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In accordance with changes to the Public Health Services (PHS)’ Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy, UNO implemented a supplemental COI policy for individuals holding a PHS (which includes the National Institutes of Health) award, either direct or pass-thru award.  The policy was distributed last year and is attached for reference.  All individuals who meet the definition of an investigator must comply with the policy.  An investigator is defined as:  

 “any UNO individual (including faculty, staff, post docs, graduate assistants and students) who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of Sponsored Research or for the proposal of such Sponsored Research. For the purpose of this Policy, the term includes the following members of the Investigator’s immediate family: children, spouses of children, siblings, spouses of siblings, parents, spouse and spouse’s parents” (taken from the main COI policy which can be found on the COI website, link: http://www.uno.edu/compliance/conflictofinterest.aspx)

 

Someone who meets the definition of an investigator does not have to be listed as a Co-PI with the sponsor.

All investigators must complete the PHS Investigator COI Report.  If the individual is listed as a Co-PI on the routing form, the COI report is completed through the form.  All other investigators must complete and sign the paper report and either email, fax or send it to the Office of Research (attention Carol Mitton).  The report is attached and can be found on the COI website, link above.

In addition to the COI report, all investigators must complete the COI training; this training must be done before beginning work on the project and must be done every four years.  The training is done on-line through SharePoint (training link:  https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/Conflict%20of%20Interest%20Training/Forms/AllItems.aspx). To begin the training, click Add Document on the COI training page.  Questions or problems with the training can be directed to Carol Mitton at 280-5546 or cmitton@uno.edu.  If students must take the training, their names must be sent to Carol Mitton to ensure they have access to the training site.

To enforce the report and training requirement, all payroll paperwork (101, Form 6) for individuals being paid from a PHS (such as NIH) direct or pass-thru award must include a statement in the comments section as to whether or not the individual meets the definition of an investigator. The paperwork will not be approved by Sponsored Programs Accounting without that statement.

At the time of a new PHS award, the Office of Research will send a separate email to the PI summarizing the policy, informing them whether they need to complete the training, and requesting a list of known individuals who meet the definition of an investigator. If necessary, these individuals will be notified of the COI requirements and asked to comply.  This is being done to minimize the potential of delay in processing their paperwork at a later date.  Attached is a procedure document that identifies the responsibilities of our office, Sponsored Programs Accounting and the PI.

Questions can be directed to Carol Mitton.

This email was sent to all employees.

Attached File:  ConflictOfInterest.zip

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/17/2013 @ 14:00:14, in Board of Regents, read 812 times)
UNO submitted eight proposals to the Board of Regents Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience program.

This is limited to female undergraduate students or students (male & female) considered underrepresented minorities by NSF or students with disabilities.

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/17/2013 @ 13:53:06, in Internal Grant Program, read 720 times)
Office of Research summer research proposals were sent to Research Council for ranking. Awards will be announced before the end of April.

Stimulating Competitive Research (SCoRe) - The goal of the SCoRe award is to enhance the UNO faculty's ability to successfully compete for extramural sponsored research funding. The SCoRe award is intended as seed money for faculty to develop a new area of research activity.

Creative Endeavor Opportunity (CEO) - The goal is to provide support for faculty to launch programs of research, scholarship, exhibition or performance that will ultimately result in increased research and creative activity on campus.

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/2/2013 @ 09:21:36, in Board of Regents, read 721 times)
Consultants’ reports, including funding recommendations, for all FY 2012-13 Board of Regents Support Fund competitive programs are now available on the Board’s Sponsored Programs website, http://web.laregents.org. The Board is expected to consider these recommendations, as well as on campus requests for matching funds to endow non-competitive professorships and first-generation undergraduate scholarships, at its meetings of April 24-25, 2013. Note that significant reductions in available BoRSF monies for new projects have resulted in cuts to the number of Priority I projects that can be funded.

Consult the funding memo, posted with the reports, for information on the Priority One projects that are likely to receive funding. In addition, please be reminded that no funding is guaranteed until the Board considers and approves consultants’ recommendations at its April meeting.

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/2/2013 @ 09:13:04, in ORSP Announcements, read 514 times)
The call for research professor nominations was sent to the colleges.

This honor is valued by the recipients who receive both recognition for their productivity and achievements. There are many faculty members who deserve this award for their contribution to scholarship and to the growing reputation of the University of New Orleans as one of the top 200 research universities in the United States of America.

The title, Early Research Professor, is recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of their appointment, who have passed their third-year review and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities. The title, University Research Professor, is recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities. The title, Chancellor’s Research Professor, is recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly work while at the University.

