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August 12, 2022: Adjustments to NIH and AHRQ Grant Application Due Dates Between September 22 and  September 30, 2022

NIH has provided notification of NIH and AHRQ application due date adjustments to accommodate scheduled federal system downtime. has a planned production system outage from Friday, September 23, 2022 at 12:01 AM ET to Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET (see calendar). will use this time to migrate their services to the Cloud.

In response, NIH and AHRQ due dates that fall on or between September 22 and September 30, 2022 will move to October 3, 2022.

During the outage/system downtime, Workspace will NOT be accessible. ASSIST will still be available for proposal preparation and review, however ORA will be unable to submit proposals. We expect this a substantial increase in the number of applications received for this deadline as a result.  ORA strongly recommends/encourages faculty and staff to ensure that ORA receives all applications no later than Wednesday, September 28th (3 business days prior to the October 3rd deadline) to ensure that they will be reviewed and submitted by deadline/on-time.  Due to the increased volume, applications received after September 28th, may be submitted without review or risk being submitted after the deadline.

Please see NIH Notice NOT-OD-22-190 and NIH’s Extramural Nexus post for further information regarding how this change will affect different categories of proposal submissions.

Please reach out to your ORA Grants Associate with questions about the deadline adjustment.

Data Management Plan Requirement for NIH applications effective January 25, 2023

All NIH applications due on or after January 25, 2023 that will result in the generation of scientific data will be required to include a Data Management and Sharing Plan. Under the Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions:

  • Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data
  • Submit a DMS plan for review when applying for funding
  • Comply with the approved DMS plan

Additional information about planning & budgeting, submission & review, and implementation can be found on the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy website.

Further guidance on research data management and sharing can be found on the JHU Data Services website, including:

ORA Trainings Materials

Updated Other Support & Biosketch Guidance

New Required NIH Other Support Disclosures Beginning January 25, 2022

  • Read the new NIH Biosketch and Other Support disclosure requirements Quick Guide. NIH will require all faculty to include disclosure copies of non-JHU contracts related to foreign appointments and/or employment as part of their Other Support disclosures.
  • All faculty will be required to electronically sign their NIH Other Support disclosures using DocuSign. Need help with DocuSign? Instructions on how to use DocuSign can be found here. Please also see the DocuSign workflow instructions and tutorial on how to create DocuSign envelopes.

Review ORA’s Q&A Slides: Changes to NIH Other Support & Signature Requirement (December 2021)

Please also consult the University-wide Current and Pending/Other Support page for further guidance:

Foreign Contracts Review Workflow

Coming soon.

DocuSign Workflow and Instructions

DocuSign Login

DocuSign workflow

DocuSign electronic signature instructions

Learn how to send DocuSign envelopes: DocuSign Video Tutorial

CORA Resources and Training Opportunities

Additional School of Medicine resources, tools, and information needed to manage sponsored research funding can be found on the Community of Research Administrators (CORA) website.

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