Reminder for Upcoming T32 Deadline: NIH Training Applications Require Institutional Letter of Commitment to Protections Against Harassment and Discrimination

As a reminder, all applications for NIH institutional training grants must include a letter on institutional letterhead and signed by a key institutional leader that describes the applicant institution’s commitment to preventing occurrences of and responding to allegations of discriminatory harassment or other discriminatory practices. Please keep this in mind for the upcoming T32 deadline on May 25. Information related to VUMC’s compliance with this requirement can be found on OSP’s website (VUnetID required) under “Policies and Guidance.” For questions or concerns, please consult the relevant NOTs (NOT-OD-19-029 and NOT-OD-19-056) or contact your OSP specialist.

Requirement for NIH Training Applications: VUMC Institutional Letter of Commitment to Protections Against Harassment and Discrimination

Late last year NIH announced that applications for all NIH institutional training grants submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2019, now require a letter on institutional letterhead and signed by a key institutional leader that describes the applicant institution’s commitment to preventing occurrences of and responding to allegations of discriminatory harassment or other discriminatory practices. Information related to VUMC’s compliance with this requirement can be found on OSP’s website (VUnetID required) under “Policies and Guidance.” For questions or concerns, please consult the relevant NOTs (NOT-OD-19-029 and NOT-OD-19-056) or contact your OSP specialist.

Reminder: NIH Stipend and Benefit Increases

As a reminder, this summer NIH increased stipend amounts for all Kirschstein-NRSA awards by 2% for FY 2018. Please keep this in mind when preparing budgets and refer to the charts below: Undergraduates in the MARC and BUILD Programs:  For institutional training grants (T34, TL4), two stipend levels may be used for undergraduate candidates: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors. Career Level Stipend for FY 2018 Monthly Stipend Freshmen/Sophomores $9,168 $764 Juniors/Seniors $12,840 $1,070 Predoctoral Trainees and Fellows:  For institutional training grants (T32, T35, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F30, F31), one stipend level is used for all predoctoral candidates, regardless of the level of experience. Career Level Years of Experience Stipend for FY 2018 Monthly Stipend Predoctoral All $24,324 $2,027 Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows:  For institutional training grants, (T32, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F32), the stipend level for the entire first year of support is determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience when the award is issued.

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Responsible Conduct of Research Training

Are you a student or trainee who receives NIH funding? If so, you are required to receive training in responsible conduct of research (RCR). Postdoc trainees must complete annual, full-day trainings in order to stay compliant. In fact, all investigators at VUMC must stay current on their understanding of RCR. Many application processes even require documentation of institutional RCR training structures. Need to attend a session? The next RCR training will occur May 14, 2018, from 8AM – 5PM. For more information please visit the BRET website.

The More You Know: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training Requirement

As of January 1, 2017, NIH requires all NIH-funded clinical investigators or clinical trial staff who are involved in the design, conduct, oversight or management of clinical trials to undergo Good Clinical Practice training. GCP training can be obtained through a class or course, academic training program, or certification from a recognized clinical research professional organization and must be renewed every three years to remain compliant with regulations, standards and guidelines. VUMC requires all key study personnel on new IRB applications and continuing review requests to have completed GCP training. VUMC offers the following methods for completing this training: Via the Learning Exchange for Social or Behavioral Sciences (select “VUMC”) Via the National Drug Abuse Treatment (NDAT) Clinical Trials Network for Health and Biomedical Sciences Via the CITI GCP course, NIAID GCP training, and NIDA GCP training Certification of training must be kept readily available to provide to NIH upon request. Although GCP training counts towards human subjects training for the purposes of IRB applications, it does not change the

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The More You Know: Taking a Look at Section E in Coeus

Today’s blog post focuses on the use of ‘Section E’ in NIH SF424 budgets (detailed budgets). Long story short, this section is rarely used and should be left blank unless explicitly stated in the instructions (i.e. training grants).  Those expenses incorrectly included in this section will be excluded and ineligible for reimbursement. Please be sure to verify that you are selecting the correct designation for your expenses in Coeus: Double-click the budget line item in the Coeus budget Select “Other Operating Expenses” from the drop-down list Save Example A – INCORRECT Example B – CORRECT For those grants with a specified training component and clear instructions regarding the use for Section E, cost elements for tuition, graduate student health insurance, travel, and stipends will automatically pull into this section. NOTE: this post addresses the use of Section E in NIH SF424 budgets. Please consult opportunity-specific instructions for DOD SF424 budgets. As always, please contact your OSP specialist with any questions or concerns.

NRSA Predoctoral Stipends, Training-Related Expenses, Institutional Allowance and Tuition/Fees FY 2017

Just a friendly reminder that NIH released NOT-OD-17-084  (“Revision: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Predoctoral Stipends, Training-Related Expenses, Institutional Allowance, and Tuition/Fees Effective for Fiscal Year 2017”) on June 27, 2017, replacing the previous directive released June 22, 2017. This notice serves to amend the effective date of the FY17 annual stipend level for predocs ($23,844) to October 1, 2016. Please direct any questions to your OSP grants specialist. A department-specific directory can be found here.