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Create Your Biosketch with SciENcv
Are you looking for help to create your NIH or NSF Biosketch? The Texas A&M University Libraries has put together a website with instructions and resources to walk you step by step through the process of creating an ORCID account and creating your biosketch with SciENcv (the NSF – and NIH-approved system for creating biosketches).

They welcome your feedback on their website. The site is available at the following address: Home – Create Your Biosketch with SciENcv – Research Guides at Texas A&M University (libguides.com)


Comments Solicited until June 13, 2022 on the draft of the new NSF PAPPG

NSF published a notice today, April 13, 2022, in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a “For comment” draft of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).    The Foundation is accepting comments from the external community until cob June 13, 2022.  The draft PAPPG is available on the Policy Office website.

Comments may be sent to the following: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite E7400, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone (703) 292-7556; or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov.

Highlighted proposed changes:

  1. Content has been revised to require use of SciENcv to prepare the Biographical Sketch. Use of the NSF Fillable Format will no longer be permitted.
  2. Content has been revised to require use of SciENcv to prepare the Current and Pending Support. Use of the NSF Fillable Format will no longer be permitted.
  3. Content has been added to encourage individuals to obtain an ORCID ID to facilitate pre-population as well as reduce the administrative burden associated with preparation of current and pending support.
  4. A new certification will be provided by each individual identified as senior personnel for both the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support in SciENcv.

Guidance on Salary Limitation for NIH awards

NIH announcement NOT-OD-22-076 released on February 10, 2022 provides guidance on the salary cap on NIH awards which is limited to the current Executive Level II of the Federal Executive Pay Scale.  At this time, NIH has not received an FY 2022 appropriation and is operating under a Continuing Resolution that applies the terms and conditions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

The Office of Personnel Management released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale and effective January 2, 2022, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $203,700.

For active awards, including awards that have been issued in FY 2022 (continuation and new), that were restricted to the previous Executive Level II, if adequate funds are available in active awards, and if the salary cap increase is consistent with the institutional base salary, recipients may rebudget funds to accommodate the current Executive Level II salary level.

The full text of the announcement is available at

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-22-076.html


Cayuse Learning Session Announcement

Cayuse Proposals is a tool that is designed for administrators and/or researchers to use for the preparation of proposals. Some researchers have requested training in order to access the system, upload documents, and in some instances, assist with preparation of their proposals. In response to these requests informational sessions for researchers will be offered.  As always, SRS Proposal Administrators will continue to provide full proposal preparation services. 

SRS will be providing quarterly information sessions for researchers via Zoom to offer guidance on the use of Cayuse Proposals.  Sessions will be held the following days/times in 2022. 

If you are interested in signing up for one of the sessions below, please select the desired date/time below and complete the registration.

If the established dates or times do not work for an individual, we can accommodate personalized sessions or view the prerecorded session here.

Below is the link for participants/attendees to submit questions before the session.https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=44HzaNpGuUe6V28yK48NodgsgBcEC_hAqkij23uJXahUMVJHUVhJWjMxQUhFV0pJU1FVVDVRQVFLVC4u


New DOE Conflict of Interest Policy

On December 20, 2021, DOE issued Financial Assistance Letter FAL 2022-02 to implement the DOE Interim Conflict of Interest Policy requirements for Financial Assistance.  It was effective upon issuance. 

The interim policy requires each Investigator who is planning to participate in the DOE award to disclose the Investigator’s significant financial interests (and those of the Investigator’s spouse and dependent children) no later than the time of proposal for the DOE award.  Disclosures must be made at least annually, thereafter, and within 30 days of acquiring a new significant financial interest.  

Finally, the DOE interim policy requires Investigator complete COI training prior to engaging in projects related to any DOE financial assistance award and at least every four years.

Fortunately, to minimize the implementation burden on non-Federal entities, the interim COI policy is largely aligned with the long-standing conflict of interest regulations established by the Public Health Service at 42 CFR part 50, Subpart F.   TAMU Researchers should follow the current process for FCOI reporting.


Effective January 25, 2022, for NIH Proposals submitted on or after this date- Use NIH Form G for the Biosketch

A main change for the Biosketch format  for type (R) research applications is that there is no longer a Section D. Research Support.   The information previously captured in that section has been moved to Section A. Personal Statement.

Below are NIH links regarding the changes to the Biosketch.

Biosketch Format Pages, Instructions and Samples | grants.nih.gov

application-guide-biosketch-instructions-rev-06-28-2021.docx (live.com)


New NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Policy

Get Ready, be prepared for the new NIH policy on Data Management and sharing that is effective for applications submitted on January 25, 2023 and after.  Beginning on this date NIH will require researchers to submit a data management plan as part of their application.   This policy applies to all research, funded or conducted in whole or in part by NIH, that results in the generation of scientific data. The plan will be part of the budget justification section of the proposal and will be limited to two pages or less.

The following elements should be included in each plan.

  • Data Type
  • Related Tools
  • Software and/or Code, data Standards
  • Data Preservation, Access, and Associated Timelines
  • Access, Distribution, or Reuse Considerations
  • Oversight of Data Management and Sharing.

The following information is provided by NIH for additional information.

  • NOT-OD-21-013 Final Policy for Data Management and Sharing.
  • NOT-OD-21-014 Elements of Data Management and Sharing Plan.
  • NOT-OD-21-015 Allowable Costs for Data Management and Sharing.
  • NOT-OD-21-016 Resources on Selecting a Repository.

Get help from the TAMU Libraries:  Do you have questions about creating your data management plan?  Reach out to the TAMU Library Data Management section.   They have resources available. Go to Data Management Plans (tamu.edu)

  • Use the DMPTool to create a data management plan
  • Get feedback on your data management plan
  • Share your data in the Texas Data Repository
  • Attend a data management plan workshop

Plan ahead and be ready to include a data management plan in your research applications beginning January 25, 2023.


Effective January 25, 2022, for due dates and submissions on or after this date- Use NIH Form G for Other Support

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.

Updated Requirements for Recipients (NOT-OD-21-073):    Main changes are as follows:

  • Note the requirement for Principal Investigators and Senior/Key  personnel to sign and date the form
  • Supporting documentation, which includes copies of contracts/agreements specific to senior/key-personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution for all foreign activities and resources that are reported in Other Support. If the contracts/agreements are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies.

Not sure whether a particular activity should be reported in the biosketch, other support, or annual project reports? Check out this new resource – NIH Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support.


NSF Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) NSF 22-1

The new National Science Foundation (NSF)  APPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021. Significant changes include:

  • A table entitled, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. This table identifies where pre- and post-award current and pending support disclosure information must be provided. Proposers and awardees may begin using this table immediately;
  • Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;
  • Updates to the current and pending support section of NSF proposals to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects is provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication;
  • Updates to travel proposals will require that AORs certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment.

The PAPPG can be found at the following link:   nsf22001 Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) | NSF – National Science Foundation Researchers reach out to your Sponsored Research Services (SRS) contact if you have questions.