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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.


NIH Updates Salary Cap

The Executive Level II salary was set at $183,300, increasing to $185,100 effective January 10, 2016.   Read full announcement on how to implement.

Updates on Addressing Rigor in Your NIH Applications

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

NIH Updates Stipend Levels

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2016  NOT-OD-16-047

NIH Notice of Reminder: NIH & AHRQ Grant Application Changes for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2016

The changes focus on the following areas:

  • Rigor and transparency in research grant applications (including small business and complex research grant applications) - NOT-OD-16-011 and NOT-OD-16-012
  • Note: Similar changes for institutional training and individual fellowship applications will be implemented in FY2017 (NOT-OD-16-034)
  • Vertebrate animals (NIH only) 
  • Definition of child (NIH only) 
  • Research training 

Article of Interest:   Grantsmanship for Postdocs Navigating the K99/R00 Award

New York Academy of Sciences article on this important funding opportunity.  Click here.

FY2015 Annual Report of Sponsored Projects at Dartmouth Posted

The annual report provides data on awards and expenses including detailed breakdowns by Division, sponsor type and other categories.  The report can be found on the OSP report/resource page.

NSF Requires Public Access Effective January 2016

The National Science Foundation (NSF or Foundation) has developed a plan outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from research the foundation funds. The plan, entitled "Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries," is consistent with the objectives set forth in the Office of Science and Technology Policy's Feb. 22, 2013, memorandum, "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research," and with long-standing policies encouraging data sharing and communication of research results.

As outlined in section 3.1 of the plan, NSF will require that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions must:

  • Be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF;
  • Be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication;
  • Possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication;
  • Be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and
  • Be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements.

This NSF requirement will apply to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that will be issued in  January 2016.  Please monitor the NSF webpage and notices from OSP.  Resources for securing the necessary rights from publishers are available on the Library website

NIH Updates Grants Policy Statement November 2015

Effective for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2015. See 3/31/2015 NIHGPS for prior budget periods. See NOT-OD-017 for a description and notable changes since the 3/31/2015 version. See also the Significant Changes document (PDF - 42 KB) which summarizes the significant changes in this revision of the NIH GPS.

New NIH Grant Application Instructions:  Coming Soon

FORMS-C application forms have been revised. These instructions must be used for application due dates on and between January 25, 2016 and May 24, 2016.  An application guide for the new FORMS-D forms is expected in late March, which must be used for application due dates on or after May 25, 2016.  The new forms will be patched to RAPPORT grants when made available by the vendor.


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.

RAPPORT Full Grants

The Office of Sponsored Projects, in collaboration with our colleagues in Computing, deployed a new version of the grants module on March 16, 2015.   The "full grants" module of RAPPORT (Research Administration and PI Portal) represents the next phase of the project to implement a common system for IRB, Grants, and Conflict of Interest. The "full grants" phase is the final phase in moving from our legacy system, Coeus.    Read more

New On-line Process for Wage and Cost Transfers:

Effective March 30, 2015, all Wage Transfers, Cost Transfers and Simple Re-Class SPUD Journals will need to be electronically submitted using OnBase.  Please note that any Wage Transfers involving PTA Accounts will need to have attachments uploaded into the OnBase e-Form showing the payroll transactions being moved hit the account that is being credited.   Note that other requirements concerning approvals and justification (based upon the timing and dollar thresholds described in the OSP policy) are not changing.  Accordingly, Principal Investigators will receive email notifications to approve transfers that require their approval.  We recommend that the PI follow the links in the email to quickly approve the transfer.    Please refer to the OSP Cost Transfer Policy and the attached slides concerning the new process.

NIH Requires Use of New Biosketch Format May 25, 2015

Please review the guidance and references on the OSP resource page here.

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

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.

OSP Updates

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

click here to read the newsletter

Whistleblower Protection for Dartmouth Employees 

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Last Updated: 2/4/16