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NIH Announces Changes in Business Process on PHS 416-1 Grant Applications, PHS 416-9 Progress Reports and Prior Approval Requests for Individual Fellowships.

The National Institutes of Health announced on October 14, 2008 changes regarding the signatures of the Applicant (Individual Fellow) and Sponsor(s) as part of applications, certain post-submission information, progress reports, and post-award prior approval requests and the corresponding implementation of a new Institutional compliance requirement to secure and retain the Individual Fellow and Sponsor(s) signatures as part of the institutional review/approval process.   
The signatures of the Individual Fellow and Sponsor(s) are no longer required as part of a submitted Fellowship application.  Instead, a new compliance is now implemented whereby the applicant organization agrees to secure and retain at the organization a written assurance from the Fellow and Sponsor(s) prior to submitting an application to the PHS.  While this assurance is no longer required as part of the submitted application, it remains a compliance requirement.  Therefore, the organizations must retain a unique signature and date for each submitted application.    

Please click on the link below and download the USA Certification and Assurance form for the Individual Fellowship applications.  In addition, the University of South Alabama will also ask the applicant to read the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Payback Agreement.  Please also download this agreement, read it and attach it to the back of the USA Certification and Assurance that is required by the National Institutes of Health.  The University will require both of these documents be included in your PHS 416-1 Grant Applications.  Please contact the Office of Health Systems Grants Administration and Development with questions.

(Reference: NOT-OD-09-007)    
NIH Notice: NOT-OD-09-004    
USA Certification and Assurances for Individual Fellowships    
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Payback Agreement

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