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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.


FY 2018 Year End Calendar

The Controller's Office has published the FY 2018 Year End Calendar.

NIH Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY2018 (Released March 7, 2018)

Since 1990, Congress has legislatively mandated a limitation on direct salary for individuals under NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards (referred to here as a grant). The mandate appears in the annual appropriation act that provides authority for NIH to incur obligations for a given Fiscal Year (FY). At this time, NIH has not received a FY 2018 appropriation, and is operating under a Continuing Resolution, the "Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018" (Public Law No: 115-56), that applies the terms and conditions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017.  Read more here.

Updated January 22, 2018 New F&A Rate Agreement

The DHHS rate agreement for FY19 and beyond is available on the OSP website under Facilities and Administrative Cost Rate Agreements.

Human Subjects Updates Related to RAPPORT Questions, NIH Forms E and Budgeting for Single IRB

In follow up to our previous announcements about NIH FORMS E, Human Subjects changes, here are some updates.  We realize that the changes are numerous.  Investigators are encouraged to email with any questions.  Emails will be shared with CPHS to develop timely responses.

Human Subjects Common Rule Delay and the Impact on NIH Proposal Submission

The proposed changes to Human Subject regulations (also known as the Common Rule) have been delayed until July 19, 2018. The delay applies to the two new exemption categories, E7 and E8.  The Exemption categories do exist in RAPPORT Funding Proposals and in the revised NIH FORMS E application, however due to the delay they are not in use and should not be selected in current proposals. The Common Rule delay does not affect NIH proposal submission regarding the new PHS Human Subjects & Clinical Trial Information form or the NIH Single IRB requirement.  These changes went into effect as of January 25, 2018. See below for additional information.

Single IRB Guidelines for NIH Proposals

NIH applications proposing multi-site, non-exempt human subjects research must determine the IRB of record for the project as well as describe the Single IRB Plan.  Refer to for further information.  Also, please refer to the CPHS website for the form to request to single IRB, reliance agreement and other important instructions.

1.    What the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) needs:

If the Dartmouth CPHS is the proposed IRB of Record, please contact the CPHS as soon as possible in the proposal development phase.

Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects
Phone: (603) 646-6482

2.    What you need to do in RAPPORT in association with a proposal:

You will need to answer new questions in the RAPPORT Funding Proposal related to the single IRB and your prior contact with CPHS as a result of these new regulations:

Is this a multi-site study that will use the same protocol to conduct non-exempt human subjects research at more than one domestic site?  Y/N

If you answer 'yes' then you will be prompted to answer the following:

What institution will serve as the IRB of record for this study?

    • External IRB
    • Dartmouth CPHS

If you select Dartmouth CPHS then you will be prompted to indicate whether or not you have already contacted CPHS about this application:

    • Has confirmation of this been obtained by Dartmouth CPHS? Y/N

Prior to initiating the research, please also contact the CPHS if an external IRB review is requested.

3.    What you need to do in your budget if Dartmouth CPHS is the Single IRB:

NIH budgets should include a one-time $500 fee for each additional site if Dartmouth is the IRB of record.

Institutional budget justification text is being provided to clearly communicate our policy and for your convenience:

Single IRB Review Fee:   In accordance with NIH policy this multi-site project will retain a single IRB as the IRB of Record for all participating sites.  The initial review completed at Dartmouth will not incur a fee. The Dartmouth CPHS is part of the College facilities and administrative cost rate agreement.  For each site added, there will be a one-time fee of $500. This fee is based upon secondary activities associated with review of site-specific considerations for each participating site as outlined in the IRB Reliance Agreement.

Indirect Costs can be calculated on the $500 fee.

If an external IRB is being utilized, the external IRB will provide budgeting requirements (if any).


NIH Forms E

New NIH "FORMS-E" Grant Application Instructions Available for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2018 Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-119

Watch the video from the recent Forms E OSP session.   Click on the link here.    View the slides here.

OSP Summary of Changes Here 

NEW:  Easy access to the SF424 human subjects questions and study record now in RAPPORT grants.  This access will hopefully facilitate researchers and members of the research team completing this information.   For an overview, click here.




Miss the PIVOT sessions? PIVOT is a funding search engine/database that includes thousands of funding opportunities.  Explore PIVOT on your own or contact OSP for more information.   



Whistleblower Protection for Dartmouth Employees 

Access information here.




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Last Updated: 5/17/18