Fri, 16th December, 2016
The Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR) will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) for grants closeout, effective January 1, 2017. The F-RPPR will be available for use in eRA Commons on January 1, 2017.
What This Means for You
If you have a final progress report due, and you wish to use the old FPR format of an uploaded document, you must submit the FPR before January 1, 2017. NIH will no longer accept any of the old format FPRs on or after January 1, 2017.
The format of the Final RPPR is very similar to that of the annual RPPR, the notable differences being the F-RPPR does not have sections D (Participants), F (Changes), and H (Budget).
Also, please note that just as with annual RPPRs, once completed, you will need to route the F-RPPR to your SPO so they can submit it.
The F-RPPR does have a new section: Section I (Outcomes). Project Outcomes (Section I) will be made publicly available, allowing recipients the opportunity to provide the general public with a concise summary of the public significance of the research
A significant change with implementation of the F-RPPR, is that in order to maximize public transparency, NIH will not maintain the current Type 2 policy which in accordance with NIHGPS Chapter 8.6.2 states that “whether funded or not” the progress report contained in the Type 2 application may serve in lieu of a separate final progress report. As a standard policy, NIH will request that organizations submit an “Interim-RPPR” while their renewal application (Type 2) is under consideration. In the event that the Type 2 is funded, NIH will treat the Interim-RPPR as the annual performance report for the final year of the previous competitive segment. If the Type 2 is not funded, the Interim-RPPR will be treated by NIH staff as the institution’s Final-RPPR
Deadline Remains Unchanged
The deadlines for submitting a Final RPPR remain the same – no later than 120 days from the project end date.
The NIH says that FAQs and additional information pertaining to NIH’s implementation of the F-RPPR, including instructions, will be available on the NIH RPPR website in the near future.
Wed, 6th January, 2016
The NIH has announced that the salary cap for grant, cooperative agreement and contract awards remains tied to Federal Executive Level II. Effective Jan 10, 2016, Executive Level II will increase to $185,100, up from $183,300.
Investigators should begin using the 2016 cap of $185,100 immediately in preparing proposal budgets. However, in keeping with the practice we have used in the past, we will not begin charging NIH funded projects the new cap rate until July 1, 2016. The reason for this practice is to mitigate to some extent the impact on on-going awards where funds will have to be re-budgeted to cover the increased salary costs.
For additional information please contact your Sponsored Programs Officer.
Mon, 4th January, 2016
Changes to NIH Applications/Proposals and RPPR Reports
When do the changes go into effect? On 11/25/15, via NOT-OD-16-029 the NIH announced the release of the new, revised application forms and guides effective for applications due January 25 through May 24, 2016. During this period, revised FORMS-C application forms and instructions should be used. In a second phase of the 2016 revision, FORMS-D forms should be used beginning May 25, 2016; an application guide to these forms will be released in late March.
What is the rationale for these changes? These changes are part of a new NIH initiative designed to improve the rigor of experimental design and to increase the reproducibility of scientific experiments. It is important to note that these changes will be included in the new Study Section proposal review and scoring criteria. See NOT-OD-16-011 or the NIH information page available here for details on this initiative.
What proposals will be affected? Most grant applications will be affected by this change, including R01, R03, R21, and all K (career development awards).
What are the changes to the RPPR (Progress Report)?
When do the changes go into effect? On 10/15/2015, the NSF announced changes to the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). These changes are in effect for all proposals with due dates on or after January 26th, 2016 and awards made on or after January 26, 2016.
A summary of significant changes is available here.
Some notable changes to proposal guidelines include:
Tue, 27th October, 2015
As part of federal government initiatives for transparency and strengthened oversight over funds, DHHS divisions, including the NIH, are transitioning all existing awards as of 10/01/2015 to a new payment system, known as subaccount billing. Under the new subaccount billing system, rather than billing and drawing down funds on NIH awards collectively, universities must bill and draw funds individually by award. As a result of these changes, a set of current NIH awards will be closed out and transitioned to a new award for the remaining years of the grant.