The nomination packet for all three awards should be sent via email to vpresearch@uno.edu. The vita of the nominee should be attached to the email. The list of external reviewers, if required, and any additional materials should be either attached to or included in the body of the email. The email should originate with the Department Chair and be routed through the Dean for their notification and recommendation.

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/22/2013 @ 11:45:37, in Important, read 595 times)
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: rgov@nsf.gov

• Call the Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/18/2013 @ 14:04:02, in Board of Regents, read 653 times)
The Louisiana Board of Regents has a program to fund projects for a faculty member working with an industrial partner. The project can either have a research or commercialization focus. The application deadline is May 3rd. The Office of Research is conducting a workshop on Thursday, March 21st at 10 am (in EN 321) to briefly describe the program and application process. Faculty members who hold an active award or have recently had an award in this program will be in attendance to answer any questions and/or provide pointers on the program. The workshop is open to faculty, staff and students. Attached is the Request for Proposals for more details and the application forms.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please register on SharePoint: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/professional_development/Lists/Professional%20Development%20Registrations/my%20registrations.aspx. Click “Add new item” and complete the requested data. Students will need to email Carol Mitton (cmitton@uno.edu) to register. Registration is requested but not required.

Questions about this workshop or the program can be directed to Carol Mitton (280-5546 or cmitton@uno.edu).

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 14:00:41, in Funding Opportunities, read 486 times)
Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF will enhance the FastLane system to begin automated compliance checking of all required sections of proposals. This will bring NSF systems in line with long-standing proposal preparation requirements as outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) ( Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)).

The GPG-required sections of a proposal include: Project Summary * Budget Justification Project Description Current and Pending Support References Cited Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources Biographical Sketch(es) Data Management Plan * Budget Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable)* * These proposal sections are already being auto-compliance checked by FastLane.

Proposal submission instructions for conferences, symposia or workshops; international travel grants; or program solicitations may deviate from the GPG instructions. If the submission instructions do not require one of the above sections to be provided, proposers will need to insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, “Not Applicable.” Doing so will enable FastLane to accept the proposal.

Additionally, proposers providing Biographical Sketches and/or Current and Pending Support information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PI(s) or Senior Personnel in a single PDF file associated with the PI, must insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, “Not Applicable,” for any co-PI or Senior Personnel so that FastLane will accept the proposal.

PIs will receive a warning message if any of the GPG-required sections is missing, however, the PI will still be able to submit the proposal to the organization’s Sponsored Project Office (SPO). If the SPO attempts to submit proposal that is missing any of the GPG required sections, they will receive an error message identifying the missing section(s), and FastLane will prevent submission to NSF. After obtaining all required sections, the SPO may submit the proposal to NSF in accordance with the established deadline date policy.

Proposals submitted through Grants.gov must include all GPG required sections or include a document stating that the section is “Not Applicable.

Additional information will be posted on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/autocompliance.jsp Please contact policy@nsf.gov for any further questions.

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 13:57:52, in Important, read 503 times)
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.”

Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-045.html

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 13:45:59, in Funding Opportunities, read 516 times)
NSF issued the following notice on the impact of the FY 2013 Sequestration Order on NSF awards.

As you may know, since passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the President has been working with Congress to reach agreement on a balanced deficit reduction plan. If an agreement is not reached by the end of this month, the President will be required to issue an order on March 1, 2013 that will implement across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. As a result of this expected sequestration order, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 appropriations of the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be reduced by 5 percent.

We intend to make the necessary FY 2013 reductions with as little disruption as possible to established commitments, and are using the following set of core principles to guide our sequestration planning activities: • Protect commitments to NSF's core mission and maintain existing awards; • Protect the NSF workforce; and • Protect STEM human capital development programs.

By adhering to these core principles and the government-wide guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Memorandum 13-03, Planning for Uncertainty with Respect to Fiscal Year 2013 Budgetary Resources, we expect to be able to accommodate the sequestration reductions in ways that minimize, to the extent possible, the impact on our mission, both short- and long-term. Because the sequestration order takes effect at mid-year, its impact is somewhat greater than might otherwise be the case. At NSF, the major impact of sequestration will be seen in reductions to the number of new research grants and cooperative agreements awarded in FY 2013. We anticipate that the total number of new research grants will be reduced by approximately 1,000.

In keeping with the first core principle listed above, and to assure continuity and minimize disruption of scientific research, all continuing grant increments in FY 2013 will be awarded, as scheduled, and there will be no impact on existing NSF standard grants. The same intent applies to annual increments for cooperative agreements, though overall funding constraints may require reductions to certain major investments. These will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

It is also important to advise you that the Foundation is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will expire on March 27, 2013. Once NSF has appropriations in place beyond March 27th, we will revise this notice as necessary.

In FY 2012, NSF received 48,623 proposals and provided 11,534 awards (24% funding rate).

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