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Important Information from Sponsored Projects: Changes with the NIH

(From the December 2015 issue of Research Now)

1. Simplification of the Verterbrate Animals Section

The NIH has recently issued a notice (NOT-OD-16-006) updating the requirements for the vertebrate animals section. A summary of changes is as follows:

  • A description of veterinary care is no longer required.
  • Justification for the number of animals has been eliminated.
  • A description of the method of euthanasia is required only if the method is not consistent with AVMA guidelines.

These changes will take effect for most grants with due dates on or after 1/25/2016 (it will apply to Fellowship and Training grants starting 5/25/2016).

The full notice can be found here: 

2. Changes to Application Forms and Instructions

The NIH has released a notification on planned changes to application forms and instructions that will be phased in during 2016.

  1. Changes for applications on or after January 25, 2016:
  • Rigor and transparency in research - changing instructions and new use of “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources” attachment. Also, additional questions for reviewers to consider.
  • Less information in vertebrate animal section (see post above).
  • Update on inclusion of children to lower age designation for children to include those under 18.
  • Training goals will change to lower applicant burden.
  1. Changes to be effective on or after May 25, 2016:
  • New forms which include new “Data Safety Monitoring Plan”
  • New font guidelines
  • Biosketch clarifications

The full notice can be found here: More details to come from the NIH.

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