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Research hot topics (updates on policies, procedures and training)

Following are updates on NSF, NIH policies and procedures and news about USDA/CREES Grantsmanship Workshops:

NSF updates:
1. NSF has released it’s new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, NSF 07-140, effective June 1, 2007. The guide is available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=papp. This new guide supercedes all prior versions and applies to proposals submitted on or after June 1, 2007.

. NSF has also released an Advisory regarding Use of Designated Fonts in NSF Proposals. The advisory is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/fontadvisory.pdf. Individuals preparing applications need to pay close attention to this advisory, as NSF cautions that proposals not in conformance with this guidance may be returned without review.

NIH updates:
1. eSubmission Application Viewing Window & Federal Holidays: NIH has reevaluated its policy of including Federal holidays in the two weekday window provided to applicants to view their assembled application prior to it moving forward for review and funding consideration. Federal holidays are now excluded from the two weekday application viewing window. The official NIH notice (NOT-OD-07-070) is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-070.html

2. Grants.gov Extends Transition Time for Agencies: Although Grants.gov was targeting the end of FY2007 to have all agencies transitioned to the new Adobe-based forms, they have extended the time provided to agencies to fully transition to the new format into 2008. Therefore, NIH’s transition to the Adobe forms remains on hold while awaiting Grants.gov to finalize the SF424 (R&R) form set. NIH does not expect to post new application packages with the Adobe-based forms this summer. Applicants are to continued using the current Grants.gov forms at this time.

USDA/CSREES Grantsmanship Workshops:
CSREES Grantsmanship workshops focus on competitive funding opportunities. CSREES administrators and program staff give an overview of the agency’s competitive programs and the details of the evaluation process. Breakout sessions give the goals, priorities and the past funding statistics of each program. CSREES encourages researchers, educators, extension specialists, and administrators to participate. Information regarding upcoming workshops are available at:
1. October 2, 2007, Denver, CO http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/AES/csrees/

2. October 9, 2007, Washington DC http://www.cpe.vt.edu/usdagrant/

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