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Updates from MUSC's Offices of Research Administration

Updated Fringe Benefit Rates

Please begin budgeting with the new composite fringe benefit rates listed in the table below for all future proposal submissions.  Note these new rates will be required in all proposals submitted on or after August 15, 2017.

The effective date for the new fringe benefits rates to be charged to all sponsored projects is July 1st, 2017

The new rates have been updated on the Proposal Preparation section of the ORSP website:

Cayuse424 has also been updated with these rates to be the default budget rates.  Any pending proposals in Cayuse424 will need to be updated to the new rates.  To accomplish this please re-autofill each investigator on the proposal using the “Manage Key Persons” button on the budget page.  When the salary is updated, the system will capture the new fringe rate.  Please direct any questions about this to your assigned Grants Administrator in ORSP.

Employee Benefits Category

Fringe Benefits Rate

Applicable Employment Types



9-Month Faculty
Unclassified Non-Faculty
Classified, Research

Post-Doctoral Fellows



Temp Faculty/Temp non-Faculty


Temporary Faculty
Temporary Non-Faculty



Ph.D. Students
Research Grant Employees- No Benefits

Save the Date - PCORI Workshop
Save the Date - PCORI Workshop

The Office of Research Development is hosting a PCORI Workshop on July 18, 2018. The details are underdevelopment but I wanted to have faculty Save-the-Date.  The workshop will be 3-hours and two program officers from PCORI will be on campus to provide details regarding the organization, funding opportunities available, and an overview of the engagement requirements.  Dr. Kathleen Brady asked that PCORI also discuss plans for their sustainability. 

NIH Notice NOT-OD-17-062

Notice NOT-OD-17-062 announced a transition from the current NIH grant application forms (“FORMS-D”) to the next iteration of forms (“FORMS-E”) for due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

Highlights of the new FORMS-E will include:

  • Consolidation of human subjects, inclusion enrollment, and clinical trial information previously collected across multiple agency forms
  • Expansion and use of discrete form fields for clinical trial information to
    • provide the level of information needed for peer review;
    • lead applicants through clinical trial information collection requirements;
    • present key information to reviewers and agency staff in a consistent format; and
    • align with (where possible) and position us for future data exchange with
  • Incorporation of recent changes to R&R Budget and SBIR/STTR Information forms

Application guides for FORMS-E application packages will be posted to the How to Apply - Application Guide page no later than October 25, 2017.

  • New FOAs posted before October 25, 2017 with initial due dates on or after January 25, 2018 will be posted without application forms. Application packages will be added to these FOAs by November 10, 2017.

All NIH "parent" announcements that use standard due dates will be expired and reissued with new FOA numbers, FORMS-E application packages and instructions. The FORMS-E parent announcements will be posted no later than 60 days before their standard due date. For a transition period, both FORMS-D and FORMS-E parent announcements will be active. Applicants must choose the announcement with the appropriate application package for their due date (see table below).

All active FOAs with due dates both before and after January 25, 2018 will be updated to add FORMS-E application packages between October 25, 2017 and November 25, 2017. For a transition period, both FORMS-D and FORMS-E application packages will be active. Applicants must choose the appropriate application package for their due date when presented with both FORMS-D and FORMS-E application packages on the same FOA (see table below).

If your due date is…

You must use…

On or before January 24, 2018, including:

  • Applications submitted for due dates on or before January 24, 2018
  • Applications submitted under NIH Late Policy 2-week window of consideration for intended due dates on or before January 24, 2018
  • Applications submitted by February 7, 2018 under NIH Continuous Submission Policy for January 7, 2018 AIDS intended due date

FORMS-D application package

On or after January 25, 2018, including:

  • Applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2018
  • All application types (New, Resubmission, Renewal, Revision)
  • Applications submitted early for intended dues dates on or after January 25, 2018

FORMS-E application package

Additional guide notices for individual FOAs with unique due date considerations will be issued as needed and referenced in the Related Notices section of each FOA.

Form Update Timing for Administrative Supplement, Successor-in-Interest (Type 6) and Change of Institution (Type 7) Parent Announcements

Parent announcements for administrative supplements and post award administrative actions (successor-in-interest and change of institution applications) do not have set due dates and, consequently, will follow a different timeline than other parent announcements.

The FOAs in the table below will be reissued with new FOA numbers, FORMS-E application packages and instructions on January 25, 2018. Applications started on or after January 25, 2018 must use the new FOAs and FORMS-E application packages.

These FOAs will expire on February 25, 2018 giving applicants one month to complete their initiated FORMS-D applications.


FOA Title


 Change of Grantee Organization (Type 7 Parent)


 Successor-in-Interest (Type 6 Parent)


 Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Admin Supp)


 Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)


 Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp)


Applications Proposing Clinical Trials

As previously announced, all applications involving clinical trials must be submitted to FOAs specifically designed for clinical trials beginning with due dates on or after January 25, 2018 (NOT-OD-16-147, NOT-OD-17-043).

NIH will take the following steps to accommodate this new policy:

  • Issue new clinical trial FOAs with clinical trial-specific review criteria, FORMS-E application packages, and FORMS-E instructions for due dates on or after January 25, 2018
  • Add a new "Clinical Trials" item to the table in Section II of all FOAs (just below "Application Types Allowed") which will include one of the following statements:
    • Only accepting applications that propose clinical trial(s)
    • Only accepting applications that do not propose clinical trials
    • Accepting applications that either propose or do not propose clinical trial(s)
  • Expire existing (FORMS-D) clinical trial FOAs by January 24, 2018


Research Terms and Conditions Implementing the Uniform Guidance

The Final Notice of Research Terms and Conditions (RTC) To Address and Implement the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards Issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was published in the March 14 Federal Register.

