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  • Late ​last week, OMB released a new memo extending COVID related administrative relief for federal grant recipients and applicants.

    NSF Implementation of M-20-26

    The Foundation has issued guidance on NSF’s implementation of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum ( M-20-26 ), entitled, Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations .  NSF remains committed to working with the Administration, other federal agencies, and the research community to effectively respond to the COVID-19 national emergency.  This guidance is to implement updated guidance authorized by OMB Memorandum M-20-26 for recipients affected by COVID-19.  The guidance extends two of the short-term administrative relief from specific requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards , without compromising accountability requirements. These extensions, that go beyond what OMB previously outlined in Memorandum M-20-17 , specifically pertain to the allowability of salaries and other project activities and single audit submission.  In order to support charges against NSF awards, recipients are reminded of their responsibility to maintain appropriate records and documentation to support the charges in accordance with institutional policies and procedures. OMB Memoranda M-20-17 and M-20-20 have been rescinded.

    NSF has worked with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health to develop a consistent implementation which they will be issuing separately.

    Questions about the policies described in the NSF Guidance should be directed to

  • NSF has extended the upcoming proposal deadline for the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) until 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  

    Please note that the eligibility requirements specified in the solicitation remain unchanged, and proposers must meet all of the eligibility requirements as of the original deadline  of July 27, 2020. The Departmental Letter that must be submitted by the Department Chair (or equivalent) must use July 27, 2020 to determine eligibility, regardless of whether the CAREER proposal is submitted before, on, or after July 27, 2020. An untenured assistant professor on July 27, 2020 is eligible to submit a CAREER proposal even if the Principal Investigator is tenured/promoted in the fall. A new faculty member who starts on July 28, 2020 or later is not eligible to submit a CAREER proposal this year.

    In order to ensure timely proposal review and decision making, NSF strongly encourages submission of CAREER proposals on or before the original deadline of July 27, 2020. NSF will not consider requests to extend the deadline date beyond 5:00 p.m., submitter’s local time on August 11, 2020, except as outlined in PAPPG Chapter I.F.3.

    For more about information about the CAREER Program please visit

  • The   fringe benefit rates  for FY 2021 and FY 2022 have been approved by DHHS and become effective July 1st, 2020, in conjunction with the beginning of the fiscal year observed by SUNY.  SBU's policy is to use the  approved fixed and provisionally approved rates only. 
    The RF Central Office has advised us that, while the NYS fringe benefits rate has been approved, the Office of the State Controller will update their webpage closer to July 1st. We will share the information as soon as it becomes available.
    The following rates are reflected in the Oracle business system, OSP's budget worksheets on the website as well as myResearch Grants, and should be used on all new proposals:
    Regular RF Employees 41%
    Post Doctoral 25% 
    Graduate Students 16%
    Undergrad Students 5%
    Summer only 14%
    SUNY-IFR 57.71%
    7/1/21-6/30/22 and beyond  

    Regular RF Employees 42%
    Post Doctoral 24% 
    Graduate Students 16%
    Undergrad Students 5.5%
    Summer only 15%
    SUNY-IFR 59.04%
    For any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your Grants and Contracts Specialist or email us at
  •   NSF has released an announcement about moving the roll out date of the NSF required biosketch and current and pending templates to   October 1. However, please encourage your faculty to use the new templates so that we can troubleshoot and share concerns/comments with NSF. Please contact your OSP Specialist with any questions regarding this notice. We would appreciate your sharing this information as rapidly and as broadly as possible.

    Dear Colleagues:

    On June 1, 2020, NSF will implement the   Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide  (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) for proposals submitted or due on or after this date. The revised PAPPG implements a variety of changes and clarifications, the highest profile of which requires use of an NSF-approved format for the preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing stress on proposers, the research community has not been able to adequately prepare and train their staff for the implementation of the new requirements.

    NSF has therefore made the decision to delay the requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the   biographical sketch  and   current and pending support  sections of NSF proposals until October 1, 2020. Proposers must continue to format these documents in accordance with PAPPG requirements (see PAPPG sections   II.C.2.f  and   II.C.2.h). NSF encourages the community to use these formats and continue to provide valuable feedback as we enhance them for future implementation.

    Over the coming week, NSF will make updates to existing policy guidance, websites and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to reflect the change. NSF will communicate further with the community once these updates have been made.

    Webinars covering the use of NSF-approved formats as well as all of the significant changes to the PAPPG are available on the   NSF Policy Outreach website.

    NSF will continue to implement all other changes to the PAPPG beginning June 1, 2020, including the following:

    • 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. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at

  • The May edition of NIH Extramural Nexus is available and it addresses issues such as Impact of   COVID-19 on Peer Review Outcomes FY19 by the Numbers, new resources and more. 

    Top Stories include:

    NOT-OD-20-110 - Reissue of Parent Announcements (PA-18-589, PA-18-590, PA-18-591, and PA-18-592) and the Urgent (PA-18-935) and Emergency (PA-20-135) Competitive Revision FOAs is Underway - Continue to use the Current Announcements and Forms Packages Until Reissuance

    Working on an NIH Grant Application? Make Sure You Are Using the Right Forms!

    NIH is transitioning to an updated set of application forms we refer to as FORMS-F. Use FORMS-F forms for grant application due dates on or after May 25, 2020 and FORMS-E for due dates on or before May 24, 2020.  Continue reading →

    Late Window Extension for T32 and T35 Applications to Parent Announcements

    Training grant applications submitted to parent funding opportunity announcements PA-20-142 (T32) and PA-20-162 (T35) for the May 25th due date will be accepted through June 30, 2020.  Continue reading →

    Animal Oversight Changes for Institutions Receiving National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Funding

    NIH and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced a new agreement to ensure consistent and effective oversight of the welfare of animals used in NASA-funded activities.  Continue reading →

    New Resources:

    New “All About Grants” Podcast – All About Contracts

    Yes, we are talking about contracts in this next installment of the NIH’s “All About Grants” podcast series. Our guests are George Kennedy and Brian O’Laughlin, who are acquisition staff from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and National Institute on Drug Abuse, respectively.  Continue reading →

  • Updated Graduate Student Tuition Rates -  Aug 06, 2019

    The Fall 2019-2020 tuition rates have been very recently posted. The new tuition rate to be charged to new and renewal proposals submitted to sponsors on or after August 26, 2019 is $5,652/year/student (or $2,826 per semester). This rate will be held constant throughout the lifetime of the award if funded.