News and Events Archive

New Fringe Benefit Rates - April 2014

Posted: 2013-12-04 00:00:00

New fringe benefit rates have been posted.  Please contact the Office of Financial Reporting and Cost Analysis with questions or concerns.

 

New Rates

 

Job Posting: Research Reporting Analyst

Posted: 2013-05-08 00:00:00

Research Reporting Analyst

Information Systems Analyst I (UCP VI)

Position Summary

The Office for Sponsored Programs, the centralized research administration office for the University of Connecticut, is seeking an energetic self-starter to join our research and financial data analysis and reporting team. The Research Reporting Analyst will provide technical assistance related to the reporting databases and systems for the Office for Sponsored Programs.

Job Summary

Characteristic duties and responsibilities include business process analysis and database design; management, retrieval and analysis of personnel, financial and other data utilizing Oracle SQL Developer, WebFOCUS, Hyperion/Brio, Crystal Reports, Access or other business intelligence applications; statistical and narrative report writing, development of training, procedures and documentation for users; research, review, testing and evaluation of potential new systems; other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a computer, scientific or business-related field, or equivalent combination of training and experience; demonstrated experience programming, processing and analyzing large datasets; demonstrated abilities in analytical reasoning and logical problem solving; excellent written and verbal communication skills especially in conversion of technical information to lay reports; high level of motivation, initiative and responsibility. Other desirable qualifications include experience with PeopleSoft Human Capital Management, InfoEd or Kuali Financial Systems (KFS); experience with SQL programming, Crystal Reports, FOCUS or WebFOCUS; experience in research administration, fiscal management, institutional research or exploratory data analysis a plus.

Appointment Terms

This is a permanent, full-time, twelve-month position, with a competitive salary and benefit package, and a target start date of June 28, 2013.

To Apply

Please apply online using Husky Hire to upload a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer. Search #2013583.

Job Description

Monthly Grant Announcements

Posted: 2013-04-16 11:07:29

Policy Update: Subrecipient Monitoring

Posted: 2013-03-26 10:24:41

The University Policy on Subrecipient Monitoring, to help ensure compliance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133, specifically with respect to its regulations regarding oversight of subrecipients on federally sponsored programs, has been updated. This policy applies to all subawards regardless of the prime sponsor.

New OSP Policies Posted

Posted: 2013-02-21 00:00:00

The Office of Sponsored programs has posted two new policies, to go into effect March 1, 2013:

Minimum Faculty Effort on Sponsored Projects

Purpose

Federal guidelines stipulate that most Federally-funded research programs should include some level of committed faculty (or senior researcher's) effort, regardless of whether or not they are paid from the grant. This policy has being developed to meet these guidelines.

Fixed Price Residual Policy

Purpose

To establish guidelines for the disposition of residual balances remaining in sponsored project accounts for fixed price contracts awarded to the University.

Automated Compliance Checking in NSF Fastlane

Posted: 2013-02-21 00:00:00

Starting 3/18/13, for all proposal sections listed as required in the latest NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) the NSF will begin automated compliance checking in the FastLane proposal submission system. Details are available on the NSF website.

The NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide NSF 13-001, which contains the GPG and the Award and Administration Guide, is effective for all proposals submitted on or after 1/18/2013. 

Graduate Assistants and F&A rates in Storrs-UCHC Collaborations

Posted: 2013-01-25 00:00:00

Financial Assistant I - Grants & Contracts Assistant I - Multiple Positions

Posted: 2013-01-10 00:00:00

Position Summary

The Office for Sponsored Programs, the centralized research administration office for the University of Connecticut is seeking energetic, career-minded self-starters to provide financial and administrative support to professional research administration staff in the oversight of the University's sponsored project and research activity.

Representative duties will include set-up and maintenance of financial account and administrative records,including data entry and upload of documents into financial and research administration systems; verifying and performing financial transactions, such as deposits, journal entries, cost transfers, payroll adjustments; assisting research administrators in the preparation/monitoring of budgets, financial reports, compliance documentation; following up on inquiries and processing of correspondence; performs related tasks as requested or required.

Additional Information

To Apply

Please apply online using Husky Hire to upload a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer. Search#2013409.

 

OSP Holiday Schedule

Posted: 2012-12-17 00:00:00

If you are preparing a submission with a Sponsor Deadline between the dates of December 24 and January 1, please note that the Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed for regular business on the following dates:

  • Monday, December 24, 2012
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2012
  • Monday, December 31, 2012
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2013

For proposals received timely with deadlines occurring December 24-25, OSP will have review completed by close of business on Friday, December 21.

For proposals received timely with deadlines occurring January 1-2, OSP will have review completed by close of business on Friday, December 28.

For additional information, please visit www.osp.uconn.edu.

OSP is seeking University Grants and Contracts Specialists

Posted: 2012-11-20 00:00:00

The Office for Sponsored Programs, the centralized research administration office for the University of Connecticut, is seeking energetic, career-minded Grants and Contracts Specialist professionals to join our growing research administration team.

Grant Proposals with November 22-25 Deadlines

Posted: 2012-11-16 10:42:02

If you are preparing a proposal/submission for a November 22-25 sponsor deadline, please notify the Office for Sponsored Programs at preaward@uconn.edu by November 19, 2012.

In consideration of the Thanksgiving holiday, all timely received proposals with a November 22-25 deadline will be processed by the end of the business day on Wednesday, November 21.

The Office for Sponsored Programs is planning to be closed for regular business on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

 

NIH Holiday Closures

Posted: 2012-11-07 02:55:39

November 12 (Monday), 2012 NIH Closed:Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed November 12 (Monday), 2012. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

November 22 (Thursday), 2012 NIH Closed:Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed November 22 (Thursday), 2012. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

OSP is seeking a Contracts Specialist

Posted: 2012-11-02 03:44:38

The Office for Sponsored Programs is seeking an energetic, career-minded contract administration professional to join our Contracts and Compliance administration team as a Contracts Specialist.

 

OSP New Faculty Workshop Slides Posted

Posted: 2012-10-09 11:50:38

Slides have been posted for the OSP New Faculty Workshop, and can be found here.

Spring 2013 RAWG Meetings

Posted: 2012-09-24 00:00:00

Meetings for the Spring 2013 semester will take place on the 1st Friday of each month, from 9:30-11:00 a.m., in Whetten Graduate Center, Room 200:

  • February 1, 2013
  • March 1, 2013
  • April 5, 2013
  • May 3, 2013

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Regulations New Public Health Service (PHS) Policy

Posted: 2012-09-04 00:00:00

FROM: Suman Singha, Vice President for Research

To:  NIH Investigators, Administrators, Faculty and Staff

Date:  August 24, 2012

The University has been mandated to implement changes to the current Financial Conflict of Interest in Research (FCOI) policy for institutions receiving funds from a PHS by August 24, 2012, consistent with revisions  to the Federal Code of Regulations (42 CFR 50).

UConn’s revised FCOI policy and its implementation plan will reflect changes for projects receiving funding from PHS or any other sponsor following PHS regulations:

Policy Changes

1. The new federal definition of an amount constituting a Significant Financial Interest (SFI) is decreased to $5,000 (formerly $10,000).

  • An SFI includes the sum of paid compensation, ownership in companies and leadership positions.
  • Reimbursed or sponsored travel is included in the definition of an SFI for PHS-supported investigators.  You do not have to disclose any travel reimbursed or sponsored by a federal, state, or local government agency, an Institution of higher education as defined at 20 U.S.C. 1001(a), an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute that is affiliated with an Institution of higher education.

2. All SFI related to institutional responsibilities must be disclosed. The institution, not the investigator, must determine if the conflict of interest is an SFI.

3. New or increased SFI must be disclosed within 30 days of discovery.

4. Institutions must make readily accessible to the public certain information concerning FCOIs that overlap with PHS funded awards.

  • The new federal policy requirement is to assure greater accessibility of the data on financial conflicts of interest to the public.
  • This requirement will apply only to PHS-funded investigators.

5. All PHS-funded Investigators must complete an online training (offered through the CITI website) prior to engaging in PHS-funded research and at least every four years thereafter, as well as under the following circumstances (in the timeframes noted in parentheses):

  • University FCOI policies change in a manner that affects Investigator requirements (within 60 days).
  • An Investigator is new to the University (prior to engaging in PHS-funded research).
  • The University finds that an Investigator is not in compliance with the Policy or a management plan, as applicable.

6. Institutions must also provide assurance of FCOI management for all subrecipients identified on the project.

7.  If noncompliance with regulations is found, a series of significant review procedures are required to take place.

There will be no changes to the Conflict of Interest policy or procedures for research funded by sponsors other than PHS.

The revised UConn Policy on Financial Conflict of Interest in Research and additional information about the changes can be found here:  http://compliance.uconn.edu/conflict.cfm

Should you have any questions on the conflict of interest policies, procedures or regulations, please contact:

Antje Harnisch, Interim Executive Director

Office for Sponsored Programs

(860) 486-3994

 

Rachel O’Neill, Chair

Financial Conflict of Interest in Research Committee

 (860) 486-6031

 

Julie Padula, Export Control and Financial Conflict of Interest Coordinator

Office for Sponsored Programs

(860) 486-8704

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Regulations - New Public Health Service (PHS) Policy

Posted: 2012-08-25 00:00:00

FROM: Suman Singha, Vice President for Research

To:  NIH Investigators, Administrators, Faculty and Staff

Date:  August 21, 2012

 

The University has been mandated to implement changes to the current Financial Conflict of Interest in Research (FCOI) policy for institutions receiving funds from a PHS by August 24, 2012, consistent with revisions  to the Federal Code of Regulations (42 CFR 50).

UConn’s revised FCOI policy and its implementation plan will reflect changes for projects receiving funding from PHS or any other sponsor following PHS regulations:

Policy Changes

1. The new federal definition of an amount constituting a Significant Financial Interest (SFI) is decreased to $5,000 (formerly $10,000).

  • An SFI includes the sum of paid compensation, ownership in companies and leadership positions.
  • Reimbursed or sponsored travel is included in the definition of an SFI for PHS-supported investigators.  You do not have to disclose any travel reimbursed or sponsored by a federal, state, or local government agency, an Institution of higher education as defined at 20 U.S.C. 1001(a), an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute that is affiliated with an Institution of higher education.

2. All SFI related to institutional responsibilities must be disclosed. The institution, not the investigator, must determine if the conflict of interest is an SFI.

3. New or increased SFI must be disclosed within 30 days of discovery.

4. Institutions must make readily accessible to the public certain information concerning FCOIs that overlap with PHS funded awards.

  • The new federal policy requirement is to assure greater accessibility of the data on financial conflicts of interest to the public.
  • This requirement will apply only to PHS-funded investigators.

5. All PHS-funded Investigators must complete an online training (offered through the CITI website) prior to engaging in PHS-funded research and at least every four years thereafter, as well as under the following circumstances (in the timeframes noted in parentheses):

  • University FCOI policies change in a manner that affects Investigator requirements (within 60 days).
  • An Investigator is new to the University (prior to engaging in PHS-funded research).
  • The University finds that an Investigator is not in compliance with the Policy or a management plan, as applicable.

6. Institutions must also provide assurance of FCOI management for all subrecipients identified on the project.

7.  If noncompliance with regulations is found, a series of significant review procedures are required to take place.

There will be no changes to the Conflict of Interest policy or procedures for research funded by sponsors other than PHS.

