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.).
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.
Federal Government Re-Opens
Federal Government Re-Opens
- Updates from the federal departments.
NSB Releases Report on NSF's Merit Review
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
Agencies Issue Warnings on Recovery Act Program Extensions
NIH and the National Science Foundation have each recently
issued notices warning recipients of Recovery Act funding that
previously automatic no-cost extensions will not be granted and
that projects need to end by Sept. 30, 2013, unless the agency has
given prior approval. This is necessary because the Office of
Management and Budget has said projects funded with Recovery Act
money should be completed by this date, or agencies will have to
take steps to "reclaim funds that remain unspent."
In its Dec. 13 notice, NIH noted that for projects that already
have end dates beyond Sept. 30, 2013, "NIH staff administering
these grants will also reach out to recipients to discuss possible
strategies for accelerating progress and expenditures. Revised
award terms will vary depending on the award terms provided in the
current notice of award."
In a nearly identical notice also issued on Dec. 13, NSF
outlined the requirements for expenditures by Sept. 30, 2013, but
also indicated that it may seek a waiver from OMB's mandates. For
any awards "anticipated to continue past September 30, 2013, NSF
grantees must contact the program officer identified in the award
notice in writing that an extension of the expiration date is vital
for the completion of the project," NSF said. "All requests must be
received on or before June 1, 2012, regardless of the current
project expiration date. Prior written approval to extend beyond
September 30, 2013 will only be considered" based on OMB criteria
and "only if NSF receives a waiver from OMB," NSF said.
Other government agencies are expected to issue similar notices
to grantees who received Recovery Act funding.
Link to NIH notice: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-014.html
Link to NSF notice: http://nsf.gov/recovery/acceleration.pdf
Link to OMB memorandum: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2011/m11-34.pdf