New NSF Grant Term

On October 21, 2018, a new grant term will be incorporated into all new NSF awards, and into any funding amendments made to existing NSF grant awards. This new grant term and condition is part of NSF’s efforts to ensure that research and training environments are free of sexual and other forms of harassment; a goal that Johns Hopkins University shares. The new grant term requires any NSF funded institution to notify NSF, through a secure, confidential portal, of all final determinations by the institution that an NSF funded PI or co-PI has engaged in sexual harassment, or other forms of harassment in violation of federal law, and to notify NSF when certain administrative leaves or other administrative actions with respect to an NSF funded PI or co-PI are taken. More information on the new grant term is available on the NSF website:

NIH Single IRB Requirements and Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research

As Johns Hopkins prepares for the January 25, 2018 effective date of the NIH requirement that all domestic, multi-site, non-exempt research studies utilize a single IRB (“sIRB”), adjustments have been made to the JHU Policy on Individual Financial Interests and Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research.

The primary change has been to limit the application of the policy to JHU employed faculty and staff and to JHU students engaged in research at JHU, and to modify the processes for communication of conflict of interest management plans to the relevant sIRB that is reviewing any human subject research protocols. Where another institution’s personnel are engaged in research that is being reviewed by a JHU IRB, the review of the potential conflicts of interest for that institution’s personnel is part of the local review from that institution.

Conflict Review Committee

Information about the Conflict Review Committee has been moved from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences flagship website to KASPER.

Please visit the Conflict Review Committee page for information about:

  • Conflict Review Committee By-Laws and Roster
  • Guidelines for Reporting
  • Divisional Policies on Conflict of Commitment and Conflict of Interest
  • Reporting Conflict of Interest and Commitment Handbook
  • eDisclose User Guide

New Website

Welcome to the newly updated KASPER website!

We have migrated KASPER from SiteExecutive into WordPress. By moving the site into WordPress, a much more intuitive and easy to use content management system, it will be easier for stakeholders to update their pages.

Moving the website into WordPress also allows users an easier way to find what they’re looking for. Please use our greatly improved search function that should help you find documents quickly and easily.

The site may have a new theme, but the information is organized largely in the same way. In addition to conducting a user survey, we performed a full inventory of the website and reviewed the analytics. Due to low traffic, thin content, and other redundancies, several sections have been removed or streamlined into other areas of the website.

Although we will also be working on updating different sections of the site for your convenience, if you notice a document or content item is out of date, please use our Web Service Request form. Be sure to provide an updated version and a 2-3 sentence description of the file.

Upcoming Society of Research Administrators International Section Meeting

Attend the 2017 Society of Research Administrators International Section Meeting April 2-5 in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Workshops, sessions, round tables, and learning cafe opportunities will be offered covering multiple areas that impact research administration.

  • Professional Development
  • Sponsored Programs, Planning, Development, and Deliveries
  • Management and Operations
  • Financial and Post-Award Administration
  • Research Ethics and Compliance
  • Clinical Research


While you are attending, you can earn a certificate in one of four areas.

  • Financial Management
  • Introduction to Research Administration and Management (IRAM)
  • Pre-Award
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants Fundamentals

Learn more about the program, registration, hotel reservations, and meeting announcements.

NSF Revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

NSF has issued a revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1). The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Significant changes to the document are summarized at the beginning of the document. For guidance on proposals submitted or due before January 30, 2017, and awards made before January 30, 2017, continue to reference the PAPPG dated January 25, 2016.

A briefing Webinar on the new PAPPG was held November 7, 2016; slides from that Webinar are available by clicking HERE.

NIH Required Training For Investigators Conducting Clinical Trials

The NIH has issued a policy requiring all NIH-funded investigators and their research staff who are involved in the conduct of clinical trials, as defined by the NIH, to complete Good Clinical Practice (“GCP”) training. This policy is effective January 1, 2017, and applies to both new applications, and on-going programs. The NIH definition of a clinical trial is “A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes.” This definition encompasses trials that do not involve drugs or devices, and investigators should review the NIH definition for more detail:

Although GCP training is typically associated with FDA regulated drug or device studies, the training requirement also applies to NIH funded studies that are only studying behavioral interventions. In addition, all members of the research team who may be engaged in the research must complete the training.

In order to comply with the NIH GCP training requirement, JHU investigators and their research staff who may be subject to this NIH requirement should complete the CITI GCP training module, which is available through mylearning, or may demonstrate compliance through providing a certificate of other acceptable GCP training to ORA and/or the JHM IRB.

New ORIS Website

The Office of Research Information Services (ORIS), and the COEUS system, has a new website. Please update your bookmarks from the old website ( to the new website: for anything COEUS related.

ORIS manages the COEUS system, a cradle to grave system that simplifies and streamlines the proposal development process for sponsored funding.