The revised UConn Policy on Financial Conflict of Interest in Research and additional information about the changes can be found here:  http://compliance.uconn.edu/conflict.cfm

Should you have any questions on the conflict of interest policies, procedures or regulations, please contact:

Antje Harnisch, Interim Executive Director
Office for Sponsored Programs
860) 486-3994

Rachel O’Neill, Chair
Financial Conflict of Interest in Research Committee
(860) 486-6031

Julie Padula, Export Control and Financial Conflict of Interest Coordinator
Office for Sponsored Programs
(860) 486-8704

UIDP University-Industry Contracting "How To" Series

Posted: 2012-07-16 03:11:36

Position Opening: Export Controls - Financial Conflict of Interest Administrator

Posted: 2012-03-23 00:00:00

Position Opening: Export Controls - Financial Conflict of Interest Administrator

 

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking applicants for the position of Export Control and Financial Conflict of Interest

Administrator (E/COIA). Reporting directly to and working under the direction of the Executive Director of the Office for Sponsored Programs,

the Export Control and Financial Conflict of Interest Coordinator will be responsible for the administration of the University's Export Control and

Financial Conflict of Interest in Research Programs, will collaborate with sponsored programs and research compliance staff as well as members

of the Export Control panel and Financial Conflict of Interest Committee to ensure that all activities related to research and/or teaching conform

to all applicable University, State, Federal and other external regulatory requirements and guidelines for Export Control and Financial Conflict of

Interest.  For additional information and to apply, please visit:  http://www.jobs.uconn.edu/

Detailed Budgets on NIH Modular Budget Applications

Posted: 2012-01-09 00:00:00

Effective immediately, OSP will no longer require detailed budgets when submitting NIH Modular Budget applications as prime applicant institution.  A detailed budget will be required only if an award is made by the NIH.

In order to calculate F&As accurately at the proposal stage, OSP will still need the following budget information from the PI:

Once awarded, the PI will have to provide a detailed budget, which includes any cost sharing commitments as applicable.  All costs charged and cost-shared must conform to the OMB Circular A-21 allowability requirements. 

Please note that PIs have even greater responsibility to ensure that direct and indirect cost projections for their modular grants are accurate and adequate to meet their research project needs over the entire length of the project. The total amount of modular grant awards cannot be changed once awarded. Given that OSP will not be reviewing budget detail prior to submission to NIH (unless the PI wants OSP to do so), any corrections that will have to be made at time of award will have to be accepted by the PI and cannot result in a reduction of F&As to the University.

For more specific modular grant preparation information, see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/modular/modular.htm

Community of Science "Pivot" Comes to UConn

Posted: 2012-01-06 00:00:00

OSP Closed November 24th and 25th

Posted: 2011-11-21 02:08:44

In observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, the Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.

New Fringe and Indirect Cost Rates

Posted: 2011-05-12 01:48:12

The Office for Sponsored Programs has received an updated F&A Rate Agreement which includes the approved fixed FY12 and the provisional FY13 fringe benefit rates. 

 

Please note in FY12, the University will move to fewer fringe benefit rates.  Currently, UConn’s blended fringe rates for permanent and continuing employees are developed largely based on an individual’s retirement plan (State Retirement plan, Alternate Retirement plan - with and without FICA, and Teacher’s Retirement plan – with and without Medicare).  The new rates for the permanent and continuing employees will now be categorized by position type – Classified, Faculty, and Professionals.  While an individual’s retirement plan data will still remain a component of the fringe rate, it will no longer determine the breakdown of the fringe rates.  The new rates will blend the cost of each of the retirement plans together.

 

Both the updated F&A Rate Agreement and the updated fringe benefit rates are now posted on the OSP Website.   These rates should be used when preparing budgets, effective immediately.

Facilities and Administrative Rates for FY12 - FY15

Posted: 2011-04-01 01:48:49

The Cost Analysis Unit of Accounting  has completed the negotiation of its Facilities and Administrative rates with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the fiscal year 2012 through 2015.  The negotiated rates are now listed on the Budgeting and Costing Guide.  Please note these rates are preliminary. The signed Rate Agreement is expected in the next several weeks. 

 

Please use these indirect cost rates when preparing budgets, effective immediately.

 

 

Presentation on Data Management for Grant Funded Projects

Posted: 2011-03-14 03:05:06

The National Science Foundation is now requiring a data management plan on all new grant applications. This workshop offers a broad spectrum view of data management relating to grant funded projects, including

  • information about the new NSF requirement and the motivations behind it
  • best practices in metadata, storage options, and workflows
  • key resources available to help with your data management plan questions

Intended for faculty, graduate students and anyone working with research data.

David Lowe, Digital Preservation Librarian
Sandy Gallup, Metadata Librarian
Antje Harnisch, Assistant Director, Pre-Award & Contracts Services, Office of Sponsored Programs
Jila Kazerounian, Manager of Web Development and Integration Technologies, UITS
Carolyn Mills, Biology & Agriculture Librarian

 

Monday, March 28th, 4-5:30 pm in the Library Video Theater 2 on Level 2, Homer Babbidge Library. Registration preferred but not required:  http://www.lib.uconn.edu/instruction/workshop

Effort Reporting - Simplified!

Posted: 2011-03-01 01:16:21

March 8, Konover Auditorium, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

In hopes of simplifying the effort reporting process and in response to recent audits, the Office for Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that we have revised our effort reporting form. 

In order to ensure that individuals responsible for reviewing and distributing reports to the faculty fully understand the changes that have been made, we are planning to dedicate the entire Research Administrators Working Group (RAWG) session on March 8, 2011 to effort reporting.  We strongly recommend that anyone serving in a departmental research administrative role join us for this meeting.

To ensure that we are able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend, we have reserved the Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Center from 9:30-11:00 a.m. for this session. 

OSP Holiday Hours

Posted: 2010-12-23 11:01:00

Holiday Hours

 

The Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed in observance of Holidays and for Furlough as follows:

 

Friday, December 24 - Holiday

Monday, December 27 - Furlough Day

Friday, December 31 - Holiday

 

We will reopen for regular business on Monday, January 3, 2011. 

 

You may email osp@uconn.edu or call 860-486-3622, Option 0 to leave a general message, which will be returned as soon as possible. 

NSF Data Management Plan Requirements

Posted: 2010-12-20 00:00:00

OSP Closed November 25th and 26th

Posted: 2010-11-24 11:28:11

In observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday and fulfillment of the Furlough Day, the Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26.

Revised Pre-Award / Advance Account Policy

Posted: 2010-09-07 10:04:29

Effective immediately, the Pre-Award / Advance Account Policy has been revised to eliminate the requirement that the Department Head and/or Dean approve the request and assume the financial risk in the event the award is not made.Going forward, unrestricted funds will be used to cover allowable expenditures that have been incurred in the unlikely event an award is not made. Please note that this policy only applies to competitive grants and contracts only.  It does not apply to Federal earmarks.

We are also changing the routing of incoming requests. New requests will now be automatically directed to the appropriate Post-Award team.

We encourage Principal Investigators to request Pre-Award or Advance accounts as needed, and believe these changes will help improve our services to the research community.

The revised policy can be found on the e-Policy website: http://policy.uconn.edu/findPolicy.php?PolicyID=388

Fundamentals of Sponsored Project Administration Training (FSPA)

Posted: 2010-08-02 00:00:00

All faculty serving as principal or co-investigators of research at UConn are required to attend Fundamentals of Sponsored Project (FSPA) training upon receipt of sponsored funding to conduct research. 

The next training session will take place:

Date:  September 14, 2010
Time:  10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Place:  Whetten Graduate Center, Room 200

This session is open to all investigators, including new investigators to the University.

Please r.s.v.p. laurie.pudlo@uconn if you plan to attend, or call 860-486-4247 for additional information.

NIH eSNAP Policy Update

Posted: 2010-05-14 05:10:06

NIH has posted NOT-OD-10-093 expanding requirements for eSNAP submission for all Type 5 (non-competing) progress reports due on/after August 1, 2010 for R series grant activity codes. K (Career) awards are also included in this provision.

Activity codes routinely EXCLUDED are generally those that do not have the authority to automatically carry over unobligated balances (centers, cooperative agreements, institutional training including NRSA grants, non-Fast Track Phase I SBIR and STTR awards), clinical trails, P01s (program project grants) and R35s ( Outstanding Investigator Grants).

Questions regarding eSNAP provisions can be found in the NoA, under Section II Terms and Conditions. PI’s should review their NoA to determine if their project is subject to or excluded from the SNAP provision. eSNAPS are submitted to OSP Post-Award services for review, approval and submission.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-093.html

FY11 Tuition and Fee Schedule

Posted: 2010-03-15 00:00:00

OSP has received the recently approved FY11 tuition and fee schedule from the Graduate School.  To assist with budget preparation, the tuition calculator has been updated and instructions for using the calculator have been added to our website.

University Closing and Sponsor Deadlines

Posted: 2010-02-09 00:00:00

In the event of a University closing (due to inclement weather, power outage or other emergency), the Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed. In this situation, the PI with a grant deadline during that period of time is responsible for contacting the funding agency for an extension of the deadline date.

Please let OSP know if an extension was requested and approved by the program officer. If an extension was granted, we will work with the PI to get the proposal submitted prior to the new deadline.

Memo: Research Revenue Classification Standards and Procedures

Posted: 2010-02-04 00:00:00

TO: University Deans, Directors and Department Heads

FROM: Suman Singha, Vice President for Research
             John Martin, President, UConn Foundation

DATE: February 4, 2010

SUBJECT: Research Revenue Classification Standards and Procedures

Private and public financial support for research activity at the University are vitally important to achieving institutional goals as stated in the Academic Plan and through the current fundraising campaign, “Our University. Our Moment. The Campaign for UConn.” 

Whenever private research support (from an individual, a corporation, a private foundation/organization) is obtained for University projects, it is imperative that the application of those funds comply fully with all federal and state laws and regulations, as well as University and UConn Foundation policies, and donor/sponsor intent.

The links below will provide updated guidelines in these instances and replace the former guidance, which was issued by the University’s Office of the Chancellor in a memorandum dated July 10, 2002.  The current guidelines were developed by a working group comprised of representatives from the UConn Foundation, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Office of the Controller.

We look forward to cooperating with you and your faculty to effectively manage and increase future financial support for the research undertakings at the University of Connecticut.  Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.  Thank you.

Revenue Classification Standards and Procedures

Quick Read Guidelines

Pre-Award Announces Updated List of Departmental Assignments

Posted: 2010-01-14 10:09:36

MiChelle Pereira Lopes has joined our Pre-award team, and we are pleased to announce a reconfiguration of the departmental constituency assignments to better serve campus needs. For an updated list of the campus assignments, refer to the new list on the OSP website (http://osp.uconn.edu/preaward_dept.php).

Updated Fringe Rates

Posted: 2010-01-04 00:00:00

OSP has received updated provisional FY11 fringe benefit rates from the Office of Cost Analysis that were submitted to DHHS for approval.  Please note these rates could change based on DHHS’s review and audit. 

The fringe rates are now posted on our website and should be used in budgets submitted to OSP for review effective immediately.

Please contact our office if you have any questions. 

Grants.gov Outage Notice

Posted: 2010-01-04 00:00:00

The Grants.gov system will be unavailable from 00:01 AM ET on Saturday February 6, 2010 until 11:59 PM on Tuesday February 9, 2010.  Investigators and research administrators are asked to provide advance notice to OSP Pre-Award Services regarding plans to submit new National Institutes of Health R01 grant applications via Grants.gov for the NIH Cycle I due-date of Friday 2/5/2010, and plans to submit any federal grant applications with closing dates during the Grants.gov outage period of 2/6/2010 – 2/9/2010.  The outage announcement can be found at the following Grants.gov link.

http://grants-gov.blogspot.com

New requirements for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) effective January 4, 2010

Posted: 2009-12-21 00:00:00

Plan for the appropriate training in research practices for all classes of trainees and technicians.

Excerpt from the notice sent by the Vice President for Research:

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Education would like to remind Principal Investigators that effective January 4, 2010, changes in federal regulations mandate that the University of Connecticut must certify that a plan is in place for providing the appropriate training and oversight in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) to all undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and technicians who participate in federally funded research (renewals or new applications), including PHS, NSF, NIH, etc.

Resources for Investigators

NIH Reissued Parent R01

Posted: 2009-12-17 00:00:00

NIH has posted the reissued Parent R01.  The reissued application package PA-10-067 containing ADOBE-FORMS-B must be used for submissions on or after January 25, 2010.  An application package can be found on our website or at the NIH link.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-031.html

 

Adobe Forms with UConn information pre-populated:

Important Notice Regarding Grant Proposals with Deadlines Occurring on or between 12/23/09 and 1/4/09

Posted: 2009-12-15 12:38:24

If you are preparing a submission with a Sponsor Deadline between the dates of December 23 through January 4, please notify the Office for Sponsored Programs as soon as possible, but not later than December 15, 2009, at preaward@uconn.edu

Please note that the Office for Sponsored Programs is closed on the following dates:

December 24, 2009 - OSP closed - Furlough Day December 25, 2009 - OSP closed - Holiday January 1, 2010 - OSP closed - Holiday

For proposals received timely with deadlines occurring December 23-27, OSP will have review completed by close of business on December 23.

For proposals received timely with deadlines occurring December 31 or January 1-3, OSP will have review completed by close of business on December 31. 

For additional information, please visit www.osp.uconn.edu

NIH Continuing Resolution

Posted: 2009-11-11 11:34:50

NIH Continuing Resolution -  NIH Non-competing Grant Award continues under a Continuing Resolution signed October 30, 2009. Until the final FY 2010 appropriation is enacted, NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level).   

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-012.html

PHS 416-9 NRSA Progress Reports - Forms have been revised to include information related to stem cell lines.  The new forms can be used immediately, but are mandatory January 1, 2010.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-011.html

 

NIH announces Transformative R01 Program

Posted: 2009-11-04 02:26:53

The T-R01 program was created to facilitate and support exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research.  Five year projects with budgets up to $25M total costs per year for 5 years may be proposed.  NIH prior approval is not required for this program.  Be advised that the content of the T-R01 differs from a conventional R01 application.  See the NIH FAQ's for details.   http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/faq.asp

 

Questions about the scope and intent of the T-R01 program should be directed to Kristin Abraham, Ph.D. (301) 594-8190 or at T_R01@mail.nih.gov  EMAIL inquiries are strongly preferred.  Submission of 2010 applications through grants.gov begins December 22, 2009 and ends January 22, 2010, 5:00 PM local time.  A letter of intent is required by December 22, 2009.

 

A copy of the guide can be obtained at the following link:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-09-022.html

New Research Type Definitions

Posted: 2009-10-23 00:00:00

Due to changes in the NSF Survey of Research and Development (now known as the Higher Education Research & Development Survey), we are compelled to classify the University's research projects at a more detailed level - into Basic Research, Applied Research and Development (please see attachment for definitions & examples.)  This survey of all sponsored and institutional research & development expenditures is a primary source for comparison and ranking of universities.

The Office for Sponsored Programs has released a new version of the Internal Proposal Review form.  This form can be downloaded at http://osp.uconn.edu/forms.php.  As of Friday November 6th, 2009, all proposals must be submitted using this new form.  Proposals received using old versions of the form will be held pending receipt of the current form.

Definitions

  • Basic Research: Research undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge without any particular application or use in mind.
  • Applied Research: Research conducted to gain the knowledge or understanding to meet a specific, recognized need.
  • Development: The systematic use of the knowledge or understanding gained from research directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods, including the design and development of prototypes and processes.

Examples

Basic researchApplied researchDevelopment
A researcher is studying the properties of human blood to determine what affects coagulation. A researcher is conducting research on how a new chicken pox vaccine affects blood coagulation. A researcher is conducting clinical trials to test a newly developed chicken pox vaccine for young children.
A researcher is studying the properties of molecules under various heat and cold conditions. A researcher is investigating the properties of particular substances under various heat and cold conditions with the objective of finding longer lasting components for highway pavement. A researcher is working with state transportation officials to conduct tests of a newly developed highway pavement under various types of heat and cold.
A researcher is studying the heart chambers of various fish species. A researcher is examining various levels of a toxic substance to determine the maximum safe level for fish in a stream. A researcher has a contract with the U.S. government to design a new stream monitoring system that will incorporate the latest research findings on toxicity levels for fish.

NIH--Extension of Modified Application Submission, Referral and Review for Reviewers with Recent Substantial Service

Posted: 2009-10-05 02:46:38

NIH has issued updated information detailing their continuous submission process for members appointed to NIH review and advisory groups. The continuous submission process will now cover appointed members of chartered standing NIH Study Sections, NIH Boards of Scientific Counselors, NIH Advisory boards or councils, the NIH Peer Review Advisory Committee, and peer reviewers who have served as regular or temporary members six times in 18 months. The continuous submission process is limited to R01, R21 and R34 applications that would normally be received on standard submission dates (but NOT special receipt dates).

See the link below for complete details.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-155.html

New NIH Application Packages

Posted: 2009-09-23 11:09:18

NIH announces new, restructured versions of the paper PHS 398 and electronic SF 424 (R&R) application packages.  New application packages must be used for submissions targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2010.  NOT-OD-09-149 includes significantly shorter page limits and restructured application packages.   The notice provides a table for the final standard due dates for the current application format and the first due dates with the new format.

 

Link:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-149.html

NIH Notices Regarding NRSA Electronic Submission

Posted: 2009-07-08 03:55:19

Change of Funding Opportunity Announcement for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31) (NOT-AT-09-005) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AT-09-005.html

Change of Funding Opportunity Announcement for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) (NOT-AT-09-006) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AT-09-006.html

 

Please Note: For Proposals with Upcoming Deadlines Between July 3 and July 6

Posted: 2009-06-19 00:00:00

The Federal Independence Day holiday will be recognized on Friday, July 3, and the State of Connecticut’s mandated furlough day falls on Monday, July 6. The deadline for proposals due on July 5 will be extended to Monday, July 6. OSP will be provide Pre-Award coverage that day, but would appreciate your cooperation in preparing proposals due that day for submission by Thursday, July 2.

In order to accommodate the July 5 NIH deadline, an OSP staff member will be working on July 6 (the state mandated furlough date). 
However, please be advised that the office (and building) will officially be closed for all other business on July 6, 2009. 

Tuition on Grants Tool

Posted: 2009-06-15 04:55:23

Effective for all proposals submitted with a deadline date of or after July 1, 2009, graduate tuition charges should be itemized as a direct cost on proposal budgets. All budgets must include a line item for 60% of the full time in-state graduate tuition for each graduate student assigned to the project. For additional information, please refer to the Guidelines for Charging Graduate Tuition on Grants Policy.

To assist with this requirement, OSP has developed a “Calculating Tuition on Grants” tool. The tool can be found at: http://osp.uconn.edu/calc_tuition.cfm.

We have also updated our budget templates to include the tuition category. The updated budget templates can be found at: http://osp.uconn.edu/budget_tmpl.php.

Guidelines for Charging Graduate Tuition on Grants Policy

Posted: 2009-06-01 00:00:00

These guidelines serve as a follow up to the Provost’s announcement of March 20, 2009 regarding the charging of tuition on grants. Effective for all proposals submitted by OSP on/after July 1, 2009 graduate tuition charges should be itemized as a direct cost on proposal budgets. Click Here for details

NIH Implements New Business Process for Documenting Changes in Scope of Proposed Research Projects

Posted: 2009-05-12 10:09:44

Effective May 5, 2009 any revisions to the Project Summary/Abstract, Specific Aims, and/or Public Health Relevance sections will need to be e-mailed to the IC-designated e-mail address (normally either a Program Official, Grants Management Official, or centralized e-mail box) as a single Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file. This document must be approved by an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) in the OSP office. The document must include all three headings even if a particular section has no changes. If there are no changes for a section, the header should be included, but the text area left blank to ensure appropriate processing of this information by NIH's electronic systems. See NOT-OD-09-088 for additional information (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-088.html).

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Individual Fellowship Awards ("Fs") Transition Date Scheduled for August 2009

Posted: 2009-04-02 01:15:49

The NIH/AHRQ/CDC/FDA transition to electronic submission of applications for Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Fellowship Awards ("F"s) originally scheduled to occur April 8, 2009, will occur on August 8, 2009. The transition was previously postponed due to Grants.gov-related delays. All "F" applications will need to be submitted electronically on August 8, 2009.

New Fringe Benefit Rates

Posted: 2009-03-24 02:52:04

The Office for Sponsored Programs has received an updated F&A Rate Agreement which includes the approved fixed FY10 and the provisional FY11 fringe benefit rates. Please note that the Alternate Retirement fringe rate for FY10 has been subsidized by the Vice President for Research and Graduate Education. The updated F&A Rate Agreement is posted on the Office of Cost Analysis website. In addition, both the updated F&A Rate Agreement and the updated fringe rates are now posted on the our website.

New OSP Internal Proposal Review Form

Posted: 2009-03-11 09:49:34

OSP has a new user-friendly Internal Proposal Review Form (IPRF). The new form can be found on the OSP website on the Forms page.

Please note OSP now requires the submission of the first page of the IPRF with every budget submitted to OSP for review in order to facilitate tracking of proposals in InfoEd. The signature page can be submitted with the remainder of your proposal documents. The cost share page only needs to be completed and submitted if the proposal includes cost-share.

UConn American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Website Launches

Posted: 2009-03-10 00:00:00

Alert - Grants.gov Electronic Submissions

Posted: 2009-02-27 00:00:00

  • The Federal Grants.gov system is experiencing another round of technical difficulties, threatening the timely submission and acceptance of university applications.

  • Currently, single submission may take hours to get accepted through the Federal system and obtain the required validation confirmation number

  • Please be reminded final proposals requiring submission through grants.gov must be provided to OSP no less than five (5) business days prior to the deadline to ensure meeting agency submission deadlines.

Adobe-Based Grant Application Forms Now Available for All NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements Requiring Electronic Submission

Posted: 2009-01-29 00:00:00

If you plan to submit an application to NIH soon, you will need to return to the grants.gov website and download the correct application.

Reminder: The new Adobe application forms require Adobe Reader 8.1.3 or higher. For more information, please refer to NIH Notice NOT-OD-09-043.

NIH Announces Salary Cap Increase

Posted: 2009-01-20 00:00:00

NIH has increased the salary cap from $191,300 to $196,700 effective January 1, 2009. For more information see NIH notice NOT-OD-09-037.

Pre-Award Announces an Updated List of Departmental Assignments

Posted: 2009-01-16 00:00:00

Brenda Aubert has joined our Pre-award team, and we are pleased to announce a reconfiguration of the departmental constituency assignments to better serve campus needs. For an updated list of the campus assignments, refer to the new list.

StemCONN 09

Posted: 2009-01-13 00:00:00

Scientific Program Poster Session, March 24, 2009

With its 10-year, $100 million stem cell research grant program, Connecticut has emerged as an innovative national and international leader in the field of stem cell research.

The StemCONN Scientific Program Poster Session provides scientists with a venue to share and discuss recent discoveries. Our 2007 Poster Session attracted 60 posters of the highest scientific quality. We expect the 2009 Session to continue to provide the basis for collaborations within Connecticut and beyond.

Who is invited to submit a poster?


Academic and commercial research entities both within and outside Connecticut are invited to share their work during the StemCONN 09 Poster Session.

