Sponsored Projects News and Announcements

Purpose of the PI Handbook

02/09/2110 · Comments Off

The PI Handbook blog site provides information and resources for University of Nevada, Reno faculty and staff preparing or managing all types of sponsored projects. Users may subscribe to the PI Handbook RSS feed to receive new content, tips, tools and up-to-the-minute information regarding sponsored projects.

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InfoEd Grants Management Software System to Become Mandatory for Proposal Preparation and Internal Approval Routing Beginning September 1, 2014

06/10/2014 · Comments Off

In December, 2013, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) implemented grants management system, InfoEd, for use by faculty and staff in managing grant activities. A major function of InfoEd is to provide an electronic portal where UNR faculty and staff can prepare and route grant proposals for internal approvals. Since December 2013, over 400 UNR faculty and staff members have received training on preparing and routing grant proposals in InfoEd.

Beginning September 1, 2014, all UNR grant proposals must be prepared in InfoEd and routed for internal approvals in InfoEd. If you are a UNR faculty or staff member who prepares grant proposals, a UNR chair, director, dean or vice president who approves grant proposals or a department administrator who needs access to grant-related information, it is important that you receive appropriate InfoEd training.

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InfoEd Proposal Development and Electronic Approval Training

06/03/2014 · Comments Off

To-date, over 400 UNR faculty and staff members have received training on how to prepare grant proposals and route them for internal approvals in the InfoEd grants management software system. Training for the School of Medicine, Division of Health Sciences and College of Business will continue through June. Then, regularly scheduled trainings will commence and will be open to all UNR faculty and staff.

If you are interested in InfoEd training, please contact Erika Waday in the Office of Sponsored Projects: 784-4049 or ewaday@unr.edu.

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Methods of Calculating Indirect Costs: What to Include and Exclude

11/04/2013 · Comments Off

To assist faculty and staff with completing grant proposal budgets, below is an explanation of the methods for calculating indirect costs and what to include and exclude from the calculation.

Note that there is one minor change to the Modified Total Direct Cost that will be effective December 1, 2013: Participant Support will be included in the indirect cost base and indirect costs will be calculated on these expenses unless the sponsor specifically states that indirect costs are not to be charged on Participant Support.

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Tentative Rollout Schedule for InfoEd Proposal Development Module Announced

10/21/2013 · Comments Off

College and VP Office Rollout for InfoEd Proposal Development Module

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) is excited to announce the tentative rollout schedule for the InfoEd Proposal Development (PD) module, a fully electronic pre-award solution for developing grant proposals. Faculty and staff who prepare grant proposals will be the main users of PD. Key features of PD include a collaborative proposal development workspace, budgeting tools, the ability to auto-populate proposal applications, built-in error checking, electronic proposal approval routing through chair/director and dean/VP levels, proposal tracking capabilities and system to system submission for Grants.gov.

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Fall 2013 Office of Sponsored Projects Training Schedule

10/08/2013 · Comments Off

Erika Waday, Information and Training Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), is offering the following training classes during the Fall 2013 semester. New this semester are classes offered through WebCampus with the utilization of Collaborate, a virtual classroom that allows participants to attend training sessions from their desktop computer or mobile device. To register for the classes below, please visit the Professional Development and Training Workshop Registration page.    

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InfoEd SPIN and GENIUS Training for New Grants Management System

07/30/2013 · Comments Off

With the implementation of the InfoEd grants management software suite well underway, the Office of Sponsored Projects is excited to announce that it will offer faculty training sessions on the SPIN (InfoEd’s funding database) and GENIUS (InfoEd’s investigator profile tool) modules in September 2013. In the training sessions, faculty will receive an introduction to using SPIN as well as instruction on setting up one’s GENIUS profile.

Training Sessions in Reno and Las Vegas

Reno: September 6, 10, 18, 26 and 30. Location: UNR Knowledge Center, Instructional Design Lab 414.

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NSF Update on Sequestration

07/26/2013 · Comments Off

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued Important Notice 133A, an update to its Notice 133 which explained the impact of Sequestration on NSF operations for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The key information from the update is as follows:

  • NSF will fully fund all existing continuing grant increments in FY 2013
  • NSF directorates have now received full-year funding allocations, which will allow funding decisions to be made prior to the end of the fiscal year on September 30th
  • NSF expects to make fewer new awards in FY 2013
  • NSF will fully fund all FY 2013 major research equipment and facilities construction projects
  • Competitions for some programs and solicitations may not be conducted in FY 2013
  • NSF staff will not be furloughed, allowing for no interruptions to the NSF proposal review and award decision making processes

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NIH Public Access Compliance Now in Effect

07/26/2013 · Comments Off

As of July,  2013, the NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from the award are not in compliance with the public access policy.

The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance. Compliance with the Public Access Policy is not a factor in the evaluation of grant applications; non-compliance will be addressed administratively and may delay or prevent awarding of funds. To determine if the policy applies to you, visit: http://publicaccess.nih.gov/determine_applicability.htm

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NIH Offers New Website on SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act

07/03/2013 · Comments Off

Due to the many changes that will result from the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act, NIH has set up a new website to keep the small business research community informed.

