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May 3, 2017  

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Sparta Training Sessions Offered

Sparta Fundamentals
Monday, May 8, 2017
9:30 - 11:00 am
Sears Library Building, Room 670

This session will cover how to log in and navigate in Sparta for searches, profiles, sponsors and roles. A brief overview of budget navigation/entry will also be covered.

Sparta Budgeting
Thursday, May 11, 2017
9:30 - 11:00 am
Sears Library Building, Room 670

This session will provide more in-depth information about budget navigation/entry in Sparta.

Sparta Advanced - Follow on Submissions
Monday, May 15, 2017
9:30 - 11:00 am
Sears Library Building, Room 670

This session will cover the various types of follow on submissions: Continuation, Supplement, Renewal, IPAS requests: PI revision, No Cost Extension, Rebudget, Petition and Preliminary accounts. A brief overview of the Funding Proposal routing will also be covered.

Sparta Advanced - SF424 Submissions
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Sears Library Building, Room 670

This session will review the creation and editing of a basic NIH SF424 package after the Funding Proposal has been completed.

Registration is available online at: ttps://

Doing Business with DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has recently released a helpful doocument on how you can pursue your ideas with them. The document outlines general advice for submitting new ideas to them, including the following:

  • Bring your dreams for changing the world.
  • Initially, they are only looking for a plausible argument and a robust technical approach for discovering the truth.
  • Identify clear demonstrations and metrics that tell them you are on the right track.

Importantly, DARPA encourages establishing open communications with their program managers.

Read more at:

NIH Seeking Input on Capping R-O1 Award and Grant Support Index

On May 2, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its intention to cap individual Principal Investigators at three R-01 awards using a metric "Grants Support Index (GSI)".

Over the next few months, NIH will be seeking feedback from the scientific community on how best to implement the GSI limit. There are still many details of the policy that need to be worked out and NIH wants those details to be informed by the community. Look for more about this effort and opportunities to provide input from NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Dr. Michael Lauer through his Open Mike Blog (

Read the Notice from NIH Director, Francis Collins, at


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