Please distribute the below information to relevant faculty in your unit.
Office of Research
Dear C&G Leadership:
The following notice from this week’s NIH Guide will be added to the February Directors Call agenda. We will also be looking at it here in the interim.
NOT-GM-15-102 – New NIGMS Guidelines for Funding Investigators with Substantial Unrestricted Research Support
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) announces new guidelines [http://www.nigms.nih.gov/research/pages/unrestricted-support.aspx] that it will use in awarding R01s and other research grants to investigators with substantial levels of long-term, unrestricted research funding from any source. Unrestricted funding means that it is not project-based and may be used to conduct research on a broad topic at the Program Director/Principal Investigator’s (PD/PI’s) discretion. NIGMS considers such support substantial and long-term if it is over $400,000 in direct costs (excluding the PD/PI’s salary and direct support of widely shared institutional resources) and extends for at least 2 years from the time the NIGMS grant would be funded. These new guidelines will enable NIGMS to fund additional labs, increasing the likelihood of making significant scientific advances.
The guidelines will take effect for applications submitted on or after January 2, 2016.
Research Policy Analyst
Research Policy Analysis and Coordination
University of California, Office of the President
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