Welcome to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is the centralized unit charged with the coordination of research and sponsored programs activities on a campus-wide basis. The Office provides leadership, information, services, and support to the university community: faculty, research associates, students, and staff in the acquisition and administration of externally funded projects in furtherance of the instruction, research, and public service mission of the University. It is the function of the Office of Sponsored Programs to ensure the integrity of the accounting and administrative information and to ensure that the University complies with the regulations and guidelines of sponsoring agencies and institutional policies and procedures
Please click here to share your ideas on how to improve sponsored program administration from grant writing through project accomplishments to close-outs.
SPRC is pleased to invite all Campus Cohort 7 Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Grantees to attend the following upcoming virtual event! Please see the reminder below for more information about how to login on the day of the event. We also encourage you to test your computer connection ahead of time to avoid technical issues.
Planning for Success: Creating a Strategic Plan for your Grant and Beyond
Friday, December 6th, from 2:00 – 3:15 PM Eastern Time (1:00 – 2:15pm CST; 12:00 – 1:15pm MST; 11:00am – 12:15pm PST; 10:00 – 11:15 am AKST; 9:00 – 10:30am HAST)
This webinar will cover the key steps in a strategic planning process that grantees can take to maximize the success of their programs. We will also outline how this approach to program planning can help in successfully sustaining program efforts after the grant ends.
1) Participants will be able to identify key steps in a strategic planning process and ways they can apply the this to their own program.
2) Participants will be able to describe ways that strategic planning can assist in sustaining program efforts after the grant ends.
3) Participants will be able to summarize how other GLS grantees have applied a strategic approach to maximize their success.
· Kerri Smith, Senior Campus Prevention Specialist, SPRC
· Sheila Krishnan, Campus Prevention Specialist, SPRC
1) On the day of the webinar please login using the link below at least 10 minutes early to be sure you are able to access the webinar room.
2) Click the following link to enter: https://edc.adobeconnect.com/pswebinar/
3) Check “Enter as a Guest,” and type in your first and last name.
4) For audio please dial 1-866-670-7160 on your phone line. Be sure to mute your computer speakers to avoid feedback. You will hear music playing until the webinar begins at 2:00pm EST.
You can test your computer connection ahead of time and install necessary plug-ins by clicking this link: https://edc.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. You may also need to contact your institution’s IT Department to ensure you can connect without issues with campus firewalls.
If you have any technical problems connecting to the webinar please call SPRC at 617-618-2984 or Adobe Connect 1-800-422-3623.
Lastly, attached below are copies of the Orientation and Training Series syllabus and calendar so you can see what’s coming up next. Please contact your assigned SPRC Prevention Specialist (PS) if you have any questions.
We look forward to having you join us!
SPRC Prevention Support Team
We are happy to announce the publication of the latest issue of the Journal of Research Administration.
For all SRA International members and full subscribers, the PDF on-line version of the Journal is now available for download on the SRA International website and hard printed copies of the Journal will be mailed to your address soon.
Jeffrey N. Joyce, Editor-in-Chief
SUMBIT to the Journal
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program, sponsored by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), U.S. Department of Energy, is now accepting applications for a10-week summer internship. MLEF's mission is to improve opportunities for women and minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. The program allows students to apply their academic achievements to actual research while gaining hands-on experience. Eligibility ranges from sophomores to post-docs.
Selected MLEF Fellows will receive a bi-weekly stipend, approved travel costs to/from their host site and will attend a Technical Forum to present their project at the end of the internship
To qualify for the program, students must:
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Be a U.S. Citizen;
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; and
- Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher)
The appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. The application may be found at http://orise.orau.gov/mlef. Deadline is January 15, 2014.
For further information contact
Final Extension! The Call for Proposals has been extended until Wednesday, December 4th! The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold the 17th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC) May 28 – 30, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. The final deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, December 4, 2013. This is the final deadline, and there will be no more extensions.
GOALS OF THE CONFERENCE
For more than 15 years, this conference has been a leading forum for researchers, practitioners, program operators, State and local administrators, Federal officials and policymakers to discuss family self-sufficiency programs and policies. Conference presentations highlight the latest findings in family self-sufficiency research, ways to incorporate findings into research design, and implementation of programs, policies and strategies for future evaluations.
The conference will focus on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and related programs, policies and services that support low-income and vulnerable families on the path to economic self-sufficiency. This year's conference will feature presentations on topics including:
- Education, Training and Success in the Labor Market
- Child and Youth Well-Being
- Fatherhood, Relationships and Strengthening Families
- Evaluating Social Programs: Building and Using Evidence
- Approaches to Alleviate Poverty and Strengthen the Safety Net
Conference presentations will feature both basic and applied research with an audience that includes researchers, practitioners, State and local administrators and policymakers.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
OPRE invites proposals for individual presentations and for entire conference sessions. OPRE will consider the following criteria for proposals:
- Relevance to family self-sufficiency policy or program design and administration
- Methodological rigor, especially through the use of experimental designs
- Innovative approaches or new contributions to the field
- Clarity of description
OPRE has a strong preference for presentations that highlight recent findings in empirical research, particularly research based on rigorous, experimental designs, although we will consider discussions of work in progress. Presentations that combine research findings with input from State and local practitioners are especially welcome.
OPRE may request a draft presentation or paper prior to making a final decision.
Conference sessions will be 75 minutes in length, and may consist of three presentations, two presentations and one prepared commentary or some other format. All sessions will reserve time at the end for audience questions and discussion.
OPRE is particularly interested in fostering the work of new and emerging scholars in the family self-sufficiency field. To support this effort, ACF will once again feature work from emerging scholars at the 2014 conference. Emerging scholars include those who are currently in graduate school or are only a few years past completing a degree. ACF will host specific opportunities to feature the work of emerging scholars, which may include paper presentations or a special poster session. Individuals who are early in their careers are strongly encouraged to submit proposals for the conference. You will denote whether you are an emerging scholar on the online proposal submission form.
OPRE may be able to sponsor travel and lodging for a limited number of speakers, including emerging scholars. The proposal submission site includes an application for travel sponsorship. You must complete this application to be considered for travel sponsorship. OPRE cannot consider requests for travel sponsorship without a completed application. OPRE has limited travel funds and will not be able to cover travel costs for all speakers.
All proposals must be in English. Proposals should be no more than one page in length (approximately 500 words), exclusive of biographical sketches, and should summarize the content of the presentation. If you are proposing an entire conference session, please include a title for the session along with a general description/rationale and then submit a separate proposal for each presentation to be included in the session (limit three presentations per conference session).
The final deadline for proposals is Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Proposals should include:
- Presentation title
- As appropriate, detail on research, such as:
- research questions addressed
- research design implemented (e.g. experimental, quasi-experimental, econometric analysis)
- data sources used (including the response rate for new survey data)
- analysis methods
- findings, including non-significant findings as appropriate
- Relevance to conference themes
- Completion date or estimated completion date of the study
- When and where else the presentation has been or will be presented
- A biographical sketch for each of the proposed presenters/discussants (no more than 150 words each)
- Contact information for each of the proposed presenters/discussants
Please note: If research was conducted under a grant or contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or another part of the Federal government then proposals must include the date funded and stated purpose of the grant or contract as described in the Federal Register or other announcement under which the research was funded.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
1) Please visit the Call for Proposals page of the conference website (www.wrconference.net) and fill in all required fields.
2) When your submission is complete, click on the "Submit" button.
All proposals must be submitted online by Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Please direct questions about conference content to Hilary Forster at Hilary.Forster@acf.hhs.gov or Erica Zielewski at Erica.Zielewski@acf.hhs.gov.
Please direct any technical questions about using the online proposal submission site or any general questions about conference logistics to email@example.com.
