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:

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

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. (more…)

9th Annual Midwest Conference on Protein Folding, Assembly and Molecular Motions

May 3rd, 2014 at the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall)

Meeting Organizer:  Patricia L. Clark, Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Concurrent Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

A one-day meeting of Midwestern academic laboratories that study proteins, the workhorse molecules of our cells that are responsible for functions as diverse as food digestion, energy metabolism, and directed transport.  The meeting features talks and posters (presented primarily by graduate students and postdocs), and covers all aspects of protein research, including human diseases caused by protein malfunction.

For details and online registration, see the conference web site:

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

Attend Nov. 5 Grantwinners Seminar: Workshops for Academic Researchers

The Office of Research is sponsoring a seminar for all academic researchers at Notre Dame on Tuesday, November 5 at the McKenna Hall Auditorium (map).  All departments and disciplines are encouraged to attend the seminar where our guest, Dr. Robert Porter, will present the following: (more…)

NSF Revised Due Dates for Funding Opportunities Between October 1-25, 2013

In addition to the “ NSF AND NIH RESUMPTION OF OPERATIONS” information we sent to you on Monday, October 21, the NSF has provided additional guidance regarding the revised due dates for funding opportunities with deadlines or target dates occurring between October 1 through 25, 2013.  If you have specific questions regarding the revised due dates, please contact Rick Hilliard, 631-5386 or for guidance or you may contact us more generally at or 631-7432. (more…)

NSF and NIH Resumption of Operations

President Obama signed legislation ending the 16-day federal government shutdown about 30 minutes after midnight on Oct. 17, allowing the government to reopen and placing a Continuing Resolution in place as a temporary measure to fund the government through January 15, 2014.  The NSF and NIH are emerging from the 16-day funding lapse that severely limited their ability to conduct their mission to advance the progress of science and engineering. During this time, no proposals were received or distributed for peer review, no review panels were convened, and no new awards were made.  (more…)

Oct. 8 Deadline for Pre Applications to CDMRP

The Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

This message serves as notification to the research community that the pre-application deadline of the FY13 Breast Cancer Research Program Breakthrough Award is approaching. All pre-applications must be submitted to the CDMRP eReceipt System ( by October 8, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

NIH and NSF During Government Shutdown

We hope the government shutdown is short-lived; however, if not, we will plan for its implications and will work with you in support of your research. To assist you with your NSF and NIH proposal preparation and award management efforts you will find highlights below relating to the government shutdown. Information for other federal agencies plans can be found here:

Possible Federal Shutdown – Guidance for Research

The Office of Research has been monitoring communications from federal funding agencies regarding what we may expect in the event of a government shutdown if a budget is not conferred by midnight tonight, September 30, 2013.  Research activity on awards already received will continue. However, electronic administrative systems may not be available, new grant applications may not be accepted, and new award notices may not occur. Federal agency employees responsible for operational and administrative responsibilities may be unable to work. The Office of Management and Budget has collected most current agency contingency plans which are available here.

Constitution Day

FY14 ND Internal Grants Programs Announcement

We are pleased to announce the University’s Internal Grants Program for scholarship and research for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Internal Grants Program seeks to support faculty researchers and programs with the goal of advancing our scholarship and growing the reputation of the University. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the program made 20 awards totaling $1.4M through four grant competitions. Since 2007, the OVPR Internal Grants Program has awarded $7.4M in grants distributed across the University.

Learn more >

Notre Dame to host international workshop on molecular and cellular biology of plasminogen activation

Notre Dame Establishes Office for Postdoctoral Scholars

To ensure that postdoctoral scholars in the early stages of their careers receive necessary resources, training, mentoring and comprehensive professional development support, the University of Notre Dame is forming an Office for Postdoctoral Scholars. The newly formed office will be administered through the Graduate School and is slated to open July 1.


Attend April 11 Core Facilities Fair: Services & instrumentation available to ND researchers

Fair PosterA Core Facilities Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria will showcase specialty services and instrumentation available on campus to researchers in support of their work.

Explore the New Office of Research Website

NSF Notice Regarding Automated Compliance Checking of FastLane Proposal Submissions

Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF will enhance the FastLane System to begin automated compliance checking for all required sections of full proposals. This will bring NSF systems in line with long-standing proposal preparation requirements as outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)). Preliminary proposals are not affected by this system enhancement. (more…)