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


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.