Researchers at Uppsala University can apply for research funding and participate in projects financed from the United States.
An administrative procedure has been in place since 2010 that must be followed for all applications to US federal funding bodies:
1) Before beginning an application, please contact Carolina Rydin (Science and Technology) or Maria Ferletta or Carin Marciszko (Medicine and Pharmacy)
at least 20 working days before submitting the application. They will provide you with relevant information on the application process, as well as technical and administrative support.
2) Most US funding bodies, incl. the National Institutes of Health (NIH), share a common electronic application portal: Grants.gov. Individual researchers may not submit applications via Grants.gov. Applications must instead go via the higher education institution. The authorized organization representative (AOR) for Uppsala University is the University Director. Permission to submit applications is delegated to Carolina Rydin(Science and technology) or Maria Ferletta or
Carin Marciszko (Medfarm) who will also register the applicant in eRA Commons.
3) The head of department must be notified and grant approval for the application to be submitted through a signed department head statement of commitment. This is particularly important because the department is responsible for all indirect costs (see right-hand column). The head of department also certifies that the head researcher has the time and resources to complete the project.
4) It is a requirement from the funding body that the head applicant sign a Principal Investigator Assurance and an Investigator’s Statement of Significant Financial Interests. The higher education institution will retain the original.
5) The completed application file is submitted to the research officer for review no later than eight (8) working days prior to the closing date for applications.
6) The research officers will submit the application via Grants.gov and eRA Commons and assist applicants with any corrections.
Monitoring of good research practice when holding US federal funding
Researchers at Uppsala University who have received American federal grants must follow United States Public Health Service’s (USPHS) regulations regarding good research practice.
This means that, among other things, Uppsala University has to collaborate with the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) if research misconduct is identified for a researcher holding federal grants, that Uppsala University will report how identified research misconduct has been handled, and that Uppsala University will submit the “Annual Report on Possible Research Misconduct” to ORI. ORI publishes identified cases of misconduct on their webpage including the name of the researcher.
Detailed information on the application process, application forms etc. is available on the NIH website “Foreign Grants Information”.
“Funding Opportunities and Notices” compiles links and lists of all current calls, updates, changes in laws and rules, etc.
The rules for NIH grants for projects commenced after 1 October 2011 are compiled in the “NIH Grants Policy Statement 2011”. “NIH Grants Policy Statement 2010” applies for projects commenced before 1 October 2011.