Other Support (sometimes referred to as "current and pending support" or "active and pending support") includes all resources 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. Funding entities use this information in the identification and resolution of potential overlap of support.

Overlap, whether scientific, budgetary, or commitment of an individual's effort greater than 100 percent, is not permitted. The goals in identifying and eliminating overlap are to ensure that sufficient and appropriate levels of effort are committed to the project; that there is no duplication of funding for scientific aims, specific budgetary items, or an individual's level of effort; and only funds necessary to the conduct of the approved project are included in the award. (NIH NOT-03-029).

NIH Other Support

Update: On April 28, 2021, the NIH released "Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page" (NOT-OD-21-110). In summary:

  • Effective May 25, 2021, the NIH expects applicants and recipients to use the updated biosketch and other support formats for applications, Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR), and Just-in-Time (JIT) Reports. Immediate use of the updated formats is preferred but not required until January 25, 2022.
  • Effective January 25, 2022, the NIH will require the use of the updated formats for any submissions on or after January 25, 2022 (or anything with a due date on or after that date). Failure to follow the appropriate formats on or after January 25, 2022 may cause the NIH to withdraw applications from or delay consideration of funding.

NIH provided detailed information on the updated biosketch and other support formats in NIH NOT-OD-21-073 released on March 12, 2021. Additional information can be found in NIH Other Support FAQs.

Who is required to report other support?

  • Reporting of Other Support is required for all individuals designated in an application as senior/key personnel—those devoting measurable effort to a project.
  • Information on Other Support is not specifically requested for Program Directors, training faculty, and other individuals involved in the oversight of training grants since applicable information is collected in other sections of a training grant application.
  • Other Support is not required to be submitted for individuals categorized as Other Significant Contributors.

What must be reported as Other Support?

Other Support includes all resources 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. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Resources and/or financial support from all foreign and domestic entities, that are available to the researcher. Including but not limited to:
    • financial support for laboratory personnel, and
    • provision of high-value materials that are not freely available (e.g., biologics, chemical, model systems, technology, etc.).
  • Consulting agreements, when the PD/PI or other senior/key personnel will be conducting research 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.

What does not need to be reported as Other Support?

  • Institutional resources, such as core facilities or shared equipment that are made broadly available (instead, such resources should be listed under Facilities and Other Resources).
  • Training awards
  • Prizes
  • Gifts
    • Note that a resource where there is an expectation of anything in return, e.g., time, services, specific research activities, money, etc., is not considered a gift for these purposes
    • 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.

What is a Foreign Component?

Foreign Component is defined as: The existence of any "significant scientific element or segment of a project" outside of the United States, in other words

  1. performance of work by a researcher or recipient in a foreign location, whether or not NIH grant funds are expended and/or
  2. 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.

If project Staff (including visiting faculty, scientists, etc.) leave the country to return home due to COVID-19 and continue to work on the project, whether paid by the project or not, this could qualify as a foreign component and would require prior approval from the NIH IC.

For Postdoctoral scholars that 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, NIH has determined this scenario does not constitute the performance of a significant element or segment or the project outside the US. Therefore, this is not considered a foreign component and does not require prior approval.

See: NIH NOT-OD-19-114, NIH COVID-19 FAQs

What are some examples of a "significant element of a project" when making determinations regarding a foreign component?

The recipient institution should evaluate the element of the project that is being conducted outside of the United States within the context of the project as a whole when making determinations about significance. Some examples of activities that may be considered a significant element of the project include, but are not limited to:

  • collaborations with investigators at a foreign site anticipated to result in co-authorship
  • use of facilities or instrumentation at a foreign site
  • receipt of financial support or resources from a foreign entity

See: NIH FAQS

Does a Foreign Component need to be included in Other Support?

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 continues to require NIH prior approval, as outlined in the NIHGPS, Section 8.1.2, Prior Approval Requirements. Principal Investigators should work with their OCGA Team 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 there is a non-U.S. resource that supports the research of an investigator and/or researcher, it must be reported as other support.

For example, if 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.

See: NIH NOT-OD-19-114, NIH Grants Policy Statement, NIH 424 Guide

NIH Resources:

NSF Current and Pending Support

All proposed and ongoing projects from all sources (federal, state, local, foreign, public or private foundation, non-profit, industry or commercial, or internal funds), whether provided through the proposing organization or provided directly to the individual.

Includes:

  • All resources made available to an individual in support of and/or related to their research efforts, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value
  • All in-kind contributions (e.g. office/laboratory space, equipment, supplies, employees, students) or items or services, whether intended/not intended for use on the project/proposal, and with the expectation of an associated time commitment
    • If the time commitment or dollar value is not readily ascertainable, reasonable estimates should be provided
    • In-kind contributions intended for use on the project with no associated time commitment are included in the Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources section of the proposal and are not replicated in the current and pending support
    • In-kind contributions not intended for use on the project with no associated time commitment are not reported
    • Startup packages from any organization other than the proposing organization
    • If the project or any part of the project was funded previously by a source other than NSF, information must be provided regarding the last period of funding

NSF Current and pending Support is a required for each individual designated as senior personnel as part of the proposal.

NSF has published a helpful quick reference for Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support, which outlines additional disclosure requirements for personnel on NSF grants and proposals.

Post-Award Disclosure:

If it is discovered that a PI or a co-PI on an active NSF grant failed to disclose current support or in-kind contribution information as part of the proposal submission process (see PAPPG Chapter II.C.2.h), the AOR must submit the Current Support information within 30 calendar days of the identification of the undisclosed current support or in-kind contribution through use of the "Other Request" category in the Notification and Request Module in Research.gov. Please work with your OCGA Team to follow the instructions in the NSF Award Terms and Conditions - Article 38: Post-Award Disclosure of Current Support and In-Kind Contribution Information.

NSF Resources:

DOD Previous/Current/Pending Support

For all previous (award period of performance ending within the past 5 years), current, and pending research support, include the title, time commitments, supporting agency, name and address of the funding agency's procuring Contracting/Grants officer, performance period, level of funding, brief description of the projects goals, and list of the specific aims. If applicable, identify where the proposed project overlaps with other existing and pending research projects. Clearly state if there is no overlap.

An updated previous, current and pending support document will be required if an award is recommended for funding.

DOD Resources:

Other Support FAQs

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