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A Reminder of Your Roles as Applicants and Reviewers in Maintaining the Confidentiality of Peer Review

A Reminder of Your Roles as Applicants and Reviewers in Maintaining the Confidentiality of Peer Review

April 7, 2017

Dr. Richard Nakamura is director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review

Imagine this: you’re a reviewer on an NIH study section, and receive a greeting card from the Principal Investigator (PI) on an application you are reviewing. A note written inside the card… Read more about A Reminder of Your Roles as Applicants and Reviewers in Maintaining the Confidentiality of Peer Review

NIH Fiscal Operations and Interim Salary Cap Guidance

March 31, 2017

NIH continues to operate under a continuing resolution, meaning that we will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level), as we have in past years. See our March 17 Guide notice for details.

We have also issued interim guidance on salary limits for NIH grants and cooperative agreements. The direct… Read more about NIH Fiscal Operations and Interim Salary Cap Guidance

What is a “Person Month” & How Do I Calculate It?

March 31, 2017

A “person month” is the metric for expressing the effort (amount of time) principal investigators (PIs), faculty and other senior personnel devote to a specific project. The effort is based on the type of appointment of the individual with the organization; e.g., calendar year (CY), academic year (AY), and/or summer term (SM); and the organization’s definition of such. For instance, some institutions define the academic year as a 9-month appointment while others define it as a 10-month appointment.

Conversion of percentage of effort to person months is straight-forward. To… Read more about What is a “Person Month” & How Do I Calculate It?

How Do I Withdraw My Application?

March 31, 2017

To withdraw an application after it has been validated by eRA Commons and moved on to the Center for Scientific Review, there are two ways you can request the withdrawal.

A new eRA Commons feature allows the withdrawal electronically through the Prior Approval tab in eRA Commons. This action can be initiated by a principal investigator (PI) or Signing Official (SO), but can only be submitted by the SO. The request can be internally routed in Commons between the SO and PI for review before submission. (Read the… Read more about How Do I Withdraw My Application?

eRA Enhancements: New Features for eRA Commons Status

March 30, 2017

New enhancements have been added to the detailed Status Information screen in the March 30 software release. The detailed Status Information screen, accessible by Signing Officials (SOs) and Principal Investigators (PIs), is the information screen for every successfully submitted grant application and every grant award. In the Other Relevant Documents section, you have quick access to important forms, documents, and reports. Administrative Supplements and Relinquishing Statements that have been submitted can also be accessed  by clicking on the appropriate link. These links open screens… Read more about eRA Enhancements: New Features for eRA Commons Status

New 5-Day Policy Exception Request Form for University Area Proposal Submissions

March 29, 2017

In exciting news, starting on April 1st, the process to request an exception to the University Area 5 Day Submission Policy will be changed. Instead of email, all requests will be submitted through a simple online form. No further action is required after submitting the form.

The form is available directly from the OSP website or by visiting this… Read more about New 5-Day Policy Exception Request Form for University Area Proposal Submissions

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