Sponsored Programs Administration


Charles Greer
Associate Vice Chancellor
for Research
Office: 951-827-3093
Dept: 951-827-5535

Research and Economic Development (RED), through its Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) unit, is UCR's institutional office responsible for reviewing, endorsing and submitting proposals to extramural sponsors for research, training, instructional and other activities. SPA is also responsible for preparing, negotiating, and accepting agreements for projects funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, corporations, and other public and private sources. Other responsibilities include: providing advice to faculty and staff regarding the management and administration of sponsored programs; interpreting the terms and conditions of awards, sponsor and university policies and government regulations; monitoring institutional compliance with government regulations and award requirements; drafting, negotiating, executing and monitoring subagreements under UCR's prime awards; coordinating pre-award and non-accounting post-award actions requiring either institutional or sponsor prior approval; and drafting, negotiating and executing various other agreements related to UCR's prime awards (e.g., data use agreements, collaboration agreements, etc.).


Sponsored Programs Announcements

OMB Uniform Guidance

On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published, in the Federal Register, the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule, 2 CFR Chapter I, Chapter II, Part 200 ("Uniform Guidance") .  The Uniform Guidance is part of a major reform initiative of the federal government to streamline the process for making and monitoring assistance awards (grants and cooperative agreements), and to reduce the administrative burden while increasing accountability and transparency in federal awards management. 

Such guidance consolidates and replaces eight (8) separate OMB Circulars, including A-110 (Administrative Requirements), A-21 (Cost Principles), and A-133 (Audit Requirements), into a single document and changes some fundamental concepts underlying the management of sponsored programs.

Federal agencies (e.g., DOE, NIH, NSF, USDA, etc.) are required to develop their own agency-specific policies that conform to the Uniform Guidance while non-federal institutions (including the University of California), must assess its policies and processes to ensure compliance with the Uniform Guidance and agency-specific policies. 

The Research Policy Analysis and Coordination office in the University of California Office of the President has launched a new web page to centralize information on the OMB Uniform Guidance.    As UC develops its implementation plan, information and resources will be posted to their site. 

Meanwhile, an overview of the Uniform Guidance will be presented at UCR's C&G User's Group Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, September 16, 2014, from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Genomics Auditorium.  The meeting will be dedicated to viewing an informative NCURA webcast entitled, " OMB Uniform Guidance: Changes and Strategies for Implementation."    

It is expected that the UC system-wide working group, who has been actively involved in assessing the impact of the new regulations on existing UC policies and processes, will issue implementation guidance to the campuses in October/November 2014.  Such UC assessment and guidance may result in revisions to UC and/or UCR policies and processes.   Accordingly, "Implementation of the Uniform Guidance at UCR" will be the focus of the December 16th UCR C&G User's Group Meeting (scheduled from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Genomics Auditorium). 

 The Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) held extensive training webcasts on the major updates to OMB's Uniform Guidance, and recordings of those webcasts are now available. 

Links to COFAR's Uniform Guidance Training webcasts held on January 27, 2014:

Links to the January 27, 2014 Training Webcast Presentation Slides:

Additional links to various Uniform Grant Guidance materials:


  • December 26, 2013 - OMB issued the final rule of the Uniform Guidance
  • June 26, 2014 - Due date for Federal agencies to submit proposed implementation plans to OMB (allowing for public review and comment)
  • December 26, 2014 - Effective date of the Uniform Guidance (except Subpart F).  It will apply to new awards or additional funding increments to existing awards made after this date. 
  • July 1, 2015 - Effective date in which the audit requirement (Subpart F) of the Uniform Guidance will apply to UCR awards.

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 14-1, has been issued.

This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 24, 2014.
In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 13-1) continue to apply.

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NSB Releases Report on NSF's Merit Review Criteria

01/09/2012 04:28 AM EST

The National Science Board (NSB) has released its report National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. The report is the culmination of a thorough review by the NSB Task Force on Merit Review to determine if the Merit Review Criteria used by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to evaluate all proposals since 1997 remain appropriate. The Board also recognized that the ...

More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=122793&WT.mc_id=USNSF_62&WT.mc_ev=click


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