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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is happy to announce that project reporting has successfully been transitioned to Research.gov. This means that you will now log in to Research.gov to prepare and submit your final, annual, and interim project reports. You will also continue to use Research.gov to submit your Project Outcomes Reports.
NSF would like to thank the 19 research organizations who volunteered to pilot this service starting in October 2012. Because of their feedback, we were able to improve the service before the final rollout.
Research.gov is NSF's grants management system that provides easy access to research-related information and grants management services in one location. Research.gov is the modernization of FastLane, providing the next generation of grants management capabilities for the research community.
Where Can I Find Out More?
For more information about the transition of annual, final, and interim project reporting to Research.gov, please visit the Project Report Informational Page or see our Online Help.
For technical assistance, contact the Research.gov Help Desk, 7 AM - 9 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except for federal holidays):
• Email the Help Desk at: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Call the Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532
As promised, NIH has issued a “request for information” to help with its plans to implement recommendations of the Working Group on the Biomedical Research Workforce. During a presentation to the Advisory Committee to the Director in December, Sally Rockey, NIH deputy director for extramural research, said the agency wanted input from universities and others about a variety of initiatives designed to make the research workforce more self-sustaining (RRC 2/13, p. 1). NIH’s notice, posted Feb. 22, asked for comment on seven proposals, among them how institutions could utilize individual development plans “to help tailor the training experiences for each student,” “provide a more uniform benefit package for post-doctorates” and develop systems for tracking the career development of grantees. NIH said responses “will be accepted through April 22, 2013.”
The University of New Orleans has been selected to receive a grant worth approximately $280,000 from the Department of Defense to buy state-of-the-art defense research equipment. The grant will be used to support an Office of Naval Research project in which UNO researchers are designing and building a new type of robotic “eel” that is capable of operating in shallow water environments where Navy personnel could be at risk. UNO is the only university in Louisiana to receive a portion of the $54.7 million in grants given to 100 universities through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. The PI is Professor Brandon Taravella.
Fringe Benefits are calculated on all regular employees of the University, including postdoctoral research associates and intermittent employees. Benefits are not calculated on graduate assistants or student workers. The fringe benefit rate is never negotiable.
The fringe benefit rate is projected to be 39% effective July 1, 2012. Please begin to use 39% for full time employees on all proposal budgets and continue to use 8.2% for intermittent wage employees. You should continue to include a 1% fringe increase in your annual budgets for future fiscal years. We recommend you use a 40% fringe benefit rate for fiscal year 2013-2014 and beyond.
This is the rate to use until a new fringe benefit rate is negotiated. We will send the approved rate agreement and post on the ORSP Proposal Development website when Financial Services receives it from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The University of New Orleans is a member of a consortium of universities selected to receive a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. UNO is a member of the Southwest Region University Transportation Center, which is led by Texas A&M University and also includes LSU, Texas Southern and the University of Texas at Austin. The consortium is one of 22 University Transportation Centers that will receive federal support to address critical transportation challenges facing the nation.
The Southwest Region University Transportation Center will receive $3.5 million, with UNO receiving $250,000. The Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration used a competitive selection process to select the grant recipients.
Louisiana is honored to host the 2011 National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Fall Conference from November 6th – 9th, 2011 in New Orleans, LA. SBIR is a competitive federal government grant program that funds small businesses in developing innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace. It is a highly specialized form of funding for small firms to perform cutting-edge R&D that addresses the nation's most critical scientific, engineering and technology needs.
For information on sponsorship levels, please go to www.sbirla.org or contact Mark Lewis, President of the Louisiana Technology Council at: (504) 304-2911.
Attached please find the University of New Orleans Export Control Policy and Procedures (AP 28.04), effective July 15, 2011.
Export control laws are federal regulations that control the access and transmission of certain information, technologies, and commodities. The laws apply to transmission of controlled items overseas or to a foreign national on U.S. soil. While many University activities are exempt, the consequences of violating export control regulations can be severe for both the University and the individual, and include loss of research funding, fines, and/or prison time. For that reason, it is important that faculty and staff understand their obligation to comply with export control laws and regulations. Faculty and staff are encouraged to review the export control materials located on the UNO Compliance webpage: http://compliance.uno.edu/Home/ExportControl . A good place to start is the MS Power Point presentation on UNO Export Control Basics.
Faculty and staff engaged in research should note that, while the campus will assist with export control compliance, the primary responsibility rests with the principal investigator. Additional information and guidance regarding export controls and the obligations of research faculty and staff can be found on the ORSP website: http://w2.uno.edu/orsp/ORSPHome/ExportCompliance.
You will also find his and all current Adminstrative Policies at: http://chancellor.uno.edu/OfficeoftheChancellor/AdministrativePolicies
The Office of Management and Budget has issued a memorandum outlining issues related to the federal government’s Planning for Agency Operations During a Lapse in Government Funding. The guidance to Federal agencies includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda_default. Section II of OMB Director Jacob Lew’s memorandum to Heads of Departments and Agencies (M-11-13, April 7, 2011) addresses Questions and Answers on Contracts & Grants (page 6+). The Memorandum states “In the situation in which performance under an already-issued contract or grant is not impacted by such a lapse (as described in the memorandum), the contractor or grantee may continue to proceed with its work during the lapse period. “ It is important to note that agencies have the discretion to halt activity on individual grants or contracts but the grantee/contractor would be notified by the agency and normal termination provisions would prevail.
This memorandum is designed to address activities conducted by Federal employees. Generally, Federal employees will not be conducting routine activities in oversight, inspection, accounting, administration, etc. No new grants or contracts will be issued.
According to OMB, grantees can continue to drawdown funds on letters of credit for already issued grants during the shutdown. The PMS and ASP system will continue to function. Grants.gov will continue to operate. However, these systems will operate with limited capacity – help desks and administrative support activities will be significantly reduced.
We will continue to review and evaluate the Memorandum and provide additional general observations and understandings to the membership.
This email was sent to all faculty and staff.
Attached File: m11-13.pdf
Who is authorized to negotiate sponsored agreements?
Only the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is allowed to negotiate grants and contracts including fringe and indirect. It is the university’s policy to charge the full negotiated rate of fringe and indirect.
Where should proposals go?
All proposals should go to ORSP for review before they are submitted to an agency. All proposals are required to include a SharePoint Routing Form and a Budget Form. Proposals not submitted by ORSP and resulting in an award may not be accepted by the university.
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Benefits should be calculated on all regular employees of the University, including postdoctoral research associates and intermittent employees and included in the budget on all proposals. Benefits are not calculated on graduate assistants or student workers. The fringe benefit rate is never negotiable. The currently approved fringe rate is 32% for regular employees, and 8.2% for intermittent wage employees. This rate will be used for all awards dated July 1, 2009 or later. The fringe benefit rate is anticipated to be 34% effective July 1, 2011. Please use 34% for full time employees on all proposal budgets. You should continue to include a 1% fringe increase for full time employees in your annual budgets for future fiscal years. UNO has requested and anticipates that the fringe benefit rate for intermittent employees will remain at 8.2%. UNO is required to submit a Fringe Benefit Rate (s) proposal to DHHS on an annual basis. Accordingly, and in light of current and anticipated increases in the employer contributions to the different retirement systems, PIs may expect additional changes in future rates applicable to sponsored programs.