June 2010
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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.


New NIH Policy on Post-Submission Application Materials

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:

  • Revised budget page(s) (e.g., change in budget request due to new funding or institutional acquisition)
  • Biographical sketches (e.g., change in senior/key personnel due to the loss of an investigator)
  • Letters of support or collaboration resulting from a change in senior/key personnel due to the loss of an investigator
  • Adjustments resulting from natural disasters (e.g., loss of an animal colony)
  • Adjustments resulting from change of institution (e.g., PI moved to another university)
  • News of an article accepted for publication

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.


Budgeting for Genomic Arrays for NIH Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Contracts

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.

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June 2010 articles:
Seminar Series
Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer: There's an App for That
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Funding for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)/Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) Research
The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award for 2010
The Hartwell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2010
Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Career Award for Medical Scientists
NIH Expands Provisions of the Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (eSNAP) and Requires Electronic Submission of SNAPs Beginning August 1, 2010
New NIH Policy on Post-Submission Application Materials
Budgeting for Genomic Arrays for NIH Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Contracts

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