On April 28, 2021, the NIH released "Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page" (NOT-OD-21-110). In summary:
Effective May 25, 2021, the NIH expects applicants and recipients to use the updated biosketch and other support formats for applications, Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR), and Just-in-Time (JIT) Reports. Immediate use of the updated format is preferred but not required until January 25, 2022.
Effective January 25, 2022, the NIH will require the use of the updated formats for any submissions on or after January 25, 2022 (or anything with a due date on or after that date). Failure to follow the appropriate formats on or after January 25, 2022, may cause an application to be withdrawn from or delay consideration of funding by the NIH. Requirements include:
- Supporting documentation, which includes copies of contracts/agreements 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 the contracts/agreements are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies. Versions using services such as Google Translation are acceptable.
- Immediate notification of undisclosed Other Support. When a recipient organization discovers that a PI or other Senior/Key personnel on an active NIH grant failed to disclose Other Support information outside of Just-in-Time or the RPPR, as applicable, the recipient must submit updated Other Support to the Grants Management Specialist named in the Notice of Award as soon as it becomes known.
- PI digital signature – NIH does not allow a scanned image.
- Documents must be uploaded as a flattened PDF.
Additional information on Other Support can be found in the NIH Notice NOT-OD-21-073.