September 21, 2015

Grant Connections - September 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
11:00 a.m. – noon
Reading Room (171) of the Bond Life Sciences Center

Please note: Dr. Mark McIntosh’s anticipated visit to Grant Connections will be rescheduled for a later date.

  • Hot Topics
  • Managing International Collaborations. International collaborations bring both exciting opportunities and unique challenges. Geographic distance, language barriers, and differences in business practices and regulatory requirements each require alternative approaches to grants administration. Heather Little, Compliance Manager in the Office of Export Controls; Christy Copeland, Assistant Director of CAFNR International Programs; and Jamie Szabo from the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration will lead a panel discussion. 
Mark your calendars! Meetings are scheduled for the following dates.
  • October 28, 2015
  • November (no meeting)
  • December 9, 2015 (note early date before the end of the semester and holidays)
  • January 27, 2016
  • February 24, 2016
  • March 23, 2016
  • April 27, 2016
  • May 25, 2016

September 10, 2015

Grant Connections | August Meeting Notes

Please use these notes from the August Grant Connections meeting for your review and reference. Thanks to all who attended. We hope to see you at the next meeting on Wednesday, September 23, when Dr. Mark McIntosh will be the invited guest.

Dr. McIntosh is Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Economic Development, as well as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. In anticipation of our conversation with Dr. McIntosh, send questions or topics to Julia Rodriguez at or call her at 884-1783.

September 2, 2015

OSPA Policy and Procedure Updates: Investigator Form | Shared Credit Change Request | Participant Support Costs

MU Grants Community,

Please note the following updates to sponsored projects policies and procedures:

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI): Alpha-1 Foundation and PCORI
The Investigator Form is revised to add the Alpha-1 Foundation and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as organizations having adopted the PHS FCOI Regulation. The Sponsored Programs Procedure Guide will be updated soon to reflect the same. Because these organizations have adopted the PHS FCOI Regulation in full, UM and MU COI polices related to PHS FCOI apply without exception. Proposals will not be submitted to these organizations before confirmation that each Investigator has a current Outside Interest Disclosure Form on file.

As a reminder, please be sure to access frequently-used form by way of the OSPA Forms page rather than referring back to a local copy. Investigator Forms currently in process can proceed; we will not refuse the old forms but will ask that you use the new form, dated 08/27/2015, for your next applicable project.

New Form: Shared Credit Change Request
Use the Shared Credit Change Request form to request changes in shared credit on existing awards. Correct shared credit designation ensures accurate Research Incentive Fund (RIF) distribution and reporting of expenditures in the Office of Research Annual Report. The form should be completed, approved by the impacted department chairs and deans, and then submitted to

Addition to the Sponsored Programs Procedure Guide (SPPG): Participant Support Costs