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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 Encourages Use of Preprints and Other Interim Research Products

A new notice from the NIH (Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products, NOT-OD-17-050) indicates that interim research products, including preprints, can soon be cited where other research products are cited. This includes the NIH Biosketch and Section C of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR), among others. The change is effective for all applications submitted for the May 25, 2017 due date and beyond, and for RPPRs submitted on or after May 25, 2017.

  • The NIH encourages investigators to use interim research products but does not require their use.
  • Preprints do not apply under the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • This guide notice does not apply to clinical trial registration. See about registration of clinical trial protocols.

What are Interim Research Products?

NIH defines interim research products as complete, public research products that are not final.  A common form is the preprint, which is a complete and public draft of a scientific document. Preprints are typically manuscripts written in the style of a peer-reviewed journal article that have not been subject to peer review. Scientists issue preprints to speed dissemination, establish priority, obtain feedback, and offset publication bias.

Citing Interim Research Products

When citing an interim research product, applicants and awardees must include the Digital Object Identifier and the Object type (e.g. preprint, protocol) in the citation. They should also list any information about the document version (e.g. most recent date modified), and if relevant, the date the product was cited.


Bar DZ, Atkatsh K, Tavarez U, Erdos MR, Gruenbaum Y, Collins FS. Biotinylation by antibody recognition- A novel method for proximity labeling. BioRxiv 069187 [Preprint]. August 11, 2016 [cited 2017 Jan 12].  Available from:

For more information, see: NIH NOT-OD-17-050: Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products.


In October 2016, the NIH requested information on the use of interim research products and standards for reporting them (Request for information (RFI): Including Preprints and Interim Research Products in NIH Applications and Reports, NOT-OD-17-006). The NIH received 351 responses and nearly all respondents supported increasing the use of interim research products in NIH award processes. Specific benefits of interim research products include speeding dissemination of results, enhancing the rigor of the research and avoiding publication bias. For more information about the responses, see the Background and Public Comments section of: NIH NOT-OD-17-050: Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products.

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.

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

NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) Applications

Additional Information link:

e-Protocol Sessions Planned

The Office of the Vice President for Research has scheduled 2 sessions to introduce the eProtocol system to the research community.  The eProtocol system is a web-based platform for IACUC and IBC protocols.

  • eProtocol – Introduction to the Research Community – Introduction to the eProtocol platform and components common to both IACUC and IBC protocols
    • March 1, 2017 - 12:00 pm, Bioengineering Room 112
  • eProtocol – IACUC and IBC Components – Two 30 minute (IACUC followed by IBC) sessions focused on issues unique to the IACUC or IBC Protocol
    • March 8, 2017 - 12:30 pm, Bioengineering Room 112

All sessions will be hosted by Dr. Lynn M. Veatch, current site administrator for the eProtocol system and will include representation from the IACUC and IBC.   Attendance is open to all and highly recommended for primary personnel working in the system.
In order to know if additional sessions are needed, please drop an email to Dr. Veatch ( letting her know the sessions you plan to attend.
Please take this opportunity to learn about this exciting enhancement to our research toolkit.

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 and click on Upcoming MUSC Research Events.

  • To view a list of upcoming events:
  • To view the full calendar by month:
  • To submit events to the Research Calendar  :  
  • 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

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

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.


NSF, Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1) has been issued.  The PAPPG has been modified in its entirety, to remove all references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG).  The document will now be referred to solely as the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.  The document will be sequentially numbered from Chapter I-XII and all references throughout have been modified to reflect this change. Given the number of important revisions, the community is strongly encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided at the beginning of the PAPPG.
The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017.  In addition to the significant change mentioned above, other revisions include:

  1. Addition of new sections on Special Processing Instructions and Types of Proposals, including two new types, RAISE and GOALI;       
  2. Additional instructions for proposers on completion of the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information;
  3. Supplemental guidance on submission of proposals by organizations impacted by a natural or anthropogenic disaster;
  4. Implementation of 45 CFR 690.118 for applications and proposals lacking definite plans for involvement of human subjects;
  5. Update on the type of information that NSF may request from proposers with regard to Federal environmental statutes;
  6. Supplemental information regarding treatment of NSF awards with canceled appropriations; and
  7. Numerous other changes and clarifications throughout the document.

NSF is hosting 2 webinars to brief the community on the new PAPPG and these will be held on November 7th and January 19th at 1 PM EST.  Registration is required on the NSF outreach events website.
While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 30, 2017, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 16-1) continue to apply.