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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.


F&A Rate for On-Campus Research

Update:  October 9, 2017.  Please use 64% for competing submissions with start dates on or after 7/1/2018.  Note this is a provisional rate.  The rate agreement is pending.  Please refer questions to the Director of OSP.

NIH Single IRB of Record Requirement

NIH funded research: Applications submitted on or after January 25, 2018 for multi-site non-exempt research involving human subjects for new or competing renewals must describe the use of a single IRB.  Please review information on the website for the Committee for the Protection Human Subjects.

NIH News:  Certificates of Confidentiality Policy Changes

Under the new policy, as of October 1, 2017, NIH funded researchers will no longer have to request a CoC, nor will they receive an actual certificate. The CoC will be issued automatically to NIH funded grants, cooperative agreements, contracts and intramural research projects research funded wholly or in part by the NIH that collects or uses identifiable, sensitive information. Compliance with the requirements of the law will become a term and condition of award. All research that was commenced or ongoing on or after December 13, 2016 and is within the scope of this policy is issued a Certificate through this policy.  See Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-109

NIH Announces Changes for Projects that Involve Human Subjects

Changes to Clinical Trial Definition will impact all HS researchers

In an email from Mike Lauer to Grantee Community, Mike described important changes to applications and awards that involve human subjects:

If you are conducting NIH-funded research that involves human subjects, or are considering applying to NIH for support of such research, we want to call your attention to important changes that may affect how you:

    • select the right NIH funding opportunity announcement
    • write the research strategy and human subjects sections of your application
    • comply with appropriate policies and regulations

Review the notice and other training materials at this link.   OSP and CPHS will provide additional information soon.


One Hour Sessions on PIVOT

November 30, 2017, Haldeman Center 041, Kreindler Conference Room

Dartmouth College subscribes to Pivot,, a valuable search tool for funding opportunities and research collaborators. As a researcher at Dartmouth you have access to Pivot, which is an intuitive tool designed to send you weekly updates on funding opportunities that meet your search criteria.

Join us for an informative one hour session to be held on campus where Pivot experts will provide basic information, tips and tricks and hands-on assistance in helping you get the most out of Pivot and find new funding opportunities that you didn't know existed.

Sign up for a session targeted towards your field of interest.  

Please sign up at this link.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 11:00AM – 12:30PM  Occom Commons, Goldstein, McLaughlin Cluster

OSP Roundtable

Next OSP Roundtable:  9/28/2017, 11am - 12pm, Room 105 Occom Commons.  Important updates and a celebration of Research Administrator's Day.

OSP Roundtable:  5/23/17, You can find the slides at this link.


NCURA Region I Workshops in Boston

Essentials of Sponsored Research Administration Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Clinical Trials Workshop  Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Register at NCURA Region I.

Dartmouth GrantGPS invites you to attend the following all-day seminar:

Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals

Date: Friday, December 15, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch provided)

Where: Dartmouth campus (Hanover), The Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, Oopik Auditorium (room 100)

Presenter: John Robertson, PhD (from Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops)

This comprehensive, all-day presentation addresses both practical and conceptual aspects of writing NIH research grant and fellowship applications. It is appropriate for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. Dr. Robertson will spend time focusing on writing a Specific Aims page, along with the research strategy. An emphasis is given to doing the "extra" things that can make the difference between success and failure. For more information about Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, visit:

All participants will receive an extensive handout, as well as a copy of "The Grant Application Writer's Workbook" (NIH version).

To register please send an email to Cindy Stewart (, indicating your primary department and title.

Registration deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017.

Dartmouth GrantGPS invites you to attend the following all-day seminar:

Write Winning NSF Grant Proposals

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch provided)

Where: Dartmouth campus (Hanover), Haldeman Center, Kreindler Conference Hall (room 041)

Presenter: John Robertson, PhD (from Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops)

A brief description of the program is available at This seminar is appropriate for all Dartmouth faculty, postdocs, graduate students, grant administrators, and others involved in writing NSF proposals.

A draft agenda is attached. Participants will receive an extensive handout and a workbook.

To register please send an email to Cindy Stewart (, indicating your primary department and title.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Previous Announcements

New F&A Agreement (Fringe Rates for FY18)

Download the new agreement here.

NIH Reminds Recipients to Submit Complete, Timely and Accurate Progress and Financial Reports

NIH award recipients have a responsibility to submit  complete, timely and accurate progress and financial reports as required by the  NIH Grants Policy Statement, a term and condition of all NIH grant awards.  Read more. Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-074

NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH: Updated Policies on Post-Submission Materials

The National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have updated their policies for post-submission materials for applications submitted for due dates on or after September 25, 2017. Post-submission materials are those submitted after submission of the grant application but prior to initial peer review. They are not intended to correct oversights or errors discovered after submission of the application, but rather allow applicants the opportunity to respond to unforeseen events. New: For grant applications submitted for due dates on or after September 25, 2017, citations of issued patents will be accepted as post-submission materials. For additional information on allowable and non-allowable post-submission materials see Additional Change to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Policy on Post-Submission Materials NOT-OD-17-066.

Research Terms and Conditions Implementation

As announced on March 14th in the Federal Register, the revised Research Terms and Conditions (RTCs) have been made available to research agencies for use with research and research-related awards. The RTCs address and implement the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200).  NSF, NIH and the Department of Energy released research terms and conditions in April including a prior approval matrix and agency specific terms.   The research terms and conditions for all agencies can be accessed on the NSF website at    Other federal agencies will be releasing similar guidance in the coming months.

National Science Foundation Headquarters Moving to Alexandria, Virginia

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is moving its headquarters to Alexandria, Virginia. NSF will have a new mailing address effective Monday, October 2, 2017, as follows:

National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314

Email addresses and phone numbers for NSF employees and NSF offices will not change.   The move may impact availability of agency personnel.  Please refer to the NSF website at

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. 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

What is F&A Really?

Due to recent concerns raised over Facilities and Administrative Costs, the Council on Government Relations (COGR) has prepared three documents to help explain and clarify what F&A costs are and how the system works.  It is critical that we are all aware of these issues and have the facts.

PI Transfer Checklist and Guidance 

Updated Subaward Issuance and Oversight Procedures

Conflict of Interest "Refresher" Course

Per NIH regulations, researchers are required to take COI training every four years.  The Conflict of Interest Refresher-Course is 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.

Export Control Resources  

A decision tree tool can be found along with other information.   Please see the Export Control resource page.

PIVOT:  A Funding Resource

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: 11/15/17