NIH Announces Changes to Their Grant Application Rules

June 7, 2016

National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released their new grant application policies and instructions for due dates on or after May 25, 2016.

The changes focus on the following areas:

  • Rigor and transparency in research grant applications (including small business and complex research grant applications) – NOT-OD-16-011 and NOT-OD-16-012
    • Applicants must use the new “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources” attachment to briefly describe methods used to ensure the identity and validity of key biological and/or chemical resources.
  • Vertebrate animals  – NOT-OD-16-006
    • Applicants must answer new euthanasia questions on the PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement and PHS Fellowship Supplemental forms when vertebrate animals are involved, instead of addressing the method of euthanasia in the Vertebrate Animals attachment.
  • Inclusion
    • Applicants must provide inclusion data on a new, consolidated PHS Inclusion Enrollment Report form.
  • Data Safety Monitoring Plans
    • Applicants must provide a new “Data Safety Monitoring Plan” attachment when their project includes a clinical trial.
  • Research Training – NOT-OD-16-007
  • PHS Awarding Component and Peer Review Requests – NOT-OD-16-008
    • Applicants must use a new PHS Assignment Request Form to communicate requests pertinent to the assignment and initial peer review of applications.
  • New Font Guidelines – NOT-OD-16-009
    • Acceptable fonts are now: Arial, Garamond, Georgia, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, Times New Roman, and Verdana
    • 11 point or larger
  • Biosketch Clarifications – NOT-OD-16-080

If you have any questions, please contact your Grants Specialist or osp@utdallas.edu.

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