OTHER SUPPORT/CURRENT & PENDING SUPPORT

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH) - Guidance for completing NIH Other Support Forms

  • NIH modified its guidance for completing Other Support Forms on March 12, 2021. (NOT-OD-19-114 remains in effect until May 24, 2021. NOT-OD-21-073 takes effect May 25, 2021.) Prior to submitting a proposal, research administrators should ask all key personnel to review this questionnaire. It is the responsibility of faculty members to validate that they have included all appropriate information on their Other Support forms (including information about research activities performed outside of Penn State).

  • Additional resources from NIH:

    • NIH’s Other Support page
    • NIH’s Grants Policy Statement Section 2.5.1, which provides the following guidance: “Other Support. Information on other active and pending support will be requested as part of the Just-in-Time procedures. 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 resource and/or financial support from all foreign and domestic entities, including but 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.). Other support does not include training awards, prizes, or gifts. Other support is requested for all individuals designated in an application as senior/key personnel-those devoting measurable effort to a project. Information on Other Support is not specifically requested for Program Directors, training faculty, and other individuals involved in the oversight of training grants since applicable information is collected in other sections of a training grant application. It is also not requested for individuals categorized as Other Significant Contributors."
    • NOT-OD-19-114 (dated July 10, 2019)
    • NOT-OD-21-073 (dated March 12, 2021, effective May 25, 2021)
    • NIH’s definition of foreign component
    • NIH’s Other Support and Foreign Components FAQ
    • NIH Other Support Sample (Word document)
    • NIH’s Grants Policy Statement Section 8.1.2.10, which states that “Adding a foreign component under a grant to a domestic or foreign organization requires NIH prior approval."
    • Protecting U.S. Biomedical Intellectual Innovation (includes a nice grid identifying examples of what to disclose)
    • Inquiries related to NIH's biographical sketch and other support templates can be sent to nihosbiosketch@nih.gov.

 

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) - Guidance for completing NSF Current and Pending Support Forms

  • NSF announced that it was delaying implementation of its new format requirements until October 5, 2020. However, we are still required to include new categories of information in the NSF biographical sketch and Current and Pending Support forms effective June 1, 2020, including information about appointments at other institutions (honorary, adjunct, visiting, or part-time) and resources (financial and non-financial) provided in support of an investigator’s research (e.g., space, equipment, supplies, employees, or students provided in support of research, whether at Penn State or elsewhere).

  • Prior to submitting a proposal, research administrators should ask all key personnel to review this questionnaire. It is the responsibility of faculty members to validate that they have included all appropriate information on their Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support forms (including information about research activities performed outside of Penn State). For additional information please see the Libraries’ guide on NSF Biosketch, ScienCV, and ORCID systems. Guidance for connecting the Metadata database and ORCID can be found here.  
  • Additional resources from NSF:

    • NSF’s Current and Pending Support Form page
    • NSF’s PAPPG, Chapter II.C.2.h, which states that Current and Pending support “includes all resources made available to an individual in support of and/or related to all of his/her research efforts, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value. Current and pending support also includes in-kind contributions (such as office/laboratory space, equipment, supplies, employees, students26. In-kind contributions not intended for use on the project/proposal being proposed also must be reported27. Current and pending support information must be provided for this project, for ongoing projects, and for any proposals currently under consideration from whatever source28, irrespective of whether such support is provided through the proposing organization or is provided directly to the individual.” The PAPPG further states that, “If the time commitment or dollar value is not readily ascertainable, reasonable estimates should be provided.”
    • NSF’s Current and Pending Support FAQ

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) - Disclosing support from "Foreign Countries of Risk"

  The Department of Energy issued a memo dated January 31, 2019, stating its intention to prohibit "all DOE funding recipients" from participating in "foreign talent recruitment programs of countries determined sensitive by DOE."  The Department of Energy issued a directive (486.1) dated June 7, 2019, mandating that “federal and contractor personnel fully disclose and, as necessary, terminate affiliations with foreign government-supported talent recruitment programs” on new DOE contracts and subcontracts.  An updated directive (486.1A) was approved on September 4, 2020 along with an accompanying FAQ. The new version includes a restriction on receiving employment, funding, other support, or gifts from any “Foreign Country of Risk.” The restriction applies to funding coming directly to the investigator in addition to funding being run through the institution. The restriction also applies to financial support for laboratory personnel, participation of student and visiting researchers supported by other sources of funding, and “in kind” contributions, such as provision of office/laboratory space, equipment, supplies, or employees.

Different DOE contracts may be subject to different versions of this contractual requirement. Effective November 2020, DOE began issuing financial assistance agreements (grants and cooperative agreements) which restricted project participants from participating in certain foreign-government sponsored talent recruitment programs.  

 

Guidance from other sponsors

“Other Support” may include resources and/or financial support, domestic or foreign, available in support of a researcher’s research endeavors. Such support should be disclosed on an “Other Support” or “Current & Pending” form. Sponsor guidelines may specify that all sources of support be disclosed, regardless of whether they are awarded through Penn State, through another institution, or provided directly to the researcher himself or herself. When in doubt, we urge researchers to err on the side of transparency. Most Federal sponsors are taking an expansive view of what should be disclosed. In the absence of sponsor-specific guidance, the NIH checklist remains a good tool for identifying sources of support.