Posted: May 17, 2021

OSP issues guidance to comply with new NIH Other Support regulations, May 17, 2021.

All of the updates below are important, but the highlighted one is especially time sensitive. Please begin including the following signature block on NIH Other Support forms:

I, PD/PI or other senior/key personnel, certify that the statements herein are true, complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge, and accept the obligation to comply with Public Health Services terms and conditions if a grant is awarded as a result of this application. I am aware that any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or claims may subject me to criminal, civil, or administrative penalties.

Signature: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_______________________________

Date: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ _______________________________

Once the researcher has reviewed the NIH Other Support Questionnaire and confirmed that their Other Support form is accurate and complete, please have them sign the form and return to you for upload. Additional guidance, including an FAQ, can be found here. This requirement applies to all Other Support forms submitted with applications, Just-In-Time (JIT) Reports, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted on or after May 25, 2021.

 John W. Hanold (3-0768)

Office of Sponsored Programs


Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page (NOT-OD-21-110). NIH previously announced format changes to the NIH Biosketch and Other Support forms that would take effect 5/25/21 (NOT-OD-21-073). NIH is now providing the community until 1/25/22 to adopt the new format requirements. It is important to note, however, that NIH still expects all of the data elements specified in NOT-OD-21-073 to be included on these forms, regardless of the format used. In order to ensure compliance with NIH reporting requirements, Penn State expects faculty members to sign any Other Support forms submitted on or after 5/25/21.

 Expanding Requirement for eRA Commons IDs to All Senior/Key Personnel (NOT-OD-21-109). Targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2022, NIH, AHRQ, FDA, and ORD/VA will require all individuals listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Form to have an eRA Commons username (Commons ID). Extension of the existing eRA Commons ID requirement to include all senior/key personnel will facilitate better data collection for individuals contributing to federally funded research as well as assist in disambiguating data on applications and facilitating the identification of conflicts of interest in peer review.

Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. April 2021) for Fiscal Year 2021 (NOT-OD-21-107). This revision is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2020. This revision supersedes, in its entirety, the NIHGPS dated December 2019. Previous versions of the NIHGPS remain applicable as standard terms and conditions of award for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began prior to October 1, 2020.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Hanold (Office of Sponsored Programs, or Sheila Vrana (College of Medicine Office of Research Affairs,