NIH, NSF Issue Revised Policy Guides

December 9, 2015 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

nih-logo-blueResearch grantees now have updated federal guidance to use when administering their grant programs. Late last month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revised its NIH Grants Policy Statement, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) posted its revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.

Grant applicants and recipients should be aware of the effective dates of these guides. The revised NIH guide is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after Oct. 1, 2015. The revision supersedes the NIH Grants Policy Statement from March 2015 as a standard term and condition of award. Previous versions of the NIHGPS remain applicable as a standard term and condition for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began prior to Oct. 1, 2015.

The revised NIH guide does not introduce any new material for the first time, but it does incorporate new and modified requirements, clarify certain policies and implement changes in statutes, regulations and policies that have been implemented through appropriate legal and/or policy processes since the March 2015 version. NIH will continue to publish interim grants policy changes, including applicability and effective dates, through the issuance of NIH guide notices at

The revised NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide address several new agency policy revisions, including a new section discussing recipient responsibilities when NSF grant funds are used for dual use research of concern (DURC). The revised policy guide (NSF 16-1) becomes effective Jan. 25, 2016, and is applicable to proposals submitted or due on or after Jan. 25, 2016, and to awards made after that date. Recipients of NSF awards received prior to Jan. 25, 2016, should continue to use the previous NSF guidance (NSF 15-1) issued in December 2014.

Thompson has provided full coverage of the revised NSF guide from both the pre-award and post-award perspective on its Grants Compliance Expert website ( Both the NSF guide and the NIH guide also have been posted to the site under the Guidance and Regulations tab. Check them out!

Let us know your reaction to these new guides and if you have ways to improve upon them.




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