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Office of Sponsored Projects Newsletter: December 2012

Major: New National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal Guide and Review Criteria Announced

NSF has released an updated Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 14, 2013. Proposal elements have been revised and the Broader Impacts criterion has been clarified to incorporate recommendations from the National Science Board (NSB) and America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (ACRA).

Selected NSF Programs Now Requiring Pre-Proposals; Some Submission Deadlines Changing

The core programs in the Divisions of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) and Environmental Biology (DEB) now require the submission of preproposals and have only one application cycle per year. Preliminary proposals to these programs are due in January each year, with invited full proposals due in August.

OSP Guidance Available for Managing NIH’s New Just-in-Time (JIT) Process

In April 2012, the National Institutes of Health altered its just-in-time (JIT) process requirements. This policy allows the submission of certain proposal elements (e.g. other support for key personnel, proof of compliance protocols) to be deferred until after proposal review, when the application is under consideration for funding. OSP has developed a “Quick Guide” for PIs who must submit JIT information in anticipation of an award.

Federal Sponsors Implement Standardized Progress Reports for Research Projects

An initiative of the Research Business Models (RBM) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has resulted in federal agencies adopting the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) to provide greater consistency in the administration of federal research awards.

New Funding Search Database Available: Grant Forward

The funding database known as IRIS has been renamed to Grant Forward. Enhanced features are now available to search for funding opportunities and, importantly, the database can now be used from off-campus.

Research Guidebook Available for Faculty Who Are Interested in Working with Industry

The University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) recently issued the Researcher Guidebook, a publication targeted at promoting more effective relationships between institutions (including universities, national labs, and other nonprofit organizations) and industry to facilitate programs of mutual interest and benefit to both parties.

OSP/GFA Working Group Update

The mission of the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) and Grants Fiscal Administration (GFA) Working Group is to develop and promote clearly defined policies and procedures that facilitate and support faculty and staff external funding endeavors while maintaining integrity and compliance for all sponsored programs at Northern Illinois University.

OSP Annual Report

The OSP Annual External Funding report for FY12 is available and located on the OSP website.

FY13 NIU Awards to Date

Congratulations Recently Funded Faculty!