Take A Look At Our New Application Instructions

Reading and following application instructions is key to a smooth application submission process. This is why we’re continually seeking to make it easier for you to find and understand the information you need. If you take a look at the December release of our application guide, you will see that we’ve worked really hard to simplify the language and presentation of our application instructions.
A recent Guide notice highlights our changes: …. Continue reading

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Does NIH Expect Completion of GCP Training by the January 1, 2017 Effective Date?

Institutions need not regard the NIH Good Clinical Practice (GCP) policy’s effective date as a deadline by which we expect NIH-funded investigators and clinical trial staff involved in the design, conduct, oversight, or management of clinical trials to complete GCP training. Rather, as long as steps are being taken to meet the expectation, e.g., staff who have not yet been trained have signed up for a course, the training itself can be completed after the effective date. For more information, …. Continue reading

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Do I Have to Take a Particular Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training Program to Meet NIH Policy Expectations?

The GCP policy does not specify that a particular GCP course or program be taken. The policy includes links to GCP training courses sponsored by NIAID and NIDA. In addition, NCATS has developed a GCP training program geared to behavioral clinical trial investigators. These courses are free of charge. Other free courses as well as fee-based courses are available.

For more information read the NIH Guide notice announcing the policy and other related FAQs. Continue reading

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Out with the Old, In with the New: Final Research Performance Progress Reports (Final RPPRs) in Use in 2017

Those of you who have been working in the NIH grants world for several years may remember that NIH’s use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) comes from a federal government-wide transition to a standard reporting format for all federally-funded research projects and research-related activities. As of January 1, 2017, that transition nears completion at NIH. The Final Research Performance Progress Report (Final-RPPR or F-RPPR) will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) for grants closeout on or after January 1, 2017. Generally, the F-RPPR format will be the same as the current interim/annual RPPR, making it easier for you to navigate and complete….. Continue reading

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New Application Instructions and Important Reminders for Appendix Sections and Post-submission Materials

As you’re preparing your application for due dates on or after January 25, 2017, be sure to consult the recently updated NIH application guide, which reflects two important changes in our submission guidelines.
As announced earlier this year, you may only include certain materials as an appendix to your application. The only materials that will be accepted in the appendix section are: …. Continue reading

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