Call for Papers: TOJDEL
The Online Journal of Distance Education and e-Learning. TOJDEL is an online international electronic journal that covers valuable research articles from international research agenda. The content of TOJDEL relates to distance education and e-learning studies.
Colleagues interested in submitting a paper for review can email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Potential articles are reviewed by members of our editorial review committee.
For any questions you have please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com .
Upcoming Trainings - Click here to view additional information.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Training
The University of the District of Columbia's Office of Sponsored programs will conduct an Institutional Review Board Workshop. This training will focus on IRB Purpose, Requirements and Processes. We highly recommend that faculty, staff and students who plan to submit proposals involving human subjects attend this Workshop. Please register to participate.
Please register to participate. Click the link below to register:
Training is scheduled for:
Monday, November 18, 2013, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: UDC Van Ness Campus, Building 41, e-Lab 104.
Training will be conducted by OSP staff.
Attendees should feel free to bring forward any questions and concerns they may have regarding the topic.
For further information, please contact us at 202.274.5838 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear GRC Members:
This program alert comes from Jean Feldman, Head, NSF Policy Office regarding the new (2014) Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (see below):
A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 14-1) has been issued. The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process and consists of the:
(a) Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and
(b) Award & Administration Guide (AAG) to guide, manage, and monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation.
This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 24, 2014. Significant changes include:
- Addition to the certification regarding Conflict of Interest regarding the appropriate disclosure process;
- Reiteration that indirect costs are not allowed on participant support costs;
- Small-scale pilot of a new environmental impacts process with a few programs, prior to NSF-wide implementation;
- Updated process for program income reporting; and
- Numerous clarifications throughout the document.
A by-chapter summary of the changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide to assist with identifying the changes.
While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on February 24, 2014, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 13-1) continue to apply. We will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.
Please direct any questions to the Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at email@example.com, or 703.292.8243.
Revised Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities Following the Recent Lapse in Appropriations
Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-007
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
This Notice is to inform the community that NIH has revised its approach to resuming operations after the government shutdown. This Notice supersedes NOT-OD-14-003.
Responding to input from applicants and reviewers, NIH has reevaluated the plans for rescheduling initial peer review meetings that were cancelled due to the government shutdown. NIH will now reschedule most of the 200+ missed peer review meetings so that most applications are able to be considered at January 2014 Council meetings.
Rescheduling Peer Review Meetings
Most NIH peer review meetings that occurred during or immediately following the government shutdown will be rescheduled so that as many applications as possible are able to be considered at January 2014 Council meetings.
Opportunity to "Refresh" Applications that are Reassigned to May 2014 Advisory Council
As this is an unprecedented situation where the review meetings are being rescheduled under tight time frames, scheduling complexities may prevent the evaluation of the full complement of applications for this round. Thus, while it is thought to be a small number, there may be some applications that cannot be reviewed in time for the January 2014 Advisory Council. These applications will be reassigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council and both the principal investigator and the signing official listed on the grant application will receive an email notification alerting them to the change during the week of November 4, 2013. NIH will also adjust the meeting dates listed in the eRA Commons for these refresh-eligible applications to 09/09/9999 so the applications can be easily identified.
Applications reassigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council will proceed to initial peer review in February/March 2014 without any action from the applicant. However, NIH is giving these applicants the option of withdrawing and submitting a refreshed application. If you choose to refresh your application, follow the steps below carefully:
- Withdraw the existing application by November 15.
- Submit the refreshed application to the original funding opportunity announcement (FOA), if possible. If that FOA has closed, submit to the appropriate parent announcement. If there is no parent announcement for that activity code, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the previous FOA number and we will work with you to get the application submitted.
- Submit a cover letter with the refreshed application. Indicate that you are refreshing your application for the May 2014 council round, include the previous application number, and provide the previous study section assignment. Applicants are welcome to use the email notification they received from NIH as the cover letter.
- Make the refreshed application a "new", "resubmission" or "renewal" to match the withdrawn application.
