National Science Foundation (NSF)
Starting on July 31, 2023, all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, senior personnel, undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) must complete Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RCER) training, including training in mentorship. This is outlined in Part B of Chapter IX of the Proposal & Award Procedures Guide (PAPPG NSF 23-1). Please contact RIC for more information.
NEW! NSF PAPPG Changes Effective January 30, 2023
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has posted a the 2023 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedure Guide (PAPPG) 23-1. Major change highlights:
- References to Research.gov have been incorporated throughout, as part of the final transition from FastLane to Research.gov for proposal preparation and submission. NSF FastLane will be retired and Research.gov submission will be required effective January 27, 2023.
- SciENcv will now be MANDATORY for Biosketches and Current and Pending support documents effective October 23, 2023. It is encouraged to use SciENcv prior to this time.
- Requirements Relating to Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and Registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), has been modified to clarify that subrecipients named in a proposal must obtain a UEI and register in Research.gov, however, they do not need to be registered in SAM.
Pre-Award has created a UNT Pre-Award NSF Checklist (PDF) that may be helpful when preparing an NSF proposal. Please note that specific solicitations may have additional guidance that deviates from the standard information outlined in the checklist.
NSF has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of the Biographical Sketch & the Current & Pending Support section of an NSF proposal. SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of these documents. Refer to the SciENcv webpage for more information on SciENcv.
Guidance on NSF Off-campus and Off-site Research Requirements
NSF’s PAPPG includes a requirement (effective January 30, 2023) for the AOR to certify that the grantee organization has in place a plan for safe and inclusive research workplace environments for any proposal including off-campus or off-site research. For purposes of this requirement, off-campus or off-site research is defined by NSF as “data/information/samples being collected off-campus or off-site, such as fieldwork and research activities on vessels and aircraft”.
The plan must describe how the following types of behavior will be addressed:
- Abuse of any person, including, but not limited to, harassment, stalking, bullying, or hazing of any kind, whether the behavior is carried out verbally, physically, electronically, or in written form; or
- Conduct that is unwelcome, offensive, indecent, obscene, or disorderly.
The plan also should identify steps the proposing organization will take to nurture an inclusive off-campus or off-site working environment, e.g., trainings; processes to establish shared team definitions of roles, responsibilities, and culture, e.g., codes of conduct; and field support, such as mentor/mentee support mechanisms, regular check-ins, and/or developmental events.
Communications within team and to the organization should be considered in the plan, minimizing singular points within the communications pathway (e.g., a single person overseeing access to a single satellite phone), and any special circumstances such as the involvement of multiple organizations or the presence of third parties in the working environment should be taken into account. The process or method for making incident reports as well as how
any reports received will be resolved should also be accounted for.
The organization’s plan for the proposal must be disseminated to individuals participating in the off-campus or off-site research prior to departure. Proposers should not submit the plan to NSF for review.
To support Principal Investigators (PIs) in meeting this new requirement, GCA has created a template PIs should download, complete for their project, and disseminate to individuals participating in the off-campus or off-site research prior to departure.
For proposals involving off campus or off-site research, the PI must provide GCA with a copy of the project specific Plan prior to the submission of the proposal.
Please note: In general, NSF does not require the plan to be submitted to NSF. However, several solicitations from the NSF Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO) and Geosciences (GEO) may require submission of a Safe and Inclusive Work Environments Plan as a Supplemental Document.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NEW! NIH Application Guide Changes Effective January 25, 2023 – Forms H Guide
The NIH has posted the General Application Guide for NIH and Other PHS Agencies – Version H, for comprehensive guidance for research, training, fellowship, career development, multi-project, and small business applications.
Pre-Award has created UNT Pre-Award NIH Checklists that may be helpful when preparing an NIH proposal. Please note that specific solicitations may have additional guidance that deviates from the standard information outlined in the checklist. Checklists available are below.
NIH F Series Checklist
NIH K Series Checklist
NIH R Series Checklist
NIH HSCTI Checklist
Please note that the GCA Internal deadline for NIH Multi-Project Submissions deviates from GCA’s typical 6-business day deadline. If you are anticipating submitting an NIH Multi-Project application, please review GCA’s NIH Multi-Project Submission Timeline to ensure you plan accordingly.
Data Management & Sharing Plan
Effective January 25, 2023, NIH’s new Data Management Policy was implemented. This policy requires researchers to prospectively plan for how scientific data will be preserved and shared through submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan and to implement the approved plan. Plans should explain how scientific data will be managed and describe which scientific data and accompanying metadata will be shared in common repositories. It applies to all NIH-funded research that directly results in the generation of scientific data, regardless of funding level or mechanism. This expands upon NIH’s previous data sharing requirement that applies to projects with $500,000 or more in direct costs in any single year.
Under the DMS policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions:
- Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data
- Submit a DMS plan for review when applying for funding
- Comply with the approved DMS Plan
Individual NIH Institutes, Centers, or Offices may have additional policies and expectations (see NIH Institute and Center Data Sharing Policies).
- NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy
- NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy
- Data Management and Sharing Plan Format Page
- Costs for Data Management and Sharing
NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15)
UNT is eligible to apply for the NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15). This opportunity supports small-scale research projects at educational institutions that provide advanced degress for research scientists but have not become major recipients of NIH support.
UNT meets the eligibility criteria for the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15):
• The applicant institution must be an accredited public or non-profit private school that grants baccalaureate degrees in biomedical sciences.
• At the time of application submission, all the non-health professional components of the institution together have not received support from the NIH totaling more than $6 million per year (in both direct and F&A/indirect costs) in 4 of the last 7 fiscal years.
• Academic component must have a greater undergraduate student enrollment than graduate student enrollment.
For the purposes of this program, UNT considers all academic components on campus to be Non-Health Professional Schools.
The goals of the AREA grant program play to UNT areas of strength:
• support meritorious research
• expose students to research
• strengthen research environment of the institution
• Be sure to use the appropriate FOA for your project type (i.e. Clinical Trial vs Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
• Be sure you meet the principal investigator eligibility requirements
• Your Grant and Contract Specialist in GCA will obtain the required institutional eligibility letter when assembling the application package.
• AREA grant is permitted to have a subcontract to a non-AREA-eligible institution. However, applicants should keep the goals of the AREA program in mind when preparing the application, which include strengthening the research environment of eligible institutions and engaging students from eligible institutions in research. The majority of the research must be directed by the PD(s)/PI(s) at the grantee institution.
For more information about the NIH R15 funding opportunity review NIH websites:
U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)
The NIFA Grants Application Guide provides guidance for the preparation and submission of NIFA grant applications. This guide provides general information and references pertaining to the grant application process as well as NIFA-specific instructions and requirements.
Additional Guidance or application instructions provided in specific funding opportunity announcements should be followed and supersede general guidance in the NIFA Grants Application Guide.
When applying for a NIFA award, it is important to reference the version of the guide that is included in the specific funding opportunity application package. Click here to see where the NIFA Grants Application Guide is located in the Grants.gov funding opportunity package.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
The NASA Proposer’s Guidebook outlines the policies and processes for submitting responses to a NASA NOFO, which are also known as NASA Research Announcements (NRA), Cooperative Agreement Notices (CAN), Broad Agency Announcements (BAA), or solicitations.
To submit a research proposal to NASA, individuals must be registered in the NASA Solicitation Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES). Individuals may register at any time. Contact your GCA Specialist if you have questions.