What is Foreign Influence, and when should it be disclosed? August 2021

Since early 2018, we have observed heightened awareness and increased activity related to foreign influence in academia within the federal government and amongst our peer institutions.

Federal funding agencies have issued new requirements and guidance, federal law enforcement agencies have increased prosecutorial activity, and Congress has signed new legislation and sought information on how the academic research community is responding to this evolving issue. Additional information on Foreign Influence.

Revised NASA Grant and Cooperative Agreement December 2021
Revised NSF Grants.gov Application Guide August 2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published a revised version of the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide (NSF 21-084). Overall, the Guide has been updated to align with the changes to NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1). The Guide will be effective for applications submitted (via Grants.gov) or due, on or after October 4, 2021. 

Revised 2 CFR FAQs

OMB has posted a revised set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the Uniform Guidance for Grants (2 CFR). OMB has stated these FAQs align with the revisions to 2 CFR published in 85 FR 49506 (August 13, 2020) and replace the July 27, 2017 version.

Changes to NIH Application Forms

The following application forms include substantive changes (i.e., new/deleted/modified fields). All other forms include only an OMB expiration date change.

  • PHS 398 Career Development Award Supplemental Form
  • PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement
  • PHS Assignment Request form
  • PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form
  • PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information
  • SBIR/STTR Information
New “All About Grants” Podcast – Am I Doing Human Subjects’ Research?
Research.gov Expanded:
National Science Foundation (NSF) version 3.0 form updates April 2022
  1. Research and Related (R&R) Budget Form:
    • Updates the form from version 2.0 to version 3.0
    • Adds seven additional "Other Direct Cost" data fields
  2. Research and Related (R&R) Subaward Budget Form:
    • Updates the form from version 2.0 to version 3.0
    • Adds seven additional "Other Direct Cost" data fields

Applications submitted with these forms to NSF through Grants.gov on or after April 19, 2022, must use version 3.0 of the forms to avoid submission validation errors. 

If you have questions concerning these form changes on Grants.gov or parallel changes to S2S interfaces, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 or fastlane@nsf.gov

NSF Updates to the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NSF Revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide