4/17/20 | 3 p.m. | Updates from extramural sponsors, Office of Sponsored Programs

Over the past week, new information related to COVID-19 from our extramural sponsors has been limited.  However, we would like to provide information regarding the following four (4) important topics:

  • NIH supplemental funding information for active projects affected by COVID-19
  • Available NIH Supplements and Revisions related to the study of COVID-19
  • All COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
  • Personnel working on NIH grants outside the United States due to travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency

NIH Supplemental Funding Information for active projects affected by COVID-19

The supplemental funding discussed in this section is not directly related to the study of COVID-19, but rather refers to active awards that have been affected financially due to the COVID-19 national emergency; refer to the next section for funding related to the study of COVID-19.

NIH has issued some additional guidance regarding plans for the utilization of administrative supplements for those awards impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is anticipated that all NIH institutes will utilize administrative supplements when absolutely necessary.  NIH is developing a suite of diverse mechanisms and approaches that they hope will address your unique research challenges.  In the meantime, NIH is currently recommending that investigators hold off on submitting COVID-19-related administrative supplement requests until the full impact of the pandemic on your research is clear.

There are two (2) possible exceptions to this recommendation:

  • Supplements to existing projects that will allow investigators to immediately address scientific questions of direct relevance to the COVID-19 epidemic
  • Supplements to existing projects that are needed to address immediate, mission-critical needs over the next three (3) months

Please feel free to contact your program officer to discuss supplemental options which may become available for your award.  All supplemental funding requests submitted should always have your program officer’s prior approval in order to ensure having the best possible chance of being funded.

Available NIH Supplements and Revisions related to the study of COVID-19

NIH is making available both administrative supplements and competitive revisions to existing grants related to the study of COVID-19.  Both mechanisms provide additional funding to existing NIH awards, and are available through a variety of funding opportunities.

Generally, administrative supplement requests for COVID-19 research can be submitted via PA-18-591 if the research being proposed is within the scope of the parent grant.  If the research is outside the scope of the parent grant, urgent/emergency competitive revision requests can be submitted through two primary opportunities, PA-18-935 and PA-20-135.  Both of these opportunities generally require the submission to be associated with one of several Notices of Special Interest (NOSI).  These NOSIs vary by awarding NIH Center/Institute, as do the rules and requirements for the submission.  New NOSIs are issued regularly, and OSP is capturing these specifics to the best of our ability within our COVID-19 funding opportunities list (detailed further in the next section).  OSP’s pre-award staff is also available to assist with eligibility questions related to your specific award in relation to these opportunities.

Additionally, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has posted a great resource regarding NIH COVID-19 Supplements and Revisions here.  This resource provides specific requirements that must be met in addition to detailing which Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) may be applicable to your existing grant.  It is a great resource, and I encourage you to utilize it for your specific research needs (but with caution regarding any details contained that relate to OSP interactions and/or application preparation systems, as this information is specific to UAB and may vary for other institutions such as UT Health SA).

All COVID-19 Funding Opportunities (New and Supplemental Funds Available)

OSP continues monitoring and updating our list of available funding opportunities related to COVID-19, available at http://research.uthscsa.edu/osp/forms/covid19.xlsx.  Since last week, we have added twenty (20) new COVID-19 funding opportunities.  In addition, please be aware that OSP is fully functional for processing all proposal submissions you may have, not just those related to COVID-19.  We believe many investigators across the nation may be hesitant to submit proposals right now for various reasons, so this could be an opportune time to submit as many applications as possible.

Personnel working on NIH grants outside the United States

If personnel on an active NIH grant have returned home to a foreign country, and are now working remotely on the grant due to COVID-19, please be aware that this activity must be reported to NIH as a foreign component.  If this applies to your award, please contact our office immediately so that we can properly report such activity to the NIH.

Please be assured of OSP’s commitment that the services for our researchers continue without any interruptions as well as prioritizing COVID-19 research and clinical trials.

Thank you and stay safe,


Chris G. Green, CPA
Senior Director
Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

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