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:

 

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

  • Effective June 1, 2020, NSF required  submitting institutions to include 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).
     
  • Current and pending support information may be provided through use of either SciENcv or the NSF fillable PDF formal. Upon implementation of the next PAPPG (anticipated January 2023), submission of this information will be required through use of SciENcv only. Use of the NSF fillable format will no longer be permitted.
     
  • 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 Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support (last updated April 20, 2022)
    • NSF's Current and Pending Support FAQ (last updated April 20, 2022)

 

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. Additional guidance regarding Current and Pending Support form disclosures was issued on June 1, 2022.

 

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.