This is to clarify the new NIH requirement for institutional training grant applications (T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TL4) submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2019, per NOT-OD-19-056 issued last week.
NIH has issued a clarification that the information regarding the institutional commitment to ensuring that the appropriate policies and procedures are in place to prevent discriminatory harassment and other discriminatory practices should be included in the same letter with the information about the applicant institution’s commitment to the planned program. Separate letters are not required. The signed letter should be on institutional letterhead from a President, Provost, Dean or other key institutional leader.
Currently, as part of the Letters of Support on the PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan form, applications include a description of the applicant institution's commitment to the planned program in order to ensure its success. Please see below regarding the information that should now be included within that letter.
At proposal stage, this means:
·Each training grant application (T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TL4) must include the following language in the same letter about the applicant institution’s commitment to the planned program, and a link to the Provost’s letter: “In compliance with NOT-OD-19-029, the University of Chicago is committed to ensuring oversight of policies and procedures, responding to allegations, and adopting the following institutional procedures for prior approval requests as documented here: https://uchicago.app.box.com/s/1alb09ajoiszza89e4z010ydjx9h2ab7.
For more information regarding this NIH requirement and clarification for training grant applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2019, please reference NOT-OD-19-029 and NOT-OD-19-056.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs (Pre-Award)