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VP Ostrander’s Message to Researchers about Compliance Issues

Read the August 21 letter to Faculty and Staff.

The 3rd issue of the NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter is now available

Learn about upcoming changes and clarifications to policies and procedures that affect how you prepare and submit proposals and manage NSF awards. This edition includes information about:

  • PAPPG- Proposed Significant Changes
  • The Newly Revised Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects
  • Faculty Salary Policy – The Two Month Rule
  • And more

Please visit: to view this document.

Fall Competition: GAP Commercialization Grant

The FSU Office of Commercialization is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 GAP competition. This is a competitive program and pre-proposal applications are due by Friday, September 22, 2017. Don’t miss your chance to join the 60+ FSU researchers who have already been GAP winners.

Several grants will be awarded. To learn more about GAP and what it takes to qualify and compete, please visit the GAP web page ., FastLane, and Unavailable from June 30 - July 4

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is moving its Data Center IT servers to the Foundation’s new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT through July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT, to prepare for NSF staff relocation in August 2017. This move has been scheduled around a holiday weekend to minimize the systems downtime and reduce the impact on the research community and NSF staff.

Please be advised that the NSF website, FastLane, and will be unavailable from Friday, June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT until Tuesday, July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT. During this outage period, there will be no access to these websites, proposals cannot be submitted in FastLane, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in However, previously saved information and uploaded documents in FastLane and, including in-process proposals and reports, will be accessible after the Data Center move.

For additional information about NSF’s relocation, please see

NIH Announces Implementation of a new “Next Generation of Researchers Initiative” (NGRI)

NIH announced that it is implementing a new “Next Generation of Researchers Initiative” (NGRI), which seeks to support early stage investigators (ESI) and mid-career investigators. Effective immediately, the NIH Office of the Director will create an inventory of all ESIs and mid-career investigators within the fundable range and will track institute and center funding decisions for these two groups to evaluate if uniform decision making is occurring across the agency. NIH expects to reprioritize an estimated $210 million a year for 5 years to reach a steady state of $1.1 billion to support meritorious ESI and mid-career investigators. The presentation of NIH Principal Deputy Director Larry Tabak, DDS, PhD, explaining the plan is available at this link. NIH has also posted a statement from NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, and a NGRI website, and invites feedback through the Open Mike Blog or the following email address:

Second Quarterly NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletter Released

The Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at the National Science Foundation is pleased to release the second quarterly NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter. Please let the NSF know what you think at!

New Sponsored Research Administration (SRA) Pre-Award Staff Assignment Sheet Available

SRA has published a new staff assignment sheet effective immediately.  Click here to access.

NIH to limit total number of grants awarded to any one individual investigator

NIH announced that it will propose new procedures to limit the total number of grants going to an individual investigator through the use of a newly developed Grant Support Index. NIH plans to take feedback from the community as the final policy is developed over the next few months. Deputy Director for Extramural Research Michael Lauer (our speaker at last year’s SUS R&D Workshop) posted a blog yesterday with extensive background on the concept: NIH Director Francis Collins also posted a short announcement at this link:

First Year Assistant Professor (FYAP) Workshop

This year’s workshop will take place on Thursday, May 11.  This is a requirement for all first year Assistant Professors.  Also attending will be last year’s FYAPs, who will be presenting posters of their research.  Click here to register.  For more information, contact Grace Adkison at

SRA Financial Management Workshop- May 8, 2017

This session will encompass compliance requirements and OMNI inquiry/OBI reporting tools for managing Sponsored projects including looking up available balances by project/department and running monthly reports. For more information, contact .

FSU Coastal & Marine Lab Open House: Coastal Literacy - Connecting Marine Science to Society

This year's event highlights the importance of improving human awareness of the tight linkages between healthy ecosystems and healthy societies. Active engagement in protecting our oceans and coastlines is something we all can do. We celebrate that ability and our scientific knowledge of the sea in our 2017 Open House, “Coastal Literacy - Connecting Marine Science and Society”. Please join us on April 22nd, 2017 - Earth Day - for a day at the lab with family and friends. Click here for more information.

Broader Impacts Fair May 23

In response to faculty requests for Broader Impacts assistance, OPD has organized the Broader Impacts Fair, an opportunity for FSU researchers to network with groups engaged in education and outreach work. Representatives from nearly twenty campus and community organizations will be available to meet with faculty.  For more information, click here.