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JUST RELEASED! FY15 DOD CDMRP Program Pre-Announcements

The Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program (ALSRP)
  • Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)
  • Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP)
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP)
  • Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement. FY15 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page

Subsequent notifications will be sent when the program announcements/funding opportunities are released.

eRA Commons is encountering severe server and programming issues through the month of February.

Commons has already held up submissions due to this and it has resulted in serious delays. In some cases, it has taken several days for applications to be identified and repaired by Commons.  NIH will not accept incorrect applications after the deadline. So, if there are problems in Commons and issues with our application, we may not be able to resolve them  in time to meet the NIH deadline, especially if you submit your application to us late. The closer to the deadline you submit, the higher the traffic – and thus the greater likelihood for delays and missing the NIH deadline.

We strongly encourage you to submit as soon as possible.  The internal OSP deadlines for completed (ready-to-submit to NIH) applications are as follows (no exceptions):

R21s due to NIH 2/16: Due to OSP 2/10 (shoot for earlier please!)

R15s due to NIH 2/25: Due to OSP 2/18 

NOTE: All key persons on a grant (including subcontract personnel) MUST have a Conflict of Interest Financial Disclosure on file or the grant cannot be submitted, according to federal law. Please obtain this validation from any subcontract collaborators prior to the OSP submission deadline.

  Also please note the following:

1) All document attachments must be in PDF. (Keep the names of your attachments simple. Do not use symbols of any kind.)

2) You must include your eRA Commons Name in the credential field.

3) Our new F&A rate is 53% and the DHHS Agreement Date is 12/18/2014.

4)  If a subcontract is involved, a Letter of Intent is required.

5) If a foreign collaborator is to be paid from the grant, a subcontract is required.

If you have NIH application questions please direct them to Lee Ann Paradise

Notice on Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts

This Notice provides information regarding the salary limitation for NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards (referred to here as grants). For FY 2015, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235), signed into law on December 16, 2014, restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale. The Executive Level II salary is currently set at $181,500, increasing to $183,300 effective January 11, 2015.

Training series provided by CPRIT  Administrative rule changes affecting grantees.

 NIH to implement major changes to Biosketch

NIH will be rolling out a new biosketch format intended to further emphasize an individual's accomplishments by focusing on the magnitude and significance of the scientific advances associated with a researcher's discoveries. Implementation of the new biosketch will be in phases. The first round concluded last year; the second round will be launched in June, 2014 with the pilot biosketch included in several specific RFAs. Currently, the pilot biosketch is included in one active RFA.

The new 5-page format will allow space for researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science along with the historical background that framed their research. This description can outline the central finding(s) of their work, the influence of those finding(s) on their field and how those findings may have contributed to improvements in health or technology. See the full NIH Notice here.

In addition to the descriptions of their contributions, researchers will be able to include a link to a full list of their published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as MyBibliography or SciENcv. Two new forms,  a pilot biosketch format page (MS Word) and the instructions and a sample using the modified format (MS Word) have been posted, and can be found on the page that describes the NIH SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information. Please note that the use of the enhanced biosketch format is restricted to those RFAs included in the pilot. According to Rock Talk with Dr. Sally Rockey, the new biosketch format will be fully implemented in early 2015.

 Receive Customized NIH Guide Listings via Email                                               

Do you find yourself repeating the same NIH Guide search over and over again looking for funding opportunity announcements?  If the answer is yes, then we have a new tool you are sure to love. The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts now allows you to be notified when new NIH Guide postings match your search criteria. To get started, visit and perform your search, then from the Results page click "Save Your Search" to sign up for alerts based on that search criteria. The system can email you with new funding opportunity announcements and/or notices related to your search on a daily, weekly or monthly basis (your choice!).

You can also subscribe to a weekly LISTSERV email with new NIH Guide Postings. At the end of each work week NIH transmits an email to subscribers with the current weekly table of contents (TOC) including links to announcements published during the week. 

NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.  Click here for more information: NIH Public Access page.