National Science Foundation (NSF) Announcements - Dec 2019

SciENcv Biosketch Now Accepted by NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is designating SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) an NSF-approved template and encouraging faculty to use SciENcv to prepare biographical sketches for inclusion in NSF proposals. NSF will continue to accept other NSF-approved biographical sketch formats not prepared using SciENcv.

Click here for a guide for using SciENcv

Revised NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Now Available for Comment

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a revised version of the PAPPG, which details the NSF proposal and award process. NSF anticipates the new guidance to go into effect in January 2020. Comments on the revised PAPPG may be directed to

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Announcements - Dec 2019

Revised NIH Application Forms

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a summary of changes for FORMS-F, an updated version of the NIH application package. FORMS-F will replace the current application package, FORMS-E, for proposals due on or after May 25, 2020. Please see NOT-OD-20-033 for updates related to Training, Fellowship, and Career Development applications. Please see this PDF document for a summary of all proposed changes.

NIH Seeks Comment on Draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking public comments on a DRAFT NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental DRAFT guidance. The purpose of this DRAFT Policy and supplemental DRAFT guidance is to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing to further NIH's commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public.

Comments may be submitted online at:

Campus Statement on Foreign Influence - December 2019

The U.S. Government continues to express growing concerns regarding the influence of foreign governments and entities over federally-funded research. In particular, the federal government is focused on the failure or alleged failure of some federally-funded researchers to adequately disclose their relationships with foreign entities. Failure to adequately disclose these relationships may jeopardize a researcher’s eligibility to obtain future funding.1

The university recognizes that theft of ideas and intellectual property is a national concern. We also recognize the critical importance of the collaborative process in advancing new knowledge and discovery. Protecting that process is contingent upon our historical commitment to both academic freedom and ensuring the success and well-being of every member of our community regardless of group identity.

To balance both governmental concerns and our institutional commitment to ensuring a collaborative research environment, the Office of Research and Engagement conducts thorough compliance and training programs and has implemented an administrative system to manage sponsored research programs, and protect against foreign interference, influence, and theft of research and the resulting discoveries.

Consistent with these existing compliance protocols, researchers are encouraged to communicate with the Office of Research Compliance to disclose any relationships with foreign entities. By ensuring our research enterprise remains transparent and meets all applicable requirements, university officials are positioned to protect our institutional commitment to academic freedom, research collaboration, and knowledge advancement and discovery.


1 From Memo: Chief Research Officers, Andrew Karberg, University of Massachusetts, Associate Counsel, July 12, 2019 RE: Foreign Influence Disclosure Guidance for Federally Funded Research.

Posted 12/5/19

For more, see: Foreign Influence Disclosure Guidance