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NSF Announces 2020 CAREER Program Webinar

  • NSF has announced their 2020 CAREER Program Webinar.  For further details and registration information please click here.

ORS Guidance on COVID-19

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Office of Personnel Management has released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 5, 2020, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $197,300. See for additional information on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) implementation of this rate as a salary cap in grant applications and contract proposals that request direct salaries for individuals.

Meta-Analysis Training Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is supporting a Meta-Analysis Training Institute (MATI) focused on state-of-the–art advanced meta-analytic methods in Chicago on July 26 – August 1, 2020. MATI is aimed at researchers who have experience in meta-analysis and want to update their skills. Applications to participate in this workshop are due April 1, 2020. Cost of participation for selected applicants, including participant lodging, travel and per diem is covered by MATI. Workshop details and application submission materials are available at the following link:
A second workshop for persons new to meta-analysis is being hosted by the National Science Foundation at Georgia State University on June 21-26, 2020. The Modern Meta-Analysis Research Institute (MMARI) is targeted at early-career researchers with no previous experience with meta-analysis. The goal of the MMARI workshop is to provide STEM researchers with a comprehensive, introductory meta-analysis workshop focused on state-of-the-art methods including the use of the program R. Applications to participate in this program are due March 1, 2020. Cost of participation for selected applicants, including participant lodging, travel and per diem will be provided by MMARI. Workshop details and application submission materials are available at the following link:

NASA Announcements

The science community is invited to participate in an upcoming colloquium on the topic of “Writing Successful Mission Proposals: Observations from NASA”. Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, will be speaking Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT (2:00 to 4:00 PM MDT) from the University of Colorado Boulder campus and his talk will be live‐streamed. If you would like to attend in person, please RSVP at:‐colloquium. The live‐stream is available: and registration for viewing the live‐stream is not required. The colloquium will be recorded and made available on‐pi‐resources for those not able to participate.

NIH Announcements

On January 22, 2020, NIH released NOT-OD-20-058, "Additional Guidance on the NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research." This guidance document outlines the two allowable exceptions to the single IRB review requirement, which became effective under the revised regulations on January 20, 2020. The NIH guidance reiterates OHRP guidance released on November 22, 2019.  Additional Information is available at the below links: 

OHRP Guidance:

NIH NOT-OD-20-058:

FY 2019 NIH Salary Cap
The Office of Personnel Management has released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 6, 2019, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $192,300. See for additional information.

Upcoming Change in Federal-wide Unique Entity Identifier Requirements
Currently when applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements, all applicant organizations must have a DUNS number as the Universal Identifier. The General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced that DUNS will be replaced by a new Government-owned unique entity identifier in all systems, including and eRA Commons. The new government unique identifier will be incorporated into the SAM registration process, eliminating the need for applicants to seek external identifiers in order to register. See for additional information.

Sample Grant Applications, Summary Statements, and More
If you are new to writing grant applications, sometimes seeing how someone else has presented their idea can help as you are developing your own application. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) makes available examples of funded R01, R03, R15, R21, SBIR/STTR, K, and F applications, summary statements, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more. Check out NIAID’s resources at: Remember these sample resources followed the NIH guidelines in effect at time they were submitted, your planned application may contain more recently updated guidelines.

Redesigned eRA Website Provides New Resources
A newly revamped eRA website that serves as an informational gateway to applicants, grantees and reviewers was launched April 30. The site provides new and updated ‘how-to’ information on navigating eRA systems like eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, xTrain and xTRACT; intuitive navigation; and improved accessibility. The below linked video provides additional information. Video Link:

The National Institutes of Health has established stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Kirschstein‐NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows. Information is available at:

The National Institutes of Health has announced upcoming changes to the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program. NIH is making these changes to focus AREA support on grants to undergraduate‐focused institutions that do not receive substantial funding from NIH, rather than all institutions with less than $6 million of NIH support. The current AREA Parent Announcement, PA‐18‐504, will expire after the January 7, 2019, AIDS due date and will not be reissued. Future funding opportunity announcements (FOA) for the AREA program will focus on supporting grants to undergraduate‐focused institutions. NIH will continue to provide R15 research  enhancement opportunities for health professional and graduate schools under separate announcements. A complete copy of the NIH announcement on the AREA program is more fully detailed at:

NIH Policy for Review and Resubmission of New Investigator R01 Applications has been updated for R01 applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2019; additional information is available at: .

NIH Invites Comments on the NIDA Strategic Plan for Research at the Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Substance Use, Misuse and Addiction; responses must be received by January 25, 2019. Additional information is available at:

NSF Announcements

NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences  Web Meetings on COVID-19

NSF's  Directorate for Biological Sciences staff are interested in hearing how the agency can mitigate the long-term harm of COVID-19 on U.S. research and training.  Meeting Information, including Registration Links for the March 30-April 1 sessions, is available at:

The National Science Foundation has released an updated Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020.  The PAPPG details NSF's proposal preparation and submission guidelines, and provides guidance on managing and monitoring the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation.  The full text of the revised PAPPG, as well as a summary of Significant Changes to the document are available at the below links.  NSF will also offer a webinar on PAPPG updates on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST.  There is no cost to participate, however advanced registration is required.

Link to PAPPG:

Link To Significant Changes:

Webinar Registration Link: .

The National Science Foundation has released an updated CAREER Award Program Announcement.  The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF agency-wide solicitation designed to support early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.  A single July 27, 2020 deadline will be used this year by all NSF Directorates for this initiative.   For additional Information on this solicitation, see:  . 


2017 Academic Award Winners

Each year, Academic Affairs recognizes faculty achievements in research, teaching, and service through the Spirit of Inquiry, Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Public Service, and Gerald Academic Advising awards. View a list of this year's award winners.

Spring 2017 Internal Grants Awards

Twice each year, the University Research Council (URC), Quality of Instruction Council (QIC), and Public Service Council (PSC) award grants to DePaul faculty. View the list of awardees for Spring 2017.

Academic Initiative Program Awards

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