OER Offers Research Series

The COE’s Office of Educational Research (OER) invites you to participate in a three-part research series. The series will focus on topics related to educational research best practices, UF/COE policies and procedures as they relate to principal investigators responsibilities, data management, and budget preparation & management.

Part 1 (Completed): IRB
Monday, March 12, 2018 Terrace Room, 10am–11am
Guest Presenter: Ivana Simic, Phd Education/Training Coordinator

Part 2: Data Security & Storage
Monday, April 23, 2018 G-520, 10am–11am
Presenter: Trace Choulat, Director COE Instructional Technology

Part 3: Pre & Post Award
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Terrace Room, 10am–11am
Presenters: Rosabel Ruiz, Admin Services Crd 2
Brian Lane, Research Administrator II

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UF Office of Research Explains IRB Updates

In a February 23 presentation at the UF Clinical and Translations Science Institute (CTSI), UF Director of Research Operations and Services, Michael Mahoney, explained the recent changes to IRB-related training based on findings from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) on-site inspection in January.

In order to meet AAHRPP requirements, the new IRB-related training went into effect on March 8.

Download the PowerPoint presentation AAHRPP + IRB Update.

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UF Office of Research Clarifies NSF Two-month Salary Limit Requirement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) limits salary compensation for senior personnel in the proposal budget to no more than two months of their salary in any one year. NSF requires institutions to define and consistently apply the term “year” and to specify the definition in the budget justification.

For this purpose, the UF Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) is defining “year” as calendar year.

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UF Office of Research Updates Commitment Entry Guidelines

Please note that the UF Commitment Entry Guidelines located on the Office of Research Effort Reporting & Management website and the Cost Analysis Effort Certification website have been updated.

While the changes are not substantial, the Office of Research would like to emphasize a few important points.

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UF International Center Announces Fulbright Awareness Month 2018

The UF International Center is pleased to announce that Fulbright Awareness Month will be celebrated from March 12 to April 12, 2018. Multiple informational sessions for students, scholars, faculty, and staff will provide opportunities to learn about the Fulbright application process, and to hear about the experiences of past Fulbright scholars and students.

Additionally this year, information sessions for faculty and students interested in applying for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program will be led by Peter VanDerwater, director of Outreach at the Council for International Exchange for Scholars in Washington, DC. He will also be available for individual consultations with interested applicants. To schedule an individual consultation, please email: canumba@ufic.ufl.edu

Below is the calendar of UF events programmed for Fulbright Awareness Month:

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NSF Releases Prospective New Awardee Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a Prospective New Awardee Guide effective January 2018 containing helpful information for understanding the requirements of managing a federal award.

In addition to complying with NSF regulations, recipients of NSF awards are required to comply with applicable federal requirements set forth in 2 CFR §200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Prospective NSF awardees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the information contained within 2 CFR §200. Links to these regulations can be found on the NSF website at http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/caar/index.jsp

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How to Forecast Potential Funding Opportunities in Grants.gov

You can search for potential funding opportunities that a federal agency plans to announce in the future by using the Grants.gov Search and checking “Forecasted” under Opportunity Status.

Agencies list opportunities as “forecasted” when funds are not yet available and are pending budgetary and discretionary spending approvals. Grants.gov encourages agencies to publish their forecasts in the Grants.gov Search; however, you may also find forecasted opportunities listed on the agency’s website.

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Grants.gov Offers Resources to Help Set Up Your Workspace

With the retirement of the Legacy PDF Package on December 31, 2017, Grants.gov launched Workspace as the standard way for organizations or individuals to apply for federal grants. If you are not familiar with Workspace, Grants.gov encourages you to review available resources and training videos to help you set up your Workspace.

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OMB Publishes Free Online Grants Management Training

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released to the public its Grants 101 Training course initially developed for federal grant managers. This grants training is comprised of five modules available online.

  1. Laws, Regulations, and Guidance
  2. Financial Assistance Mechanisms
  3. Uniform Guidance Administrative Requirements
  4. Cost Principles
  5. Risk Management and Single Audit

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Awarded Projects for February 2018

Congratulations to Lynda Hayes for her award from the Florida Department of Education; Ashley MacSuga-Gage for her Subcontract Florida Department of Education Flow Through from the University of South Florida; and Philip Poekert for his awards from WestEd.

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Submitted Projects for February 2018

Best wishes to Ester de Jong for her proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Lynda Hayes for her proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Herman Knopf for his Subcontract Institute for Child Success Flow Through from the University of South Carolina; Dennis Kramer for his proposal to Take Stock in Children; Philip Poekert for his proposal to the Louisiana Department of Education; and Philip Poekert and Page Pullen for their proposal to the Charleston County School District.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table. Read more