Applicants and grantees interested in the SBIR program can visit the website as well as the SBIR listserv and Twitter feed for news as the implementation plan rolls out.

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NIH Releases New Video Tutorial on Submitting a Reference Letter in eRA Commons

07/03/2013 · Comments Off

A new five- minute video from NIH that outlines what applicants and their referees need to do to successfully submit a reference letter is now available.

Since many career (“K”) development grant applications require reference letters, anyone who is new to the NIH application process is encouraged to view the video.

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Sponsored Projects Summer Training Opportunities

05/30/2013 · Comments Off

Summer is almost here, and with the weather heating up, now is a great time to get those burning sponsored projects questions answered!

Erika Waday, Information and Training Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Projects, is available to provide UNR faculty and staff with one-on-one training for a variety of sponsored projects topics including budget preparation, completing the OSP-1 Transmittal Form and finding funding opportunities. To schedule training, please contact Erika by email or phone: ewaday@unr.edu or (775) 784-4049.

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InfoEd Site Visit April 29 – May 2

04/26/2013 · Comments Off

Software vendor, InfoEd Global, will be visiting the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) April 29 – May 2 to perform business process mapping for the new grants management software suite currently being implemented. During the visit, the OSP software implementation team will participate in hands-on software functionality demonstrations and information sessions.

OSP is very excited about the new grants management software which will include features such as electronic proposal routing, proposal development, system-to-system grant submission and proposal and award tracking. The software is intended to be utilized campus-wide and is expected to be fully implemented in spring 2014.

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Sequestration: The Impact on Nevada and Possible Impact on Grant Awards

04/25/2013 · Comments Off

The recent federal sequester, which implemented across-the-board spending cuts, could have substantial impacts on Nevada as well as federal grant recipients at the University of Nevada, Reno. A few of the agencies most likely to be affected by the sequester are the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). For further information about potential impacts of sequestration, please consult the resources listed below.

Impact of Sequestration on Nevada

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy

04/25/2013 · Comments Off

Policy Overview

Implemented in 2008, the NIH Public Access Policy acts to ensure that the public has access to published results of NIH funded research. More specifically, the policy requires NIH funded investigators to “submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central (PMC) an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication” (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/policy.htm). The policy further requires submitted manuscripts to comply with citation guidelines.

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Tips for Travel on Sponsored Projects

12/31/2012 · Comments Off

  1. Travelers must have effort or have some other direct connection (e.g., project participant) to the projects that are paying for their travel.
  2. Principle Investigators (PIs) must obtain prior approval for travel from the sponsoring agency if required.  Documentation of the prior approval should be maintained in the PIs records for up to 6 years after the end date of the award in the event that such documentation is needed for an audit.
  3. PIs must ensure that all foreign airfare that will be charged to an award funded by the federal government (UNR account that starts with 1320) is compliant with the Fly America requirements.  For more information about this topic view the Fly America tutorial at http://www.unr.edu/ospa/video.html.
  4. If you are travelling outside of the U.S., make sure that all equipment or other technology you take is allowable under the export control regulations.

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Revised National Science Foundation (NSF) Merit Review Criteria

12/10/2012 · Comments Off

Effective January 14, 2013, NSF will implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, “National Science Foundation’s Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions.” While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Revisions based on the NSB report have been incorporated into NSF’s policies and procedures manuals, websites, and systems. Proposers should familiarize themselves with the Merit Review Principles and Criteria described in the NSF Grant and Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter III.A. For comprehensive outreach and training materials visit the Revised Merit Review Criteria Resource site.

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Notice of Opportunity: Limited Fixed Deliverables for Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education, obo UNR

08/24/2012 · Comments Off

Offered By: NVDPS-NVOTS

Application Period: 08/01/2012-03/31/2013

Application Due Date: 03/31/2013

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The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic

Safety awards federal funds to state, local, and non-profit organizations, up to a maximum amount of $5,000 per grant year, to fund projects that are limited to receipt of fixed deliverables. Fixed deliverables are one-time events or purchases (and not necessarily a full grant year project). Projects that are funded will contribute to the reduction of traffic fatalities, injuries and crashes on Nevada roadways.

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R01 Application Guide Checklist for the SF424 R&R Application Guide July 25, 2011 Edition

04/19/2012 · Comments Off

This checklist is being offered by the Office of Sponsored Projects as a tool to assist PIs when preparing applications under the R01 funding mechanism for NIH and other PHS Agencies. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but it does highlight important information found on the SF 424 R&R Application Guide.

When responding to a specific RFA or PA which have specific application instructions, those instructions take precedence over conflicting instructions in the SF424 Application Guide. If there are any conflicts between this checklist and sponsor provided instructions or the application guide, sponsor-provided instruction and guides should be followed.

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NIH Posts R21 Funded Proposals

04/18/2012 · Comments Off

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which leads National Institutes of Health (NIH) efforts to provide proposal-writing resources, has posted four funded R21 proposals and accompanying summary statements online. These recent successful examples reflect the reduced NIH page limit. Each includes a one-page specific aims section, a 12-page research strategy, budget information, and biosketches of key personnel. While the proposals have an allergy/infectious disease research focus, they give researchers in all fields a view into excellent proposal development.

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