Federal Grant Information
The following are links to key documents regarding policies and procedures and deadlines resulting from COVID-19.
NSF (National Science Foundation)
The NSF – along with other federal funding agencies – are enforcing reporting requirements. PIs with delinquent reports will impact their (and that of any Co-PIs on the grant) to receive additional funding, request no cost extensions, etc. Also, institutions with delinquent reports must be reported to the FAPPIS website. All federal granting agencies must submit such reports and check the FAPIIS website prior to awarding grants. Institutions remain listed on the FAPIIS website for 5 years.
This PAPPG is effective for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021. Significant changes include:
- A new section covering requests for reasonable and accessibility accommodations regarding the proposal process or requests for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites and other digital content;
- A table entitled, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. This table identifies where pre- and post-award current and pending support disclosure information must be provided. Proposers and awardees may begin using this table immediately;
- Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;
- Updates to the current and pending support section to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects is provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication;
- Adding planning proposals and Career-Life Balance supplemental funding requests as new proposal types;
- Updates to travel proposals will require that AORs certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment.
Required Biosketch and Current and Pending Formats for NSF and NIH Grants – Effective October 5, 2020
- Enforcement of NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats Begins on 10/5/20 – September 14, 2020
- Slides explaining the changes and including instructions
Biographical Sketch Training Resources
- NSF-Approved Formats for the Biographical Sketch website
- SciENcv Guidance on Creating an NSF Biographical Sketch, including step-by-step instructions and screenshots for each of the four required sections (This is a subsection of the guidance at SciENcv Help.)
- YouTube Video – SciENcv for NSF Users: Biographical Sketches (This video is targeted to the NSF research community.)
- YouTube Video – SciENcv Tutorial
- YouTube Video – Integrating with ORCID
- FAQs on using NSF Fillable PDF
Current and Pending Support Training Resources
- NSF-Approved Formats for Current and Pending Support website
- SciENcv Guidance on Creating an NSF Current and Pending Support document, including step-by-step instructions and screenshots for the two required sections (This is a subsection of the guidance at SciENcv Help.)
- NSF FAQs regarding Current and Pending – July 30, 2020
- FAQs on using NSF Fillable PDF
Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR)
According to the NSF, “The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers.” NSF requires that, at the time of proposal submission, a proposing institution’s Authorized Organizational Representative certify that the institution has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research.
“The Director shall require that each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.” Specifically,
- An institution must have a plan in place to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. Institutional certification to this effect is required for each proposal.
- While training plans are not required to be included in proposals submitted to NSF, institutions are advised that they are subject to review, upon request.
- An institution must designate one or more persons to oversee compliance with the RCR training requirement.
- Institutions are responsible for verifying that undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research have received training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research.
For more NSF resources on the RCR requirement, please visit the NSF website.
Valparaiso University Policy
To address the NSF requirement, all undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers involved in the conduct of research of NSF-funded grants are required to complete RCR training prior to beginning work on the project. Individuals must complete the RCR online training provided through the CITI Program.
The online CITI Program training is available to all Valparaiso University faculty, staff, and students. When registering for the program, be sure to affiliate with Valparaiso University. Choose a course(s) that most closely aligns with the type of research that will be conducted.
Other General NSF Resources
- NSF Resource Center – Webinars from the Policy Outreach Center on various topics – February 2022
- NSF email summarizing PAPPG changes and Research.gov functionality – October 4, 2021
- NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support – June 2021
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Current and Pending Support consistent with the new table, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. Direct questions to the Policy Office in the Division of Institution and Award Support at email@example.com. – June 2021
- Demo Site for Research.gov Proposal Preparation – Oct 27, 2020
- NSF Primary Email Use for Research.gov and FastLane Sign-In – Sept 21, 2020
NIH (National Institutes for Health)
Here are some key resources for NIH grants:
- 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
- NIH grant home page
- Application Guide – follow these guidelines unless instructed otherwise
- Forms Library – master list of NIH forms
- RePORTer – for searching NIH awarded grants and finding the right fit
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