Subject: COGR: NIH To Eliminate PI Signature Requirement


We have learned that NIH will announce a change in the NIH Commons submission process in the NIH Guide this week (April 7).  The need to provide a PI (or PIs) signature on applications and formal correspondence will be eliminated.  The institution will be required to maintain and present upon request a written certification or assurance with a unique signature and date from the PI that supports the submission of the specific application.  As we understand the change, the certification or assurance must meet the requirements that the investigators’ signature currently met: 1) that the information submitted within the application is true, complete and accurate to the best of the PI’s knowledge; 2) that any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or claims may subject the PI to criminal, civil, or administrative penalties; and 3) that the PI agrees to accept responsibility for the scientific conduct of the project and to provide the required progress reports if a grant is awarded as a result of the application.
The NIH Guide is formally published on Fridays with items added to the Guide throughout the week.  The Guide is available on NIH’s web site at: 
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