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NIH Grant Application Changes Effective September 25

Of note are: electronic submission for all multi-project grants; clarification of requirements for patent citations in the Biosketch and Letter for Support.

  • Electronic Submissions –All P01, P20, P50, R24, U19 and U24 grants will require electronic submission. If you are planning to submit for any of these funding mechanisms please contact your sponsored projects officer early as the electronic process does take time to set up. Other multi-project grant types (P30, U10, U52, UM1, etc.) will require electronic submission early next year.
  • Patent Citations in the Biosketch– Guidelines have been clarified, as follows:
    Selected Peer-reviewed Publication and Patent Citations
    NIH encourages applicants to limit the list of selected peer-reviewed publications, manuscripts in press, and patent citations to no more than 15. Do not include manuscripts submitted or in preparation. The individual may choose to include selected publications based on recency, importance to the field, and/or relevance to the proposed research. When citing articles that fall under the Public Access Policy, were authored or co-authored by the applicant and arose from NIH support, provide the NIH Manuscript Submission reference number (e.g., NIHMS97531) or the PubMed PHS 398: Part I I-40 Central (PMC) reference number (e.g., PMCID234567) for each article. If the PMCID is not yet available because the Journal submits articles directly to PMC on behalf of their authors, indicate "PMC Journal - In Process." A list of these Journals is posted at: Citations that are not covered by the Public Access Policy, but are publicly available in a free, online format may include URLs or PubMed ID (PMID) numbers along with the full reference (note that copies of publicly available publications are not acceptable as appendix material).
  • Letters of Support – Instructions have been clarified, as follows:
    Letters of Support:
    Provide all appropriate letters of support, including any letters necessary to demonstrate the support of consortium participants and collaborators such as Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors included in the grant application. Letters are not required for personnel (such as research assistants) not contributing in a substantive, measurable way to the scientific development or execution of the project. Letters should stipulate expectations for co-authorship, and whether cell lines, samples or other resources promised in the letter are freely available to other investigators in the scientific community or will be provided to the particular investigators only. For consultants, letters should include rate/charge for consulting services and level of effort/number of hours per year anticipated. In addition, letters ensuring access to core facilities and resources should stipulate whether access will be provided as a fee-for-service. Do not place these letters in the Appendix. Consultant biographical sketches should be in the Biographical Sketch section. - have been clarified. I would also like to point out the exclusion of color images, micrographs, etc for acceptance as Appendix material (needs to be in research strategy).
  • Other changes include a strong justification in the research plan for hESC and the notice that proprietary info is not automatically shielded from a Freedom of Information Act. Note also the exclusion of color images, micrographs, etc., for acceptance as Appendix material (needs to be in research strategy).   

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For more information, contact:

Aaron Ufferman, MBA, CRA
Director of Sponsored Projects

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