Changes to eBridge Funding Proposal System
The April 12th eBridge production patch included the following important changes to the eBridge Funding Proposal SmartForms and Budget Grids:
Elimination of Animal Ordering and Animal Maintenance Pages from Funding Proposal Budget and Subaward Budget SmartForms
The April 12th eBridge production patch included the removal of Pages AA and AB, Animal Ordering and Maintenance, respectively, from both the primary Budget and Subaward Budget SmartForms. For existing funding proposal budgets, the data from these pages migrated to Page Y, Supplies. For new budgets in eBridge, enter animal costs on Page Y using the appropriate expenditure type: 603200 Animal Acquisition; 603250 Animal Care; 631300 Animal Food; or 603260 Fish Ecosystem.
Change of Functionality in Page AC, Travel
The line item calculations of the cost per person per trip was removed from Page AC, Travel. The calculating function was rarely used, with most eBridge users opting to enter the total cost. Going forward, select the appropriate travel expenditure type from the drop-down, enter a descriptor (required) and the total cost per period.
Changes to Accommodate Non-Human Subjects Research
Pages L and Q in the Funding Proposal SmartForms now accommodate the determination and justification that research involving human data and/or biological specimens is, in fact, non-human subjects research. The SF424 Application Guide directs that “[i]f your proposed research involves the use of human data and/or biological specimens, you must provide a justification for your claim that no human subjects are involved in the protection of Human Subjects section of the Research Plan.” This justification should be added on page Q, question 2.1 in eBridge.
The changes on Page L added the new compliance category to Question 1.0: “Non-Human Subjects Research with human data and/or biological specimens.” The selection of this category will require the upload of the IRB determination letter in Question 1.2. When the funding proposal is for an NIH SF424 application (i.e. Page C, Question 6.0 = Yes), then Page Q, Question 2.1 will become a required attachment.
Please share this information with those in your area who work within the eBridge Funding Proposal system. If you have questions, please contact one of the GCO Analysts in the Grants & Contracts Office.