BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) needs to understand the degree to which the Principal Investigator (PI) or other senior/key personnel have support and/or resources from other sources for their research activities. The primary drivers cited for seeking this information are to ensure proper commitment of time (avoiding both under-commitment and over-commitment) by the senior personnel working on the project and avoiding duplication of funding for research requests. Given the recent additional scrutiny by the federal government on foreign influence (and particularly, scans for an inappropriate foreign influence), additional information is being requested. These requirements continue to evolve, and this page will be updated to reflect the latest information.
DEFINITION of “Other Support”:
(NIH Grants Policy Statement, December 2021)
“…includes all resources made available to researcher or senior key personnel in support of and/or related to all of their research endeavors, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value and regardless of whether they are based at the institution the researcher identifies for the current grant. Other support does not include training awards, prizes, start-up support from the US based institution, or gifts (note: Gifts are resources provided where there is no expectation of anything (e.g. time, services, specific research activities, money, etc.) in return).”
Data that is requested for each reportable activity includes (in this order):
Active AND Pending
Completed (within the past three years)
In-Kind Active and Pending
(not intended for use on the project being proposed)
Status of Support
Name of Principal Investigator (contact PI if multi-PI study)
Source of support (fund source)
Primary Place of Performance
Proposal Start and End Date
Provide when applicable
Total Award Amount (see below) *New
Estimated value of in-kind contribution
Person Months devoted by reporting investigator per budget period (see NIH guidance) **New
(or reasonable estimate)
*For each reportable activity, include the total award amount (including Facilities and Administrative Costs) for the entire award period.
**Number of person-months per budget period to be devoted (e.g., 1.5 months).
Also required are:
*Overlap: After listing all support, summarize any potential overlap with the active or pending projects and activities, other positions, affiliations, and resources and this application in terms of the science, budget, or an individual’s committed effort.
*Signature: Each PD/PI or other senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form prior to submission. This signature certifies that the statements are true, complete and accurate.
WHO MUST REPORT:
- Principal Investigator
- All other senior/key personnel listed in a grant application except Other Significant Contributors and Program Directors, training faculty, and other individuals involved in the oversight of training grants
- All senior/key personnel, excluding consultants, in progress reports when there has been a change in active support except Program Directors, training faculty, and other individuals involved in the oversight of training grants
WHEN TO REPORT:
Expected starting May 25, 2021 and required starting January 25, 2022:
- Just-in-Time (upon request by NIH after proposal submission but prior to award).
- After Just-in-Time but prior to receipt of award (reporting required only if changes are substantive* in nature)
- Via Prior Approval Request for substantive* changes that occur during the award period but prior to the due date of the next RPPR.
- Research Performance Progress Reports (annual progress reports) – report changes only
- Upon request by NIH
*While NIH does not define “substantive”, the concept is that the change is of a magnitude that NIH might prudently need to review the new arrangements to ascertain whether the existence, timing or the amount of NIH’s award might need to change in light of the new information (e.g. substantive new support that alters the reporting investigators availability or where a prudent person might question whether there is scientific or financial overlap)
FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPORTING
NIH Other Support Format Page:
WHAT TO REPORT:
Other Support includes all resources made available to a researcher in support of and/or related to all of their research endeavors, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value and regardless of whether they are based at the institution the researcher identifies for the current grant. This includes but is not limited to:
- Resources and/or financial support from all foreign and domestic entities, that are available to the researcher. This includes but is not limited to, financial support for laboratory personnel, and provision of high-value materials that are not freely available (e.g., biologics, chemical, model systems, technology, etc.). Institutional resources, such as core facilities or shared equipment that are made broadly available, should not be included in Other Support, but rather listed under Facilities and Other Resources.
- Consulting agreements, when the PD/PI or other senior/key personnel will be conducting research as part of the consulting activities. Non-research consulting activities are not Other Support.
- In-kind contributions, e.g. office/laboratory space, equipment, supplies, or employees or students supported by an outside source. If the time commitment or dollar value of the in-kind contribution is not readily ascertainable, the recipient must provide reasonable estimates.
- If in-kind contributions are intended for use on the project being proposed to NIH in this application, the information must be included as part of the Facilities and Other Resources or Equipment section of the application and need not be replicated on this form.
- In-kind contributions not intended for use on the project/proposal being proposed in this application must be reported below. If the time commitment or dollar value is not readily ascertainable, reasonable estimates should be provided.
Other support does not include training awards, prizes, or gifts. Gifts are resources provided where there is no expectation of anything (e.g. time, services, specific research activities, money, etc.) in return. An item or service given with the expectation of an associated time commitment is not a gift and is instead an in-kind contribution and must be reported as such.
Provide copies of contracts specific to senior/key-personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution for all foreign activities and resources that are reported in Other Support. If they are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies. This does not include personal service contracts, or employment contracts for fellows supported by foreign entities. Supporting Documentation should be provided as a PDF following the Other Support form. This documentation must be supplied to the Grants Analyst from the senior/key-person at the time other support is due. If you have questions regarding foreign components (appointments or other employment), please contact Research Office Regulatory Affairs.
ADDITONAL GUIDANCE FROM NIH:
NIH has a webpage devoted to Other Support, which includes FAQs and instructions, as well as a page that includes examples on what to disclose.
| Other Support Changes|
May 25, 2021
January 25, 2022
Disclose all sources of Other Support and related information, including outside activities (e.g. consulting, visiting professorships) if conducting research, In-Kind support, and gifts if donor expects anything in return (e.g. time, services, research).
Follow new format
Separate sections for Project/Proposal Support and In-Kind
Completed Support for the last 3 years
Submit copies of agreements for investigator’s foreign appointment/employment if listed as Other Support
If agreement not in English, provide translated copy
Redact confidential information expect for key provisions (e.g. award amount, dates)
When requested, provide copies of agreements for investigator’s foreign appointment/employment if listed as Other Support
Each senior/key person electronically signs PDF of their Other Support
If Other Support signed, flatten PDF prior to submission
Submit updated Other Support immediately upon learning a source of Other Support for an active NIH grant was not disclosed
OWNER: National Institutes of Health
RESPONSIBLE OFFICE: Research Office
ORIGINATION DATE: May 24, 2021
REVISION DATE(S): 1/10/2022
Procedure Source Email https://research.udel.edu/forms-policies-procedures/?entry=94522