NSF Issues New Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

We are pleased to announce that a new version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 16-1) has been issued.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Significant changes include:

  • Enforcement of 5 p.m. submitter’s local time across all NSF funding opportunities;
  • Implementation of NSF’s Public Access Policy;
  • Submission of proposal certifications by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) concurrently with proposal submission;
  • NSF’s implementation of the US Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences on Dual Use Research of Concern;
  • Provision of Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a new single-copy document, instead of as part of the Biographical Sketch;
  • Submission of Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support separately for each senior personnel;
  • Electronic signature and submission of notifications and requests by the AOR only;
  • Revision of timeframe for submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date; and
  • Numerous clarifications throughout the document.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 25, 2016, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 15-1) continue to apply.

Research Compliance Responsibilities AY 15-16 Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin a new academic year, I write to update you about changes in responsibility for our research compliance area. As announced earlier, effective July 1 Professor Cindy Bergeman assumed the role of Associate Vice President for Research Compliance.  Dr. Bergeman will lead our Office of Research Compliance, which has primary responsibility for compliance programs for human subject testing, animal care and research misconduct. The Office also has responsibility to ensure that all other matters of research compliance are properly addressed regardless of whether we have primary responsibility or not.

To help provide additional support to Dr. Bergeman in her new role, Dr. Richard Hilliard, Director of Preaward, will be serving as the interim Program Director for Research Compliance part-time in addition to his role as Director Pre-award.  Rick provided administrative support for our compliance programs prior to the establishment of a separate compliance position in 2008 and brings experience to the interim role.. I very much appreciate Rick’s willingness to help in this area over the next year as Cindy assumes this new role and we work to reorganize the office and fill out the compliance staffing.  Rick will be working closely with the IRB, IACUC and IBC compliance committees, Risk Management and Safety, and other expert resources.  We have also engaged a consultant, Human Research Protections (HRP), to assist Cindy and Rick with current programs and with planning for the future. Nakesha Alexander will continue to serve as Research Compliance Coordinator, and will continue to be the first point of contact for day to day operational compliance issues, and assistance with the protocol submission system.

Greg Luttrell, Director of Research Contracts and Awards, in the Office of Research has assumed responsibility for our Export Control program compliance, and will serve as the Export Control Officer.  Additional export control training and informational material will be available during this next academic year to assist you in understanding the areas in which export control may be a consideration.  I want to thank Greg for taking on this important additional responsibility.

I ask your support as we go through these transitions and invite any suggestions or comments you might have. A balanced and professional compliance program is critical to the effective operation of our research programs and we welcome your thoughts and participation.


Bob Bernhard
Robert J. Bernhard
Vice President for Research
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

New OMB Uniform Guidance Effective 12/26/2014

The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) were issued by the Office of Management and Budget on December 26, 2013 and went into effect on December 26, 2014. The Uniform Guidance is intended to serve as a single place where all the regulations applicable to federal awards can be found. The Uniform Guidance replaces the long-standing OMB Circulars A-21, A-110 and A-133.

All Uniform Guidance references including agency interim implementation guidance, a Quick Guide on What Your Need to Know, Uniform Guidance Highlights and other supporting information may be found at: http://or.nd.edu/2015/02/08/uniform-guidance/

Uniform Guidance Announcement

Uniform Guidance Announcement

On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in the Federal Register. This “Uniform Guidance” will replace the administrative, accounting, audit rules and principles currently promulgated in the OMB Circulars, including A-21, A-110, and A-133.

The implementation of Uniform Guidance will affect the daily administration at all institutions of higher education that conduct federally-supported research. In preparation for the implementation of Uniform Guidance on December 26, 2014, Notre Dame, has created a committee to review and catalog changes that may be required due to the new Uniform Guidance. Continue reading

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