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MUSC Research Calendar

To the MUSC Research Community:
 
On behalf of Vice President for Research, Dr. Kathleen Brady,  we are pleased to announce the creation of a new online MUSC Research Events Calendar available to our community.
 
The Research Calendar provides a one-stop shop to view research events that are open to the MUSC community and external public audiences.  The calendar provides views by date or by calendar month, and has a tab for viewing clinical trials for recruitment that are not typically bounded by date ranges.  Public audiences can view events by going to the research homepage research.musc.edu and click on Upcoming MUSC Research Events.

  • To view a list of upcoming events:  http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/research/calendar/index.html
  • To view the full calendar by month:  http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/research/calendar/events/Research-event
  • To submit events to the Research Calendar  :  http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/research/calendar/events/Research-events/webevent  
  • Please be sure the event you submit is open to the MUSC community (i.e., department specific events, or those for an invitation only audience are not appropriate for the Research Calendar).
  • Both the “full calendar” and “submit an event” pages are restricted to the MUSC network.  The page that lists the next 10 events is open to the public.

 

Many thanks to Kristi Adams, Carla Frichtel, and Teresa Kelechi for this support of this endeavor!
 
Loretta Lynch-Reichert, M.S.
Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives and Policy Management
Office of the Provost
Medical University of South Carolina
843.792.4242


NIH Notice NOT-OD-17-037

NIH Implementation

Effective February 9, 2017, if the recipient organization has submitted a renewal application on or before the date by which a Final Research Performance Progress Report (Final-RPPR) would be required for the current competitive segment, then submission of an "Interim-RPPR" via eRA Commons is now required.   Based on this requirement, the NIH will discontinue the policy for renewal applications whereby, “whether funded or not,” the progress report contained in the renewal application may serve in lieu of a separate final progress report. 

An Interim-RPPR link for the grant will appear in the Status tab in eRA Commons after the period of performance end date has passed. In the event that the renewal application is funded, NIH will treat the Interim-RPPR as the annual performance report for the final year of the previous competitive segment. If the renewal application is not funded, the Interim-RPPR will be treated by NIH staff as the institution's Final-RPPR. 

As stated in NOT-OD-17-022, the Interim-RPPR must be submitted via the eRA Commons no later than 120 calendar days from the period of performance end date. If a recipient fails to comply with this reporting requirement, NIH may take one or more enforcement actions, such as a decision to withhold a non-competing continuation award, consistent with NIHGPS Chapter 8.5.2. NIH will maintain the business rule in the RPPR module enabling institutional signing officials (SOs), at their discretion, to delegate submission of the Final RPPR or Interim-RPPR to the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI).

Further guidance is provided through the scenarios below outlining the process of when to submit a Final or Interim-RPPR.

Scenario

Status of Competing Renewal Application

Workflow Process

1

Competing Renewal not submitted

Submit a Final-RPPR no later than 120 calendar days from the period of performance end date.

2

Competing Renewal submitted

Submit an Interim-RPPR no later than 120 calendar days from the period of performance end date. If the competing renewal is funded, NIH will treat the Interim-RPPR as the annual performance report for the final year of the previous competitive segment.

3

Competing Renewal submitted but not funded

Submit an Interim-RPPR no later than 120 calendar days from the period of performance end date. If the competing renewal is not funded, NIH will treat the Interim-RPPR as the institution's Final-RPPR. To reduce burden NIH will not require recipients to submit an additional Final-RPPR if the renewal application is not funded.

 

Reminder: Effective January 2017, NIH requires recipients to report on Project Outcomes in Section I of the Interim and Final-RPPR. Therefore, in each scenario listed above, Project Outcomes must be provided by the recipient in order for the recipient to submit their final report in eRA Commons. Otherwise, eRA Commons will not allow recipients to submit the required report and recipients will be considered non-compliant.

NOTE: Implementation of the Final RPPR for Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants will occur approximately 2 months after implementation for all other NIH grants due to unique final reporting requirements under the Small Business Administration's SBIR/STTR Policy Directive.


NIH Notice NOT-OD-17-033

NIH Notice NOT-OD-17-033 announces how Inauguration Day will affect deadlines that fall on Friday, January 20, as that is considered a Federal holiday for most NIH staff.  

Please be aware and plan accordingly as NIH will have limited staffing on this date.

Impact on Support
•    eRA Service Desk - open with reduced staffing
•    General Grants Information support desk - unavailable
•    Institute/Center staff - unavailable

Impact on Due Dates
•    All application due dates that fall on January 20, 2017 will move to January 23, 2017, including (but not limited to) due dates for the following funding opportunity announcements:
o    PAR-15-068 - NIDDK Multi-Center Clinical Study Implementation Planning Cooperative Agreements (U34)
o    RFA-CA-16-502 - Limited Competition: The Chernobyl Tissue Bank - Coordinating Center (U24)

Impact on Systems
•    All eRA systems will remain operational

Please share this information with everyone (faculty, students/postdocs and staff) involved with grant proposal submissions or grant awards administration in your areas.

Should anyone have questions, please contact your assigned ORSP Grant Administrator or call 843-792-3838 for assistance.

 


Final Research Performance Progress Reports (Final RPPR)

NIH Notice NOT-OD-17-022 announced NIH’s implementation of Final Research Performance Progress Reports (Final RPPR or F-RPPR) effective January 1, 2017.

The Final RPPR will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) and will be submitted via a new eRA Commons module.

A significant change with implementation of the F-RPPR is that in order to maximize public transparency, NIH will not maintain the current Type 2 policy which in accordance with NIHGPS Chapter 8.6.2 states that "whether funded or not" the progress report contained in the Type 2 application may serve in lieu of a separate final progress report.

NIH will request that organizations submit an "Interim-RPPR" while their renewal application (Type 2) is under consideration. In the event that the Type 2 is funded, NIH will treat the Interim-RPPR as the annual performance report for the final year of the previous competitive segment. If the Type 2 is not funded, the Interim-RPPR will be treated by NIH staff as the institution's Final-RPPR.

NIH is aligning its reporting requirement with other Federal research agencies and therefore will not be making any changes to the deadline for submitting the final report- i.e., the Final RPPR or Interim-RPPR must be submitted via eRA Commons no later than 120 calendar days from the period of performance end date. If a recipient fails to comply with this reporting requirement, NIH may take one or more enforcement actions, such as a decision not to make a non-competing continuation award, consistent with NIHGPS Chapter 8.5.2. NIH also plans to maintain the business rule in the RPPR module enabling institutional signing officials (SOs), at their discretion, to delegate submission of the Final RPPR or Interim-RPPR to the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI).

Note: Implementation of the Final RPPR for Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants will occur approximately 2 months after implementation for all other NIH grants due to unique final reporting requirements under the Small Business Administration's SBIR/STTR Policy Directive.

FAQs and additional information pertaining to NIH's implementation of the F-RPPR will be available on the NIH RPPR website.


Grant Submissions/Deadlines Affected by Hurricane Matthew and MUSC's Closure

A primary concern of NIH applicants is how to handle when an institution is closed due to natural disaster or other emergency situation. In these cases it is not necessary to get permission in advance for delays in grant application submissions.  Instead, electronic and paper applications submitted late must include a cover letter indicating the reasons for the delay.  The delay should not exceed the time period that the applicant organization is closed. More information can be found here:  NIH Grant Policy.