- All refreshed applications are due by December 11, 2013. No late applications will be accepted for this special receipt date.
- Only applicants who are reassigned to May 2014 Advisory Council round, and who are notified by NIH of their eligibility to refresh an application, may submit for the December 11 deadline. Any other applications for this deadline will not be reviewed. As always, other applications that are rescheduled for review this round may be withdrawn for any reason, as per our usual process, and submitted for the next standard deadline.
Rescheduling October Application Due Dates
- All October grant application submission deadlines have been rescheduled as follows (this information has not changed from the previous Notice):
Standard Due Dates:
Original Due Date
New Due Date
R01s, U01s (New)
R03s, R21s, R34s, R36s (New)
Special Due Dates:
Original Due Date
New Due Date
RFAs, PARs, PAs
Due dates not listed above
Original Due Date
New Due Date
- The NIH Loan Repayment Program application deadline has been extended from November 15 to December 2.
- Grants.gov will continue to accept applications for funding opportunity announcements with October closing dates, even if those dates have passed.
November Application Due Dates
November grant application deadlines will not change (with the exception of the Loan Repayment program deadline listed above).
Refreshing an Application that was Submitted for an October Due Date
Since October 2013 application due dates are moving to November, NIH is giving applicants who have already submitted an application for an October due date the opportunity to replace the submission with a "refreshed" application. These applications should be submitted according to the rescheduled receipt date table, above. Follow the guidance below if you choose to submit a "refreshed" refreshed application for the rescheduled due dates:
- If an application has an image in the eRA Commons and is within the two day viewing window the institutional Signing Official should first reject the application in the Commons to keep it from further processing, then submit the refreshed application.
- If there is no option to reject the application in the Commons (meaning the application has moved beyond the viewing window for further processing by NIH), applicants should withdraw the application before submitting a refreshed application.
- Applications that have been submitted but have errors (thus have no application image), can submit a changed/corrected application.
Note: Replacing the application submission with a "refreshed" application does not count as a resubmission (A1), meaning that an application submitted for an October due date as a "new" application should be submitted as a "new" application. A "resubmission" should be submitted again as "resubmission". A "renewal" should continue to be a "renewal".
Processing of Applications Submitted During the Shutdown
Applications submitted since October 1 that were held at Grants.gov during the period of the shutdown have been processed by NIH's eRA systems.
- Please proactively check the Commons for the status of any application submission.
- All error free applications submitted during or in the two days prior to the shutdown will be held for viewing in the Commons on Tuesday and Wednesday Oct 22 and 23 to ensure applicants have 2 full business days to check their application image before it moves on to NIH's Center of Scientific Review (CSR) for processing.
Rescheduled Research Performance Progress Report Due Dates
Due dates for Research Performance Progress Reports that were due between October 1and October 21 have been extended to November 4, 2013. If you have issues being able to submit on time, contact staff at the NIH funding Institute or Center.
eRA Systems Availability
eRA systems are now fully available.
Early Stage Investigator Eligibility
NIH will automatically adjust the Early Stage Investigator (ESI) status for applicants whose status has changed during the period of delay caused by the shutdown.
Information on the late resubmission due date for the K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award program (see NOT-OD-13-050) will be issued in a separate Notice (NOT-OD-14-006). All other K99/R00 application due dates follow the due dates for career development awards (Ks) in the table above.
Payment Management System
Payments through the Payment Management System (PMS) should be processing as usual. If grantees received a communication during the shutdown that a drawdown request was on hold, please contact PMS directly to determine the status of that pending request.
NIH anticipates beginning to release awards sometime after November 1.
Financial Operations under a Continuing Resolution
NIH soon will publish a Notice on our financial operations under a continuing resolution.
NIH will continue to provide the community with guidance on resumption of extramural activities after the shutdown as necessary.
FAQs will continue to be developed as NIH gets questions. NIH has established a web page to consolidate information on resuming operations after the shutdown.
Please direct all inquiries to:
NIH Grants Information
New RCR Refresher Course Available
Available as a part of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) series, the CITI Program now offers a new RCR Refresher course.
The RCR Refresher course is discipline-neutral and meant to reinforce the importance of concepts covered in a basic level RCR course. Each module in the RCR Refresher course includes a short quiz and at least one case study.
Refresher subjects include:
- Collaborative Research
- Conflicts of Interest
- Data Management
- Peer Review
- Research Involving Human Subjects
- Research Misconduct
- Using Animal Subjects in Research
It is recommended that learners complete the RCR Refresher course three or four years after completing a basic RCR course but it is up to your organization to determine whether refresher training is appropriate for its learners.
There is no additional cost for a subscribing organization to add the RCR Refresher course to its current offerings. If you would like to review all available content in our RCR series, please see the RCR Catalog.
Ready to proceed?
- Email email@example.com to add the RCR Refresher course to your current learner groups.
- Download PDF instructions on how to demo this course.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All October grant application due dates have been rescheduled as follows:
Original Due Date
New Due Date
R01s, U01s (New)
R03s, R21s, R34s, R36s (New)
For other opportunities with application due dates not listed above, applications are tentatively due on November 1.
The eRA Commons will be available for public access on October 21. Applications submitted since October 1 have been held at Grants.gov and will be processed by NIH's eRA systems on October 21, once NIH makes eRA systems available. Also, since October application due dates are moving to November, NIH is giving applicants who have already submitted an application for an October due date the opportunity to replace the submission with a "refreshed" application.
See the notice for more details or contact NIH Grants Information at email@example.com or 301/435-0714.
Notice from Jean Feldman, head of NSF's policy office: a new page has been developed directly off the main NSF website that includes both the Important Notice as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement related policy and systems issues. This page will be of interest to your membership and we would appreciate your sharing this link as soon as possible. This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.
Policy-related questions regarding the shutdown may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO: NIH Extramural Community
This is a brief communication to update the biomedical research community of the current status of extramural operations at NIH. The NIH continues to be shut down for all non-excepted activities. This means that the vast majority of NIH staff that oversee program, review, and grants management are furloughed, NIH grants and contract submissions are not being processed, reviews are not occurring, and no awards are being made. As described in NOT-OD-13-126, the Payment Management Systems remains operational and funds for most grants awarded before the shutdown can continue to be drawn down.
As the shutdown drags on, the challenge of reestablishing normal operations quickly is growing. Once the shutdown is over, NIH will need time to set new dates for grant and contract submissions, review meetings, conferences, and other activities that were scheduled to happen during and immediately following the period of the shutdown. It will take us a few days after this is over to communicate our plans, so please bear with us.
You can find the current guidance posted at grants.nih.gov. Once we reopen, additional information will be posted and published in the NIH Guide as quickly as we can make it available.
All of us at NIH hope the current situation is resolved soon, but we don't know when that will be.
We appreciate your patience as we go through this difficult experience together.
Sally Rockey, Ph.D.
NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research
Upcoming Trainings - Click here to view additional information.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
The JBHE Weekly Bulletin delivers the latest news on African Americans in higher education each week. Stay up to date by visiting JBHE.com and following us on Twitter and Facebook. Also, be sure to check out our sister site, Women In Academia Report, tracking the progress of women in higher education via daily updates and a weekly newsletter. Click here to view more.
Updated Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Modules
In an effort to help strengthen the RCR series, the CITI Program is pleased to inform you that we have recently made several updates to our RCR modules.
- Module contents including links and quizzes have been updated to maintain the presentation of high quality materials. Many updates were made directly in response to feedback provided by individual learners and administrators.
- Module titles have been updated to better represent their disciplinary and topical focus.
- In addition to the above changes, we are currently in the process of reviewing and updating the CITI's Program extensive collection of RCR case studies. Please expect an e-mail message regarding the specifics of the case study changes in the coming months.
