NIH FY 2016 Important Notices


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has posted several notices related to proposal submissions which take effect in 2016:


NOT-OD-16-029 ( provides information on the revised SF424 (R&R) Application Guides and Supplemental Instructions that take effect for proposal due dates on and between January 25, 2016, and May 24, 2016.  OSP has created a sample NIH package with helpful tips on completing your application.  The significant changes that impact NIH proposals include: revisions to the Research Strategy section to address rigor and transparency in research, a new section on the Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources, revised instructions for the vertebrate animals section, and the redefining of the age of a child for the human subject research inclusion of children section.


NOT-OD-16-030 ( announces the release of the November 2015 version of the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 


NOT-OD-16-042 ( informs the grant community that Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) is now an option for preparation, submission and tracking of all single and multi-project grant applications.  Proposals can be submitted via ASSIST or  One of the great features of ASSIST is its ability to check for eRA Commons errors and warnings before the proposal is submitted, eliminating the need for changed/corrected applications to be made via  You are also able to view the application, including attachments, as one PDF which is not possible prior to submission using  ASSIST has also added new functionality that allows you to copy the entire application, including attachments, into new, resubmission, or renewal proposals.  For additional information on ASSIST, please see NIH’s ASSIST webpage and review the ASSIST User Guide. 


NOT-OD-16-045 ( provides information on an increase in the NIH salary cap.  Effective January 10, 2016, the Executive Level II salary level will increase from $183,300 to $185,100.  The notice contains guidance on implementation, questions and answers, and examples on how to budget and charge salary above the cap.


Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs with any questions.