UF DSP Announces Updated F&A Procedures and Directives

The UF Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) has announced release of an updated Facilities & Administrative (F&A) or Indirect Costs (IDC) Procedures and Directives. This update provides additional clarifications to other sponsored activities (OSA) and appropriate documentation necessary for not-for-profit organizations with lower than the full federal rate. The clarifications are posted here: http://generalcounsel.ufl.edu/media/generalcounselufledu/documents/F&A-Cost-Directives.pdf and also linked through the DSP F&A rates page https://research.ufl.edu/dsp/proposals/budgeting/fa-rates-idc-2.html.

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UF DSP Reminder: Sponsor Communication, Effort Commitments, and Key Personnel

A reminder that the UF Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP), as the Authorized Official, is the appropriate office to contact the sponsor with requests for effort commitment changes, budgetary changes, and no cost extensions. Template letters are available on the DSP website to help draft notification to the sponsor, to be signed by the Principal Investigator or other appropriate party, and countersigned by DSP.

DSP reviews all requests and ensures that all information is included; this prevents additional follow-up or clarification requests that may add additional time and unnecessary delay to any sponsor approval request. It also ensures that the appropriate official at the sponsoring agency reviews and approves the request.

Additionally, UFIRST should match the sponsor documentation for key personnel, effort commitments, and budget category breakout with each increment of funds.

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NSF Submissions: All UF Proposals Continue to Use FastLane Instead of Research.gov

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently transitioning its digital platform of record from FastLane to Research.gov. This transition is effectively a slow retirement of FastLane with incremental changes as its functions migrate to Research.gov. As of April 30, 2018, NSF launched functionality to submit proposals in Research.gov in addition to existing proposal submission functionality in FastLane. Unfortunately, this initial launch in Research.gov will not allow submission for all NSF proposal types and prevents inclusion of certain solicitation-specific required documents. Due to these limitations, and to avoid confusion, all UF proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation must continue to use FastLane.

The Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) will monitor Research.gov as it is updated in later launches and releases and will issue guidance when Research.gov can be used for UF proposal submission.  DSP will continue to update the UF community about the FastLane to Research.gov transition via emails and on DSP’s NSF-focused webpage.  Please reach out to DSP with your questions at ufproposals@ufl.edu.

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UF Submits Proposed 2018-19 Fringe Benefit Pool Rates

The university has calculated the new proposed pooled fringe rates for fiscal year 2018-19 and has submitted them to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). As of April 23, 2018, all proposals should use the proposed fringe rates noted below, with the understanding that the proposed rates are subject to DHHS approval.

The rates, when approved, will be effective July 1, 2018. The final approved rates will be charged effective July 1, regardless of what rate was used at the time of proposal submission.

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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Is Now Open

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now accepting applications to teach and/or research in 137 countries through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators and many others.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2018. Learn more by attending a webinar, staff workshop, or ambassador presentation.

Explore open opportunities in the Catalog of Awards. Please register your interest at My Fulbright to receive the latest program updates and announcements.

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President and Congress Approve Largest Increase to Federal Research Funding in a Decade

Excerpted from Education Week, March 23, 2018

On March 23, President Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, that approved the largest increase to federal research funding in a decade. The $176.8 billion in research funding is an increase of $20.8 billion or 12.8% above the fiscal 2017 enacted level.

The U.S. Department of Education received a $2.6 billion boost up to $70.9 billion, including more money for educator development, after-school programs, and special education, among other programs. The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation also received substantial increases.

Below are some highlights of the spending bill.

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Are You Looking for an NIH Program Official in Your Research Area?

Reprinted from Extramural Nexus, April 16, 2018

For years researchers have used the Matchmaker feature in NIH RePORTER to identify NIH-funded projects similar to their supplied abstracts, research bios, or other scientific text. Matchmaker was recently enhanced to make it just as easy to identify NIH program officials whose portfolios include projects in your research area.