- View or download the changes in module titles by clicking on the following link: www.citiprogram.org/citidocuments/forms/New Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Module Titles.pdf.
- View or download the RCR Course Catalog for a full listing of all available RCR courses and modules by clicking on the following link: www.citiprogram.org/citidocuments/forms/Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Catalog.pdf.
NIH-funded awards are subject to a prohibition on using federal funds for lobbying activities… While these prohibitions have been in place for a long time, we are taking this opportunity to raise the visibility of the topic particularly since we had some changes last year and are often asked about what is and isn't allowed under the prohibition. …. Continue reading →
Today we announced NIH policies for fiscal operation for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year (FY). These policies implement the continuing resolution signed by President Obama on March 26, and also incorporate the provisions of the sequester (formally known as the 2011 Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act). Continue reading →
NIH periodically updates the electronic grant application forms used to apply to NIH programs. These updates are necessary in order to remain current with the most recent form sets available through Grants.gov and approved by the Office of Management and Budget. . Our next form update will take place for applications submitted for due dates on or after September 25, 2013 …. Continue reading →
NIH's goal of accepting all competing grant applications electronically is finally within reach! …. With the experience of piloting five funding opportunities from start to finish, lots of applicant feedback, and numerous system, instruction and process enhancements in place, NIH is ready to move ahead and has announced an adjusted transition schedule …. Continue reading →
Wondering why a new fed-wide format and a new system for progress reporting is now required for some awards? Continue reading →
PHS 398 Required Application Instructions
It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the PHS 398 Application Guide except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. While some links are provided, applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.
Looking ahead: NIH is committed to transitioning all grant programs to electronic submission using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) format and is currently investigating solutions that will accommodate NIH's multi-project programs. NIH will announce plans to transition the remaining programs in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts and on NIH's Applying Electronically website.
Note: A new version of the paper PHS 398 application form and instructions (revised 6/2009) must now be used. Download the new application form and instructions from http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm.
New Human Subjects Research (HSR) Refresher Courses - The CITI Program is pleased to announce the successful transition from its previous HSR refresher offerings in biomedical research (101, 200, and 201 courses), and social and behavioral research (101 and 201 courses) to its updated HSR refresher courses. View a listing of the new HSR refresher courses via this link:
Attention Faculty & Staff: HBCU-Centered Museum Internship Opportunity
Who Should Participate:
Administrators/Faculty who are interested in museums, museum studies, museum internships and research opportunities; university/college administrators and staff who work in/with campus museums, supervise interns; and any other interested parties such as Career Placement Administrators.
What do I Need to Know Now?
Principal Investigators (PIs) and co-PIs must stop submitting new project reports in FastLane starting on February 1, 2013. On March 18, 2013, NSF will transfer its current project reporting service from FastLane to Research.gov<http://Research.gov>. You should pay particular attention to your reports that are currently in progress and reports previously submitted and returned by your NSF Program Officer.
Project reports that are in progress as well as those reports that are returned by NSF Program Officers should be revised and resubmitted prior to February 1. To assist the research community with this transition, the overdue dates have been extended for all project reports originally scheduled to become overdue between January 31 and April 30, 2013. Starting March 18, 2013, you can use Research.gov<http://Research.gov> to submit project reports.
Foundation restructures application requirements.
The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has changed some of its grant-submission requirements, effective from 14 January. The project-summary section of the submission now asks applicants to use separate text boxes for their proposal overview, their description of the project's intellectual merit and their explanation of its broader impacts. Submitting these sections as one document will cause the application to be rejected. NSF spokeswoman Maria Zacharias says that reviewers were spending too long teasing out the merits and impacts of proposals. Applicants may also now list research products such as patents, data sets or software in addition to publications — a boon for junior investigators, says Zacharias. The changes stem from a review by the NSF's oversight board, and a federal directive that the agency recognize the broader impact of research it supports.