NIH issued a notice detailing statutory provisions that limit or condition the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY 2022.
Reminder: NIH Will Continue to Accept Preliminary Data as Post-Submission Material Through January 2023 Councils
NIH will continue to accept a one-page update with preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted for summer 2022 due dates, ONLY if the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application.
NIH issued guidance for NIH Fiscal Operations for FY 2022 including funding levels, NRSA stipends, and salary limits.
Changes to the Federal Financial Report (FFR) Beginning April 1, 2022 Reduce Recipient Reporting Burden
Effective April 1, 2022, NIH and AHRQ grant recipients will no longer complete the cash transaction section (lines 10a through 10c) of the SF-425 Federal Financial Report (FFR) in the HHS Payment Management System (PMS).
The management of iEdison, the system used to report inventions, patents and utilization data resulting from federally funded research grants and contracts, is moving from NIH eRA to the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST).
NIH recently announced an update to the Special Council Review (SCR) policy to align with updated Other Support disclosure requirements. Effective with the FY 2022 May/June Council round, Advisory Council members will continue to provide additional consideration of new and renewal applications from well-supported investigators who currently receive $2 million or more in total costs, per year of active NIH funding.
While operating under a continuing resolution, all legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2021 for NIH grant, cooperative agreements, and research and development contract awards remain in effect. This includes restricting direct salary support to the salary limitation set at Executive Level II of the federal pay scale. The Office of Personnel Management released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale that became effective in January 2022.
Working on a Human Subjects Study Record in Our Human Subjects System? ACTION NEEDED: Re-Save the Record Before Submission
Prior to submission of your application or Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR), you should re-save study records in Work in Progress applications even if you are not making changes to the study record. The Save operation updates the underlying data to match that required by the new FORMS-G.
Under normal circumstances, individuals must have no more than four years of postdoctoral research experience to be eligible to apply for a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award. Due to ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NIH will continue to allow up to a two-receipt cycle eligibility extension for candidates on K99/R00 applications to parent announcements. If you are planning to take advantage of this flexibility, there are a few details to keep in mind.
For Spring 2022 due dates, NIH recently extended the guidance that while grant applications should not include contingency or recovery plans for problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, investigators may address effects due to the pandemic on productivity or other scoreable issues in the personal statement of the biosketch. NIH also extended the special exception for post-submission material to applications submitted for the August/October 2022 Council rounds.