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Important NIH Announcements

  • The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 has been released.  This release affects documentation required in grants and contract submissions to the NIH.  For more information regarding the implementation of these guidelines, please see NOT-OD-13-098.
Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals Overview:

After September 1, 2013, the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) of grants and contracts must be consistent with the 2013 Guidelines.
  • In all submissions to NIH, grant applicants and contract offerors are required to describe any method of euthanasia to be used and the reasons for its selection and to state whether the method proposed is consistent with the 2013 AVMA Guidelines.
  • If the proposed method is not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines, a scientific justification must be included in the VAS.
For questions regarding this new requirement, please contact Vanderbilt’s DAC Assistant Director of Clinical Medicine Erin Yu, DVM at erin.n.yu@Vanderbilt.Edu or 615-322-8499.
  • As you may recall, NIH issued an announcement in May regarding the implementation of a new form set to be used for submissions on or after September 25, 2013.  Please see NOT-OD-13-074 for details.  OSP is working with the Coeus Consortium regarding the final forms release.  We are currently testing the forms received to date regarding the Form C package for System-to-System (S2S) submissions.  Detailed information regarding this new form set will be distributed in the near future.
  • NIH will require electronic submission for all P01, P20, P50, R24, U19 and U24 applications intended for due dates on or after September 25, 2013. Please see NOT-OD-075 for details.  Currently, Vanderbilt has three PPG’s going in for the September 25th deadline.  OSP has been in constant communication with these departments and we are learning a lot about NIH’s new system, ASSIST.  If you are thinking of submitting a multi-project application for an upcoming deadline, please contact OSP as soon as possible.  In-addition, please take some time to view OSP’s website for additional information regarding resources available and the use of ASSIST.  We will continually update this site with information as we go.