June 21, 2017

Registration Now Open! August 2017 OSPA Certificate Series for Specialized Grants Training



Dear MU Grants Community,

I hope you enjoy the Summer Solstice today and the gift of a few extra minutes of daylight! After a bit of a break, the OSPA Certificate Series is back and courses for August are now open for registration! Continuing with our the Post-Award Track Training, the sessions below are now available. Additional courses will be announced and added as they become available.

View full details and register here: https://apps.orcs.missouri.edu/ospa_training/courses.


Now Open…

Effort Verification Reporting (EVR), Cost Transfers, and Payroll Correcting Entries (PCE)
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Memorial Union, Stotler Lounge I

Utilizing case studies, review EVR, PCE, and cost transfer examples and their application to sponsored projects. Discuss compliance requirements for each of these activities. Identify common issues and risks of noncompliance.

Subawards and Consulting Agreements
Thursday, August 17, 2017
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Memorial Union, Stotler Lounge I

Utilizing case studies, analyze the difference between subrecipients/subawards and vendors/consulting agreements as they pertain to sponsored projects. Discuss the subaward process throughout in the award cycle, from the documentation needed before a subrecipient can be named in a proposal submitted to a sponsor to closing out the subaward. Discuss the consulting agreement process throughout the award cycle, from issuing the consulting agreement to receipt of deliverables and payment.

Salary Cap, EVR and Effort Tracking
Thursday, August 24, 2017
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Memorial Union, Stotler Lounge I

Provide an overview of salary and effort issues above and beyond the general EVR, Cost Transfers, and PCEs session, discussing concepts such as the DHHS salary cap implications and monitoring, effort commitments, and tracking effort. Discuss roles and responsibilities of OSPA, DRA, and PI. Note: This advanced course is not required to complete the Post-Award Track and earn your certificate of completion.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Updated Federal RePORTER Tool



In a recent NIH “Open Mike” Blog, the Federal RePORTER database was mentioned:

[The Federal RePORTER is an initiative of STAR METRICS® to create a searchable database of scientific awards from federal agencies and make this data available to the public.]


The database makes it very easy to drill down to award information by federal agency, by year, and by Institution. It can be displayed in a number of ways and allows you to export the information on funded federal projects into Excel for manipulation. It is suggested in the article that it can help you by presenting what type of research is being funded by the various agencies, as well as assist in identifying possible collaborators at MU or across the country. I’ve provided a screen shot example below of the data as presented by “topics” - one of the options available in the database:


Enjoy this easily interactive update to the Federal RePorter!

June 8, 2017

Grant Connections | May 2017 Notes

Notes from the May 24th meeting are attached. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on June 28th.


June 6, 2017

Grant Fact Sheet Updated | 2017 - 2018 Graduate Student Support (GSSP) Rates




MU Grants Community,


A new version of the Grant Fact Sheet, dated 06/05/2017, is available on the OSPA website. Please access the current version
here, noting an update made to the 2017-2018 Graduate Student Support Program Rates for 2017-2018.

May 22, 2017

Grant Connections - May 2017

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
11:00 a.m. – noon 
Room 171 of the Bond Life Sciences Center    

Agenda 
  • Hot Topics
  • Jamie Szabo will discuss Fiscal Year End processes. 
  • Jenna Sapp (Biological Engineering), Melina Richardson (Biochemistry), Todd Storm (Anesthesiology), and Cameron Purves (Orthopaedic Surgery) will be presenting the post award management tools they use for grant administration.
 Mark your calendars! Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 
Grant Connections Organizational Crew (send your suggestions for future topics and questions to this group):                               
We ask that meeting attendees refrain from using products that contain fragrance when attending these meetings. In particular, we ask that employees avoid using perfumes, scented hand and body lotions, scented hand soaps, cologne, and aftershave. Thank you in advance for your assistance in creating a scent-free environment for all employees.
Please  share this information with anyone else associated with research who you think might be interested in attending.
 
 

Grant Connections | April 2017 Notes


Notes from the April 26th meeting are recorded below.  We look forward to seeing your at the May meeting
.

May 19, 2017

Grant Fact Sheet updated | Graduate Student Medical Insurance Subsidy 2017- 2018

MU Grants Community,

A new version of the Grant Fact Sheet, dated 05/19/2017, is available on the OSPA website. Please access the current version
here, noting the update made to the 2017-2018 Graduate Student Medical Insurance Subsidy for 2017-2018. Tuition rates are expected to be forthcoming soon and we will provide the information as soon as it becomes available.
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April 25, 2017

Grant Connections - April 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
11:00 a.m. – noon
Room 171 of the Bond Life Sciences Center

Agenda
Hot Topics

Invited Guest: Mark McIntosh – Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development. Dr. McIntosh will share his insight on budget planning guidance and processes released by UM System to each campus as they may relate to research administration and research programs here at Mizzou.

Mark your calendars! Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 
Grant Connections Organizational Crew:
Send your suggestions for future topics and questions to this group.  Please share this information with anyone else associated with research who you think might be interested in attending.


April 21, 2017

Grant Fact Sheet Update 04/20/2017

MU Grants Community,

A new version of the Grant Fact Sheet, dated 4/20/2017, is available on the OSPA website. Please access the current version here, noting the following changes:

Page 2: DHHS Rate Agreement Date



Page 3: Fringe Benefits Rates: Updated to include fiscal year (FY) 2018 federal and calculated fringe benefit rates and projected rates for FY2019-FY2022.


Note: The new rate agreement may not yet be uploaded on the UM System Controller's office webpage but will be soon.

April 11, 2017

Effective 04/24/17: New NSF Form for Identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations on Grant Applications

MU Grants Community,

Please see below information related to a new format for the Collaborators and Other Affiliations document included in your grant application forms in NSF Fastlane.

Dear Colleagues:
On April 24, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will initiate a new pilot requiring the use of a spreadsheet template for identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on proposals.
The NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1) requires PIs, co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on NSF proposals to individually upload Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a Single Copy Document (see PAPPG Chapter II.C.1.e).
NSF uses this information during the merit review process to help manage reviewer selection. To expedite identification of potential reviewers, having a standard, searchable format for this information is essential. The new pilot will standardize Collaborators and Other Affiliations information across the Foundation and will ensure that the information is submitted in a searchable format. Results from the pilot will be assessed and will determine how to proceed with this section of the proposal in the future.
Effective April 24, 2017, NSF will require the submission of a spreadsheet template to identify collaborators and other affiliations. Please note that the spreadsheet template:
  • Has been developed to be fillable. However, the content and format requirements must not be altered by submitters.
  • Must be saved in .xlsx or .xls formats and directly uploaded into FastLane as a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document.
  • Will be converted by FastLane from an .xlsx or .xls file to a PDF file.
  • Has been tested in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and LibreOffice.
  • Will enable preservation of searchable text that otherwise would be lost. Must be uploaded in .xlsx or .xls formats only. Uploading a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document in any other format may delay the timely processing and review of your proposal.
  • Will be directly linked in FastLane. The template and associated instructions may also be accessed directly at: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/coa.jsp.
In addition to the merit review process benefits, the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template will reduce administrative burden and improve efficiencies by providing submitters with a compliant and reusable format to maintain this information for use in subsequent proposal submissions to NSF.
Please be advised that the new Collaborators and Other Affiliations pilot beginning on April 24 will only be for FastLane proposal submissions. Grants.gov proposal submissions will continue to follow the instructions in NSF Grants.gov Application Guide Chapter VI.2.4.
We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For system-related questions, please contact FastLane User Support at 1-800-673-6188 or fastlane@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Thank you,

NSF ERA Forum Team
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230