NIH uses the information submitted in the Other Support document to assess the capacity of the individual to carry out the research as proposed, and to review any potential overlap/duplication with the proposed project.
Information on other active and pending support may be requested (often as part of Just-in-Time procedures for grant applications or in progress reports/RPPRs) to ensure there is no scientific, budgetary, or commitment overlap. Other Support” is sometimes referred to as “current and pending support” or “active and pending support.”
NIH requires disclosure of all financial and non-financial resources to which a faculty member may have direct or indirect access. Other Support includes all resources whether paid or unpaid (foreign and domestic) 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. See Resources to Report.
Agency Other Support Page
Summary information, current Other Support format page, and guideline references.
Agency Other Support FAQ
NIH’s frequently asked questions on Other Support and foreign components.
Resources to report
Resources to report include but are not limited to:
- Resources and/or financial support from all foreign and domestic entities, that are available to the researcher.
- Funds from all foreign and domestic entities, including:
- federal contracts, non-federal research grants, cooperative agreements, institutional awards, foreign talent program support, in-kind support, etc.
- a non-U.S. resource that supports the research of an investigator and/or researcher, but does not meet the definition of a foreign component because the work is being performed in the U.S.
- Financial support for laboratory personnel.
- Provision of high-value items that are not freely available (e.g. biologics, chemical, model systems, technology, data, etc.).
- Institutional resources, such as core facilities or shared equipment that are made broadly available, should not be included in Other Support, but rather listed under Facilities and Other Resources.
- Funds from all foreign and domestic entities, including:
- Consulting agreements, when the PD/PI or other senior/key personnel will be conducting research outside of their institutional appointment as part of the consulting activities.
- Non-research consulting activities are not Other Support.
- In-kind contributions, e.g. office/laboratory space, equipment, supplies, or employees or students supported by an outside source.
- If the time commitment or dollar value of the in-kind contribution is not readily ascertainable, the recipient must provide reasonable estimates.
If in doubt, err on the side of disclosure.
Other Support does not include training awards, prizes, or gifts. Gifts are resources provided where there is no expectation of anything (e.g. time, services, specific research activities, money, etc.) in return. An item or service given with the expectation of an associated time commitment is not a gift and is instead an in-kind contribution and must be reported as Other Support.
NIH requests Other Support for:
- All individuals designated in an application as senior/key personnel devoting measurable effort on the project.
- All senior/key personnel, excluding consultants, in progress reports (RPPR) when there has been a change in active other support.
- Not required to submit Other Support:
- program directors, training faculty, and other individuals involved in the oversight of training grants.
- individuals categorized as Other Significant Contributors.
Other Support must include the following. See “resources to report” for further clarification.
- Active support
- Pending support
- In-kind support
- Foreign appointments and contract documentation (subject to NIH criteria)
- Investigator signature
- Completed or inactive support is no longer required as part of Other Support.
Information about each support item includes:
Contact Principal Investigator
Source of support
Title of project/subproject
Dates of approved/proposed project
Total award amount for the entire award period covered (including facilities and administrative costs)
Person months per year
Indication of whether the listed award overlaps with proposed project
From the NIH Other Support FAQ:
1. Do in-kind contributions that will be used for the project being proposed need to be included in Other Support?
If an in-kind contribution, such as technology, chemicals, etc. is intended for use on the project being proposed to NIH in the application, the information must be included as part of the Facilities and Other Resources or Equipment section of the application and does not need to be replicated on Other Support.
2. If an in-kind contribution is listed in Facilities and Other Resources or Equipment, does it also need to be included in both Other Support?
If an in-kind contribution is not intended for use on the project being proposed, then the information must be included as part of Other Support. If the in-kind contribution is intended for use on the project being proposed, then information must be included as part of the Facilities and Other Resources or Equipment section of the application and does not need to be replicated on Other Support.
Overlap of support is other support duplicating research or budgetary items already funded by an NIH grant. Overlap also occurs when any project-supported personnel has time commitments exceeding 12 person months.
Other Support documents allow NIH to review for three types of overlap:
- Scientific Overlap is when substantially similar research is proposed in more than one concurrent PHS grant application.
- Budgetary Overlap indicates other support duplicating budgetary items already funded by an NIH grant.
- Commitment Overlap occurs when any project-supported personnel has time commitments exceeding 12 person months, regardless of how the effort is being supported or funded.
A foreign component is the existence of any “significant scientific element or segment of a project” outside of the United States, in other words:
- performance of work by a researcher or recipient in a foreign location, whether or not NIH grant funds are expended and/or
- performance of work by a researcher in a foreign location employed or paid for by a foreign organization, whether or not NIH grant funds are expended.
For NIH, when a segment of the research is performed outside of the U.S., the following activities would constitute a foreign collaboration that must be disclosed as a foreign component:
- Research involving human subjects or animals.
- Extensive travel for the purpose of data collection, surveying, sampling, and similar activities (excluding foreign travel for consulting).
- Collaborations with investigators anticipated to result in co-authorship.
- Use of facilities or instrumentation.
- Receipt of financial support or resources from a foreign entity.
- Any activity of the recipient that may have an impact on U.S. foreign policy through involvement in the affairs or environment of a foreign country.
Example A: a PD/PI of an NIH-funded grant has a collaborator outside of the U.S. who performs experiments in support of the PD/PI’s NIH-funded project, this would constitute a foreign component, regardless of whether the foreign collaborator receives funding from the PD/PI’s grant.
Lab personnel who are trapped outside the U.S. due to COVID-19 but are working on your research remotely, whether or not paid by the project, may qualify as a foreign component and needs prior approval.
NIH has determined that postdocs who are required to work on their originally approved work remotely from a foreign country due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, where no grant funds are going to a foreign entity, does not represent the performance of a significant scientific element or segment of the project outside the US, as outlined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement definition of a foreign component. (NIH FAQs on COVID-19).
The Foreign component should be part of the proposal, R&R Other Project Information Form, not the Other Support document. The addition of a foreign component to an ongoing NIH grant requires NIH prior approval, as outlined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, Section 8.1.2 , Prior Approval Requirements. Work with your department administrator to submit the prior approval request.
If an activity does not meet the definition of foreign component because all research is being conducted within the United States, but the activity includes a non-U.S. resource that supports the research of an investigator and/or researcher, it must be reported as other support.
Example A-2: a PD/PI of an NIH-funded grant has a collaborator outside of the U.S. who performs experiments in support of the PD/PI’s NIH-funded project, this would constitute a foreign component, regardless of whether the foreign collaborator receives funding from the PD/PI’s grant. Additional funding from a foreign source for the NIH-supported research of a PD/PI at a U.S. institution would NOT constitute a foreign component but would necessitate reporting as other support.
NIH Other Support Webpage, incl. instructions, examples and most up-to-date NIH templates.
NOT-OD-21-073 (03/12/21): Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021
NOT-OD-21-110 (04/28/21): Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page (extension to Jan 25, 2022)
NIH Guidance: “Protecting US Biomedical Intellectual Innovation”, including table and examples of what to disclose on which documents, i.e. Other Support, Bio, RPPR, etc.