NIH Expands Provisions of the Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (eSNAP) and Requires Electronic Submission of SNAPs Beginning August 1, 2010
The eRA electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (eSNAP) enables grantees to submit an electronic version of the SNAP Type 5 (non-competing) progress report through the eRA Commons. The SNAP provisions have been expanded, and there is a new submission policy. Beginning with SNAP progress reports due on/after August 1, 2010, paper progress reports will not be accepted.
All progress reports for awards subject to SNAP
must be submitted electronically using the eRA Commons eSNAP module,
which will electronically capture all SNAP Progress Reports eligible
for funding in FY2011. Paper submissions will be considered noncompliant
and will not be accepted or used for consideration for funding and will
not become part of the official grant file. Grantees who incorrectly
submit a paper progress report will be required to resubmit the progress
report electronically using eSNAP, and late progress reports may delay
a noncompeting award.
To read the entire announcement, click here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-093.html.
NIH is making this announcement early to
allow researchers time to transition. The new policy, effective September
25, 2010, is intended to expedite timely peer review, reduce burden
on NIH extramural staff and peer reviewers, and provide a uniform amount
of materials for each grant application going to review. The new policy
will only allow grant application materials to be accepted after submission
of the application but before the initial peer review if they result
from unforeseen administrative issues. Exceptions to this policy are
indicated in the full announcement (http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-091.html).
The deadline for receipt of post-submission materials is one month (30 calendar days) prior to the peer review meeting. Post-submission materials will not be accepted if fewer than thirty calendar days remain before the peer review meeting.
Acceptable post-submission materials under the
new policy will include:
For complete details on what materials are
considered unacceptable, and what are considered exceptions, read the
entire announcement here: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-091.html.
This notice provides guidance on the transformation
from customary costing principles and procedures for the treatment of
this specific supply (genomic arrays) through the application of the
Facilities and Administration (F & A) rate, also known as the Indirect
Cost Rate. The budgeting and reimbursement approval of these costs require
careful consideration to ensure that these substantial investments are
both scientifically and fiscally justified. The application of F &
A costs when budgeting and for reimbursement purposes will be limited
for genomic arrays as a "high-throughput commodity and service".
In recent years while the cost of these tools has been significantly
reduced, the current awards being approved often require large volumes
of these consumables which have become an increasingly significant component
of the funds awarded and reimbursed for these research projects. The
treatment of the costs for purchase of genomic arrays as "supplies"
in these specialized award budgets at high levels of usage would result
in the application of F & A cost recovery that is disproportionate
to the actual administrative burden associated with the relatively high
cost of the procurement of these genomic arrays. To read all the details
of these budgeting procedures, click here: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-097.html.