Important Agency Updates from NIH and NSF

Please note that NIH and NSF have recently issued important updates to their proposal and award policies and procedures. ORA will work to summarize the most pertinent parts of these updates in a future newsletter. However, we wanted to be sure that the Emory Research Community was made aware of these updates as quickly as possible.

NIH – New Application Forms Kit

NIH releases new forms kit (FORMS-F) and will require use for May 25, 2020 deadline:

NIH has also released a high-level summary of the changes at:

NIH – New Grants Policy Statement for FY20

NIH releases new Grants Policy Statement for FY20. The new GPS will be applicable for all awards with a start date on or after October 1, 2019.

NSF – Advance Notice of New PAPPG

NSF has announced that it is currently finalizing revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for use in 2020. It will become effective 90 days after its released. NSF has previewed the following important information on changes that can be expected in the new PAPPG guide:

  • NSF is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of both the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of an NSF proposal.
  • Use of an NSF-approved format for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents will be required upon implementation of the PAPPG. NSF is encouraging proposers to begin using SciENcv for preparation of the Biographical Sketch now.
  • SciENcv allows proposers to integrate their ORCiD to enable pre-population for the Biographical Sketch. Additional information is available on the ORCiD website.
  • SciENcv will produce NSF-compliant PDF versions of these documents. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, or
  • Additional resources including video tutorials are available on the SciENcv website.

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