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By Carol Lunn (on 10/4/2013 @ 14:17:11, in Important, read 624 times)
Our federal sponsors had prepared written procedures for what to expect in the event of a government shut-down, and we hope that the shut-down will be brief. Some of the key items relative to impacts on our campus are:

Proposal submissions to federal agencies - Grants.gov will continue to be functional during a shut-down for receipt of grant proposals. However, grants.gov will not be delivering the proposals to the sponsoring agencies. Therefore, you will not know until the shutdown concludes whether your proposal made it through all of the error checking for that particular agency’s rules. For NSF proposals, Fastlane will not be available during the shutdown. NSF will provide updated information about any deadlines occurring during a shutdown after business at the agency resumes.

Grant and Contract Funding - Agencies will allow work being performed under already funded awards to continue unless an agency has provide a stop work notice for a particular award. No new awards, award increments, supplements or modifications will be processed during the shutdown. HHS will allow the university to continue to draw down funds on existing awards, but NSF’s payment mechanisms will not be available. Nonetheless, UNO will continue to support existing projects to prevent disruption of research activities. In the event a project account expires while waiting for the next award increment, please utilize the Advance Number Request Form https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/default.aspx to continue your sponsored research account.

Research Collaborations/subcontracts - Sponsored Programs will not be able to issue (execute) new subawards or subaward amendments on federally funded programs that are expired during the shut- down even if an advance account request is in place. Collaborators should be prepared to utilize their own risk-account processes for the duration of the shut-down in order to continue ongoing research work.

Availability of federal staff - Federal staff will be furloughed for the duration of the shut down and will not be available for questions or discussions or speaking engagements.

Grant and Contract Reporting - NSF and HHS systems for reporting (research.gov, RPPR) will not be functional during a shutdown. Federal staff will also not be available to assist with requests for modifications and/or guidance relative to your awards. Please be prepared to submit required reports as soon as the government and its systems are up and running again.

You can find more detailed information about individual agency specifics by following the links below:

http://www.srainternational.org/sra03/template/tntbAB.cfm?id=6008

http://www.hhs.gov/budget/fy2014/fy2014contingency_staffing_plan-rev2.pdf

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/contingencyplans/2013/nsf-shutdown2013.pdf

http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2013/09/agencies-post-shutdown-plans-online/70976/?oref=govexec_today_nl

Thank you.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 10/4/2013 @ 13:51:10, in Important, read 493 times)
The University of New Orleans Emergency Preparedness team is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf of Mexico. The University is currently operating under normal conditions. At this time, the greater New Orleans metropolitan area remains outside the hurricane watch zone.

For updates please check the UNO homepage.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 5/31/2013 @ 15:19:19, in Important, read 480 times)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) intends to release a new Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) in October 2013, with an anticipated effective date of January 2014. NSF formally announced our intention to revise the PAPPG in the Federal Register on May 30, 2013. The upcoming release contains revisions across a broad range of topics, such as clarifications on proposal preparation and submission; information on environmental compliance; and updates on reporting requirements and financial payments. A detailed summary of significant proposed revisions is available at the beginning of the draft document.

NSF invites the research and education community to access and review a draft version of the PAPPG. The proposed significant changes are highlighted in yellow throughout the document.

Comments may be submitted as indicated in the Federal Register notice. NSF is accepting comments until COB June 28, 2013.

Any questions should be addressed to the DIAS Policy Office.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 3/22/2013 @ 11:45:37, in Important, read 610 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

 
By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 13:57:52, in Important, read 518 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

 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/15/2012 @ 11:32:10, in Important, read 721 times)
The University of New Orleans has been selected to receive a grant worth approximately $280,000 from the Department of Defense to buy state-of-the-art defense research equipment. The grant will be used to support an Office of Naval Research project in which UNO researchers are designing and building a new type of robotic “eel” that is capable of operating in shallow water environments where Navy personnel could be at risk. UNO is the only university in Louisiana to receive a portion of the $54.7 million in grants given to 100 universities through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. The PI is Professor Brandon Taravella.
 
By Carol Lunn (on 3/21/2012 @ 09:12:35, in Important, read 846 times)

Fringe Benefits are calculated on all regular employees of the University, including postdoctoral research associates and intermittent employees. Benefits are not calculated on graduate assistants or student workers. The fringe benefit rate is never negotiable.

The fringe benefit rate is projected to be 39% effective July 1, 2012. Please begin to use 39% for full time employees on all proposal budgets and continue to use 8.2% for intermittent wage employees. You should continue to include a 1% fringe increase in your annual budgets for future fiscal years. We recommend you use a 40% fringe benefit rate for fiscal year 2013-2014 and beyond.

This is the rate to use until a new fringe benefit rate is negotiated. We will send the approved rate agreement and post on the ORSP Proposal Development website when Financial Services receives it from the Department of Health and Human Services.

 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/19/2012 @ 11:14:05, in Important, read 873 times)
The University of New Orleans is a member of a consortium of universities selected to receive a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. UNO is a member of the Southwest Region University Transportation Center, which is led by Texas A&M University and also includes LSU, Texas Southern and the University of Texas at Austin. The consortium is one of 22 University Transportation Centers that will receive federal support to address critical transportation challenges facing the nation. The Southwest Region University Transportation Center will receive $3.5 million, with UNO receiving $250,000. The Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration used a competitive selection process to select the grant recipients.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/12/2011 @ 14:45:32, in Important, read 1225 times)
Louisiana is honored to host the 2011 National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Fall Conference from November 6th – 9th, 2011 in New Orleans, LA. SBIR is a competitive federal government grant program that funds small businesses in developing innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace. It is a highly specialized form of funding for small firms to perform cutting-edge R&D that addresses the nation's most critical scientific, engineering and technology needs. For information on sponsorship levels, please go to www.sbirla.org or contact Mark Lewis, President of the Louisiana Technology Council at: (504) 304-2911.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/1/2011 @ 16:54:25, in Important, read 1049 times)
Attached please find the University of New Orleans Export Control Policy and Procedures (AP 28.04), effective July 15, 2011. Export control laws are federal regulations that control the access and transmission of certain information, technologies, and commodities. The laws apply to transmission of controlled items overseas or to a foreign national on U.S. soil. While many University activities are exempt, the consequences of violating export control regulations can be severe for both the University and the individual, and include loss of research funding, fines, and/or prison time. For that reason, it is important that faculty and staff understand their obligation to comply with export control laws and regulations. Faculty and staff are encouraged to review the export control materials located on the UNO Compliance webpage: http://compliance.uno.edu/Home/ExportControl . A good place to start is the MS Power Point presentation on UNO Export Control Basics. Faculty and staff engaged in research should note that, while the campus will assist with export control compliance, the primary responsibility rests with the principal investigator. Additional information and guidance regarding export controls and the obligations of research faculty and staff can be found on the ORSP website: http://w2.uno.edu/orsp/ORSPHome/ExportCompliance. You will also find his and all current Adminstrative Policies at: http://chancellor.uno.edu/OfficeoftheChancellor/AdministrativePolicies
 
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