Expanded Required Responsible & Ethical Conduct of Research Training

CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 – NSF Provisions.  Expands required Responsible & Ethical Conduct of Research training.   In addition to the current requirement for undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs, this training will now be required for faculty and senior personnel working on NSF funded projects beginning the end of July 2023.  New Topics: Mentor training, mentorship, awareness of potential research security threats, export controls (disclosure and reporting).


National Science Foundation releases revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1)

The National Science Foundation releases revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1.   The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023. The PAPPG can be accessed in either a html or a PDF format at https://beta.nsf.gov/policies/pappg/23-1 NSF will present information about these changes at the upcoming NSF Grants Conference as part of the Proposal and Award Policy Update session on November 17th.

Additional information and no-cost registration are available at: https://nsfpolicyoutreach.com/22-grants-conference/.


DOE Office of Science – Applications will require Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research (PIER) Plan

Beginning in FY 2023, all Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and DOE National Lab Announcements and other funding solicitations will require applicants to submit a Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research (PIER) Plan as an appendix to their proposal narrative. PIER Plans should describe the activities and strategies applicants will incorporate to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in their research projects. PIER Plans will be evaluated as part of the merit review process and will be used to inform funding decisions.  

Read full article at GRANTS Promoting Inclusive and E… | U.S. DOE Office of Science(SC) (osti.gov)


Fall 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference – November 14-17, 2022

The next NSF Grant Conference will be held virtually from November 14 – 17, 2022.   Registration will open on Thursday, October 13 at 12 PM EST.   Go to NSF Grants Conference – NSF Policy Office Outreach (nsfpolicyoutreach.com)

For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded conference sessions will be available on demand shortly after the event.    The NSF Grants Conference is designed to give new faculty, researchers and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF.   NSF program officers will be providing up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answering attendee questions.


NSF Delays Requirement to Use SciENcv to October 2023

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has delayed the implementation of requirement to use SciENcv for the preparation of biographical sketch and current and pending support until October 2023. This requirement was originally proposed to be effective January 2023 but due to feedback, NSF has decided to allow more time for the transition to SciENcv.  Eventually the use of SciENcv will be required so researchers are encouraged to use SciENcv.

Help and assistance with SciENcv is available

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 site is available at the following address:   Home – Create Your Biosketch with SciENcv – Research Guides at Texas A&M University (libguides.com)


On-Demand Presentation on the Huron Disclosure System Software

The recent Sponsored Research Services (SRS) AnSRS4U recording of the presentation on the Huron Disclosure System Software is now available for viewing from the SRS website at AnSRS4U – Sponsored Research Services (tamu.edu)

As a reminder, the Office of Export Controls, Conflict of Interest, and  Responsible Conduct of Research has a website Disclosure Process in Huron – Division of Research (tamu.edu) with user guides and information on upcoming training opportunities.

You can access the system via Single Sign-On from the following link:    https://tamu.huronresearchsuite.com/ – On this page, you need to search Texas A&M for the log in. It displays all A&M System parts.

People can access the system and submit their disclosure profiles anytime. If they are involved in faculty consulting and external employment, they need to submit a Pre-Approval Request in Huron, as soon as possible.  For questions contact Laura Cajiao-Wingenbach or Lesa Feldhousen.   During business hours they can be reached at 979 458-3149 or via email at coi@tamu.edu.


NIH Data Management and Sharing Plans

Reminder of New NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Policy

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.  The plan will be part of the budget justification section of the proposal and will be limited to two pages or less.

New NIH Website on Scientific Data Sharing

NIH has announced the availability of a new website on Scientific Data Sharing.  Whether you are involved in an NIH-funded project and want to understand which sharing policies apply to your research and how to comply, or you are a researcher looking to access scientific data from NIH-affiliated repositories, this site provides helpful information on the process:

To learn more about this new website, you can go to the NEXUS announcement.

TAMU Libraries Research Data Management Services

Go to Research Data Management Services (tamu.edu)  Use the DMPTool to create a data management plan.


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. 

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.

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. 

Please view the prerecorded session here.


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.