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By Admin (on 4/8/2011 @ 12:05:02, in Important, read 1291 times)

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a memorandum outlining  issues related to the federal government’s Planning for Agency Operations During a Lapse in Government Funding.  The guidance to Federal agencies includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda_default.  Section II of OMB Director Jacob Lew’s memorandum to Heads of Departments and Agencies (M-11-13, April 7, 2011) addresses Questions and Answers on Contracts & Grants (page 6+).  The Memorandum states “In the situation in which performance under an already-issued contract or grant is not impacted by such a lapse (as described in the memorandum), the contractor or grantee may continue to proceed with its work during the lapse period. “   It is important to note that agencies have the discretion to halt activity on individual grants or contracts but the grantee/contractor would be notified by the agency and normal termination provisions would prevail. 
 
This memorandum is designed to address activities conducted by Federal employees.  Generally, Federal employees will not be conducting routine activities in oversight, inspection, accounting, administration, etc.   No new grants or contracts will be issued. 
 
According to OMB, grantees can continue to drawdown funds on letters of credit for already issued grants during the shutdown.  The PMS and ASP system will continue to function.  Grants.gov will continue to operate.  However, these systems will operate with limited capacity – help desks and administrative support activities will be significantly reduced. 
 
We will continue to review and evaluate the Memorandum and provide additional general observations and understandings to the membership.
 
This email was sent to all faculty and staff.

Attached File:  m11-13.pdf

 
By Admin (on 3/24/2011 @ 16:11:37, in Important, read 1210 times)

Who is authorized to negotiate sponsored agreements?

Only the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is allowed to negotiate grants and contracts including fringe and indirect. It is the university’s policy to charge the full negotiated rate of fringe and indirect.

Where should proposals go?

All proposals should go to ORSP for review before they are submitted to an agency. All proposals are required to include a SharePoint Routing Form and a Budget Form. Proposals not submitted by ORSP and resulting in an award may not be accepted by the university.

This email was sent to all faculty and staff.

 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/17/2011 @ 10:40:21, in Important, read 1426 times)
Benefits should be calculated on all regular employees of the University, including postdoctoral research associates and intermittent employees and included in the budget on all proposals. Benefits are not calculated on graduate assistants or student workers. The fringe benefit rate is never negotiable. The currently approved fringe rate is 32% for regular employees, and 8.2% for intermittent wage employees. This rate will be used for all awards dated July 1, 2009 or later. The fringe benefit rate is anticipated to be 34% effective July 1, 2011. Please use 34% for full time employees on all proposal budgets. You should continue to include a 1% fringe increase for full time employees in your annual budgets for future fiscal years. UNO has requested and anticipates that the fringe benefit rate for intermittent employees will remain at 8.2%. UNO is required to submit a Fringe Benefit Rate (s) proposal to DHHS on an annual basis. Accordingly, and in light of current and anticipated increases in the employer contributions to the different retirement systems, PIs may expect additional changes in future rates applicable to sponsored programs.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/25/2011 @ 12:49:18, in Important, read 1363 times)
The National Science Board’s (NSB) Merit Review Task Force is undertaking a thorough review of the National Science Foundation's two merit review criteria (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts). The merit review process is at the heart of NSF's mission, and the merit review criteria form the critical base for that process. Moreover, in the recently enacted America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, the Broader Impacts Review Criterion was specifically mentioned. The Task Force is now gathering input from a wide variety of stakeholder groups, and will be developing its report and recommendations during 2011. To ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide input, NSF has established a web site through which you can submit your thoughts and ideas on several issues of interest to the Task Force (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/meritreviewform.cfm). Please take this opportunity to provide comments and suggestions for improvements, as the Task Force undertakes this important review. We also encourage you to forward this message to your faculty members, so that the Task Force may obtain their perspectives on this important topic. Best, Jean Jean Feldman Head, Policy Office Division of Institution & Award Support National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22230 voice: 703.292.8243 email: jfeldman@nsf.gov
 
By Admin (on 12/17/2010 @ 09:09:10, in Important, read 1420 times)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a significant change to its Grant Proposal Guide.  Effective for NSF proposals submitted or due on or after January 18th, 2011 inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited in NSF proposals unless required in the NSF solicitation.   In order to assess the scope of the project, all organizational resources necessary for the project (both physical and personnel) must be described in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal.  The description should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information.

This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

 
Please read the attached document related to the Safeguarding of Classified Information and Use of Government Information Technology Systems. This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

Attached File:  US Department of the Interior - Memo - Safeguarding of Classified Information etc.pdf

 
By Admin (on 12/10/2010 @ 14:00:42, in Important, read 1515 times)
Please remember that UNO is closed on December 23, 2010 and will not reopen until January 3, 2011. Proposals due during that time period should be submitted early.

Proposals for external funding require an electronic UNO Routing form be submitted by the PI and then be signed by the appropriate signatories. Since the Holiday break is fast approaching I strongly urge you to submit routing forms early. Some people needed to sign or process the paperwork may leave before the holiday break to travel and may not have immediate access to the internet. This may slow down the processing of routing forms.

This message was sent to all faculty and staff.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 12/8/2010 @ 08:25:00, in Important, read 1428 times)
I will be speaking today at 9:00 am in SC2120 on how UNO faculty can obtain funding from the SPAWAR contracts. Handout is available below. Please click on the link to the attachment.

Attached File:  UNOSPAWARFacultyPresentation.pdf

 
By Admin (on 12/7/2010 @ 15:50:52, in Important, read 1471 times)

Attached is the new Facilities and Administrative Cost Rate Agreement (or indirect cost rate agreement).

Effective immediately use an indirect cost rate of 45% on all budgets submitted to the Office of Research an Sponsored Programs. If you have a budget that is pending submission to an agency please work with someone in Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to update the budget to reflect the new rate of 45%. All proposals pending submission to the funding agency should be updated to reflect the new rate agreement of 45%.

Open awards, or proposals which have already been submitted to an agency will use the rate in effect at the time the proposal was submitted.

This email was sent to all faculty and staff.

 

Attached File:  Facilities and Administrative Cost Rate Agreement.pdf

 

Beginning January 18, 2011, proposals submitted to National Science Foundation (NSF) must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. See Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.j for full policy implementation.

For more details, and useful links visit the NSF website on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp

Requirements by Directorate, Office, Division, Program, or other NSF Unit

Links to data management requirements and plans relevant to specific Directorates, Offices, Divisions, Programs, or other NSF units, are provided below. If guidance specific to the program is not provided, then the requirements established in Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.C.2.j apply.

Please note that if a specific program solicitation provides guidance on preparation of data management plans, such guidance must be followed.

NSF Data Sharing Policy

Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing. See Award & Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter VI.D.4.

“NSF is aware of the need to provide flexibility in assessment of data management plans. In developing a plan, researchers may want to consult with university officials as many universities have explicit data management policies. Some professional organizations also have recommended data management practices (e.g. The American Economic Association at http://www.aeaweb.org/aer/data.php). A useful resource on preparing a data management plan can be found at ICPSR at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/dmp/index.jsp, including some very useful examples. Additionally, organizations that offer to store data may also focus on specific types of data. For instance, Open Context (http://opencontext.org/) and the Digital Archaeological Record (http://www.tdar.org/) provide data storage services for the archaeological community. NSF does not endorse the use of any specific repository.”

I suggest that you check out this link http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/dmp/index.jsp where some examples are provided.

 

 
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