March 26, 2020

Sponsored Projects Office COVID-19 Guidance

SPO is maintaining a COVID-19 Guidance page with information published by agency sponsors and other entities related to contracts and grants. The UC Berkeley campus community is encouraged to review this page.

In addition, COVID-19 Related Proposals, Awards, and Subawards provides information on late proposals and on expedited awards and subawards, COVID-19 Related Funding Opportunities lists funding and other opportunities, and additional campus guidance is available on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Administering Contracts and Grants under COVID-19 Conditions.

March 11, 2020

NASA Requirements for Reporting Harassment

On March 10, 2020, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration published its new grant term and condition regarding grantee obligations for reporting harassment in the Federal Register: Reporting Requirements Regarding Findings of Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault.

Upon implementation, the new term and condition will require UC Berkeley to report to NASA any findings/determinations of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault regarding a NASA funded principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI.

The new term and condition will also require the recipient to report to NASA if the PI or Co-I is placed on administrative leave or if the recipient has imposed any administrative action on the PI or Co-I, or any determination or an investigation of an alleged violation of the recipient’s policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment,other forms of harassment, or sexual assault. Finally, the new term and condition specifies the procedures that will be followed by NASA upon receipt of a report.

This is similar to what is required now by the National Science Foundation.

February 18, 2020

NSF Current and Pending Support FAQs

A message from Jean Feldman, Head of the National Science Foundation Policy Office:

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce issuance of a set of Current and Pending Support Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that accompany the revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), effective June 1, 2020. The FAQs address policy questions related to the PAPPG clarifications to the current and pending support coverage, as well as questions regarding use of an NSF-approved format for current and pending support. The FAQs will be updated periodically as appropriate.

If you have any questions regarding the 2020 PAPPG, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office by email at policy@nsf.gov.

Regards,

Jean Feldman
Head, Policy Office
Division of Institution and Award Support
Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management
National Science Foundation

January 24, 2020 Research Advocate: NSF Issues Revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 20-1)

February 05, 2020

New NIH Salary Cap

The National Institutes of Health has released an announcement about the new salary cap, Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 20 (NOT-OD-20-065).

Effective January 5, 2020, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $197,300.

For awards issued in those years that were restricted to Executive Level II (see the historical record of the salary cap), including competing awards already issued in FY2020, if adequate funds are available in active awards, and if the salary cap increase is consistent with the institutional base salary, grantees may rebudget funds to accommodate the current Executive Level II salary level.

January 24, 2020

NSF Issues Revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 20-1)

A message from Jean Feldman, Head of the National Science Foundation Policy Office:

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) has been issued.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. Significant changes include:
  • NSF will require use of an NSF-approved format in submission of the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents, once the PAPPG (NSF 20-1) becomes effective;
  • New requirement for proposing organizations to submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM);
  • New requirement for providing e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for the submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals; and
  • Clarifications to current and pending support coverage as well as other changes throughout the document.
You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

NSF plans to conduct a webinar covering these changes on February 6 at 2PM EST. Visit the webinar website to register for this event.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on June 1, 2020, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 19-1) continue to apply.

A PDF version of the PAPPG will be available in the coming weeks. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov.

Regards,

Jean Feldman
Head, Policy Office
Division of Institution and Award Support
Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management

December 19, 2019 Research Advocate: Update: NSF Revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
June 17, 2019 Research Advocate: Upcoming: NSF-Approved Biographical Sketch Format
May 29, 2019 Research Advocate: NSF Requests Comments: New Version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

January 06, 2020

Statement of Economic Interests (700-U) Form Revised for 2020

The State of California has issued a revised 700-U Statement of Economic Interests for Principal Investigators for immediate use. The revised form, dated 2019/2020, is available on the Conflict of Interest Committee website and is the only version that will now be accepted. The form and requirements are the same as the previous 2019 version. Please contact Alaisha Hellman (researchcoi@berkeley.edu, 510/642-0122) with any questions.

State of California law requires disclosure of financial interest in the sponsor of a research project; the donor of a research gift; and, under certain circumstances, the provider of materials under a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) when that sponsor, donor, or provider is a non-governmental source. Please see State of California Financial Disclosure for more information.

NIH Form Packages

The National Institutes of Health recently announced plans to update NIH grant application form packages for use with due dates on or after May 25, 2020 (FORMS-F). For more information, see New NIH "FORMS-F" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2020 (NOT-OD-20-026).

For due dates on or before May 24, 2020, applicants must continue to use the application form packages and instructions (FORMS-E) posted with NIH funding opportunity announcements despite the expiration dates noted on each form. These forms are extended for use through March 2020.

For more information, see OMB Approval for Grant Application and Related Forms Underway – Continue to Use Current Forms (FORMS-E) through May 24, 2020 (NOT-OD-20-047).

March 10, 2020 update: Reminder: FORMS-F Grant Application Forms & Instructions Must be Used for Due Dates On or After May 25, 2020- New Grant Application Instructions Now Available (NOT-OD-20-077)