Sneak Preview: NIH Unveils Updated Grants Policy Statement

November 10, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(This post is based on an upcoming article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Recipients of grants and cooperative agreements from the National Institutes of Health with budget periods beginning on or after Oct. 1, 2011, should refer to the newly revised NIH Grants Policy Statement. The 2011 revision supersedes the 2010 NIH Grants Policy Statement and provides standard terms and conditions for all new NIH awards.

“While this revision does not introduce any new material for the first time, it incorporates new and modified requirements, clarifies certain policies and implements changes in statutes, regulations and policies that have been implemented” since October 2010, the NIH said.

One key impact of the new policy statement is the implementation of NIH’s revised financial conflict of interest regulation (see “HHS Revamps Financial Conflict of Interest Rule,” October 2011). The new, more rigorous regulation requires project directors/principal investigators (PD/PI) receiving NIH grants to notify their institutions about all significant financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities, not only those that are related to Public Health Service-supported research.

More details on this story will be in the December issue of the Federal Grants Management Handbook.

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