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NIH updates

• NIH non-competing grants under the current continuing resolution
• Reminder regarding applications exceeding $500,00 per year.
• Attention NRSA Fellows
• NIH form for certain research/training applications still in use.

NIH non-competing grants under the current continuing resolution. The National Institutes of Health on Friday published a notice detailing how non-competing grants will be treated under the current continuing resolution. Congress has yet to clear any of the fiscal year 2008 appropriation bills and agencies have been working under a continuing resolution (CR) since the start of the fiscal year on October. The current continuing resolution is set to expire on November 16th. As it did in FY 2006 and 2007, NIH announced it will fund most non-competing awards at 80 percent of previously committed levels while it operates under the CR. When NIH receives its appropriation for fiscal year 2008, these awards will be adjusted. For the official notice, see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-001.html .

NIH reminder regarding applications exceeding $500,00 per year.
NIH has asked that we remind applicants of the need to contact the Program Staff prior to submitting any grant application with $500,000 or more in direct costs for any year, as NIH approval is required prior to submission. This requirement applies to all Institutes. For the NINDS version of the policy, see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-02-004.html.

Attention NRSA Fellows. NIH has asked that we notify all NRSA (Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award) fellows regarding their eligibility to apply for NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) awards. NIH has indicated that not all NRSA recipients are aware that NIH has updated its policy regarding the NRSA service obligation. NRSA fellows can receive simultaneous funding from NRSA and LRP awards and (for NRSA fellows who have not fulfilled the NRSA service obligation) can easily request an extension of the NRSA service obligation. A request for an extension of the service obligation will not reduce NRSA funding in any way. Complete information can be found at http://www.lrp.nih.gov/about/NRSAinfo.htm. The loan repayment application cycle is open until December 1. A brochure providing an overview of the NIH Loan Repayment Programs is available by visiting www.lrp.nih.gov/brochure.pdf.

NIH form for certain research/training applications still in use.
NIH has announced that certain forms used for research and training applications, which were scheduled to expire in September 2007, are still to be used until further notice. See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-097.html for more information.

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