For awards that are transitioning, as you receive an NOA (non-competing continuation) for the next year’s funding, the grant number will begin with a 4 instead of a 5 to indicate this award will undergo transition. In this case, OSP will be required to “close-out” the grant by filing a “Subaccount Transitional Final Financial Report” which transfers the remaining unspent funds already received, along with the newly obligated funds, to the Payment Management System (PMS) subaccount established for the grant. Once this is done, it is final and the report cannot be amended or refiled.
This means that transitioning awards will receive new a new GRT number and new project numbers. Your sponsored program officer will let you know in advance if your award is affected, and will be happy to create a preliminary project number for you to begin to use before the actual transition happens.
Wed, 14th January, 2015
The NIH has announced that the salary cap for grant, cooperative agreement and contract awards remains tied to Federal Executive Level II. Effective Jan 11, 2015, Executive Level II increased to $183,300, up from $181,500.
Investigators should begin using the 2015 cap immediately in preparing proposal budgets. However, in keeping with the practice we have used in the past, we will not begin charging NIH funded projects the new cap rate until July 1, 2015. The reason for this practice is to mitigate to some extent the impact on on-going awards where funds will have to be rebudgeted to cover the increased salary costs.
For additional information please contact your Sponsored Programs Officer.
Tue, 4th February, 2014
NIH (and some other DHHS entities) continue to limit salary charges on grants and contracts to the Executive Level II rate. Effective January 12, 2014, that rate increased from $179,700 to $181,500. The new value should be used in proposals immediately . However, to allow time for programming changes, the new rate will be charged beginning with the April payroll.
Tue, 23rd April, 2013
Progress reports for awards with budget start dates on or after July 1, 2013 must be submitted through the RPPR tab in the eRA Commons (unless the award requires a paper report).
One significant change that comes with the RPPR process is automatic screening for compliance with the NIH Public Access policy. This policy requires that manuscripts resulting from NIH funding be deposited with the PubMed Central archive. Publications and manuscripts listed in your progress report and falling under the NIH Public Access policy must include the PubMed Central reference number. NIH will not award non-competing continuation awards when the RPPR publications are not in compliance with the Public Access Policy
Please contact your Sponsored Programs Officer for additional information.
Thu, 28th February, 2013
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Wed, 25th January, 2012
The DHHS budget signed on December 23, 2011 includes a reduction in the salary cap from Executive Level I ($199,700) to Executive Level II ($179,700). The actual text in Section 203, General Provisions of H.R. 2055 states “None of the funds appropriated in this title shall be used to pay the salary of an individual, through a grant or other extramural mechanism, at a rate in excess of Executive Level II.”
All cost of living/inflationary adjustments will be removed for FY2012 and future years (though NIH will try to maintain one time changes e.g., equipment costs or additional personnel).
The complete NIH announcements are at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-035.html and http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-036.html.
For new NIH proposal budgets please use the $179,700 cap.
OSP staff are working on an implementation process that will allow the university to remain in compliance with the NIH requirements while at the same time limiting the impact on investigators. For many awards, there will be no noticeable effect. However, for those awards that require new project numbers or other adjustments, we will work with PIs and their staff to develop a minimally disruptive procedure.
The Level II salary cap will apply to all HHS entities, not just NIH, AHRQ and SAMHSA. However, NIH is the only entity that has issued implementation guidance. We will share additional information as it becomes available.
Mon, 7th February, 2011
Beginning January 25, 2011, NIH Applicants will no longer have the 2 days after the deadline “error correction window” to work through errors encountered by eRA Commons (see NOT-OD-10-123). An application submitted after 5 pm on the deadline day to correct errors/warnings will be considered late and may not be assigned for peer review or funding consideration. Here are some helpful tips to ensure a successful submission: