Navigating recent NIH application changes
Whether you are a faculty member seeking NIH funding or one of UNL’s grant support professionals, staff in the Office of Proposal Development and the pre-award division of the Office of Sponsored Programs can help you navigate several recent changes at NIH.
On Jan. 25, NIH began requiring a shortened, restructured grant proposal narrative and a revised biographical sketch format. The narrative sections that formerly comprised the NIH Research Plan have been streamlined into a single section called Research Strategy. In most cases, the Research Strategy section is limited to six or 12 pages in length.
To help UNL applicants meet the new NIH proposal format and content requirements, the Office of Proposal Development created two outlines: one for a six-page Research Strategy section and one for a 12-page Research Strategy section. Templates for and examples of the new NIH biosketch format also are available on the Office of Research and Economic Development’s NIH application changes page.
Updated instructions for electronic SF 424 (R&R) and paper-based PHS 398 applications that reflect the new format requirements are available on the NIH Forms and Applications Web site. They must now be used for all submissions. Remember to download an updated grants.gov package before initiating any grant application submission.
NIH also recently released updated information regarding salary limitations on grants, cooperative agreements and contracts. The NIH salary cap increased to $199,700 on Jan. 1. The salary cap applies to an individual’s institutional base salary rate and does not include fringe benefits or facilities and administrative (indirect) costs.
Faculty and staff should contact the proposal development team for assistance with the narrative portion of their grant proposal applications. For questions related to proposal budget development or submission, applicants should contact their unit’s designated pre-award staff member.
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