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The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) approves Just-in-Time (JIT) Requirements for National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards through eRA Commons.* The Principal Investigator (PI) first supplies the information in eRA Commons and in Research Administration Management System and eSubmission (RAMSeS), then notifies OSR, who then reviews and approves the information before submitting the approval to NIH and updates University records.
This standard establishes the expectations for post-submission requests that need to be submitted to the sponsor.
In assisting the University's departmental research administrators, this operating standard provides guidelines for budget planning of indirect costs in accordance with Federal regulations.
Most funding agencies require a proposed budget that estimates the total costs of the project, with a breakdown of cost per year. A budget based on hourly rates is one that includes the Institutional Base Salary (IBS), fringe benefits, health insurance, and Indirect Costs (F&A) together in a lump sum. It is most often found in subrecipient budgets and must be calculated and shown at the proposal stage.
Health insurance estimations are based on the percentage of effort the employee will work on a project and can differ depending on the classification of the University employee. Health insurance covers a 12-month period. Effective in Summer 2018, budgeting of health insurance costs on faculty compensation outside of their 9-month appointment (summer salary) may be included in proposals.
Fringe benefit rates are expenses directly related to employment. They are determined by an employee’s classification and applied as a percentage of the employee's proposed annual salary. These rates serve as the baseline figures used to calculate fringe benefits. Social Security rates may vary for post-docs and graduate students depending upon the University’s operating standard and the type of award.
Salary caps, generally seen with Public Health Service funding, limit the amount of funding the agency will provide for an individual’s salary. The current NIH salary cap amount is reviewed annually. When an individual’s projected salary exceeds an agency-mandated salary cap, the administrating University department is responsible for funding the difference.
Salary calculations can be based on a percentage of effort (Percent Effort Model) or the number of months of effort (Person-Months Model) dedicated to the sponsored project. Guidelines for both are listed below. Summer salary, normally considered three (3) months, is added compensation to nine month employees, therefore, it is calculated separately. Some sponsors limit the effort allowed for summer salaries. Thus, it is very important to read the sponsor guidelines carefully.
In assisting the University's departmental research administrators, this operating standard provides guidelines for budget planning of direct personnel costs in accordance with Federal regulations.
In assisting the University's departmental research administrators, this operating standard provides guidelines for budget planning of direct costs in accordance with Federal regulations.
This operating standard mandates the University’s compliance with the Federal requirements defined in 2 CFR §200 Subpart E - Cost Principles. It emphasizes the University’s use of consistent financial accounting and compliance measures from the beginning to the closing of each research project. These preventative measures minimize non-compliance issues and audit disallowances that may impede or detrimentally affect the University research community.
In accordance with all relevant ethical, legal, and regulatory obligations, the University has established this operating standard demonstrating the University's commitment to have all required compliance-related elements in place before expending funds.
The Proposal Dashboard within RAMSeS creates the University’s official record for each sponsored research project. The RAMSeS Internal Processing Form (IPF) is required for each research proposal of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement and it is used to collect financial and compliance information and documentation needed for internal review and approval.
This operating standard establishes the internal deadline for providing Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO), and the Office of Clinical Trials (OCT) with completed proposals and any other materials required for submission to the sponsor.
Maintaining master agreements with sponsors streamlines the review and approval of several projects under one agreement. This operating standard establishes the master agreement as the prime agreement between the University and the sponsor who provides funding for task orders under that agreement.