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Office of Sponsored Projects

Hinman Box 6210
11 Rope Ferry Road #6210
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-3007
Fax: 603-646-3670

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.



OSP Roundtable

OSP Roundtable:  5/23/17 from 10:30 – Noon at the Occom Commons in  Goldstein.   You can find the slides at this link.

New NSF Fastlane Requirement for Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information

NSF is initiating a new pilot on submission of Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) information. Effective April 24th 2017, NSF will require the use of the spreadsheet linked below as a template for identifying COA information. The content requirements specified in the spreadsheet are consistent with Chapter II.C.1.e of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. The spreadsheet has been developed to be fillable, however, the content and format requirements must not be altered by the user. This spreadsheet must be saved in .xlsx or .xls format and directly uploaded into FastLane as a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document. It should be noted that the template has been tested in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and LibreOffice. FastLane will convert the uploaded .xlsx or .xls files to .PDF. Using the .xlsx or .xls format will enable preservation of searchable text that otherwise would be lost. It is imperative that this document be uploaded in .xlsx or .xls only. Uploading a document in any format other than .xlsx or .xls may delay the timely processing and review of your proposal.   Please visit the NSF website for more information.

Guidance for Adjustments to Appointment Records in xTrain to Reflect Stipend Level Increases for Postdoctoral Trainees on Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)

NOT-OD-17-057 The purpose of this Notice is to provide additional guidance  regarding the process recipients of Kirschstein-NRSA institutional training  grants (T32, T35, T90, TL1) will need to follow in order to properly reflect  adjustments to appointment records for trainees when the training grant  received supplemental funding in response to NOT-OD-17-002.
This notice also alerts training grant awardees meeting the  criteria established in NOT-OD-17-002 that they must submit applications by  June 30th, 2017, in order to receive supplemental funding from NIH to  accommodate stipend level increase.

NIH: Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products

The NIH encourages investigators to use interim research  products, such as preprints, to speed the dissemination and enhance the rigor  of their work. This notice clarifies reporting instructions to allow  investigators to cite their interim research products and claim them as  products of NIH funding.  See Notice

Adjustment to Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows on Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) 

Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-002, November 7, 2016

As previously announced (NOT-OD-16-134),  stipend levels for postdoctoral NRSA recipients with 0, 1 or 2 years of  experience will be increased in furtherance of the NIH mission. This increase  is distinct from a projected cost-of-living adjustment for postdoctoral  stipends that is subject to the availability of FY 2017 appropriations.

Read complete notice here.

Updates on Addressing Rigor in Your NIH Applications

One page guide on Rigor and Reproducibility from NIH.  Click here.

Reviewer Guidance on Rigor and Transparency:Research Project Grant and Mentored Career Development Applications  Click Here

From NIH Office of Extramural Research: To briefly recap, in October, NIH announced updates to the application instructions and review criteria for most research grants and individual mentored career development awards. These updates instruct applicants to address four key areas NIH deems important for enhancing rigor and transparency in research: 1) the scientific premise forming the basis of the proposed research; 2) rigorous experimental design for valid, robust, and unbiased results; 3) consideration of relevant biological variables; and 4) authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources. Read full article.

NIH Website on Rigor: News, goals, guidance and timeline for implementing new requirements. Access website. Frequently asked questions can be found here.

View on-line: NIH Training Module on Rigor and Transparency.

Authentication section: The authentication plan should be included as an additional attachment (not as part of the research strategy), and it should state, in one page or less, how you will authenticate key resources, including the frequency, as needed for your proposed research. The resources that require authentication will vary depending on the reagent/resource and the experimental context in which it will be used. You do not need to provide authentication data itself in this one page attachment; reviewers will be asked to assess the adequacy of the plans you propose for authenticating key resources Read more

Sponsored Projects Annual Report for FY16 is Available at this Link

NEW:  PI Transfer Checklist and Guidance 

NEW:  Updated Subaward Issuance and Oversight Procedures

NIH Announces Prior  Approval – $500K to be Submitted Via Commons

A principal  investigator (PI) needs to seek prior approval from the NIH before submitting a  grant application with direct costs of $500K or more for a single budget year.NIH  has been developing a way to provide you with an option to electronically submit  these prior approval requests through eRA Commons. And effective Sept. 15, this  option is a reality.  Click here to read more.

NIH Implementation of Final Research Performance Progress Reports (Final RPPR)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-022, For NIH, the Final Research Performance Progress Report  (F-RPPR) will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) for closeout effective  January 1, 2017. Read more.

NSF Revised Proposal and Award Policy Guide October 2016

NSF has announced a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1).   The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. In addition to the significant change mentioned above, other revisions include:

  • Addition of new sections on Special Processing Instructions and Types of Proposals, including two new types, RAISE and GOALI;
  • Additional instructions for proposers on completion of the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information;
  • Supplemental guidance on submission of proposals by organizations impacted by a natural or anthropogenic disaster;
  • Implementation of 45 CFR 690.118 for applications and proposals lacking definite plans for involvement of human subjects;
  • Update on the type of information that NSF may request from proposers with regard to Federal environmental statutes;
  • Supplemental information regarding treatment of NSF awards with canceled appropriations; and
  • Numerous other changes and clarifications throughout the document.

Webinars to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on November 7th and January 19th at 1 PM EST. Registration is required on the outreach events website.

Conflict of Interest "Refresher" Course

It's that time again.   The new PHS regulations went into effect four years ago.   Per the regulations, researchers are required to take COI training every four years.  The Conflict of Interest Refresher-Course is now available on the CITI curriculum. If you do not have one already, you will need to create a CITI Program account. Once you have registered, please log in to your CITI Program account (, and click on "Dartmouth College Courses" and "Add a Course or Update your Learner Groups". On the "Select Curriculum" screen, scroll down to "Question 4", which will allow you to add the Conflict of Interest Refresher-Course to your "courses" dashboard. You may then return to the "Main Menu" page to start the course.

Note: only add the Conflict of Interest Refresher-Course to your dashboard, please do not choose any of the other courses or modules offered on the "Select Curriculum" screen. Instead, answer "Yes, the Refresher Course" to "Question 4" and then hit the "Submit" button at the bottom of the screen.

New Patent and Acceptance of Equity Policies

The Technology Transfer Office has released new policies on patents and acceptance of equity. These new policies, along with related documents (coming soon) can be found on the new Agreements Policies page.


Export Control Resources Updated

A decision tree tool has been added along with other information.   Please see the Export Control resource page.

PIVOT:  A Funding Resource

Have you tried using PIVOT, Dartmouth's funding opportunity search engine?  PIVOT (formerly Community of Science) is a searchable database of federal and private funding opportunities in all fields.  The Office of Sponsored Projects maintains a subscription for PIVOT for all Dartmouth faculty, staff and students. Click here to log in.  Watch a Youtube video to learn more about searches.


New SPUD Templates


Whistleblower Protection for Dartmouth Employees 

Access information here.




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Last Updated: 5/23/17