Parent Career Development and Small Business Opportunities Reissued

January 30, 2014

Although it may be tempting to use a form you have previously downloaded to apply for an NIH grant, don’t! When NIH reissues funding opportunity announcements, you must use the most recent forms associated with those announcements for us to be able to receive your application submission. ….

A Welcome Resource

January 30, 2014

NIH sends out a “Welcome Wagon” letter to new (first-time) grantee organizations, providing important information critical to the successful administration and fiscal management of NIH awards. ….

What’s New with NIH’s Small Business Research Programs?

January 28, 2014

Since the last time I’ve written about our small business research programs, there have been a lot of important changes as a result of the Congressional reauthorization that mandated Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding requirements through fiscal year 2017. …. We have been working diligently alongside the Small Business Administration to put these changes into effect for NIH, as described on the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011: NIH Implementation of Key Changes website. As the 2014 HHS-wide SBIR and STTR Omnibus solicitations were announced last week, I thought it would be good to highlight some of these important reforms. ….

New Reforms to Federal Grant Policies

January 17, 2014

In February last year I blogged about the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)’s request for comments on proposed federal grant policy reforms. These policies, contained in multiple documents known as circulars, contain Fed-wide regulations on spending, not just for research grants. Many grantees and stakeholder organizations came forth and contributed comments. This information was taken into account by OMB to bring a number of these changes into fruition. The new guidance, “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards”, was announced by OMB in December as one consolidated omnicircular. Here are just a few highlights: