NIH Advises of Changes to Continuation Application and Instructions - 10/20/09

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently issued a notice regarding changes to the progress reports for PHS 2590 Continuation and eSNAP.

The full announcement about the revised DHHS Public Health Service noncompeting progress report (PHS 2590, NOT-OD-09-139) is located on the NIH Web site.

The newly revised continuation progress report instructions and forms are available on the NIH Forms and Applications Web page. They will be required for all annual reports due on or after Oct. 1.

Corresponding changes to the eSNAP module in the Commons will also be released. Investigators should read the new instructions carefully when completing the progress reports.

A number of new policies are being implemented, including:

-- New All Personnel Report: The Senior/Key Personnel Report is being replaced with an All Personnel Report. The PI should always be listed on the form. Any person who participates for at least one person month or more, regardless of pay status, must be included on the report. All individuals with a PostDoc role must have an eRA Commons user ID (see NOT-OD-09-140 for more details).

-- Inclusion of Changes to Innovative Potential: If applicable, PIs are asked to address any changes to the innovative potential of the project as part of the Progress Report Summary, Section B.

-- Changes to the Biographical Sketch: The BioSketch should now include a personal statement in Section A and limit the list of publications to 15 or fewer.

-- Human Embryonic Stem Cells: A new item is added to the Progress Report Summary under D. Plans.

For more information, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services page on the Sponsored Program Services Web site.