April 25, 2017

Grant Connections - April 2017

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

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.