NIH has updated its funding application and RPPR progress report forms and instructions to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic. These requirements apply to all funding applications and RPPRs due on or after May 25, 2021. Starting January 2022, applications and reports that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.
Changes to Biosketch Section Requirements
- Section A: Personal Statements
- This section now asks for any ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that you want to draw attention to (this request was previously part of Section D)
- Section B: Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors
- Researchers now need to include all positions and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign, including affiliations with foreign entities or governments. This includes titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received, and whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary)
Changes to the “Other Support” Form
“Other Support” includes all resources made available to a researcher in support of and/or related to all of their research endeavors, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value and regardless of whether they are based at the institution the researcher identifies for the current grant. It does not include training awards, prizes, or gifts where there is no expectation of anything in return.
- The format page has been re-organized to separate funded projects from in-kind contributions
- Signatures of the Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel are now required. Signatories must electronically sign the Other Support form as a PDF
- Other Support submissions that include foreign activities and resources must include supporting documentation (copies of contracts, grants or any other agreement specific to senior/key personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution). If the documents are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies
See the NIH Notice for further detail.