NIH requirements

Other Support Guidelines

While not currently part of the pre-award application process, the NIH will request during the Just-in-Time procedures for grant applications and/or progress reports that all key personnel proposed on a grant application provide information on active and pending support. This is to ensure there is no scientific, budgetary, or commitment overlap. Called “Other Support,” this document may also be referred to as “current and pending support” or “active and pending support.”

Information collected includes:

  • Project number
  • Contact Principal Investigator
  • Source of support
  • Title of project/subproject*
  • Dates of approved/proposed project
  • Person months
  • $ of Award Period
  • Overlap (scientific, budgetary, and commitment)

The NIH has recently reiterated that Other Support must include all current and pending research support, and all sources of support, even if there is no monetary value (i.e., financial support for lab personnel, provision of materials, in-kind support, etc.). This is especially important for faculty who receive foreign support. Faculty with joint appointments at other institutions must still provide information on all sources of support (specific rules apply for joint VA appointments). For NIH applications, key personnel can exclude the current proposal from being listed.

Effective May 25, 2021, Other Support should be re-organized to separate funded projects from in-kind contributions. There is also be a signature block added for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted. Each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission. For details, please see the NIH notice issued on March 12, 2021.

If you have any questions about completing Other Support documentation, please contact GSU or your department’s fund manager or pre-award manager.

*For multi-component grants, investigators should list the project number, PI, and source of support for the overall award, and for all other sections, should report on the subproject information only.

Please note that agencies such as NSF and DOD also request similar information during the grant application process (Current and Pending Support for NSF and Previous/Current/Pending Support for DOD applications). There are minor differences in reporting requirements, but the overall reporting goals are the same.


Non-NIH Resources:

NSF Current and Pending Support: Unlike NIH Other Support, NSF’s Current and Pending Support is included with the grant application process. It must include the current project, location of project, major goals, annual direct costs, and a separate section for “Submissions planned for near future.”

DOD Previous/Current/Pending Support: Major differences between the NIH and DOD include the following: Previous/Current/Pending Support is included with the grant application process, must report on support over the past 5 years, must include names and addresses of the grant officer, and include program goals and specific aims.