March 21, 2022

NSF Required Use of

The National Science Foundation will now start requiring the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals in response to many (but not yet all) program descriptions.

Follow the steps in the notification on to determine if your proposal for a specific program description must be prepared and submitted in

Note that FastLane is targeted to be removed as a submission option from all funding opportunities when the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) goes into effect in January 2023. will remain a submission option for most NSF proposals.

March 15, 2022

Reminder: Use of UEI Instead of DUNS on Federal Applications

Beginning on March 19, 2022, SAMS Domestic will implement the newest version of the SF-424 forms on all applications. The SF-424 will be updated from V3.0 to V4.0, which will require applicants to enter their UEI instead of the DUNS. 

When submitting federal applications after this date, make sure to check agency form requirements as appropriate.

To learn more about the UEI transition, see DUNS to Unique Entity ID (SAM) Transition on

March 03, 2022

NSF Current and Pending Support Webinar Available

The National Science Foundation Policy Office hosted a webinar covering Current and Pending Support in January 2022.

The webinar recording is now available in the NSF Policy Office Outreach Resource Center.

January 24, 2022

NIH RPPR Guidance after 1/25/22

National Institutes of Health requirements for the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) have changed as of January 25, 2022.

Other Support

In the past, when submitting an RPPR, Other Support only had to be uploaded for senior/key personnel whose support had changed. However, after January 25, 2022, each of the senior key personnel on the project will need to submit an Other Support Form in the NIH recommended format.

If there have been no significant changes in the individual's Other Support from what was reported to NIH previously, this should be clearly stated on the Other Support Form. If someone has something new to report, they should report this new support.

As of January 25, 2022, PDs/PIs and other senior key personnel will be required to electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission verifying that the information is true and accurate.

Other Support submissions at Just-in-Time and in the RPPR must be submitted as a flattened PDF (eRA Commons instructions), after all signatures are obtained. (A typed name is not an electronic signature and is not considered acceptable.)

Biographical Sketches

The biosketch format page also has been updated for application due dates and RPPR submissions on/after January 25, 2022.  PIs should use this new format when submitting an RPPR.  See Biosketch Format Pages, Instructions and Samples for details on the required biosketch format. Note:  The following changes have been made:

  • Section B ‘Positions and Honors’ has been renamed ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors’.
  • For the non-Fellowship Biosketch, Section D. has been removed.
  • For the Fellowship Biosketch, Section D has been updated to remove ‘Research Support.’
  • As applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A.

January 05, 2022

Statement of Economic Interests (700-U) Form Revised for 2022

The State of California has issued a revised 700-U Statement of Economic Interests for Principal Investigators for immediate use. The revised form, dated 2021/2022, is available in the DocuSign integration with Phoebe and 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 version. Note that the limit for gifts of travel is $520 for calendar years 2021 and 2022. Please contact 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. See State of California Financial Disclosure for more information.