NIH Issues Notice of Memorandum of Understanding between NIH and NSF Regarding Laboratory Animal Welfare

Author: Jessica McCann

NIH recently issued NOT-OD-15-139 announcing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between its Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The MOU, which becomes effective October 1, 2015, is to ensure consistent and effective oversight of the welfare of animals used in activities funded by the NSF.

Request for Feedback on GMAS

In July, the GMAS Team converted 24 pages to a new design and layout. We want your feedback on your experience with the GMAS system following our recent changes! This recent release is the first of many releases associated with the GMAS 2.0 Project, and your feedback will allow us to prepare for these future releases.

The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete, and all of the responses are anonymous. Please provide feedback by Friday, September 4 by clicking the link below.

ASSIST Now Available for Institutional Training and Career Development (Ts and K12), Other Training (Ds), and Additional Research Applications

Author: Jessica McCann

In a recent notice, NIH announced the availability of the ASSIST system for several new types of grant applications, including Institutional Training and Career Development applications (Ts and K12), other training applications (Ds), and various other research applications.

According to the notice, ASSIST may now be utilized for the following application types:

A Letter from OSP’s Senior Director

The Office for Sponsored Programs has recently added a new Director’s Welcome page to our website. The new page shares the Senior Director’s overarching perspective on the scope of research at the University and the vital role administrators play within Harvard’s research community.

Read the Director’s Welcome here.

NIAID Reminds Applicants to Address Human Subjects and Animal Welfare Concerns as Early as Possible

In its July 1 Funding News update, NIAID reminds applicants who have received a summary statement indicating a concern about human subjects or animal welfare (code 44) to address these issues as soon as possible. At this point in the fiscal year, the newsletter notes, NIAID staff are working to respond to all issues and inquiries as quickly as possible, and applicants can expect a brief turnaround time. In addition, if bars to awards are not resolved and applications approved by mid-August, applicants risk being left with a restricted or unfunded award.