Policy Changes & Announcements

NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) now available to Brown PIs. 

RPPR is the new Federal-wide uniform format for interim reports.  Early access and voluntary use is now available to Brown through our Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) membership. The RPPR is in pilot phase while NIH gathers feedback on functionality.  The RPPR option will appear in eCommons under the eSNAP tab for applicable grants. Mandated use is expected for CY2013. For specific details and instructions please refer to http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/index.htm


HHS Salary Cap

The NIH budget approved December 23, 2011 reduces the NIH Salary Cap from Executive Level I ($199,700) to Executive Level II ($179,700).  All NEW proposals to ALL HHS Agencies (e.g., NIH, AHRQ) must utilize the $179,700 Salary Cap.  For further guidance see NIH Salary Cap Policy and NIH Salary Cap Worksheet.

  • For more information on this update, please contact the Office of Sponsored Projects at (401) 863-2777.

A new Facilities and Administrative Cost Rate Agreement has been issued with an effective date of March 5, 2014.  This updated agreement decreases the Benefit Rate for FY15 :


The approved Fringe Benefit rates are as follows:

7/1/13 – 6/30/14 30.50%
Full Time Employees
Part Time Employees
7/1/14 – 6/30/15 30.20%
Full Time Employees
Part Time Employees
7/1/15 – until amended 30.10%
Full Time Employees
Part Time Employees


For more information on these updates, please contact the Office of Sponsored Projects at (401) 863-2777.


Brown Bag Series

Through quarterly noontime sessions, the Brown Bag Luncheon Series covers topics of interest to Brown's Research Community.  All are welcome to attend. No registration is required. Email Shelly_Hull@Brown.edu to be added to the mailing list for notifications.


 Previous Brown Bag Presentations and Handouts:


September 30, 2014 Powerpoint Presentation

April 9, 2014 Powerpoint Presentation

December 11, 2013 Powerpoint Presentation

October 1, 2013 Powerpoint Presentation

June 19, 2013 Powerpoint Presentation

March 25, 2013 Powerpoint Presentation & Handouts

December 2012 Powerpoint Presentation

September 2012 Powerpoint Presentation & Handouts

June 2012 Powerpoint Presentation

March 2012 Powerpoint Presentation

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