August 31, 2015

NIH Notices: Current Forms | eRA Service Desk | Prior Approval Rules for Human Subjects Research Awards

MU Grants Community,

Please see the following NIH Notices: 

  • OMB Approval for Form Changes Underway - Continue to Use Current Forms Until Further Notice (NOT-OD-15-146)
    Until further notice, applicants and grantees must continue to use the current agency-specific forms listed in this Notice despite the expiration date of August 31, 2015. NIH is authorized to continue to use the current forms while working with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to obtain approval for form updates. Once OMB approval is in place, NIH will provide information on data collection changes and implementation plans.
  • eRA Commons Help Desk Rebranded as eRA Service Desk (NOT-OD-15-147)
    The eRA Commons Help Desk has been rebranded as the eRA Service Desk to reflect the team’s expansion to support ASSIST and other eRA services in addition to eRA Commons.
  • Guidance on Changes That Involve Human Subjects in Active Awards and That Will Require Prior NIH Approval: Updated Notice (NOT-OD-15-128)
    Provides detailed guidance on the types of changes in human subjects research awards that will require prior NIH approval and provides information on the process for submission of such requests. 
  • Prior NIH Approval of Human Subjects Research in Active Awards Initially Submitted without Definitive Plans for Human Subjects Involvement (Delayed Onset Awards): Updated Notice (NOT-OD-15-129)
    Clarifies NIH requirements related to prior NIH approval of human subjects research plans for awards which were submitted with the intent to conduct human subjects research during the period of support, but for which definitive plans could not be described in the grant application. 

Should you have questions about the applicability of these policies to current or anticipated projects, please contact your OSPA pre-award or post-award staff.

August 24, 2015

Grant Connections - August Meeting

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
11:00 a.m. – noon
Room 171 of the Bond Life Sciences Center

  • Hot Topics. Attendees of the NCURA Annual Meeting in early August, please share with us what you learned! 
  • Graduate Student Health Insurance and Sponsored Projects.
    Update: The health insurance subsidy component of the MU Graduate Student Support Program was reinstated on 8/21/15. We will still briefly discuss how and why allowable costs to grants would have been impacted. A discussion of the impact on allowable costs as a result of the recent changes to graduate student health insurance at MU.
  • DHHS Award Transition to Subaccounts. OSPA will deliver a brief presentation on the transition of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) awards, including National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards, from pooled to subaccounts. We will discuss the impact on our existing awards including new MoCodes, carry over, no cost time extensions, and progress reporting.
Mark your calendars! Meetings are scheduled for the following dates.
  • September 23, 2015 
  • October 28, 2015

Grant Connections Organizational Crew (send your suggestions)

Please share this information with anyone else associated with research who you think might be interested in attending.

Important Update re: Changes in Student Health Insurance Subsidy for Graduate Teaching and Research

MU Grants Community,

Please see the update regarding graduate student health insurance subsidies on the Office of Graduate Studies website:
Based on recent conversations with external experts and leadership, along with consultation with peer institutions, compliance experts and internal constituents, MU will defer implementation of its decision regarding graduate student health insurance. As a result, the university will pay for health insurance for eligible graduate students.

As such, the grants-specific FAQs issued on 8/19/15 are no longer applicable. Graduate student health insurance costs may be charged to a grant if allowable based on specific guidelines of the sponsor and applied according to federal cost principles.

August 19, 2015

Changes in Student Health Insurance Subsidy for Graduate Teaching and Research - Impact on Sponsored Project FAQs

Update: Based on the update issued by the Office of the Chancellor on 08/21/2015 the grants-specific FAQs issued on 08/19/15 are no longer applicable and have been removed from this post. 

MU Grants Community,

Included below please find an initial set of grants-specific FAQs. Please further distribute this guidance to your faculty, staff, and students as appropriate.

The agenda for next Wednesday’s Grant Connections meeting will include discussion of this topic. Thank you for the feedback you have provided thus far and for your patience while we gather and review information as it becomes available. 

August 11, 2015

Grant Connections | July Meeting Notes

Notes from the July Grant Connections meeting are included below for your review and reference. Though meeting notes are disseminated to the full Grants Community listserv, we encourage your continued (or new!) attendance. Your contributions to discussion and the selection of topics are crucial to the ongoing success of the meetings.  We hope to see you at the next meeting on Wednesday, August 26.