Abstracts for posters will be accepted without cost; however, only registered StemCONN 09 meeting attendees may present posters in the StemCONN 09 Poster Session.

The corresponding author is required to be present physically at the poster during the Scientific Program Poster Session March 24th.

How do I submit a poster?

All poster abstracts must be submitted online at www.stemconn.org/poster.htm  Click here for details. Register for StemCONN at http://stemconn.org/reg.htm

Important Dates:

FEB 1, 2009 Abstract submission

FEB 15, 2009 Acceptance Notification


See you at the meeting March 23 and 24, 2009!
 
For up to the minute information on the the StemCONN 09 program, check out our website at www.stemconn.org.

NIH Announces New Scoring Procedures

Posted: 2008-12-18 00:00:00

NIH announces new scoring procedures for evaluation of research applications. The new system is effective for proposals submitted for FY2010 funding consideration. Proposals submitted for the standing due date of January 25, 2009 will be evaluated under the new scoring procedures. See NIH Notice NOT-OD-09-024 for more details.

NIH Introduces Adobe Applications

Posted: 2008-12-17 00:00:00

Adobe-based application forms are now available for most funding opportunities; the rest will have the new forms added by early next week.  Applicants should return to the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for which they are applying and download the new forms.  Applicants can confirm that they are downloading the new Adobe forms by verifying that the Competition ID on the Download Application page of the Grants.gov website is “ADOBE-FORMS-A”.     

REMEMBER: A Grants.gov compatible version of Adobe Reader is required to prepare and submit an Adobe-based application.   (Grants.gov currently recommends Adobe Reader versions 8.1.3 or higher.)  The Grants.gov compatible version of Adobe Reader must be installed BEFORE downloading the new application forms.

NIH will continue to make information available on the Adobe Transition Resources page of the eSubmission Web site.

  

 

New Internal Proposal Review Form

Posted: 2008-12-17 00:00:00

The new user-friendly Internal Proposal Review Form (IPRF) is available now for your use.  You can find it on the OSP web site on the Forms page.  We will accept the old form until further notice.

Please note that the third page only needs to be completed and submitted if the proposal includes cost-share. Please also note that we now require the submission of the first page of the IPRF with every budget that you submit to OSP for review in order to facilitate tracking of proposals in InfoEd.

Grant Proposals with December 24 through January 5 Deadlines - Important Notice

Posted: 2008-12-12 00:00:00

If you are preparing a submission with a Sponsor Deadline between the dates of December 24 through January 5, please notify the Office for Sponsored Programs as soon as possible, but not later than December 19, 2008, at preaward@uconn.edu.

In observance of the holiday season, The Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed for business on the following dates:

December 2008 January 2009
24, after 12:00 noon
25
26
 31, after 12:00 noon
1
2

 

Proposals received timely with Deadlines occurring December 24-29 will be processed by 12:00 NOON on December 24.

Proposals received timely with Deadlines occurring December 31 or  January 1-5 will be processed by 12:00 NOON on December 31.

Business Process Change Regarding NIH Progress Reports

Posted: 2008-11-05 00:00:00

Effective immediately, NIH Progress Reports are no longer processed by Pre-Award Services; they will be reviewed and submitted by the appropriate Post-Award team.

2008/2009 State of Connecticut Stem Cell Grant Program Requirements and Application Procedures

Posted: 2008-10-29 00:00:00

New NIH Policy on Resubmission (Amended) Applications

Posted: 2008-10-10 00:00:00

New NIH Policy on Resubmission (Amended) Applications

NIH announces a change in the existing policy on resubmission (amended) applications. Beginning with original new applications (i.e., never submitted) and competing renewal applications submitted for the January 25, 2009 due dates and beyond, the NIH will accept only a single amendment to the original application. Failure to receive funding after two submissions (i.e., the original and the single amendment) will mean that the applicant should substantially re-design the project rather than simply change the application in response to previous reviews.

Read the full announcement (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-003.html

2008 Stem Cell Grants Workshop

Posted: 2008-10-10 00:00:00

The University of Connecticut Stem Cell Institute, ORSP, and OSP have scheduled a workshop to go over the stem cell applications for the upcoming December 8th, 2008 Deadline. Interested Faculty and Administrators are invited to attend this session. It will take place on October 22nd, 2008, from 1:30 – 2:30 P.M. in Room L7033. The workshop will also be video broadcasted to Storrs Room ATL109.

Please RSVP by October 17th at UCSCI_Admin@uchc.edu

NIH Issues Transition Schedule to Adobe Form Set

Posted: 2008-10-03 00:00:00

The NIH has announced it will transition from Pure-Edge forms to the Adobe form set for electronic submission of SF424 (R&R) applications.  Most electronic submissions to NIH on or after January 1, 2009 must use the Adobe applications forms.  Grants.gov will not accept PureEdge applications.

Please see Notice Number NOT-OD-08-117 for detailed information on this transition at the following URL:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-117.html

UCRF Large/Small Grant Proposals Now Required to be Submitted via InfoEd eRA System

Posted: 2008-08-19 00:00:00

The Research and Graduate Office has recently transitioned to the InfoEd Proposal Development system as the required means for submitting proposals to the UCRF Faculty Large and Small Grant Program.

More Information.

 

Fringe Benefit Rate Changes for FY10

Posted: 2008-06-25 00:00:00

The Budget Office has provided OSP with provisional rates for FY10 (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010) that are being negotiated with the federal government. Please use these rates immediately when preparing your proposal budgets. Projections for FY11 and beyond will include a 1% increase as usual.

Update on the NIH Transition to Adobe Forms

Posted: 2008-06-05 00:00:00

The National Institutes of Health has issued NOT-OD-08-073 describing the transition plan for moving from Pure-Edge to Adobe application forms for grants.gov applications. In order to minimize the impact on the applicant community, the new timeline is set for December, 2008.

The new forms will include the following changes:

  • Recent changes to the PHS 398 form components (NOT-OD-08-028)
  • Form changes resulting from the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA)
  • Adjustments from the upcoming renewal of the SF424(R&R)

NIH will pilot the use of Adobe forms this summer. Assuming the pilot proceeds smoothly, NIH will begin posting the bulk of their FOAs with Adobe forms in December. Applicants can plan to use the Pure-Edge application forms for receipt dates through December, 2008.

All investigators considering submitting an application to NIH that have not yet registered with the NIH eRA Commons should do so now. Registration in eRA Commons is required to submit through Grants.gov. Apply for an ID through the OSP website at http://www.osp.uconn.edu/forms/ecommons_password.php.

NIH anticipates publishing a detailed plan this fall. OSP will notify the research community as these details become available.

Reminder About the NIH Public Access Policy

Posted: 2008-04-29 00:00:00

April 28, 2008

Dear Members of the NIH Research Community:

I am writing to remind you that the mandatory NIH Public Access Policy applies to final peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008. Making published research funded by NIH accessible to everyone, including health care providers, patients, educators and scientists, helps advance science and improve human health. We all have a role to play in achieving this goal, and I appreciate your efforts to make the NIH Public Access Policy successful.

The NIH Public Access Policy implements Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (see http://publicaccess.nih.gov/policy.htm), which was signed into law late last year. Compliance with this Policy is a legal requirement and a term and condition for all active grants and contracts awarded as of April 7, 2008. Failure to comply may trigger one or more enforcement actions, depending on the severity and duration of the non-compliance.

Please see the Public Access Web site for the tools you need to comply with the Policy. The Web site houses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), training information, and other resources.

To ensure compliance with the Policy, please remember to:

Address Copyright - Make sure that any copyright transfer or other publication agreements allow your paper to be submitted to NIH in accordance with the Policy.

Submit Papers upon Acceptance for Publication

  1. Some journals will submit the final published article on your behalf, without your involvement. Check this page for a list of these journals.
  2. For any journal other than those on this list, please:
    1. When submitting a paper for publication, inform the journal that the final peer-reviewed manuscript is subject to the NIH Public Access Policy.
    2. Make sure that any copyright transfer or other publication agreement allows the final peer-reviewed manuscript to be submitted to NIH in accordance with the Policy. For more information, see the FAQ Whose approval do I need to submit my article to PubMed Central? and consult with your Institution.
    3. Submit the final peer-reviewed manuscript to NIH upon acceptance for publication here. See the Submission Process for more information.

Cite Papers

  • When citing your NIH-funded papers in NIH applications, proposals or progress reports, please include the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) for each paper.
  • NIH will monitor compliance through citations. Effective May 25, 2008, when your NIH Program Officer reviews your progress report or application, he or she will be expecting a PMCID in the citation of every applicable paper that arose out of your NIH funding, or a manuscript submission system reference number (NIHMSID) if the PMCID has not been issued. See Section C of our FAQ for examples.
  • If you publish through a journal listed under http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm, there might be a slight delay in assignment of a PMCID. That is okay. We have signed agreements with these journals that allow NIH to resolve submission with them without your involvement. To facilitate your Program Officer’s job, we ask that you indicate ‘PMC Journal- In Process’ until the PMCID is available.

The NIH Public Access Policy is a legal requirement and represents an important opportunity for science and medicine. We are very interested in your feedback on the Policy and are soliciting input through a request for information from March 31, 2008 to May 31, 2008. Please send any comments or suggestions to http://publicaccess.nih.gov/comments.htm.

Sincerely,

Norka Ruiz Bravo, PhD
NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research

2007 Adobe System Transition in Progress

Posted: 2008-04-18 00:00:00

The 2006 PureEdge System is set to terminate on June 1, 2008. The transition to the Adobe System featuring Adobe Reader is in process. For the period June 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009 you will need the capability to submit applications on both systems.

For more information, check the grants.gov website at http://www.grants.gov/agencies/agencies.jsp for important information on the transition timeline and user requirements for using both PureEdge and Adobe Reader to submit applications.

National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy

Posted: 2008-03-31 00:00:00

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its new Public Access policy, which becomes effective April 7, 2008. Principal Investigators must ensure that electronic versions of any peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funding and accepted for publication after that date are deposited in PubMed Central.  The University Library, in conjunction with OSP and VPRGE, has set up a website containing information dedicated to the new policy.  For more information please see NIH Public Access policy website.

NIH Webcast on Public Access Policy

Posted: 2008-03-10 00:00:00

NIH has recently changed its Public Access Policy and is seeking public comment. A Public Meeting will be held in Bethesda, Maryland on Thursday, March 20, 2008. For further details on registering for the meeting in Maryland or to view the meeting via a live videocast (info to be posted for the videocast by March 17, 2008) see NOT-OD-08-057.

Updated F&A Rate Agreement and Fringe Benefit Rates

Posted: 2008-02-28 00:00:00

The Office for Sponsored Programs has received an updated F&A Rate Agreement which includes the approved fixed FY09 and the provisional FY10 fringe benefit rates. Please note that the Alternate Retirement fringe rate for FY09 and the FY10 fringe rates have been adjusted from the projected rates disseminated in December. The updated F&A Rate Agreement is posted on the Office of Cost Analysis website. In addition, both the updated F&A Rate Agreement and the updated fringe rates are now posted on the our website.

Please use the approved rates when preparing proposal budgets effective immediately.

Alert: Grants.gov Applicant Log-in is Down, Next Steps

Posted: 2008-02-15 00:00:00

Please be advised that Grants.gov is experiencing technical issues, and some applicants are NOT able to access the 2006 and 2007 servers. NIH will not penalize the applicant for Grants.gov or eRA Commons system issues, and we will continue to monitor this problem. Outlined below are the audiences affected by this issue and what steps to take to move forward with application submission. Thank you.

Who does this affect and what should you do?

