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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.


NIH Releases FY2014 Funding Guidelines

See NIH Guide Notice for news of funding including salary cap increase to $181,500.   Link to Notice.

Grant Programs

Novo Nordisk Funding Opportunity:

Novo Nordisk invites Dartmouth researchers to participate in its Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum.  See information below and RFP attached here

A two-page non-confidential summary of the proposal needs to be submitted by June 2, 2014.

    1. Novo Nordisk will select proposals for full in depth presentations at a two-day Science Forum on October 1-2, 2014 at Harvard Medical School. Confidentiality Agreement will be signed ahead of the Science Forum sessions.
    2. Novo Nordisk will decide which proposals to fund following Science Forum and ask for full research proposal submissions.

Investigators from the research areas outside of diabetes and obesity are also encouraged to consider this opportunity. Previous Science Forums produced proposals from PIs working in areas such as neuroscience, nephrology, ophthalmology, cardiovascular, nutritional, genomics, etc. 

Please submit two-page non-confidential proposals to

Do you want to engage in technology development with a New Hampshire company?  You can be funded by the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (NHIRC), with your partner company contributing a match.  Link to information.

Synergy Translational Pilot Project Applications, Letter of Intent due 2/28/14. Application due 4/18/14.  Link to website

Provost Office: The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce two internal seed funding programs to launch new scholarship, research, and creativity at Dartmouth. Faculty members in all departments and each of the professional schools are encouraged to apply for pilot funds and/or cross-disciplinary collaboration funds.  Link to website

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. 

Upcoming OSP Training Sessions

Slides from March 11th Session on OMB Circulars  Click Here

Fundamentals of Research Administration: The "Big Picture"

Geared towards individuals who are new to grants management and research administration. Learn about the regulatory environment, basic rules governing grants management, investment in research
January 8, 2014, 9:30 - 11:00, OSP Conference Room, 11 Rope Ferry Road

Fundamentals of Pre-Award Administration: Basics of Proposal Development

Geared towards individuals who are new to pre-award and desire a review of internal and external processes.
January 16, 2014, 9:30-11:00, OSP Conference Room, 11 Rope Ferry Road
rsvp. sponsored.

Society for Research Administrators Webinars,
The Federal Research & Development Budget:  Overview and Outlook
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Compensation Practices 1: Additional Compensation for Faculty on Sponsored Research Projects
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Compensation Practices 2: Practical Approaches for Managing Research Compensation with Clinical Faculty Wednesday, February 26 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Hot Topics in Post-Award:   The New OMB Super-circular and More,  March 11, 9-10:30
Closeouts:   How to Make a Graceful Exit  TBA
NCURA, Annual Region I Spring Meeting:  April 27-30 in Mystic, CT. Click here for Spring Meeting Information.  Register on your own.
All campus based sessions will be held in the OSP conference room, 11 Rope Ferry Road (pending overflow due to high demand).  Please rsvp to  

Please send your suggested training topics to Jill Mortali

NIH Moves to Electronic System for Complex Multi-project Grant Applications

Have you heard that NIH is finally going electronic on multi-project/complex grant applications? The new system is called ASSIST (Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking). The system is available now and will be required for use for upcoming deadlines in accordance with the schedule on the NIH website. Paper applications will not be accepted. ASSIST does not use forms or technology. Therefore, system to system submission will not be available in Rapport until our vendor works with the government to develop the upload capabilities.  See NIH website for transition schedule to the new system.  

Using ASSIST to Prepare and Submit Multi-Project Applications to NIH: Webinar - August 13, 2013
Please join OSP at 11 Rope Ferry Road to watch an important webinar on how to submit multi-project applications to NIH. The webinar will be broadcast by NIH Tuesday, August 13, 2013 (live broadcast) Time: 2:30-4:00 pm EST. For additional details, please review the NIH link.

New NIH Forms:

Applications to FOAs with due dates on/after September 25, 2013 must use updated forms (FORMS-C). If you are using RAPPORT, the plan is for the system to automatically use the correct format. Please review NIH updates on the new forms.  Also, see guidance from NIAID in their article, You Should "C" Which SF 424 Forms to Use.

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

Impact of Federal Budget Sequestration on Research Dartmouth Resource Page

NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2013  Notice provides guidance about the NIH Fiscal Operations for the remainder of FY 2013. 

  • FY 2013 Funding Levels: Non-competing continuation awards that have already been made in FY 2013 were generally funded at levels below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). Such reductions may be partially restored, but are unlikely to be restored to the previous commitment level.   Therefore, non-competing continuation grants (research and non-research) including those that remain to be issued in FY 2013 likely will be made at levels below those indicated on the Notice of Award. Commitments for continuation awards in FY 2014 and beyond will remain unchanged. 
  • The NIH will make an effort to keep the average size of competing awards constant at FY 2012 levels, but is likely to make fewer competing awards in FY 2013.   The NIH awarding Institutes/Centers (IC) will develop and post their fiscal policies consistent with overall NIH goals and available FY 2013 funds.Inflationary
  • Increases for Future Years: Inflationary increases for future year commitments will be discontinued for all competing research grant awards issued in FY 2013 extending the policy established in FY 2012 (see NOT-OD-12-036), however adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated.
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA): The stipend levels established in FY 2012 will be continued in FY 2013 (see NOT-OD-12-033).

RAPPORT Grant Submissions

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

New Gift Guidance

Grant Determination Guidance posted on OSP website.  

NIH Issues Reminder on Post Submission Materials

NSF Transitions Progress Reporting from Fastlane to  

In early 2012, NSF will transition all progress reporting from Fastlane to For additional information, please monitor OSP communications or review the Brochure on NSF Progress Reporting.

Resource and Policy Updates

New Funding Opportunity Announcements:  

New funding opportunities are continuously updated on the OSP Blog.  Dartmouth also subscribes to PIVOT, a comprehensive database of funding opportunities with  profile and automatic notice capabilities.   Also, don't forget to monitor the Limited Opportunities posted on the OSP website for new announcements for a variety of awards.



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