Susan Wakefield Retired
After many years of service at the Higuchi Biosciences Center, Susan Wakefield retired from her position at HBC, and her last day at work was January 3, 2020. Invitations for a retirement reception will be sent soon, as time and date are still to be determined. We wish Susan all the best in her retirement.
J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission
Applications for the 2020 J.R. & Inez Jay Fund proposal submission are currently being accepted. The instructions and application form are available on the HBC website. Two awards not to exceed $30,000 each will be funded this year. Please be sure to apply by the April 3, 2020, deadline.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) 2020
The NSF has issued a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that will be effective for all proposals submitted or due on or after June 1, 2020. NSF plans to conduct a webinar covering these changes on February 6 at 2PM EST. Visit the webinar website to register for this event.
All significant changes to the PAPPG are listed in the PAPPG HTML document (a printable PDF version will be available soon). For proposals submitted or due before June 1, 2020, please still refer to the 2019 PAPPG.
- For all NIH grant applications due on or after May 25, 2020, the NIH will require the use of updated instructions and application forms (FORM-F). A preview of the grant application form changes is already available on the NIH website as well as a clarification on how these changes will affect fellowship, career development award, and research training grant applications (NOT-OD-20-033).
- As of January 25, 2020, Open Researcher and Contributor Identifications (ORCID) are required for PD/PIs listed on individual fellowship and career development applications. Furthermore, the NIH encourages everyone, from graduate students to senior scientists, to register for an ORCID account and link it with their eRA Commons personal profile. Doing so will streamline application processes and enhance tracking of scientists’ career paths. To better understand the benefit of registering for an ORCID see the Open Mike blog on this topic.
- As of January 5, 2020, the NIH changed the salary cap to $197,300.
- In January 2020, NIH updated its human subjects research decision tool (which helps researchers determine whether their research could be considered human subjects research) to reflect changes in the 2018 Revised Common Rule.
Travel expenses – mileage reimbursement
The Internal Revenue Service and State of Kansas Department of Administration have reduced the rates for mileage reimbursement effective January 1, 2020. Private automobile mileage is $0.575 per mile for travel occurring on or after January 1, 2020.
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation call for proposals
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation issued a call for proposals for a one-time instrumentation grant for “Advanced Light-Sheet Microscopy.” The Foundation will provide support of up to $1.2 million per site, which can be used for instrumentation, support of collaborations within the research teams, and research program costs. The pre-proposal submission deadline is March 6, 2020 by 5 pm Pacific/7 pm Central time. More information can be found on the foundation’s website.