Universities have the option of delaying implementation of the changes in the procurement policy until July 1, 2016. USNH, and therefore all the campuses, will delay the implementation of the procurement requirements in 2CFR200 to allow for adequate time to make system changes and provide training. The election to delay the procurement requirements in 2CFR200 can be found at http://www.unh.edu/purchasing/.
The National Science Foundation has issued a draft of its updated Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (draft PAPPG), which will become effective December 26, 2014. The PAPPG, in conjunction with NSF’s Grant General Conditions, serves as the Foundation’s implementation of 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
The Research Computing Center is pleased to announce that Scott Troy, one of our system technologists, has successfully created e-Routes; a streamlined method that allows researchers at UNH to submit and route paperless proposals for internal approvals. e-Routes was created to save time for researchers and research faculty members by letting them submit and track the progress of their proposals online.
Sponsored Programs Administration, Accounting and Financial Compliance group (AFC) is the new name for the Financial Management Group (FMG). The accountants in this group are Financial Research Administrators (FRA’s). As of May 1, 2014 the FRA’s are assigned responsibilities based on specific UNH departments. Please refer to the Find Your FRA document on the UNH website.
Understanding that abstracts and titles serve to justify the expenditure of federal funds to a broad public audience, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued Notice No. 136 in order to clarify its policy and promote awareness.
The notice describes two major components of the NSF Abstract:
Watch out for form fields required by NIH that are not marked required on federal-wide forms (e.g., credentials for PD/PIs and Organization for all entries on R&R Sr/Key Person Profile form; primary site DUNS on Project/Performance Sites form).
Effective June 1, 2014, for future awards and current active grant and cooperative agreement awards, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is increasing the Consultant Rate Threshold to $650 per day, and the prior approval threshold for noncompetitive procurements (e.g., Sole Source) to $150,000.
All NIH eRA services (including both the eRA Commons and ASSIST) will be completely shut down for system upgrading over the Memorial Day weekend. The systems will be brought down at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 23 and are expected to be restored to service by Tuesday, May 27 at 7 a.m.
This downtime is necessary to complete the upgrade of all eRA systems so they are Unicode capable. As a result of this upgrade, eRA systems will be able to accept Greek characters and other scientific characters as they appear in the original scientific text submitted by applicants.