These RTCs are the successor to the terms developed with the Federal Demonstration Partnership, and they have been written to comply with the requirements set out in the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200). Agencies are planning to implement the RTCs at different dates in 2017.

Agencies participating, with implementation dates, are:

Note that the Department of Defense is not included; but will implement award terms in compliance with 2 CFR 200.

While the Uniform Guidance outlines provisions that are specific to research, these terms and conditions:

  • Incorporate the entire Uniform Guidance by reference, clarifying or supplementing select provisions where appropriate and consistent with government-wide research policy.

  • Incorporate the latest version of the Frequently Asked Questions for the Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR 200.

  • Apply to an award when included as part of the award or when incorporated in the award by reference. Use of the RTCs is envisioned as a streamlined approach that supports the implementation of the Uniform Guidance by providing clarification, supplementary guidance, and, where appropriate, selected options, while meeting the spirit and intent of a uniform implementation.

In addition to the RTCs, three companion resources will be developed: Appendix A, Prior Approval Matrix; Appendix B, Subaward Requirements Matrix; and Appendix C, National Policy Requirements Matrix.

NIH Notice NOT-OD-17-049: FY2017 NIH Salary Cap - Interim Guidance

Per NIH notice NOT-OD-17-049, the new NIH salary cap is $187,000 effective January 8, 2017

Salaries up to this new $187,000 level are allowed to be charged starting January 8, 2017, to NIH funded grants provided the necessary funds are available.

NOTE: No additional funds will be provided by NIH.

Once the Department of Health and Human Services Appropriation for FY 2017 is enacted, NIH will publish the annual Notice of legislative mandates to provide information on any statutory provisions that limit the use of NIH grant funds in FY 2017.  Additional guidance on the salary cap will also be provided at that time. 

For those planning to make payroll adjustments due to this salary cap increase, we encourage using February 1st, 2017, as the start date for any changes.  Start dates other than the first day of the month may lead to errors due to the manual calculations required.

When preparing all future NIH grant proposals, please use the new salary cap maximum.  Both the ORSP Proposal Preparation page and Cayuse data are being updated to reflect the new NIH Salary Cap level.

Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) Program
Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) Program

NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) Applications

Additional Information link:

New Funding Opportunities Resource: Grant Forward

How to Find Research Funding Opportunities at MUSC?

Grant Forward Database is a comprehensive database is available for MUSC faculty, postdocs, staff and students.

You can access Grant Forward at To use the full search features, including saved searches and personalized grant recommendations, you may create an account using your email address. We also encourage you to create your "Researcher Profile" to start receiving grant recommendations in your inbox. Select how often you would like to receive these messages - daily, weekly, monthly.

For tips on getting started in Grant Forward and training information on using the database, go to

For questions about the MUSC Funding Portal or assistance with navigating the many online resources to identify funding opportunities, please contact

NIH/AHRQ Font Requirements

NIH Notice NOT-OD-17-030 updates the NIH/AHRQ font guidance for applications due on or after January 25, 2017.

The Notice updates NIH’s recommended font list.  Please note that NIH no longer requires that black text be used within grant application attachments.

For applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2017, text in PDF attachments must follow these minimum requirements:

  • Text Color: No restriction. Though not required, black or other high-contrast text colors are recommended since they print well and are legible to the largest audience.
  • Font size:  Must be 11 points or larger. Smaller text in figures, graphs, diagrams and charts is acceptable, as long as it is legible when the page is viewed at 100%.
  • Type density:  Must be no more than 15 characters per linear inch (including characters and spaces).
  • Line spacing: Must be no more than six lines per vertical inch.

Since some PDF converters may reduce font size, it is important to confirm that the final PDF document complies with the font requirements.

The following fonts are recommended, although other fonts (both serif and non-serif) are acceptable if they meet the above requirements.

  • Arial
  • Georgia
  • Helvetica
  • Palatino Linotype

Legibility is of paramount importance. Applications that include PDF attachments that do not conform to the minimum requirements listed above may be withdrawn from consideration.

Related Resources

Proposal Development Workshops

Proposal Development Workshops

MUSC Proposal Development Workshops, Spring 2017The Office of Research Development in conjunction with the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Medicine Center for ARROWS (Advancement, Recruitment & Retention of Women in Science) program invite you to attend three Proposal Development Workshops led by Dr. Robert Porter.

Writing for Successful Grants on March 28, 2017
Building the NIH Proposal on March 28, 2017
Career Development Grants for Pre-and-Post Docs on March 29, 2017

These workshops are scheduled for March 28-29, 2017 in the Bioengineering Auditorium Room 110. To register, please complete the REDcap form.


NIH Center for Scientific Review Hosts Webinars on Peer Review

The NIH Center for Scientific Review will host two different “online briefings” on peer review for: R01 applicants and researchers who are proposing and/or reviewing basic science applications.  These briefings will be approximately one hour long, including a 30 minute question and answer period.

Join the Office of Research Development from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Basic Science Building (BSB), room 402 to participate in these seminars.

  • December 1, 2016:   8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an R01 Grant
  • December 2, 2016:  NIH Peer Review Briefing for Basic Research Applicants and Reviewers


If you prefer to view the webinars from your office, please register for each webinar at the CSR event website.  For additional details, review the NOT-OD-15-152.