Keep in mind that you are working with a limited amount
of money, so your expenditure rate is important. We
expect you to have reasonable expenditures. When working
with your grant
Grant funds, ask yourself: Am I pacing myself?
Am I spending all my money in the first month or two of the
project? Am I not spending the money fast enough?
financial assistance mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity. A grant is used whenever the NIH
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
the United State's medical research agency, a federal government agency composed of diverse Institutes and Centers
that conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research. NIH Homepage
Institute or Center anticipates no substantial programmatic involvement with the recipient during performance of the financially assisted activities.
As the PI, you are responsible for ensuring the prompt submission of two required annual reports to NHLBI: a progress report and fiscal spending report. In addition, if you have been awarded a Clinical Skills Development Core, an additional report is required. You may also wish to submit a carryover request. Below you will find details on each of these reports.
To continue NIH support of your research each year, you must
submit a progress report using the PHS
2590 forms and instructions. A comprehensive annual
progress report is to be prepared by the principal investigator
and should include:
- A brief summary of major accomplishments that can be
attributed to the project and a brief explanation of how
they have contributed to furthering the stated goals of
- Previous and on-going barriers to patient recruitment
and remediation plans.
- A completed inclusion
- A list of changes, if any, in the professional staffing
since the last competitive review.
- A list of all publications and completed (not "in
preparation") manuscripts that have resulted from
Your business office must submit your progress report and
other required documents to NHLBI
National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI) two months before the beginning
of your next budget period. NIH no longer reminds you
of an imminent progress report by mailing you a pre-filled
face page. Instead, it is notifying grantees by email, sending
one message two months before the due date and another two
weeks after the deadline, if the progress report is overdue. Remember to turn in progress reports on time! Late
or incomplete progress reports are major contributing factors
to late awards.
a NIH Institute that provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, lung, and blood as well as blood resources, sleep disorders and the Woman's Health Initiative. NHLBI Homepage
Your Program Official (PO)
Program Official (PO) reviews your progress report to determine
whether NHLBI will continue funding your project. Grants
Management Specialists ( GMS
staff member who oversees a scientific program and the progress of grants and contracts in a portfolio. This title is most frequently used to refer to the scientific or technical representative for grants, but the generic "program official" term also may refer to a Project Officer
the NIH staff member designated as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) to coordinate the substantive aspects of an acquisition from its development through to contract award and administration. Also known as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative ( COTR ).
if the funding mechanism is a contract. Also known as Health Scientist Administrators or Program Director.
Grants Management Specialists (GMS) ) perform an administrative and sometimes
a fiscal evaluation of your progress report.
staff members who are the focal point for all business and policy activities associated with the negotiation, award and administration of a grant or cooperative agreement, and who interpret and apply grants policies.
To access a searchable list of due progress reports and
pre-filled face pages, your business office must register
with the NIH Commons. Then you can check out the Electronic
Research Administration's Progress Report Search and use
your institutional profile number to get this information
for your grant. Contact your institutional business official,
also known as an authorized organizational representative,
to inquire about registration.
Clinical Skills Development Core Progress Reports
If you have been awarded a Clinical Skills Development Core grant along with your SCCOR or Cooperative Agreement
Cooperative Agreement (U series) grant, you will need to submit a progress report specific to the activities of your Skills Development Core Program. Reports are due at the end of the 3 rd and 5 th years of the grant. The following items need to be included in your progress report:
a support mechanism used when there will be substantial Federal scientific or programmatic involvement. Substantial involvement means that, after award, scientific or program staff will assist, guide, coordinate, or participate in project activities.
Skills Development Core Program Components
- A brief description of key components of your Skills Development Core Program, and how they have been implemented during the first two years of the program.
- The three most significant accomplishments that have resulted from your Skills Development Core Program during its first two years with an emphasis on accomplishments that could not have been achieved without specific Core Program support from the NHLBI.
- A description of opportunities included in your Skills Development Core Program that support new investigators in developing individual clinical research projects of their own.
New Investigator Activities
- Full name, degree(s), current level of training, and the anticipated training duration for each new investigator who participated in your Core Program during the current reporting period.
- A list of national and regional scientific meetings, seminars, workshops, and other clinical enrichment activities that Core Program new investigators attended as a result of your Skills Development Core Program.
New Investigator Career Development
- The full citation for publication(s) and/or presentation(s) resulting from new investigators' participation in the Skills Development Core Program.
- New funding, if any, awarded to Skills Development Core Program new investigator(s) during the reporting period.
Financial Status Reports ( FSR
Financial Status Report (FSR) ) are to be
submitted annually, 90 days after the end of the budget period. Grantees
who are accountable for the use of program income should
complete SF-269, FSR long form. All others should use SF-269A,
FSR short form.
shows the status of funds for a grant or cooperative agreement
. Mandatory for continued funding, FSRs are due to the Grants Management Officer from a grantee within 90 days of the end of a budget period.
Carryover is the way that an investigator may access unobligated
balances from previous years to perform approved research
that has been deferred from those years and is expected
to be performed during the current budget year. It
may not be used for anticipated research aims that will
be performed in a later budget year or to support new research
aims. Unobligated funds may be used as an offset if they
will not be needed within the lifetime of the grant to
support research that falls within the scope of its approved
The carryover of unobligated dollars from one budget period
to the next is automatic for most awards. However, NHLBI staff
must approve requests for carryovers for those grants that
are specifically excluded from automatic carryover, such as
cooperative agreements (U01). The GMS will determine if the
grant qualifies for automatic carryover authority, based on
NHLBI policy. Contact your Program Official(PO) for information
on the process for requesting carryovers.
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