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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.


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

NIH Updates

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2015 - See more at:

Notice on Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts - See more at:


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: 

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

Whistleblower Protection for Dartmouth Employees 

Access information here.

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. 



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Last Updated: 4/21/15