Posted: December 16, 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.
Posted: October 13, 2016
The university has just completed negotiations with DHHS on a 4 year F&A rate agreement. The agreement, dated September 23, 2016 establishes the rates shown below. These rates will apply through the end of FY20 and will continue to be used after that date until a new rate agreement is established.
|Activity||Period||On-Campus % MTDC||Off-Campus % MTDC|
|Research||7/1/2016 – 6/30/2017||54%||26%|
|7/1/2017 – 6/30/2018||55%||26%|
|7/1/2018 – 6/30/2020||56%||26%|
|Instruction||7/1/2016 – 6/30/2020||52%||26%|
|Other Sponsored Activities||7/1/2016 – 6/30/2020||30.5%||24%|
MTDC (Modified Total Direct Costs) means all costs except equipment (stand-alone items with a useful life of a least 1 year and a unit cost of at least $5,000); capital expenditures (alterations and renovations); patient care costs; tuition; scholarships and fellowships; rental of off-site facilities; participant support costs; and subaward costs in excess of $25,000.
Please see the rate agreement for additional information about on-campus/off- campus designations and the components of the F&A rate.
Investigators should begin using the new rates in proposals immediately. For example, if proposing work that runs 7/1/17 – 6/30/20, use 55% for the first budget year (7/1/17 – 6/30/18) and 56% for the second and third budget years (7/1/18-6/30/20).
For awards that begin mid fiscal year, and therefore two different F&A rates would apply, it may be reasonable to assume a constant burn rate throughout the year, and therefore costs may be prorated in the proposal budget, e.g., in the first year of an award with a start date of Jan 1, 2018 F&A would be charged at 55% for the first 6 month and at 56% for the second 6 months. Or, you may use average rate of 55.5% for the 12 months.
New or competing continuation proposals submitted but not yet funded
OSP will work with sponsors to obtain the new F&A rate whenever possible. However, if we cannot obtain additional funds, direct costs will be protected and will not be reduced to cover the increase in F&A rate.
Currently active projects
These projects will continue to be charged their current rate, as proposed and awarded, until the next competitive segment or other natural break point.
If you have questions, please contact your department’s sponsored program officer.
Posted: August 26, 2016
When do the changes go into effect?
NASA issued the RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN SPACE AND EARTH SCIENCES – 2016 (ROSES-2016) on February 19, 2016. The changes in this document are effective for applications and proposals that are submitted on or after April 22, 2016.
The two major changes of note are:
See Section I(c) of the ROSES-2016 Summary of Solicitation for a complete list of the changes to ROSES this year.
Additional changes and details can also be viewed on NASA’s FAQ website.
Posted: August 2, 2016
A new training requirement will go into effect on October 1, 2016, that will impact your continued access to information in the PI Portal.
The Office of the CIO recently revised the Institutional Data Policy that classifies all university records and data as public, internal, private or restricted. Some data related to research grants falls into the restricted category—specifically voucher/invoice images displayed in the PI Portal and in the Subaward Invoice Approval (SIA) application. Additional controls will be required for access to restricted data, including completion of the university’s Institutional Data Policy Training.
What does this mean for you?
It is important for you to retain access so that you can continue to review subaward invoices for payment approval (as required by the federal Uniform Guidance governing grants) and monitor expenditures on your awards.
Why is this necessary?
Cyber security is of increasing concern for universities. NBC reported last fall that from 2013 to 2015, 550 universities reported some kind of data breach, and in 2014, only the health care and retail sectors reported more security breaches than the education sector. These breaches result in violations of individual privacy, reputational damages and high financial cost, often in the multi-million dollar range. Universities may also face regulatory non-compliance penalties and civil litigation as the result of a breach.
If you have questions, please contact Christine Hamble at email@example.com or 614-688-8734.
We very much appreciate your willingness to work with us and the Office of the CIO to ensure the safety and integrity of all data at Ohio State.
Posted: June 13, 2016
The university plans to stop doing business with Santa Cruz Biotechnology when their dealer license is terminated on December 31, 2016.
For Questions or concerns regarding purchases from Santa Cruz Biotechnology or finding alternative suppliers contact The Office of Sponsored Programs Purchasing at 614- 292-6871.
For more information download the message from Jan Weisenberger and Christine Hamble.
Posted: January 6, 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.
Posted: January 4, 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: