Due Date Accommodations for Investigators Responding to the West Africa Ebola Outbreak

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest Ebola outbreak in history. NIH appreciates the humanitarian assistance being provided by NIH-supported program directors and principal investigators who travel to West Africa to participate in emergency response activities. As described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-010, we have made accommodations to provide additional time for application submission and grant-related reporting for these investigators. …. Continue reading

New Guidance on Significant Changes That Require IACUC Review

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) issued new guidance on what is considered a significant change to ongoing animal activities. The guidance was announced in an NIH Guide Notice (NOT-OD-14-126), and outlines the types of changes to research activities that must be reviewed and approved by Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs). Continue reading

Reminder to Begin Reporting on Individual Development Plans

As a reminder, two changes to progress reporting take effect in October. First, reporting on the use of individual development plans is required, as described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-113 and a previous Rock Talk blog.

Additionally, the federal-wide progress reporting format — known as the RPPR (Research Performance Progress Report) — is required for all type 5 non-SNAP progress reports submitted on or after October 17, 2014. Please read the announcement in the NIH Guide and the June Extramural Nexus article for more information. Continue reading

Reminder: Domestic Animal Welfare Assurances Renewals Only for Institutions with Current Funding

Before NIH awards a grant or contract that involves the use of animals, the recipient institution and all research sites using animals must have an approved Animal Welfare Assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). …. As of December 1, 2014, OLAW will only renew domestic Assurances if the institution has current PHS funding. …. Continue reading