

 For more information on making 2FA a requirement, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-21-040.

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Date Posted: 12/15/2020


Federal Financial Report (FFR) Required to be Submitted in the Payment Management System, Effective January 1, 2021

Recipients will be required to submit the SF-425 Federal Financial Report, a statement of expenditures associated with their award, to the Payment Management Systems (PMS) instead of eRA Commons, effective January 1, 2021 (See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-20-127)

Date Posted: 12/2/2020


UPDATE REGARDING NSF’s RESEARCH.GOV IMPLEMENTATION FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

NSF has been planning and taking steps to move the preparation and submission of proposals on an incremental basis from its FastLane system to the new Research.gov system, with a tentative completion by 2022.   NSF will soon be requiring the use of Research.gov for proposal preparation /submission, using a phased approach starting with the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) for proposals submitted under BIO’s core programs that do not have deadline dates (Note that NSF funding opportunities will clearly specify whether submission via Research.gov is required).

Since the FastLane system will eventually be phased out, NSF encourages the community to take time now to become familiar with Research.gov and to begin using it for proposal preparation/submission and to provide NSF with feedback.  To facilitate the transition, NSF is developing additional training materials including video tutorials, Frequently Asked Questions, step-by-step guides and a demonstration site. Current training materials are available on the About Research.gov site.

For the complete notice regarding NSF’s Research.gov implementation, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/issuances/in147.jsp?org=NSF .For additional information, FAQs, training opportunities and to provide feedback, please visit Research.gov.

Date Posted: 9/28/2020


IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM NSF – CURRENT & PENDING SUPPORT/BIOSKETCH FORMAT

Effective October 5, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will begin enforcing the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the preparation of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents. The NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae and an NSF fillable PDF.

For additional information on these format changes:

Note that SciENcv has created the following materials to guide NSF users through the preparation of the NSF documents available in SciENcv:

As a reminder, the SciENcv tool integrates with ORCID, enabling users to populate ,,the Biographical Sketch by importing data directly from ORCID records rather than having to manually enter all the required information.

Also, effective October 5, 2020, PIs and co-PIs must include an NSF-approved format for Current and Pending Support when notifying NSF that active other support has changed since the award was made, or since the most recent annual report.   Further details about the RPPR can be found on the Research.gov About Project Reports website.

Date Posted: 9/15/2020