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New Requirements for Other Support and Biosketches Beginning Jan 25, 2022

November 18, 2021

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued new requirements for Other Support reporting and Biographical Sketches (Biosketches) submitted on or after January 25, 2022. 

We will share here additional updates on this page and via the RAP/RAPid newsletters.

For now, keep in mind the following when submitting your NIH proposal, Just-In-Time (JIT) materials, or Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs). These changes may require additional time on your part.


Other Support Reporting


Please do not use historical U-M templates or formats for Other Support. Resources and new templates can be found on ORSP’s NIH Other Support Reporting page. [See the Biosketch table below and Biosketch page for related updates.] 

Other Support

ON or AFTER 
January 25, 2022

Follow the format and instructions outlined in NIH guidance.

Required

Use of SciENcv to generate Other Support

Note: NIH anticipates the SciENcv template for Other Support will be available beginning in FY 2022.

Not required (optional when SciENcv template made available)

Disclose ALL active and pending sources of Other Support, including:

  • Sponsored projects/proposals (including projects not routed through U-M or conducted as part of a non-UM appointment)
  • External consulting, when an investigator will be involved in the design, conduct, or reporting of research as part of the consulting activities (e.g., work that may result in publication in an academic journal, designing a protocol, data analysis, serving on a steering committee for a clinical trial)
  • In-kind (i.e., non-monetary) resources that meet all the following criteria:
    • Are not publicly/widely available, and
    • Were provided by a non-UM entity (either domestic or foreign), and
    • Were provided in the past three years, and
    • Are not being used on the proposed project, and
    • Aside from the proposed project, are being actively used in support of any of an investigator’s other research endeavors.
  • In-kind resources include, but are not limited to:
    • Personnel (e.g., visiting scholars, visiting students, supported by a non-UM entity)
    • Space
    • Equipment
    • Materials
    • Supplies
  • ​​​​​Note: In-kind resources intended for use on the proposed project should be included as part of the 'Facilities and Other Resources' or 'Equipment' section of the application and not 'Other Support'

Required

(split into separate sections for sponsored projects/proposals and in-kind resources)

Active/pending sponsored project total award amount
Note: For subawards, only the total subaward amount needs to be included

Award Amount

(Direct + Indirect)

All investigators required to submit Other Support must also electronically sign their respective documents using the SignNow e-signature service or similar.

  • A typed name is not an electronic signature and is not acceptable.
  • Wet (ink) signatures are not acceptable.

Required

Flatten Other Support PDFs after signature.

Required

Supporting documentation in the form of English-language versions of any Other Support from entities outside the United States, including, but not limited to:

  • contracts
  • grants, and
  • any other agreements specific to appointments, affiliations, and/or employment with an institution or entity outside the U.S.

Note: Google translations, or similar, are acceptable but certified translations may be required upon request.

Required

Immediately notify ORSP of undisclosed Other Support (i.e., information that was missing from a proposal at Just-In-Time (JIT) or a Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)).

Required


Biosketch Requirements


For submissions due on or after January 25, 2022, note the following changes for Biosketches. Additional resources can be found on ORSP’s Biosketch page

NIH Biographical Sketch (Biosketch)

ON or AFTER 
January 25, 2022

General

Follow the format and instructions outlined in  NIH guidance.

Required

Use of SciENcv to generate Biosketch

Not required
(available for use)

Section A: Personal Statement

Brief description of why the investigator is well-suited for the role on the proposed project.

Required

Citation of up to four (4) publications or research products that highlight the investigator’s experience and qualifications for the proposed project.

Allowed

Section B: Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors

List in reverse chronological order all current positions and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign. Include:

  • All affiliations with entities or governments outside the United States
  • All titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments
    • whether or not remuneration is received
    • whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary)

Required

Section C: Contributions to Science

No updates or changes to instructions.

 
Section D:  Research Support

List ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that the investigator wishes to highlight. 

Removed
(up to four (4) research highlights included in ‘Section A’)