Research and Graduate Studies


1/30/15 - NIH releases Peer Review Notes

With competition for NIH grants so intense now, most applicants want to make sure they put their best foot forward when applying. To help them do this, NIH asked some study section chairs to help us update CSR’s Insider’s Guide to Peer Review, which provides applicant advice collected from current and former chairs.

12/25/14 - Office of the Chancellor Issues PI Quick Reference Guide to the new Uniform Guidance

The Office of Management and Budget has combined many federal circulars into a single guidance document, Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200), which can be used by all federal agencies. These new regulations are applicable to awards received on or after December 26, 2014. To help CSU principal investigators understand funding opportunity guidelines, the Office of the Chancellor has issued PI Quick Reference Guide: Uniform Guidance - Major Changes Affecting Proposal Budgets, Charging of Direct Costs and Prior Approval Requirements (.doc).

12/5/14 - National Institutes of Health (NIH) Requires New Biographical Sketch Format

The NIH has issued Notice Number NOT-OD-15-032 for NIH and AHRQ grant applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. The notice supersedes NOT-OD-15-024 (released 11/26/14), which had required applicants to use the new biosketch format beginning in January 2015. Notice Number NOT-OD-15-032 encourages (but does not require) applicants to use the newly published biosketch format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2015; however, the new biosketch format will be required for applications submitted with due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

11/21/14 - National Science Foundation Provides Clarification on Senior Personnel Salary in Excess of the Two-Month Limit

In an effort to reconcile discrepancies between NSF policy and their FAQs related to senior personnel salary, the NSF has included FAQ language into their newly released 2015 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

From the 2015 NSF PAPP Guide:

(i) Salaries and Wages (Lines A and B on the Proposal Budget)

(a) Senior Personnel Salaries & Wages Policy

NSF regards research as one of the normal functions of faculty members at institutions of higher education. Compensation for time normally spent on research within the term of appointment is deemed to be included within the faculty member’s regular organizational salary.

As a general policy, NSF limits the salary compensation requested in the proposal budget for senior personnel to no more than two months of their regular salary in any one year. This limit includes salary compensation received from all NSF-funded grants. This effort must be documented in accordance with 2 CFR § 200, Subpart E. If anticipated, any compensation for such personnel in excess of two months must be disclosed in the proposal budget, justified in the budget justification, and must be specifically approved by NSF in the award notice budget.21 Under normal rebudgeting authority, as described in AAG Chapters II and V, an awardee can internally approve an increase or decrease in person months devoted to the project after an award is made, even if doing so results in salary support for senior personnel exceeding the two month salary policy. No prior approval from NSF is necessary as long as that change would not cause the objective or scope of the project to change. NSF prior approval is necessary if the objective or scope of the project changes.

These same general principles apply to other types of non-academic organizations.

7/17/14 - National Science Foundation Grants Conference - Arlington, VA

Hosted by George Washington University

October 6, 2014 8:30 AM to October 7, 2014 3:30 PM
Arlington, VA

Sign up to be notified once registration for this conference is available at the NSF Notification Site.

The first National Science Foundation Grants Conference of fiscal year 2015 will be hosted by George Washington University onOctober 6-7, 2014.

Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of General Counsel, and Office of the Inspector General will participate in this two-day conference. The conference is considered a must, particularly for new faculty, researchers, educators and administrators who want to gain insight into a wide range of important and timely issues at NSF including: the state of current funding; the proposal and award process; and current and recently updated policies and procedures.

Topics covered include:
Introduction to NSF
NSF's proposal preparation and merit review process
Award management
Conflict of interest policies
New programs and initiatives
Cross-disciplinary and special interest programs
Breakout sessions by discipline

4/14/14 - 2014 Faculty Scholar Academies

Scholar Academies are a collection of faculty development programs designed to increase the quantity and strengthen the quality of extramural proposals and to encourage the infusion of research into curricula. Scholars in the proposal development academies commit to submitting a competitive extramural proposal at the end of the semester in which they receive support. Scholars in the research-intensive curriculum academy commit to submitting a course and/or program modification describing how their graduate program will become more research-intensive. For more details, see Faculty Scholar Academies Guidelines (.pdf). 

3/12/14 - Human Subjects Research Protocol Submissions to be Accepted During the Summer

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) is happy to announce that the CSUN Standing Advisory Committee on the Protection of Human Subjects (SACPHS, also known as Institutional Review Board or IRB) will accept and review protocols during the summer months! Researchers will now be able to submit human subjects protocols during June and July (6/1/14 – 7/31/14). This change is being initiated to increase the opportunity for CSUN researchers to conduct their research during the summer. In June and July, students and faculty may submit a protocol to ORSP on a rolling basis. There are no deadlines during these summer months. Protocols that are submitted between June 1st and July 31st will be reviewed on a first come first served basis. Please note that some research activities may require full committee review, especially those that involve greater than minimal risk to participants. Protocols that are greater than minimal risk may not be reviewed until the first SACPHS meeting in August. Deadlines for new submissions and full committee meetings will resume in Fall semester, on August 5, 2014.

1/2/14 - Revisions to Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy for Grants and Contracts - Annual COI Disclosures No Longer Required

The Conflict of Interest Policy for Grants and Contracts was revised on December 4, 2013. Applicants are required to submit a Conflict of Interest Disclosure at the time of proposal submission and whenever new financial interests are obtained during the life of an award. However, annual disclosures beyond the initial disclosure are no longer required. For more information on COI requirements, please see the recent memo regarding the COI Form (.pdf)  and the revised Conflict of Interest Policy on the Research Policies, Plans, and Procedures webpage.

12/10/13 - Change to Human Subjects Research Protocol Submission Requirements

When submitting a Human Subjects Protocol for review, please submit only one set of materials. The nine additional copies of the packet are no longer required. For more information on the protocol submission and review process please visit our Protocol Submission Process webpage.