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New Federal Changes

Office of Management and Budget(OMB)
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued new regulatory requirements applicable to federally-funded grants and contracts. The new guidance, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"), consolidates and supersedes eight existing OMB Circulars, including Circulars A-21 Cost Principles, A-110 Uniform Administrative Requirements, and A133 Single Audit. The Uniform Guidance "UG" is effective December 26, 2014. The new guidance applies to new awards and incremental funding on existing awards issued after December 26, 2014. OMB is providing a two year grace period (December 26, 2016) for implementation of procurement changes.

Access to The Full Code of Federal Regulations Grants and Agreements

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institute of Health is changing the Application and Electronic Submission Information, Applications due before January 24th 2015 will use the previous version C application guide. Grants due between January 25th and May 24th 2016 will use a new 2016 version, for grants after May 25th a final phase of the application version will be released.  As highlighted by NIH, significant changes include:

  • Instructions for individual fellowship applications have been incorporated into the general application guide and are no longer maintained as a separate document.
  • These application guides must be used for due dates on and between January 25, 2016 and May 24, 2016.
  • The changes described in NOT-OD-16-004 under the implementation of Phase 1 have been incorporated into these guide
  • Reflect changes in the biographical sketch format, examples and instruction resources.
  • Include the Genomic Data Sharing Policy
  • Include the Chimpanzee Research Use Policy
  • Include the Dual Use Research of Concern Policy
  • Include new definitions

Please contact the Senior Grant Writer as soon as possible if you are planning to submit an NIH grant.

2016 SF424 Application and Electronic Submission Information 

Changes to the NIH Grants Policy Statement

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Science Foundation is also changing the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures (PAPP) guide. This new guide will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.  As highlighted by NSF, significant changes include:

  • Enforcement of 5 p.m. submitter's local time across all NSF funding opportunities;   
  • Implementation of NSF's Public Access Policy;
  • Submission of proposal certifications by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) concurrently with proposal submission;
  •  NSF's implementation of the US Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences on Dual Use Research of Concern;
  • Provision of Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a new single-copy document, instead of as part of the Biographical Sketch; 
  • Submission of Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support separately for each senior personnel; 
  •  Electronic signature and submission of notifications and requests by the AOR only;
  •  Revision of timeframe for submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date; and
  •  Numerous clarifications throughout the document.

Please contact the Senior Grant Writer as soon as possible if you are planning to submit an NSF grant.

Full version of the New PAPP Guide