Grant Management Community News: November 2012

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HHS Operating Under a Continuing Resolution

The Department of Health and Human Services, including NIH, is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (P.L. 112-175).  While under the Continuing Resolution, NIH will issue non-competing grant awards up to 90% of the previously committed level.  After the fiscal year 2013 appropriations are enacted, it is expected that adjustments to awarded levels will be considered.  Until FY 2013 appropriations are enacted, awardees are encouraged to carefully monitor their grant spending. The Task Force on American Innovation is urging the President and Congress to come to an agreement on the budget that will not implement spending cuts in research.

NIH Notice Number:  NOT-OD-13-002
Task Force on American Innovation Letter to President and Congress (pdf)

Fiscal Year 2013 Health & Human Services OIG Work Plan Available

The Fiscal Year 2013 HHS Office of Inspector General Work Plan describes audit activities that the OIG plans to focus on.  Some of the items of focus during FY2013 include cost sharing, construction grants (ARRA), cost principles, extra compensation payments and indirect costs claimed as direct costs (ARRA).  Read more to learn about what the Department of Health & Human Services OIG plans to review this fiscal year.

View OIG Outlook 2013 Webcast

NIH Revised Grants Policy Statement Published

The National Institutes of Health has recently released the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement, which applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2012.  Some revisions were made to the GPS to incorporate policy and regulatory changes.  Please keep in mind that the October 2011 GPS applies to NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods starting between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012.  Read more.

NIH Notice Number:  NOT-OD-12-157
Summary of Significant Changes (doc)

Updated NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide Released

The National Science Foundation has published the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), which is comprised of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and the Award & Administration Guide (AAG).  The January 2013 PAPPG is applicable to proposals submitted or due on or after January 14, 2013.  The NSF 11-1, the current PAPPG, applies to proposals submitted prior to January 14, 2013.  Read more.

Document Number:  NSF 13-1

Now Accepting Nominations for Spring 2013 RAA

The Research Administration Academy is a program designed for grant managers with 0-2 years’ experience managing grants at Duke.  The classes provide a combination of hands-on training, core knowledge and real-life case studies from the central office and departmental perspectives.  Supervisors of grant managers are strongly encouraged to nominate their grant managers to attend this dynamic program.   Nominations for the Spring 2013 Research Administration Academy are now being accepted.  The deadline to submit RAA nominations is December 7, 2012.  Read more.

Duke Today Article Voices the Success of the 2012 Symposium for Research Administrators!

With over 400 attendees, an informative plenary and general session and 10 unique breakout sessions to choose from, this year’s symposium was an incredible success!  Thank you to all the volunteers, session presenters, program committee and RACI for your contributions to this event.  Please read the Duke Today article written by Marsha A. Green about its success.  Read more.


Other News

Compliance Corner (Faculty Advisory)

The Report on Research Compliance recently published an article about the Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Research Integrity’s (ORI) investigations into research misconduct and the outcome of some recent cases.  ORI reviews findings of misconduct that are reported by the grantee institutions and determines if and what administrative actions should be taken.  Frequently, an agreement limiting the investigator’s involvement in PHS-funded research for a specified period of time is the result.  Read more.

Federal Hot Topics

This month’s hot topics include the National Institutes of Health’s new RPPR website and the transition to electronic submission of multi-project applications.  Read more.

Accepting Requests to Participate in the Spring 2013 CRA Study Group

RCC’s semi-annual CRA Study Group is now open for registration. The study group reviews a breadth of research administration topics based on the Research Administration Certification Council’s “Body of Knowledge.” If you plan to take the CRA exam in May 2013 or December 2013, please join us for an in-depth review and discussion of topics that may be covered in the Certified Research Administrator exam. The study group is limited to 20 participants. The deadline for the CRA Study Group registration is Friday, December 7, 2012. Read more.

NC SRA Call for Posters

The North Carolina Chapter of the Society of Research Administrators is accepting poster proposals for the 2013 NC SRA Chapter Meeting scheduled for March 11-13, 2013. Completed proposal summaries are due to the Poster Program Director by February 15, 2013.

Current Training Opportunities (Updated as of 10/23/12)

Continuing Education Reminder:   Remember:  All Research Costing Compliance classes now require that attendees pass a brief assessment with a score of at least 80% in order to receive continuing education credit. This includes the mandatory Management of Selected Post Award Issues, all FasTrack classes, and all AGM classes (for AGM program participants and continuing education credit).  If you do not pass the assessment with at least an 80% or greater, you must attend another offering of the class and take the assessment again to earn the continuing education credit.  Read more.

You must earn five credits throughout the fiscal year (7/1/12 – 6/30/13), of which one must be 2013 Management of Selected Post Award Issues.  Remember to check your credits in the Training Tracker.  All questions/concerns regarding RCC training or continuing education credits should be submitted to rcc-cert at  Please do not submit inquiries to individual RCC staff.  Read more.


FasTrack Classes:

Advanced Grant Management (AGM):

Other Duke Training Opportunities:

  • Office of Research Administration (ORA):
    • *ORA Research Administrators Quarterly Meeting – January 17, 2013
    • *Sponsored Projects System (SPS) – November 27, 2012, and December 18, 2012
    • *Pre-Award Grants and Contracts (GC101 & GC201) – November 14 & 15, 2012
    • *eSubmissions –  December 11, 2012
    • *eSNAP - December 11, 2012
  • Office of Research Support (ORS):
    • *Grant Manager Meeting – November 12, 2012
  • SAP and University Reporting:
    (Although they do not qualify for continuing education credits, these classes will be of interest to entry-level grant managers)
    • Introduction to SAP @ Duke - Online

Professional Organizations:

*These classes qualify for continuing education credits for RCC certifications.


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