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UF IT Offers Training for Research Computing Resources

UF Information Technology is offering several courses throughout the summer to assist faculty and research staff. For course details, times, and meeting locations and to view all available training, go to https://training.it.ufl.edu/.

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PIAAC Data Analysis Workshop: Applications Are Now Being Accepted

With support from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the Educational Testing Service (ETS) is offering a 3-day workshop for researchers interested in learning how to analyze data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

Dates: July 30 – August 1, 2018

Location: The University of Maryland, College Park Campus
Application due date: May 31, 2018

The training session is free, and accepted participants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents will be reimbursed for food and lodging costs.

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NCES Announces Dates for the 2018 STATS-DC Data Conference

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is pleased to announce that the 2018 STATS-DC Data Conference will be held in Washington, DC on July 25 – 27, 2018.

Details for the Data Conference will be announced soon, including the theme and hotel. Once registration opens, NCES will be accepting proposals for sessions and demonstrators.

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Awarded Projects for April 2018

Congratulations to Dorothy Espelage, Philip Poekert, and Walter Leite for their award from the US Department of Justice National Institute of Justice; Philip Poekert and Paige Pullen for their award from the Charleston County School District; Philip Poekert for his award from the School Readiness Coalition of Sarasota County; and Andrew Thoron, Rose Pringle, James Bunch, Thomas Roberts II, and Edward Osborne for their award from the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food & Agriculture.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for April 2018

Best wishes to Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko and Andreas Keil for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Maria Coady for her proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Justin Ortagus for his proposal to the William T. Grant Foundation; Philip Poekert and Paige Pullen for their proposals to the Charleston County School District; and Herman Knopf for his proposal to the State Child Care Administrators Network.

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UF Office of Research Changes Policy Regarding the Submission of Research Proposals

The UF Office of Research has issued a policy change regarding the submission of research proposals. Please note the implication for the College of Education.

UF Office of Research: The new policy for submitting proposals to UFIRST is 9 AM one business day prior to the date of the sponsor’s deadline.

COE OER: The new policy for submitting proposals and all supporting components of a completed proposal such as subcontract proposals, cost share commitments, approved budget, etc. is 9 AM two business days* prior to the date of the sponsor’s deadline. For example, proposals due any time on a Friday will need to be fully submitted to OER/Brian Lane no later than 9 AM on the previous Wednesday.

*For efforts such as IES and NSF when the college typically has multiple proposals, OER will offer PIs a schedule for submission that may be earlier than two business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline.

Please let OER know if you have any questions related to implications of this new policy for COE.

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New NSF Account Management System Is Effective March 26

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is changing its digital platform from Fastlane to Research.gov. Beginning on April 30, 2018, you will be able to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in Research.gov. The initial release of this new Research.gov capability will run in parallel with existing FastLane proposal preparation and submission capabilities, so you can choose to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in Research.gov or in FastLane starting on April 30.

In anticipation of this official change, NSF has updated the process for registering new users. Starting March 26, 2018, you will be able to register new users  for a single NSF ID with one password and one profile to access both Fastlane and Research.gov for proposal and award activities, functions, and communication with NSF.  Previously, only UF Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) could facilitate this process on behalf of new users.

If you already have an NSF ID, you do not need to register for a new NSF ID. 

If you have been accessing Research.gov under a Visitor Login, this feature has been discontinued as of March 26. You will need to login using your NSF ID or, if you do not possess one, register for a new NSF ID.

As always, DSP is available to answer questions and assist the UF community with this change.  Please email DSP at ufproposals@ufl.edu.

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Apply for 2018-19 UF Leadership Development Programs by May 1

A call for applications for the 2018-19 UF Leadership Development programs sponsored by UF Human Resources Training and Organizational Development is now in progress, with an application deadline of May 1.

Apply today for the UF Academy, the university’s emerging leader program, or the Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals (ALAP) program. Participants in both programs, which will begin in the fall of 2019, are selected via a competitive application process.

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