  • Applicants who submitted for the Feb. 14 RFA deadlines:
    Applicants who submitted for the Feb. 14 deadline of RFAs (i.e. AT-08-001, PAR-06-393, RM-07-011, RM-07-012, PAR-08-017, PAR-08-018, RM-07-015, RM-07-016) should keep in mind that the two-day error correction window is today and Tuesday, Feb. 19. Please make every effort to submit changed/corrected applications to address any errors/warning by Tuesday.

  • Applicants who are submitting for Feb. 15 RFA deadlines:
    If you are applying to an announcement with a Feb. 15 deadline (i.e. HD-07-021, RM-08-006, RM-08-008, RM-08-009, RM-08-010 or RM-08-011) and are having trouble accessing the Grants.gov server, and are unable to meet the 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant institution/organization deadline, please contact the eRA Commons Help Desk to document the problem and make a note of this issue on the cover letter of your application. Use the PHS 398 Cover Letter form component found with the optional documents in the application package to attach a cover letter to the application.

  • There is a workaround to this technical issue that requires manual intervention from Grants.gov. Applicants should wait until the system is restored to submit applications. You are under no obligation to divulge your password.

    eRA Commons Help Desk
    Web: http://ithelpdesk.nih.gov/eRA/ (Preferred method of contact)
    Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
    Phone: 301-402-7469
    TTY: 301-451-5939
    Hours: Mon-Fri, 7a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time


  • Applicants who are submitting for Feb. 16 RFA deadlines:
    NOTE: Because Feb. 16 falls on a weekend and Monday is a federal holiday, the standing submission deadline for R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34 and R36 is actually Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant institution/organization.
  • Graduate Assistant Stipends for FY09 Released

    Posted: 2008-02-05 00:00:00

    NIH Announces its FY2008 Fiscal Policy

    Posted: 2008-02-01 00:00:00

    The policy reflects the $29.2 billion NIH appropriation for FY2008; a 1% increase over the FY2007 funding level. Highlights of the NIH fiscal policy include:

    1. Non-Competing Awards. These will be funded, on average, at approximately a 98 percent level of the previously established commitments. Note, previously established commitments were based on a 3% inflation allowance. Since the NIH appropriation resulted in only a 1% increase, the previously established commitments had to be adjusted, accordingly.
    2. Competing Awards. The average cost of competing awards will be allowed to increase by 1% over FY2007. It is estimated this will allow the ICs to support the NIH investigator pool with approximately 9,700 new and competing RPGs, and will allow the number of new investigators to be comparable to the average of the most recent five years.
    3. Career Awards, SBIR/STTRs. These programs will generally be funded at the committed levels.
    4. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA). Funds for stipends, tuition and training-related expenses are held at the FY2007 levels.

    Each IC will be required to manage its portfolio in compliance with the 1% NIH appropriation increase. However, the FY2008 fiscal policy does allow each IC more flexibility than was provided in FY2006 and FY2007 (both years also experienced sub-inflation appropriation increases). For example, individual Non-Competing Awards may be funded at higher level, or a lower level, as long as the IC (in total) remains in compliance with its funding target (i.e., 1% increase).

    Specific funding strategies for each IC will be available on February 6, 2008. In addition, institutions can contact an NIH Grants Management Specialist on questions related to specific awards.

    More information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-036.html

    Administrative Review and Approval of Proposals for External Support Policy

    Posted: 2008-01-29 00:00:00

    The Office for Sponsored Programs has issued a new Administrative Review and Approval of Proposals for External Support policy effective 11/05/07.

    If you have any questions about the new policy, please contact your PreAward Services Team.

    Grants.gov Training

    Posted: 2008-01-29 00:00:00

    The Office for Sponsored Programs will provide a Grants.gov training on Wednesday, February 27, in the Hugh Clark Room (room 200, Whetten Graduate Center) from 2:00-4:00. Included in the training will be information on the procedures and forms necessary for completing an application using the Grants.gov software as well as information on the Grants.gov transition from PureEdge to Adobe forms. We encourage anyone preparing applications for Grants.gov submission to attend.

    Please RSVP to preaward@uconn.edu if you plan to attend.

    Research Administrators Working Group Meetings

    Posted: 2008-01-25 00:00:00

    Purpose of Meetings

    The Office for Sponsored Programs is pleased to offer meetings in order to provide a forum for training and discussion between OSP and the departmental/deans offices personnel who perform research administration functions at UConn. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss sponsor and University policies and procedures relating to research administration.

    These meetings are a continuation of the Departmental and Pre-Award Grant Administrators meetings. To reflect the broadened focus and audience, we have renamed our group to Research Administrators Working Group. OSP has established a listserv to facilitate the exchange of ideas between meetings.

    Schedule of Meetings

    Date Time Location
    Wednesday, February 6, 2008 9:30 – 10:30 am Hugh Clark Room (WGC 200) of the Graduate Center
    Thursday, March 6, 2008 9:30 – 10:30 am Hugh Clark Room (WGC 200) of the Graduate Center
    Wednesday, April 2, 2008 9:30 – 10:30 am Hugh Clark Room (WGC 200) of the Graduate Center
    Wednesday, May 14, 2008 9:30 – 10:30 am Hugh Clark Room (WGC 200) of the Graduate Center

    If you would like to RSVP, be added to the Research Administrators Working Group Listserv, or to request a topic to be added for discussion, please email Pre-Award Services at preaward@uconn.edu.

    We look forward to seeing you all there.

    Grants.gov Update - Transition To New Adobe Reader System

    Posted: 2008-01-25 00:00:00

    Grants.gov is in the process of transitioning from the PureEdge based application system to an Adobe Reader based application system.

    Grants.gov is working with federal agencies to identify specific dates when the agencies will transition to Abode Reader. Some agencies are currently posting opportunities in Adobe. The transition is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2008. During the transition period applicants will need to have both PureEdge AND Adobe Reader 8.1.2 software installed on their computers. Both PureEdge and Adobe Reader 8.1.2 are available for free download on the grants.gov website. Before starting work on an application, recheck grants.gov for the latest version of the application package.

    http://grants.gov/help/download_software.jsp

    Important Note: Applications can only be submitted by OSP if completed with the Adobe 8.1.2 version. Do not complete applications in any other version of the Adobe software. The application will not process through the Grants.gov system.

    New Pre-Award / Advance Account and Online Form

    Posted: 2008-01-18 00:00:00

    The Office for Sponsored Programs has issued a new Pre-Award / Advance Account Policy. Pre-award and advance accounts enable principal investigators to start sponsored projects prior to receipt of the award notice or executed contract. In conjunction with the new policy, requests for pre-award or advance accounts can now be submitted on-line.

    If you have any questions about the new policy or on-line form, please contact your grant management team.

    NIH 2008 Salary Cap Level Announced

    Posted: 2008-01-17 00:00:00

    President Bush recently issued an executive order setting 2008 salary levels for federal employees. The Executive Level One salary level has been set at $191,300. By legislation, the NIH salary cap is tied to this salary level. NIH's notice regarding the updated salary cap is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-035.html. The NIH salary cap history is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/salcap_summary.htm

    Attention Investigators Submitting Grant Proposals with December 21 through January 2 Deadlines

    Posted: 2007-12-30 00:00:00

    In observance of the holiday season, the Office Sponsored Programs is preparing to operate on a reduced schedule between the dates of December 21 and January 2.

    If you are preparing a submission with a Sponsor Deadline between the dates of December 21 through January 2, please notify the Office for Sponsored Programs as soon as possible, but not later than December 18, 2007, at preaward@uconn.edu

    The Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed for business after 12:00 noon on December 21. The office will be closed for business on December 24 and 31.

    Proposals received timely with Deadlines occurring December 21-26 will be processed by 12:00 Noon on December 21.

    Proposals received timely with Deadlines occurring December 31, January 1 or January 2 will be processed by 12:00 Noon on December 28.

    New FY 09 Fringe Rates

    Posted: 2007-12-19 00:00:00

    The Office of Financial Planning and Budget has released proposed FY 09 fringe benefit rates. The new rates should be used when preparing proposal budgets effective immediately. These rates should also be used when reviewing spending plans on current awards.

    The FY 09 rates have not yet been approved but are being provided now for budgetary purposes. Approval is expected by May, at the latest, at which time a revision (although unlikely) may be required. Projected fringe rates for FY's 10, 11, 12, and 13 are also posted. These are not approved rates and will be adjusted as they are approved by DHHS.

    Questions regarding the proposed rates can be directed to preaward@uconn.edu.

    New Subrecipient Checklist and Consortium Statement

    Posted: 2007-12-18 00:00:00

    OSP has developed a new Subrecipient Checklist and Consortium Statement form in response to federal requirements regarding subrecipient monitoring. A completed form should be secured for each subrecipient and be included in proposals submitted to OSP for review. Any questions regarding the new form can be addressed to preaward@uconn.edu.

    Subrecipient Checklist and Consortium Statement form

    Revision of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

    Posted: 2007-12-15 00:00:00

    OSP Releases Video on Searching for Funding Opportunities

    Posted: 2007-12-07 00:00:00

    OSP has developed a brief, fifteen minute video providing instruction on how to use the InfoEd SPIN funding opportunities database. SPIN is a comprehensive, industry-leading service that provides access to opportunities encompassing all types of disciplines and funding sources. In addition to being a valuable resource for anyone seeking external funds for research and related activity, the video serves as a great tool for educating large audiences such as student classrooms or department faculty.

    The video is located under the "Instructional Videos" section within the UConn InfoEd page. Any questions regarding the use of this system can be directed to Marcus Santodonato.

    New Pre-Award/Advance Account Policy

    Posted: 2007-11-30 00:00:00

    New Call Routing System

    Posted: 2007-11-26 00:00:00

    OSP has recently implemented a call routing system to more efficiently assist callers.

    The options are as follows:

    1 – Proposal review, contracts or Personal Service Agreements
    2 – Account information and other Post-Award services
    3 – Invoicing or payments
    4 – Effort reporting
    0 – Executive Director or representative

    The new system will enable OSP staff to better and more quickly service incoming calls.

    The Main Telephone Number for the Office for Sponsored Programs is: (860) 486-3622.

    Callers who prefer may contact OSP staff directly. A directory of OSP staff can be found at the following link: Services & Staff: Office for Sponsored Programs, University of Connecticut

    The Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23

    Posted: 2007-11-20 00:00:00

    The Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

    All grant proposals timely submitted to OSP with a November 22-26 deadline, and currently under review, will be processed by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, November 21.

    Please email preaward@uconn.edu if you have any questions.

    NIH funding under Continuing Resolution

    Posted: 2007-10-09 00:00:00

    The National Institutes of Health on Friday published a notice detailing how non-competing grants will be treated under the current continuing resolution. Congress has yet to clear any of the fiscal year 2008 appropriation bills and agencies have been working under a continuing resolution (CR) since the start of the fiscal year on October 1. The current continuing resolution is set to expire on November 16th. As it did in FY 2006 and 2007, NIH announced it will fund most non-competing awards at 80 percent of previously committed levels while it operates under the CR. When NIH receives its appropriation for fiscal year 2008, these awards will be adjusted.


    Non-Competing Grant Awards Under the Current Continuing Resolution
    Notice Number: NOT-OD-08-001.

    Notice of Change in Signature Authority for Proposals and Grants/Contracts

    Posted: 2007-10-01 00:00:00

    As Carol Welt's last day as Executive Director of OSP was Friday, September 28th, there has been a change in OSP's signature authority.

    Mary Rydingsward, Associate Director will sign grants/contracts. Antje Harnisch, Manager of Pre-Award and Contract Services, will review and sign proposals. If neither Mary nor Antje are available, alternate University signatories are in place.

