June 29, 2017

Grant Connections | June 2017 Notes

Notes and the presentation from the June 28th meeting are attached. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on July 26th.

June 26, 2017

Grant Connections - June 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. – noon
Room 171 of the Bond Life Sciences Center


  • Hot Topics 
  • Raghu Raghavan, Sustainability Manager for MU Campus Sustainability Office (website), will present on Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and how sustainability research at MU impacts our STARS rating. We will discuss PeopleSoft tools that are used to track our progress in the areas that are included in STARS ratings.
Mark your calendars! Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 
  • Wednesday, September 27, 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.

June 21, 2017

Registration Now Open! August 2017 OSPA Certificate Series for Specialized Grants Training

Dear MU Grants Community,

I hope you enjoy the Summer Solstice today and the gift of a few extra minutes of daylight! After a bit of a break, the OSPA Certificate Series is back and courses for August are now open for registration! Continuing with our the Post-Award Track Training, the sessions below are now available. Additional courses will be announced and added as they become available.

View full details and register here: https://apps.orcs.missouri.edu/ospa_training/courses.

Now Open…

Effort Verification Reporting (EVR), Cost Transfers, and Payroll Correcting Entries (PCE)
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Memorial Union, Stotler Lounge I

Utilizing case studies, review EVR, PCE, and cost transfer examples and their application to sponsored projects. Discuss compliance requirements for each of these activities. Identify common issues and risks of noncompliance.

Subawards and Consulting Agreements
Thursday, August 17, 2017
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Memorial Union, Stotler Lounge I

Utilizing case studies, analyze the difference between subrecipients/subawards and vendors/consulting agreements as they pertain to sponsored projects. Discuss the subaward process throughout in the award cycle, from the documentation needed before a subrecipient can be named in a proposal submitted to a sponsor to closing out the subaward. Discuss the consulting agreement process throughout the award cycle, from issuing the consulting agreement to receipt of deliverables and payment.

Salary Cap, EVR and Effort Tracking
Thursday, August 24, 2017
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Memorial Union, Stotler Lounge I

Provide an overview of salary and effort issues above and beyond the general EVR, Cost Transfers, and PCEs session, discussing concepts such as the DHHS salary cap implications and monitoring, effort commitments, and tracking effort. Discuss roles and responsibilities of OSPA, DRA, and PI. Note: This advanced course is not required to complete the Post-Award Track and earn your certificate of completion.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Updated Federal RePORTER Tool

In a recent NIH “Open Mike” Blog, the Federal RePORTER database was mentioned:

[The Federal RePORTER is an initiative of STAR METRICS® to create a searchable database of scientific awards from federal agencies and make this data available to the public.]

The database makes it very easy to drill down to award information by federal agency, by year, and by Institution. It can be displayed in a number of ways and allows you to export the information on funded federal projects into Excel for manipulation. It is suggested in the article that it can help you by presenting what type of research is being funded by the various agencies, as well as assist in identifying possible collaborators at MU or across the country. I’ve provided a screen shot example below of the data as presented by “topics” - one of the options available in the database:

Enjoy this easily interactive update to the Federal RePorter!

June 8, 2017

Grant Connections | May 2017 Notes

Notes from the May 24th meeting are attached. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on June 28th.

June 6, 2017

Grant Fact Sheet Updated | 2017 - 2018 Graduate Student Support (GSSP) Rates

MU Grants Community,

A new version of the Grant Fact Sheet, dated 06/05/2017, is available on the OSPA website. Please access the current version
here, noting an update made to the 2017-2018 Graduate Student Support Program Rates for 2017-2018.