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NSF and NIH Policy and Grant Application Changes for 2016

The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health are implementing several policy changes which affect grant application content and organization. 

  • National Science Foundation Significant Changes and Clarifications to NSF’s Proposal & Awards Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) are summarized online. The January 2016 Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), or the full PAPPG, also are available for download. Changes are effective for proposals submitted on or after January 25, 2016
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) is implementing several significant policy changes in 2016 regarding grant application preparation and review, including the requirement to address scientific premise and rigor. Phase 1 changes were effective for applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2016. Phase 2 changes will be implemented for proposals due on or after May 25, 2016. 

    • For a comprehensive summary of changes and list of relevant NIH notices, click here.
    • NOT-OD-16-004 provides a summary of policy changes affecting grant applications with links to detailed Notices.
    • Visit the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for the correct version of forms (Forms Version C or Forms Version D).
    • A new HTML version of the March 25, 2016 application guide for Phase 2 is now available.
    • Quick links to templates and instructions for various forms can be found here.
    • Mike Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, discusses "Updates on Addressing Rigor in Your NIH Applications" in a Jan. 11, 2016 blog. 


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