    Department of Defense Research and Engineering Strategic Plan

    Posted: 2007-09-10 00:00:00

    The 2007 DDR&E Strategic Plan was released today on the DDR&E website. It can be downloaded here

    The 2007 Strategic Plan has the following main sections:
    Defense Research & Engineering Vision and Mission
    Strategic Context for the Research and Engineering Program
    Strategic Science and Technology Priorities
    Management Principles

    Re-scheduled Grants.gov Quarterly Stakeholder Webcast

    Posted: 2007-07-17 00:00:00

    The Grants.gov Quarterly Stakeholder Webcast from June has now been rescheduled to Thursday, July 19, 2007, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

    OSP will be hosting the broadcast in Whetten Graduate Center, Room 200.

    We hope that you will be able to join us. Drop-ins are welcome.

    Additional information can be found at Adobe-Grants.gov website.

    New Fringe Benefit Rates for FY08

    Posted: 2007-07-09 00:00:00

    OSP Announces Enhanced Funding Database Access

    Posted: 2007-05-31 00:00:00


    TO: University of Connecticut Research Community

    FROM: Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP)

    RE: OSP Announces new Funding Opportunity Database to Replace Community of Science (COS)


    The OSP is pleased to announce the deployment of the InfoEd electronic Research Administration (eRA) system as UConn's new and exclusive subscription-based mechanism for locating research funding opportunities online. As part of a cost-effective maneuver, InfoEd's funding database entitled "Sponsored Programs Information Network" (SPIN) will allow the institution to discontinue its redundant subscription to COS while maintaining investigators' access to one of the world's most comprehensive sources of federal and non-federal funding opportunity announcements. SPIN also has an automated alerts service called "SPIN Matching and Research Transmittal Service" (SMARTS) that investigators can utilize to receive automatic, recurrent e-mails with funding information specific to their fields. Please be advised that while COS will be accessible until the end of the current fiscal year, the University will not be renewing its COS subscription after June 30th, 2007.

    Instructions on using SPIN and SMARTS can be viewed in the "Funding Sources" section of the Office for Sponsored Programs' (OSP) website. Note that the ability to use the SMARTS service requires an InfoEd user account, which can be obtained by completing a user account request form if you have not already. Additionally, be sure to peruse the "InfoEd" section of the OSP website, where you will find a host of information and training resources encompassing all aspects of the InfoEd eRA system. Should you have any questions regarding SPIN, SMARTS or the InfoEd system in general, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.

    Marcus Santodonato, MA
    eRA Program Manager
    University of Connecticut
    Office for Sponsored Programs
    438 Whitney Road Extension
    Unit 1133
    Storrs, CT 06269-1133
    Phone: 860-486-4175

    June 21, 2007 Webcast: OMB Circular A-133 - The Basic Steps of Subrecipient Monitoring

    Posted: 2007-05-24 00:00:00

    What are the fundamental requirements of a subrecipient monitoring from the federal government's perspective?

    The Office for Sponsored Programs will be hosting a webcast, "OMB Circular A-133: The Basic Steps of Subrecipient Monitoring" on Thursday, June 21, 2007, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Whetten Graduate Center, Room 200.

    The session will examine key stakeholders roles and responsibilities involved in subrecipient monitoring, and explore the basic requirements prime awardees must have in place to address subrecipient monitoring beyond collecting their A-133 audit reports.

    The webcast will be valuable for newer administrators, those unfamiliar with Circular A-133, and those who would like a refresher course.

    RSVP patricia.werner@uconn.edu by June 15, 2007 if you plan to attend.

    Grants.gov Adobe eSeminar

    Posted: 2007-04-27 00:00:00

    May 3, 2007 – Konover Auditorium – 2:00 pm

    The Grants.gov Program Manager Office will host a live on-line seminar to discuss the transition to the new Adobe form set. Hear from Adobe on the technology platform supporting the new version. Learn about using the free Adobe Reader to complete grant applications. Learn how the new forms will look and act when you are completing your application.

    Federal Demonstration Partnership Faculty Survey of Federal Grant Administrative Burden

    Posted: 2007-04-27 00:00:00

    http://www.thefdp.org/Faculty_Committee.html

    Updated NIH SF424 Grants.gov Application Guide

    Posted: 2007-04-25 00:00:00

    Invitation to Donahue Foundation Annual Meeting

    Posted: 2007-04-18 00:00:00

    The Trustees of the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation invite you to our Annual Meeting and Conference, "BeyondEureka! Closing the Gap Between Health Research & Use - New Approaches from Philanthropy, Business and Healthcare."

    Location:
    May 10, 2007, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.,
    Hilton Hartford Hotel

    More Information

    OSP will be closing at 1pm on 3/16

    Posted: 2007-03-16 00:00:00

    Due to inclement weather OSP will be closing early at 1:00 pm today.

    NIH Director Outlines FY 2008 Budget Request

    Posted: 2007-03-08 00:00:00

    Donaghue Foundation Faculty Informational Session

    Posted: 2007-01-25 00:00:00

    The Foundation Relations Office at The UConn Foundation and the Office of The Vice Provost for Research will host an informational session for all faculty interested in pursuing major grant funding from The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation, on Friday, February 16th from 1-2 p.m. at the UConn Foundation in Board Rooms A,B & C. The Foundation is located at 2390 Alumni Drive. The Donaghue Foundation supports medical and health related research across a broad range of topics and academic disciplines.

    Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Gregory Anderson will introduce Lynne Garner, Ph.D., Executive Director, and Nancy Yedlin, MPH, Director of Program Communications & Management, who will present an overview of the Donaghue Foundation and its two major grant programs: The Donaghue Investigator Program (awards $500,000 over 5 years), and the Clinical & Community Health Issues Program (awards up to $240,000 for up to three years). Interested applicants may wish to note that 2007 will be the final year that new Donaghue Investigators are selected. Grant descriptions and application materials can be found at the Donaghue Foundation website www.donaghue.org.

    Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend the information session as there will be opportunity for faculty members to learn more about the present and future directions of these and other grant making programs offered by the Donaghue Foundation. A 30 minute question and answer session will follow the presentation.

    The Donaghue Foundation encourages faculty at the various Schools and Colleges to apply for funding and hopes that this informational session will help increase interest in the Foundation and its work.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    RSVP by February 13, 2007 to:

    Lynda Waldron

    lwaldron@foundation.uconn.edu - 486-8914

    Grants.gov Announces New Mac OS X PureEdge Solution

    Posted: 2007-01-12 00:00:00

    NIH 2007 Salary Cap Level Announced

    Posted: 2006-12-28 00:00:00

    President Bush on Thursday morning issued an executive order setting 2007 salary levels for federal employees. The Executive Level One salary level has been set at $186,600. By legislation, the NIH salary cap is tied to this salary level. The 2006 level was $183,500. The $3,100 difference represents a 1.7 percent increase.

    The Executive Order is available at:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/12/20061221.html

    The associated Executive Level pay schedule is available at:
    http://www.opm.gov/oca/07tables/pdf/ex.pdf

    The NIH Salary Cap history is available at:
    http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/salcap_summary.htm

    Preparing for Electronic NIH Grant Application – On-line Video

    Posted: 2006-12-19 00:00:00

    If you missed the Dec. 5, 2006 videocast training Preparing for Electronic Grant Application, you can now access the streaming video from their training home page.

    The site also includes the following event materials:

    • plenary slide presentation (powerpoint)
    • Version 2A sample Uber application package
    • Application Assembly
    • Electronic Submission Process Flow
    • Take Home Points

    Most Agencies to be Funded at FY 2006 Levels

    Posted: 2006-12-15 00:00:00

    The incoming chairs of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees announced this past Monday that they plan to enact a continuing resolution (CR) for the duration of FY07. Only two FY07 spending bills have been signed into law: Defense and Homeland Security. The CR will fund programs at their FY 2006 levels or the FY 2007 level proposed by the House or Senate, whichever is lowest.

    In the last hours of the 109th congressional session, Congress passed a third CR to keep federal programs running through Feb. 15, 2007. Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.), the incoming chairs of the Senate and House Appropriations Committee, respectively, announced they will extend that measure for the remainder of FY07 rather than attempt to pass the remaining FY07 spending bills, either individually or as part of an omnibus package. Sen. Byrd and Rep. Obey said they would make "limited adjustments" in the CR to address important policy priorities, but did not state what these priorities might be. Because of strong bipartisan support, there is hope that the American Competitiveness Initiative legislation, which included among other things significant increases in funding for NSF and the Department of Energy Office of Science, might be one of the "limited adjustments" that Congress would carve out of the CR.

    NIH Fiscal Policy for FY 2007 Awards

    Posted: 2006-12-15 00:00:00

    Today NIH posted a Notice explaining its plan to manage its portfolio of investments in biomedical research. As explained in the Notice, NIH is striving to minimize the potential damage that could result from the combination of no budget increases in recent years, operating under a CR for 2007, the commitments to existing investigators and research projects, and the growing number of new grant applications.

    As stated in the Notice, "inflationary adjustments for existing non-competing renewal awards will not be made in FY2007. Non-competing awards that were expected to include an inflationary increase in FY 2007, including modular grants will not receive any inflationary increase."

    By doing this, NIH hopes to maintain the stability of the investigator pool by reaching about 9600 new and competing Research Project Grants, a number similar to that reached in FY 2005.

    Grants.gov Free Webcast Training

    Posted: 2006-12-14 00:00:00

    NIH Institutes Will Be Conservative During FY07 Continuing Resolution

    Posted: 2006-12-13 00:00:00

    With FY07 funding for the National Institutes of Health to be covered through a continuing resolution (CR) until at least February 15, NIH institutes are making FY07 grant-funding decisions within a temporary budget that is frozen at or slightly lower than the FY06 level. Each Institute has wide latitude in managing its grant portfolio, within the bounds of guidance from the Office of the NIH Director, but such guidance has not yet been issued. Ultimately, the most reliable source of information for faculty members with NIH grants is their NIH program officers.

    AAU staff has learned the following about how institutes will operate under a continuing resolution:

    • Until the FY07 appropriation is finalized, Institutes can't know how far down the pay line they can fund. Therefore, they will tend to make conservative choices so that they have the flexibility to adjust to the FY07 budget once it is known.
    • Institutes are able to fund new grants under a continuing resolution.
    • It is likely that competing continuation grants‹called Type 2s‹that have a December start date will begin to be paid this month. Some institutes may already have started paying them, albeit at conservative levels that will be adjusted to the final FY07 appropriation.
    • Grants to support new research starts‹Type 1s‹will be delayed in many institutes until January or later. However, even if there is no final appropriation by January or February, most Institutes will begin to pay Type 1 grants (which face the same pay line challenge described above for Type 2s).
    • As was done for FY06, funding for non-competing continuation grants in years two, three or four will be funded at 80 percent of what was promised until the FY07 appropriation is signed into law.
    • It is worth recalling that once NIH had its final FY06 appropriation last year, continuation grants received 97.65 percent of what the Notice of Grant Award had promised for FY06.

    —Tony DeCrappeo, President, Council on Governmental Relations

    NIH in the Post-Doubling Era: Realities and Strategies

    Posted: 2006-12-13 00:00:00

    An article by NIH Director Dr. Zerhouni appeared in the November 17 issue of SCIENCE, entitled, "NIH Funding in the Post-Doubling Era: Realities and Strategies."

    Democrats' Plan to Hold Spending at '06 Levels Will Eliminate Earmarks

    Posted: 2006-12-13 00:00:00

    Updated NIH R01 Electronic Submission Information

    Posted: 2006-11-27 00:00:00

    Grants.gov Makes Changes, Sets New Software Schedule

    Posted: 2006-10-13 00:00:00

    Federal e-grants officials told universities this week that they are moving ahead with plans to make the central Grants.gov Web site more user-friendly to all federal grantee communities.

    A major change will be the conversion of all application forms to Adobe from Pure Edge, a shift that should be complete by April. All applications after April 1 will be in Adobe, officials said. A major goal is to make the Grants.gov system more compatible for Mac users, who have had to cope with a system oriented to Windows-based computers. Changes will be phased in starting next month officials said. They added they will be plying users with information and will work closely with major grantee agencies - National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health - to make sure grantee concerns are addressed.

    New NIH Receipt Dates for Grant Applications

    Posted: 2006-10-12 00:00:00

    NSF Five-Year Plan Published

    Posted: 2006-10-09 00:00:00

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) this week released Investing in America's Future, its five-year strategic plan. Written to guide the agency's priorities and investments, the plan identifies four outcome-based goals: discovery, learning, research infrastructure, and stewardship. Each is linked to specific investment priorities and emphasizes actual results, or outcomes. According to NSF, all four goals are important, but one of them — stewardship — underpins the others.

    More information is available here.

    Reductions in NIH Non-Competing Grant Awards

    Posted: 2006-10-09 00:00:00

    USDA - NRI Requires Grants.gov Electronic Submission for All Applications

    Posted: 2006-10-02 00:00:00

    If you plan to submit to the USDA NRI program in 2007, the NRI will only accept electronic applications through grants.gov. FY2007 Request for Applications can be found at http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/nri_rfa.html.

    Also, page 3 of the application contains a link to the CSREES GRANTS.GOV Application Guide which provides guidance for completing the forms contained in the application files.

    Implementation of new Facilities and Administrative Cost rates (F&A)

    Posted: 2006-09-29 00:00:00

    Facilities and Administrative ("F&A") rates, previously referred to as Indirect Costs, used in grants, contracts and other agreements are mandated to be negotiated periodically with the Federal Government. These rates represent University supported expenditures which apply to both Federal and non-Federal grants and contracts. The Fiscal Year 2006 rate was 48%.

    The University has recently completed F&A rate negotiations with the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Cost Allocation. The new rate, 52%, will be used in new proposals covering budget periods from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2009 and 53% will cover the budget period from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. Grants already awarded under the 48% rate will not be altered. For pending applications, some sponsors may award the new rates. Please consult the Office for Sponsored Programs for specific application issues.

    For off-campus activity, defined as research performed in facilities not owned by the institution and for which rent is paid by the project(s), where at least 50% of the work is performed, a 26% rate will apply. Fieldwork is considered on-campus.

    The development of our F&A rate was accomplished with the help and cooperation of many individuals and departments across the University. The primary rate changes were in areas associated with new facilities. A library study was also undertaken which benefited research. The sub-component associated with administration (including the Office for Sponsored Programs operations) remained the same in this new agreement.

    The F&A Rate table and the cost rate agreement are located on our Budget Preparation page.

    NIH Listservs Update Applicants on Electronic Submissions

    Posted: 2006-09-15 00:00:00

    The NIH Office of Extramural Research has established a listserv electronic mailing list to provide periodic updates on its electronic grant application program to scientists and administrators in the biomedical research community. Persons interested in receiving these updates are encouraged to subscribe to the appropriate listserv, as follows:

    Scientists, Researchers and Principal Investigators: leaving the subject line blank, send a plain text email message to listserv@list.nih.gov including only the words Subscribe NIH_eSUB_PI-L in the body of the message.

    Institutional Officials, Administrative and Business Personnel: leaving the subject line blank, send a plain text email message to listserv@list.nih.gov including only the words Subscribe NIH_eSUB_AOR_SO-L in the body of the message.

    For more information see NIH Notice NOT-OD-06-047

    SF 424 R&R Person Month Calculator

    Posted: 2006-08-21 00:00:00

    NSF Transitions to Grants.gov

    Posted: 2006-08-14 00:00:00

    Please note that NSF is transitioning to grants.gov. Application guidelines will state whether you can still use FASTLANE or MUST USE Grants.gov to submit your application. Before submitting an application to FASTLANE, be sure to review the application guidelines as to avoid having to repeat the process in a Grants.gov application.

    OSP Attachment for Human Stem Cell Research

    Posted: 2006-06-23 00:00:00

    If you are submitting a proposal or are a subcontract/collaborator to the CT Stem Cell Research Grant, you must complete a special compliance form and submit to OSP with your regular proposal materials.

    If you have questions on the form, contact Anne Hiskes at (860) 486-2215.

    NIH PI Signature Change

    Posted: 2006-06-16 00:00:00

    Effective May 10, 2006 NIH no longer required the signature of the Principal Investigator (PI) as part of applications, post-submission information, progress reports, and post-award prior approval requests. NIH is transferring the responsibility to the University as a new Institutional compliance requirement to secure and retain the PI(s) signature as part of the institutional review/approval process.

    Please complete a NIH Application Certification Form along with your NIH application. The form can be obtained on our website at the FORMS link.

    For more information please see NIH Notice NOT-OD-06-054

    Web/Audio Conference: "Reconciling Effort Reporting and Commitments"

    Posted: 2006-06-16 00:00:00

    The Office for Sponsored Programs is hosting a an NCURA web/audio conference on Thursday, June 22, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Whetten Graduate Center, Room 200.

    The topic of this presentation will be: "Reconciling Effort Reporting and Commitments"

    The session will address critical issues related to both effort reporting and managing commitments. Potential methods for facilitating the management of payroll and effort commitment information, including covering federal expectations will be discussed.

    Departmental and Business Administrators, Post-award Administrators and others who work with grants and effort reports are encouraged to attend.

    As this presentation will take place during the lunch hour, attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Beverages will be provided.

    R.S.V.P. laurie.pudlo@uconn.edu

    ATTENTION Those Submitting Grant Proposals with July 1-5 Deadlines

    Posted: 2006-06-08 00:00:00

    If you are preparing a submission for a July 1-5 Sponsor Deadline, please notify the Office for Sponsored Programs as soon as possible, but not later than June 15, 2006, at preaward@uconn.edu

    Due to the July 4, holiday, all proposals with a July 1-4, deadline will be processed by 5:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, JUNE 30.

    The Office for Sponsored Programs is planning to be CLOSED for business on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.

    Fringe Benefit Rates for State FY 07 Approved

    Posted: 2006-06-02 00:00:00

    Master Government List of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers

    Posted: 2006-05-30 00:00:00

    Master Government List of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers

    Posted: 2006-05-30 00:00:00

    New OSP Grants.gov Reference page

    Posted: 2006-05-30 00:00:00

    Preliminary Fringe Benefit Rates for State FY 07

    Posted: 2006-05-12 00:00:00

    From the Budget Office, here are the preliminary fringe benefit rates for Fiscal Year 2007. The finalized rates will appear on the Budget Preparation page.

    State FY07 Preliminary Fringe Benefit Rates

    NCURA Online Teleconference: Electronic Routing Forms and Pre-award Tracking

    Posted: 2006-04-13 00:00:00

    Thursday, April 20, 2006
    12:30-2:00 p.m.
    Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center

    Routing approval forms and tracking the status of pre-award negotiations is a challenge that many universities face. Learn about those institutions that have implemented systems for electronically routing the approval forms, the challenges they faced and the solutions they’ve developed. In addition, the discussion will include information about a system for tracking the status of proposals and the status of pre-award agreement negotiations. These types of systems are invaluable in managing a diverse and distributed environment and add much needed transparency to the inner workings of a sponsored programs office.

    If you are planning on attending, R.S.V.P. to Laurie Pudlo.

    The Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed on Friday, April 14

    Posted: 2006-04-10 00:00:00

    The Office for Sponsored Programs will be closed on Friday, April 14 in observance of the State holiday.

    New Stipend Levels for 2006 Kirschstein-NRSA Awards

    Posted: 2006-03-29 00:00:00

    The Stipend levels for FY 2006 Kirschstein-National Research Service Award (NRSA) have been announced by NIH (Notice #NOT-OD-06-026). Effective with all Kirschstein-NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2005, the announced stipend levels apply to all individuals receiving support through institutional research training grants or individual fellowships, including the Minority Access to Research Career (MARC) and Career Opportunities in Research (COR) programs. Retroactive adjustments or supplementation for an award made prior to October 1, 2005 is not permitted.

    2006 NIH Salary Cap has been Increased to $183,500

    Posted: 2006-03-21 00:00:00

    The NIH policy on the salary cap is at http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/policy/salcap_summary.htm

    The OPM Executive Level Salary Table for FY2006 is at http://www.opm.gov/oca/06tables/html/ex.asp.

    Key point: You may rebudget existing funds (as per NIH policies & procedures) to cover the increased salary cap level, but no additional funds will be provided by NIH to cover the increased salary expenses.

    Change in Submission Time for NIH Applications through Grants.gov

    Posted: 2006-03-17 00:00:00

    All electronic grant applications submitted to NIH through Grants.gov, including those that have already changed to electronic submission by April 1, 2006 (R13, R15, R36, S10, SBIR R43/R44, and STTR R41/R42) and those that are scheduled to do so in the future (e.g., R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, and R34 for the June 1, 2006 submission date) must be successfully received by Grants.gov by 5:00 pm in the local timezone of of the applicant institution or organization.

    For more information see NIH Notice NOT-OD-06-050

    OSP Announces Grants.gov Training Sessions

    Posted: 2006-03-14 00:00:00

    OSP is pleased to announce the Spring training schedule for Grants.gov. Grants.gov will be the single portal for submission of all Federal grant applications. Many of the agencies are requiring proposal submission through Grants.gov and 25 of the 26 agencies have posted application packages.

    OSP has already successfully submitted applications through Grants.gov to several agencies including NSF, HRSA, NOAA, SBA, EPA, DOE, NIH, DOJ, USEd, and NEH. As more mandatory grants.gov deadlines approach, here is some key information that we want to share with you:

    • Registration: OSP has registered the University in Grants.gov. No individual at UConn should register.
    • Application Forms: the forms for all programs are in a standard format but the format differs slightly from agency to agency and from the forms you are accustomed to. Plan ahead and allow time to adjust to the new forms and process.
    • Software: Grants.gov requires the use of special software, PureEdge, to complete the new application forms packages. With PureEdge you will need to use a PC or the available "workaround" for Non-Windows environments (including Mac OS X and Linux).
    • Contacts: OSP staff can assist you with Grants.gov questions and submissions. E-mail preaward@uconn.edu In addition, many departments have individuals working with OSP on Grants.gov.

    Training Dates and Times: all sessions are in Whetton, 2nd floor, Room 200. If you plan on attending please notify Laurie Pudlo, (860) 486-4247.

    March 29Wednesday9:30 – 11:00
    April 6Thursday2:00 – 3:30
    April 11Tuesday2:00 – 3:30
    April 26Wednesday9:30 – 11:00

    Special arrangements can be made for a training session within a department or school. Contact Carol Welt (carol.welt@uconn.edu) or preaward@uconn.edu

    Earth System Science Fellowship Renewal Applications Now Through NSPIRES

    Posted: 2006-02-24 00:00:00

    Renewal applications for the Earth System Science Fellowship are due March 15, 2006.The old web site (http://research.hq.nasa.gov) is no longer valid. All renewal applications must go through NSPIRES. With NSPIRES, the Advisors have an active role in the submission process.

    The Instructions for Completing an Application can be found on the NSPIRES web site along with the Fellowship Program Announcement. Please note that, for renewal applications, the "proposal" referenced in the Instructions and the NSPIRES web site refers to the "progress report."

    FY 2007 President's Budget for NIH

    Posted: 2006-02-08 00:00:00

    Details of the President's FY 2007 Budget for NIH

    NIH Adjusts Timeline for Electronic Application Submission

    Posted: 2006-02-08 00:00:00

    NIH Update on Award Reductions

    Posted: 2006-01-17 00:00:00

    Panel Discussion on Leadership Development for Faculty and Administrators

    Posted: 2005-12-29 00:00:00

    There will be a Panel Discussion on Leadership Development Programs in which faculty and administrators at UConn have participated on Monday, January 9, 2006 from 1 – 3 PM in Pharmacy/Biology room 131. The program will emphasize the availability of programs around the country and the possible need for such programs on the UCONN campus. The panel will be hosted by Dr. Andrea Hubbard, Associate Dean, UConn School of Pharmacy. Refreshments will be served.

    NIH to Videocast Training for Electronic Submission of Applications *UPDATED*

    Posted: 2005-12-16 00:00:00

    By May 2007 all research grant applications for NIH will have to be submitted electronically through Grants.gov using the SF424 Research & Related (R&R) form set. This training session, geared toward the applicant community, will provide an overview of NIH’s transition plans, the submission process and the new form set. A question and answer session will follow the formal presentations.

    Faculty and Staff are invited to join OSP in viewing the Live Webcast:

    Wednesday, January 11
    Whetten Graduate Center, Room 200

    Handouts | Handouts with visible links

    1st Viewing: 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    2nd Viewing: 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

    For more information, contact Laurie Pudlo

    Videocast Agenda

    More information: NIH Videocast

    NIH Announces Plans to Transition to Electronic Submission of Grant Applications through Grants.gov

    Posted: 2005-12-15 00:00:00

    The links below describe NIH’s plans to transition from the PHS298 form to the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) and to transition simultaneously to electronic submission via Grants.gov

    Changes will be phased in by type of grant program (mechanism):

    • December 1, 2005 – Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (STTR) (R41, R42, R43, R44)
    • December 15, 2005 – Support for Conferences & Scientific Meetings (R13 & U13)
    • February 25, 2006 – Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) (R15)
    • June 1, 2006 – Small Grant Programs (R03) & Exploratory/Development Research Grant Awards (R21)
    • October 1, 2006 – Research Project Grant Program (R01)

    Please note that the Office for Sponsored Programs has registered UConn in Grants.gov and the NIH eCommons. During the past year, we have successfully submitted applications electronically through Grants.gov for several Federal agencies and are prepared for NIH electronic submissions. We have been using the NIH eCommons for several years and are now submitting all PHS2590 continuation applications electronically through the eCommons.

    For more information:
    NIH Notice NOT-OD-05-067
    Electronic Submissions of NIH Grant Applications
    SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information
    Transition Plan

    Funding Update for Federal Research & Development

    Posted: 2005-12-05 00:00:00

    NIH Announces Pilot Study to Shorten the Review Cycle for New Investigator R01 Applications

    Posted: 2005-12-05 00:00:00

    Shortening the review cycle is a high priority for the National Institutes of Health and the biomedical and behavioral research communities. There is also great interest in the career development of scientists and NIH is committed to supporting new investigators* in their efforts to obtain R01 research grant funding. Since new investigators by definition do not have R01 support, any delay in the ability to submit an amended application could have a negative impact on their careers. Cognizant of the pressure on new investigators to obtain NIH R01 funding, the Center for Scientific Review convened a trans-NIH working group to develop a process to shorten the referral and review cycle in order to permit a new investigator to submit an amended application for the next submission date. Although the number of new investigators who will be able to take advantage of this rapid turnaround process will be relatively small, the impact on the careers of these new investigators could be significant. The working group recommended an initial pilot, followed by an evaluation phase before consideration of modification and/or expansion.

    For the rest of the article see NIH Notice #NOT-OD-06-013

    NIH Non-Competing Grant Awards Under the Current Continuing Resolution

    Posted: 2005-12-01 00:00:00

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that it will continue to operate on a continuing resolution (CR) that currently extends through December 17, 2005.

    The CR applies the terms of the FY 2005 appropriations for the period covered by the CR. Until the final FY 2006 appropriation is enacted, NIH will be issuing non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 80% of the previously committed level). NIH will consider upward adjustments to these levels after the final appropriation is enacted, but expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period.

    Questions regarding adjustments applied on individual grant awards may be directed to the Grants Management Specialist identified on the Notice of Award.

    We will update you as soon as additional information is available.

    For more information see NIH Notice #NOT-OD-06-014

    NSTI Nanotech 2006 Conference – Call for Papers

    Posted: 2005-11-08 00:00:00

    NIH Loan Repayment Application Cycle Closes on December 5

    Posted: 2005-11-02 00:00:00

    The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle will close in less than 5 weeks on December 1, 2005. Please share the following information with the researchers and other fellows within your organization who may benefit from LRP participation.

    The five LRPs offered by the NIH include the Clinical Research LRP, Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Contraception and Infertility Research LRP, Health Disparities LRP, and Pediatric Research LRP.

    Through these programs, the NIH offers to repay up to $35,000 annually of the qualified educational debt of health professionals pursuing careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The programs also provide coverage for Federal and state tax liabilities.

    To qualify, applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree, devote 50% or more of their time (20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week) to research funded by a domestic non-profit organization or government entity (Federal, state, or local), and have educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20% of their institutional base salary. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. nationals to be eligible.

    All applications for 2006 awards must be submitted online by 8:00 p.m. eastern time, on Thursday, December 1, 2005.

    The online application and detailed information about the LRPs are available at www.lrp.nih.gov or by calling 866-849-4047.

    OSP will be Closed on November 24 and 25

    Posted: 2005-11-02 00:00:00

    In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday and in order to give everyone an extended holiday weekend, the offices of Research and Graduate Education will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.

    Position Opening: Post Award Grant Manager

    Posted: 2005-10-06 00:00:00

    Post Award Grant Manager (UCP VI or UCP VII)
    Office for Sponsored Programs

    The Office for Sponsored Programs at the University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus, is seeking two Grant Managers to provide post-award financial services in a customer-service-oriented environment. The successful candidates will be responsible for the monitor and review of sponsored research grants and contracts to assure compliance with fiscal and procedural regulations and requirements established by sponsoring agencies, the Federal government, State of Connecticut and the University.

    Specific responsibilities include:  (1) Maintains knowledge of and interprets sponsoring agency, Federal, State and University policies and regulations regarding the receipt and administration of grants and contracts; (2) Monitors and approves, within established guidelines, grant and contract expenditures, and advises Principal Investigators regarding budgetary issues affecting project accounts; (3) Utilizes sound fiscal accounting practices and procedures to account for receipt of grant monies, monitor expenditures, and prepare necessary reports, including analysis of grants/contracts for account set-up and input of grants/budgets into FRS, monitor of financial activity and allowability of expenditures, review and approval of rebudgets, cost transfers, overdraft resolution and account closeout, and oversight/fulfillment of reporting obligations; (4) Establishes and maintains appropriate communication with sponsoring and regulatory agencies, Principal Investigator and other designated University members regarding grant/account status; (5) Exercises good judgment in clarifying and resolving issues of concern and maintains complete records and documentation; (6) Makes ongoing recommendations for improvement of current practices, and performs other tasks as requested.

    Qualifications: Bachelors degree in appropriate accounting- or business-related field and four years of relevant experience or eight years of relevant experience in a business organization or governmental agency required. Bachelors degree preferred. Knowledge of Federal and State laws and regulations, strong oral and written communication skills, ability to communicate positively and effectively with sponsoring and regulatory agencies, as well as faculty, administrators and other members of the University important. Must be able to communicate and function calmly in stressful situations requiring tact and diplomacy. The ideal candidate will have effective time-management and personal organizational skills, ability to think critically, flexibly and analytically, and be able to work independently or collaboratively in a team environment. Experience using computerized spreadsheets, databases and word-processing applications desired, Microsoft Office Suite recommended. Additional experience using mainframe applications, including FRS, a plus.

    Both positions are full-time, subject to annual renewal. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.

    Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send cover letter, resume and three references to: Laurie Pudlo, University of Connecticut, Office for Sponsored Programs, 438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1133, Storrs, CT 06269-1133; Fax: (860) 486-3726; E-mail: mailo:laurie.pudlo@uconn.edu. (Search # 06A106 and 06A107)

    The University of Connecticut supports all state and federal laws that promote equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination. Members from under-represented groups, including minorities, women, and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

    NIH Announces Initial Plans to Transition to Application Submissions through Grants.gov

    Posted: 2005-08-19 00:00:00

    NIH has announced initial plans to transition from the PHS398 application to the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) application and simultaneously transition to electronic submission via Grants.gov by the end of 2007.

    For more information see NIH notice NOT-OD-05-067.

    NSF Now Accepting Proposals through Grants.gov for Selected Programs

    Posted: 2005-08-12 00:00:00

    NSF has identified 23 programs that offer applicants the option to using Grants.gov to prepare and submit proposals. The NSF will accept applications for the funding opportunities, divisions and programs listed at the following link: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/pgmannounce.jsp

    Proposals should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide found at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Save the application and email to preaward@uconn.edu and the Sponsored Research office will submit upon approval.

    Note: Collaborative proposals or proposals that contain subawards cannot be submitted using Grants.gov at this time. These proposals must continue to be submitted via the NSF Fastlane system.

    OSP has been successful in utilizing the Grants.gov system for other Federal agencies and will now continue the transition to Grants.gov by encouraging the submission of all eligible NSF proposals via Grants.gov.

    Position Opening: Database Administrator

    Posted: 2005-07-15 00:00:00

    Position Opening: Manager of Pre-Award Services

    Posted: 2005-07-15 00:00:00

    New PHS/DHS Forms in Use

    Posted: 2005-04-15 00:00:00

    NIH Salary Cap Increased to $180,100

    Posted: 2005-03-11 00:00:00

    The NIH issued a notice January 7, 2005 concerning an increase in the salary cap.

    The Executive Level I annual salary rate was $175,700 for the period January 1 through December 31, 2004 (see NOT-OD-04-034, March 11, 2004). Effective January 1, 2005, the Executive Level I salary level increased to $180,100.

    The NIH notice can be found here: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-024.html.

    UConn Proposal Review and Approval Checklist

    Posted: 2005-02-25 00:00:00

    Extensions for Visa Security Clearances

    Posted: 2005-02-11 00:00:00

    UConn Export Control Compliance Program

    Posted: 2005-02-05 00:00:00

    New Stipend Levels for 2005 Kirschstein-NRSA Awards

    Posted: 2005-02-04 00:00:00

    The Stipend levels for FY 2005 Kirschstein-National Research Service Award (NRSA) have been announced by NIH (Notice #NOT-OD-05-032). Effective with all Kirschstein-NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2004, the announced stipend levels apply to all individuals receiving support through institutional research training grants or individual fellowships, including the Minority Access to Research Career (MARC) and Career Opportunities in Research (COR) programs. Retroactive adjustments or supplementation for an award made prior to October 1, 2004 is not permitted.

    New NIH Policy

    Posted: 2005-02-03 00:00:00

    February 3, 2005 Memorandum from Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., Director of NIH

    Beginning May 2, 2005, NIH-funded investigators are requested to submit an electronic version of the author's final manuscript to the NIH National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central (PMC). The manuscripts will be preserved permanently in the PMC archive for use by the public, health care providers, educators, scientists, and NIH. The archive will assist NIH in managing it research portfolios, monitoring scientific productivity more efficiently, and helping inform research priorities.

    The NIH Public Access Policy can be found at: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-022.html

    Questions and Answers and details regarding implementation of the Policy can be found at: http://www.nih.gov/about/publicaccess/index.htm