NIH has updated their Research Performance Progress Report to include two variations. If you have not already done so, make sure to read the Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-061 as it explains in detail the timeline for submitting reports. You can also visit March’s Items of Interest article on RPPR. Take note as part of the July release, the eSNAP option in Commons will be removed.
The NCURA regional meeting has come to the Seacoast Region again and SPA will be taking advantage of the meeting's proximity and sending several staff members to participate on each of the three meeting days: April 30th, May 1st, & May 2nd.
Adequate coverage should be available during this time and specific contact information will be provided through Out of Office messages.
The question of how sequestration will impact our research programs is, as yet, largely unanswered. The political process has been unable to reach compromise and across-the-board budget cuts have been initiated. Across the Federal government, approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources have been canceled.
Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF will enhance the FastLane System to begin automated compliance checking for all required sections of full proposals. This will bring NSF systems in line with long-standing proposal preparation requirements as outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)). Preliminary proposals are not affected by this system enhancement.