Researchers here at Wayne State with H1B visa status are not precluded from submitting proposals to the NIH. Grants given are technically awarded to the university, so submission is allowed as long as the H1B holder is officially employed by Wayne State.
You will need to remain at WSU long enough to finish your proposed project, and you’ll have to state in your application that your visa will allow you to be here long enough to be productive. As you know, H1B visas are held for a maximum of six years, and it may be issued in increments of up to three years by the USCIS.
While submissions and award are both possible, there ARE special procedures for funded foreign nationals to perform select agents and toxins research. If your proposed project has an agent or toxin that is considered “select” (go here to find out: http://www.selectagents.gov/SelectAgentsandToxins.html) we’re happy to walk you through the whys/hows.
By now you are most certainly aware that Forms D will be required for all NIH applications on or after May 25. If you are using ASSIST, you will automatically be directed to the Forms D cloud set (in the past few weeks, you were given a choice on the initiation screen, but now we’re very close to the no-option date). If you are still using the SF424 (why aren’t you using ASSIST?) be sure that any work you are doing is in the correct form set. The Forms D application guides are revamped and available on NIH’s website.
We first warned you of this back in October, so now is a great time to re-familiarize yourselves with the required changes: Brace Yourselves, Forms D Are Coming. For an exhaustive list of changes, NIH has provided a high-level list of FORMS-D pre-award form changes, as well as a landing page for all things Forms D. And, as always, drop us a note if anything looks murky; we’re always happy to help find clarification!