Staying On Top of the Latest Guidelines

October 5, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

We’re ending the first week in October. The weather is starting to get colder. The baseball playoffs are set to begin (and for those of in the D.C. local area – Go Nationals!) and certain key federal agencies have issued new guidance for their grantees.

The National Institutes of Health Oct. 1 released its revised NIH Grants Policy Statement. This revision is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after Oct. 1, 2012. This revision supersedes the October 2011 NIH Grants Policy Statement as a standard term and condition of award. However, the 2011 policy statement will continue to be the standard term and condition for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began between Oct. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2012.

The 2012 revision does not introduce any new material, but it incorporates new and modified requirements, clarifies certain policies and implements changes in statutes, regulations and policies that have been implemented since the previous version.

In addition, the National Science Foundation has posted on its website information about a revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. The current PAPP Guide is effective for proposals submitted or due through Jan. 13, 2013. For proposals submitted or due on or after Jan. 14, 2013, the guidelines of the January 2013 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide will apply. The 2013 version includes changes to project description and review criteria under the Grants Proposal Guide, in record retention and indirect cost recovery under the Award and Administration Guide.

Grant applicants seeking awards and entities currently receiving awards from either NIH or NSF should be aware of which guidance applies to their particular grant so that they are not relying on outdated guidance.

If you have a new NIH or NSF grant, let us know how the new guidance may affect your program.

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