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


April 3, 2017

Grant Connections | March 2017 Notes

Notes from the March 22nd meeting are attached. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on April 26th.


March 23, 2017

Follow Up RE: New Format Effective for Advance and Pre-Award Account Grant Award Summary (GAS)

Dear All,

As a follow up to the earlier email reflecting the new format for your Pre-Award GAS please be aware that the budget item categories, although entered in PeopleSoft as $0.00 will not appear in detail on your grant award summary (see below). As mentioned earlier, you will still be able to post expenses without error.


March 20, 2017

IMPORTANT: Interim Guidance on NIH Salary Cap | New Format Effective for Advance and Pre-Award Account Grant Award Summary (GAS)

MU Grants Community,

Two Important notices picked up from the March 17, 2017 NIH Table of Contents (TOC)
  • NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution (NOT-OD-17-048) National Institutes of Health 
NIH, as part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) continues to operate under the “Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017,” (Public Law 114-254) signed by President Obama on December 10, 2016. In short, NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent notice of award. When FY 2017 appropriations are enacted, upward adjustments may be considered by NIH.
  • Interim Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements (NOT-OD-17-049) National Institutes of Health 
NIH has released Interim Guidance on Salary Limitations (Salary Cap) in NOT-OD-17-049.

Grant Connections - March 2017

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
11:00 a.m. – noon
Room 171 of the Bond Life Sciences Center

Agenda
  • Hot Topics
  • FY16 Single Audit: Jeremy Cox will give a brief overview of our FY16 Single Audit (formerly A-133 Audit).
  • MyVita Demonstration: Kathy Felts, Associate Director for the Provost, and Jamie Szabo, OSPA, will do a demonstration of MyVita and discuss how it will be used in the colleges. We will share how grant data pulls from PeopleSoft Grants Module into MyVita.
Mark your calendars! Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • 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.

February 24, 2017

OSPA Forms Update: Intellectual Property Waiver and Publication Restriction Waiver

MU Grants Community,

Two important forms have been updated on our OSPA Forms Page – The Intellectual Property Waiver and the Publication Restriction Waiver. Please begin using these updated versions when requesting a waiver.

The new waiver forms were created to streamline the IP and publication waiver process among all UM campuses. The requirement to notify all employees and students working on the project has extended from IP waivers to publication waivers in an effort to ensure everyone, especially any student who may be working on their thesis, is aware the restrictions are in place. There is space in Appendix A of both forms to list the project personnel so that OSPA may notify them a waiver exists; there is no need to obtain their signatures. In addition, we have eliminated one of the institutional signature lines on the publication waiver, further streamlining the process.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Minor changes and updates to forms occur from time to time. Obtaining forms from the OSPA Forms Page ensures you always have the most up-to-date materials related to grant activities.

February 20, 2017

Grant Connections - February 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
11:00 a.m. – noon
Room 572 of the Bond Life Sciences Center

Agenda
  • Hot Topics
  • Invited Guest: Michele Kennett - Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Research Compliance and Research Integrity Officer in the Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development. Michele will share information about the role of research administrators for research compliance and integrity for both pre- and post-award administrators.
Mark your calendars! Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Grant Connections Organizational Crew:
Send your suggestions for future topics and questions to this group.
  • Liz Bent, Grants & Contracts Administrator, CAFNR
  • Marty Carter, Senior Business Operations Associate, School of Medicine
  • Craig David, Director, OSPA
  • Sheryl Koenig, Grant Proposal Manager, Bond Life Sciences Center
  • Brenda Leuenberger, Senior Compliance Manager, OSPA
  • Cameron Purves, Business Support Specialist, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Julia Rodriguez, Grants & Contracts Administrator, Bond Life Sciences Center
  • Jamie Szabo, Associate Director, OSPA
Please share this information with anyone else associated with research who you think might be interested in attending.

February 6, 2017

Grant Connections | January 2017 Notes

Notes from the January Grant Connections meeting are included below for your reference. We hope to see you at the next meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd.