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On January 26, 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement changes in FastLane to support the revised version of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and to run additional automated compliance checks on proposals.
Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1)
A revised PAPPG was issued on November 20, 2014, which incorporates OMB’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), as well as other policy updates. The following changes will be made to FastLane to support the revised PAPPG:
• Budget Form Update: The budget form will be updated so that the “Residual Funds” line (Line K) will not be editable for all programs except Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR). As this field is currently used for the purpose of collecting fees, “Residual Funds” will be renamed to “Small Business Fee.”
• Budget Justification Upload: Budget justification can no longer be entered as text. Awardees will be required to upload a budget justification for each organization added to the budget via an upload screen. Already, 95% of proposers take advantage of the upload option.
• Cost Sharing Notifications Requirement: The existing requirement that only awards with cost sharing of $500,000 or more must submit a cost sharing certificate will be modified to support the revised policy which specifies that cost sharing notifications must be submitted by all awardees with awards that include cost sharing.
• New Funding Mechanism: The FastLane proposal cover sheet will be updated to include the new funding mechanism type, Ideas Lab. Ideas Lab is designed to support the development and implementation of creative and innovative project ideas. These projects will typically be high-risk/high-impact as they represent new and unproven ideas, approaches, and/or technologies.
Automated Compliance Checks
FastLane will begin to run an additional 24 automated compliance checks on proposals to ensure they comply with requirements outlined in the PAPPG, Chapter II.C.2 of the Grants Proposal Guide (GPG). These checks will validate a proposal for compliance with page count, proposal sections per type of funding mechanism and budget related rules for proposals submitted in response to the GPG, Program Announcements and Program Descriptions. At this time, these checks will not be enforced for proposals submitted in response to Program Solicitations.
• Page Count: Page count rules will be enforced on the following proposal sections:
o Project Description: 15-page limit [exceptions: 8-page limit for Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), and 5-page limit for Rapid Response Research (RAPID)]
o Budget Justification: 3-page limit for the proposing institution and a separate, 3-page limit for each sub-recipient organization
o Mentoring Plan: 1-page limit
o Data Management Plan: 2-page limit
• Budget: Budget-related checks will focus primarily on proposal duration and requested amount. For example, the system will enforce a maximum requested amount of $200,000 for a RAPID proposal and $300,000 for an EAGER proposal.
• Proposal Section: Proposal sections will be enforced by their funding mechanism for Program Announcement, Program Description and other GPG-type funding opportunities. For example, an error message will appear if a Project Description was not provided for an EAGER proposal.
The checks detailed above will be triggered when the “Check Proposal,” “Forward to SPO,” or “Submit Proposal” functions are selected by a proposer or proposing organization. Depending on the rule being checked, a warning or error message will display when a proposal is found to be non-compliant. If an error message appears, the organization will not be able to submit the proposal until it is compliant. To view a detailed list of all compliance checks, click here.
We encourage you to share this information with your respective organization. Please contact email@example.com for any further questions.
The Board of Regents made the following announcement: It has come to our attention that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR Chapter I, and Chapter II, Parts 200, 215, 220, 225, and 230), which went into effect on December 26, 2014, contains provisions which effect the indirect cost rate that can be claimed for proposals and subawards submitted to federal agencies.
2 CFR 200, section 414, paragraph (c) (1) states that "the negotiated rates must be accepted by all Federal awarding agencies" unless deviation is required by Federal statute or regulation or when OMB is notified of any approved deviations by the Federal awarding agency head.
Furthermore, Paragraph (c) (d) further requires that the pass-through entities (i.e., the Board of Regents) comply with section 200.331,which states in 200.331(4) that "an approved federally recognized
indirect cost rate negotiated between the subrecipient and the Federal government" must be included in the subaward by the pass-through entities.
What this means is that the restriction on indirect costs that can be claimed for federal NASA funds that was indicated in our RFP (i.e., 25% of wages, salaries and fringe) is no longer in effect. Institutions may charge their federally-negotiated F&A rate for the NASA portion of the funds. The Support Fund portion is still restricted to 25% of salaries, wages, and fringe, however.
We are pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the University of New Orleans Research Recognition Prizes:
Research Excellence Prize
John B. Wiley, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Early Career Research Prize
Malay Ghose Hajra, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Competitive Funding Prize
Martin T. O’Connell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Earth and Environmental Science
Attached are brief descriptions of the award winners’ efforts that led to their selection, as well as brief descriptions of each prize category.
The Research office intends to hold a reception or some other type of event in the Spring, during which these prize winners will be honored further. But we did not want to delay this announcement until an event could be finalized.
Please join us in congratulating these accomplished colleagues on their achievements that are reflected in these designations.
Finally, we wish to thank all those who nominated colleagues for these awards, the nominees who provided important details for the process, and the members of the University of New Orleans Research Council who evaluated and ranked the nominations. It is clear that we have excellent researchers at the University of New Orleans, as well as committed and appreciative colleagues to support and laud their accomplishments.
Attached File: 2014ResearchRecognitionPrizeWinners.pdf
For most Board of Regents (BoR) programs, the indirect cost is limited to 25% of salary and fringe benefits. BoR specific templates for one year and up to three year proposals have been posted to the Proposal Development page of the Office of Research website. Indirect cost is calculated using BoR’s limit also calculated is UNO’s waived indirect cost. If the BoR program does not restrict the indirect cost rate, continue to use the regular budget templates. Contact your Research Administrator if you have questions.
Louisiana Sea Grant College Program seeks Statements of Interest for its next funding cycle, February 1, 2016 – January 31, 2018. Research projects within Louisiana coasts focused in three areas will be considered: 1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; 2) Resilient Communities and Economies; and 3) Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture. Statements of Interest are due February 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST. Please see the message below for full details.
This is a solicitation from the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program for Statements of Interest proposing two-year coastal research projects. The Statement of Interest serves as a project pre-proposal that identifies a topic relevant to coastal and marine needs in Louisiana and the nation. It describes both the scope of the need, problem, or opportunity and how the results achieved would contribute to development, conservation, or utilization of coastal and marine resources. Statements allow for review of relevancy to Louisiana Sea Grant’s research priorities for this opportunity, as well as concepts, rationale, general approach, and expected outcomes and impacts before faculty must commit to providing a narrative of detailed methodology, literature review, and other requirements of a full proposal.
Research priority focus areas for this request for proposals (RFP) are: 1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems and Habitats, 2) Resilient Communities and Economies, and 3) Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture. A complete explanation of these research priorities, as well as other pertinent information related to Statement of Interest preparation, submission, and review is included in the RFP at www.laseagrant.org/research/rfp/funding-proposal-info/
Louisiana Sea Grant will consider Statements of Interest for this opportunity with maximum budgets of $80,000/year for either one or two year projects. Statements of Interest must be submitted to Ms. Katie Lea ( Room 238 Sea Grant Building, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 or firstname.lastname@example.org ) on or before 5:00 PM (CST) on February 6, 2015, without exception.
A revised version of the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide has been posted to the NSF website and is available electronically at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide1214.
This document is applicable to all applications submitted, or due, to NSF on or after December 26, 2014. Please refer to Page 2 of the Guide for a summary of the significant changes, clarifications and other changes. Any questions regarding the new Guide should be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance. For more information, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/.
• Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
• Be a U.S. Citizen;
• Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
• Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree
Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015 – click http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/ to get started NOW!
NIH has announced a new biographical sketch format to be used in all grant applications with due dates on or after January 25th, 2015.
See the NIH Guide notice at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-024.html for more details.