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Current and Pending / Other Support Requirements by Sponsor

Recently the federal government has been placing additional scrutiny on foreign influence and the impact to federal research.  This has resulted in some federal agencies providing additional guidance on what needs to be included in Current and Pending/Other Support documents.  Below are updates listed by agency.  This information will be updated as we learn of new requirements from federal agencies.

Currently, NSF and NIH are on a joint committee reviewing an electronic format for collecting current and pending information.  This could change the requirements for what data is collected on the form. 

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

With the release of their revised Grant Policy Statement in October of 2019, NIH revised their definition of Other Support.  The revised definition, “…includes all resources made available to a researcher in support of and/or related to all of their research endeavors, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value and regardless of whether they are based at the institution the researcher identifies for the current grant.” The following list includes examples of things that must be included in Other Support:

  • The proposal being submitted, other proposals currently under consideration, and ongoing projects/awards, including MSU internal awards.
  • Positions and scientific appointments that are related to an individual’s research endeavors, including affiliations with non-U.S. entities or governments, regardless of whether or not remuneration is received.  This includes unpaid appointments that provide access to lab space, research materials, and staff.
  • Consulting that is in “any way” related to a faculty member’s research endeavors, regardless of whether or not remuneration is received.
  • Research conducted during the summer semester for faculty members with an Academic Year appointment, regardless of whether or not remuneration is received.
  • Participation in a foreign “talents” or similar program.
  • Financial support for laboratory personnel.
  • High-value materials that are not freely available (e.g., biologics, chemical, model systems, technology, etc.).
  • Start-up packages and support for research from entities other than the applicant institution, even if the research will be carried out at another institution.

The revised GPS maintained that Other Support does not include training awards, prizes, or gifts.

NIH has also changed the amount and effort that should be reflected on the Other Support form.  Rather than only including the current budget period, they indicate that the total award amount for the entire award period covered (including Facilities and Administrative costs), as well as the number of person-months per year to be devoted to the project, should be included.  For activities/resources that cannot be quantified, we are expecting additional guidance from NIH, but in the meantime, we have developed a template Other Support form to help report the additional information NIH is requesting. This template is our best guidance on what NIH expects to be reported as Other Support. We anticipate having to update this form as NIH provides additional information or a revised form.

NIH has also stated that if an investigator is unsure of whether to include something on their Other Support document, to err on the side of disclosure.

For additional information, NIH has a webpage devoted to Other Support, which includes FAQs and instructions, as well as a page that includes examples on what to disclose

National Science Foundation (NSF)

UPDATE:  Visit our new resource for guidance on how to fill out the new Current & Pending Fillable Forms. Please contact your OSP representative if you have any questions. Click here for summary information regarding NSF’s Current & Pending FAQs.

NSF revised their definition of current and pending (C&P) support in their upcoming 2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)*.  The 2020 PAPPG was effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after October 5, 2020.  The revised definition states that current and pending support includes, “…all resources made available to an individual in support of and/or related to all of his/her research efforts, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value.”  NSF also added that C&P support includes all in-kind contributions, not just those related to the project being proposed. 

  • In-kind contributions for the project being proposed to NSF should be included in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal and do not need to be included in the C&P form.  This includes in-kind contributions with and without an associated time commitment.
  • In-kind contributions that are not intended for use on the project being proposed to NSF only need to be reported if there is an associated time commitment.  This should be reported on the current and pending support form.

Below are examples NSF provided for in-kind contributions.  If the time commitment or dollar amount is unknown, reasonable estimates should be provided. 

  • Office/Laboratory space
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Employees
  • Students

Current and pending support includes the proposal being submitted, ongoing projects, and any proposal currently under consideration, from all sources, regardless of whether the support is provided through the proposing organization or is provided directly to the individual.  NSF has clarified that start-up packages provided to the individual from the proposing organization do not have to be reported.  Gifts also do not need to be reported (see NSF's FAQs for their definition of a gift).

NSF requires the Current and Pending Support form to be completed in an NSF approved format. Two options are available:

  • PDF fillable Current and Pending Support form
  • SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant Current and Pending Support form

Additional information can be found on the NSF-Approved Formats for Current and Pending Support web page.

Department of Defense (DOD)

The Department of Defense issued a memo in March 2019 clarifying that all key personnel must disclose current and pending support in grant applications.

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