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Welcome to OSP

The Office of Sponsored Projects serves as a central resource to support the research enterprise at Dartmouth by providing guidance and stewardship for the research community and the College.

NEWS

New OSP Web Page on the Federal Uniform Guidance

Please monitor our site for important reference materials, training materials and Dartmouth implementation plans for the changes in federal grant policy.  Link to the Uniform Guidance

OSP Publishes FY14 Report on Sponsored Projects

The Office of Sponsored Projects has issued the annual report of sponsored projects for fiscal year 2014.   The report includes data on awards, proposals and expenses with departmental and divisional breakdowns.  You can access the report at this link.

OSP Launches New Electronic Labor Verification System

As you may know from previous years, Dartmouth is required to perform an annual labor verification process. The labor verification process is a regulatory requirement (OMB Circular A-21 and its replacement “The Uniform Guidance”) and, as such, a requirement of Dartmouth’s auditors. The requirement serves as an after-the-fact confirmation of salary charges made to your grants. The regulation requires certification by the PI or suitable person with knowledge of the project.   Dartmouth faculty and department grant managers who are involved in sponsored projects have recently received instructions on how to use the new system.  Please review and certify these reports as soon as possible and no later than January 15, 2015.  OSP will be sending out periodic reminders.   Any questions concerning the new system should be sent to labor.cert.osp@dartmouth.edu.

NIH Updates

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After January 25, 2015
(NOT-OD-15-024) Office of the Director, NIH.  The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research.

New Definition of Clinical Trial:  In October 2014, NIH revised its definition of “clinical trial” in order to make the distinction between clinical trials and clinical research studies clearer and to enhance the precision of the information NIH collects, tracks, and reports on clinical trials. The change is not intended to expand the scope of the category of clinical trials. No changes have been made to the NIH definition of a “Phase III clinical trial.”  The revised definition will replace the current clinical trial definition in relevant extramural and intramural NIH policies, guidance, and instructional materials. It will apply to competing grant applications that are submitted to NIH for the January 25, 2015, receipt date and subsequent receipt dates and to contract proposals that are submitted to NIH on or after January 25, 2015.   Please review the NIH website for further details at this link.

NSF Updates

NSF has released its implementation of OMB’s Uniform Guidance via NSF’s Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) effective December 26, 2014. A summary of the significant changes can be found on the website at the following link:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf15001/sigchanges.jsp. 

OSP Updates

Read the latest news from the Office of Sponsored Projects, July/August 2014 issue.

  • New Labor Verification System
  • Federal Grant Rule Changes
  • OSP Staffing Changes
  • New Faculty Orientation
  • Data Management Plans
  • Paying Research Subjects
  • NIH
  • Sunshine Act
  • RPPR to be Required for All NIH Awards
  • RAPPORT Updates

click here to read the newsletter

NIH Announcement on Individual Development Plans

Revised Policy: Descriptions on the Use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Required in Annual Progress Reports beginning October 1, 2014

NIH annual progress reports received on/after October 1, 2014 must include a section to describe how individual development plans (IDPs) are used to identify and promote the career goals of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers associated with the award.  Click here for the NIH Guide Announcement

The Graduate Studies Office recommends that all PhD graduate students complete myIDP (Individual Development Plan). MyIDP is a free online tool to help science graduate students explore possibilities and set goals to pursue a career path that best fits their skills and interests.  Click here for guidance from the Graduate Studies Office

Display Problem on Our Home Page

There is a temporary problem with the display of our home page. Our site has recently been migrated to the new display format, and in some cases browsers do not immedidately incorporate the new format, making the site look as if it is under construction. A refresh of your browser page (the circular arrow in the address bar in Firefox, F5 in IE) should clear up the display problem. We apologize for any confusion.

Whistleblower Protection for Dartmouth Employees 

Access information here.

Criteria for Acceptance of Sponsored Activities Agreements with Disclosure Restrictions

This document revises the Dartmouth policy and criteria for accepting clauses concerning publication restrictions in sponsored research agreements.  In its role as an educational and research institution, Dartmouth seeks to contribute knowledge to the world. The results of its sponsored activities should, therefore, be accessible to the public and be disseminated on a non-discriminatory basis.  The revised document explains the criteria for such language and replaces previous language described in the faculty handbook. 

New NIH Requirements for Progress Reports and Mandatory Compliance for Public Access 

As described in recent OSP sessions, research performance progress reports for NIH non-competing applications (SNAP) and Fellowships must be submitted using the new on-line system, RPPR.  The RPPR is available on the NIH Commons.   Caution: the system will allow you to start an eSNAP using the old system.   However, submission is not possible using the old system.   If you start a non-competing in eSNAP, you will need to contact the NIH help desk and request that the report be deleted and you will need to start over in RPPR.  Also, non-competing applications are currently being delayed by NIH if publications are not compliant with NIH public access rules and reporting in My NCBI;  For additional information, please review OSP slides from presentation on the OSP Faculty resource page

Guidance for Researchers Concerning Data Security

The OSP website now includes information concerning how to address security requirements for certain proposals.   The new page provides high level information concerning funding opportunity or award terms that might entail additional measures to protect data.  Certain funding announcements may include complex terms or references to regulations such as Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), NIST 800-53,  Investigators should review these terms carefully since there may be costs and time involved in implementing the needed compliance infrastructure. 

Conflict of Interest Changes to Travel Disclosure Requirements for PHS-Funded Investigators

Based on recently issued FAQs from NIH, Dartmouth College has revised its policy regarding Travel Disclosures required of PHS-funded investigators. Read more
Link to Conflict of Interest Resource Page here

RAPPORT Grant Submissions

Be sure to monitor new helpful guidance and FAQ on the OSP Rapport website

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 12/2/14