NIH has updated their Research Performance Progress Report to include two variations. If you have not already done so, make sure to read the Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-061 as it explains in detail the timeline for submitting reports. You can also visit March’s Items of Interest article on RPPR. Take note as part of the July release, the eSNAP option in Commons will be removed.
The NCURA regional meeting has come to the Seacoast Region again and SPA will be taking advantage of the meeting's proximity and sending several staff members to participate on each of the three meeting days: April 30th, May 1st, & May 2nd.
Adequate coverage should be available during this time and specific contact information will be provided through Out of Office messages.
The question of how sequestration will impact our research programs is, as yet, largely unanswered. The political process has been unable to reach compromise and across-the-board budget cuts have been initiated. Across the Federal government, approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources have been canceled.
Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF will enhance the FastLane System to begin automated compliance checking for all required sections of full proposals. This will bring NSF systems in line with long-standing proposal preparation requirements as outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)). Preliminary proposals are not affected by this system enhancement.
The Program Committee is pleased to announce that the preliminary program, early bird registration, and hotel reservations websites are now available for the NCURA Region I Spring Meeting to be held April 29 – May 2nd, 2013 at the Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, NH.
Sponsored Programs Administration is pleased to announce that Michele Gregg, CPA will be joining the department as a Senior Financial Research Administrator beginning January 22, 2013. Michele will be responsible for financial compliance monitoring, effort certification, and grant closeouts. She returned to New England from New Mexico where she worked as a Fiscal Monitor with the Contract and Grant Accounting Department at the University of New Mexico. She also worked in public accounting in New Mexico.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) revised its “Policy and Guidance for Conference Approval, Planning, and Reporting” webpage on Friday, October 5, 2012 in order to provide the most recent and comprehensive guidance related to conference costs. The Conference Webpage can be accessed via the following link: http://www.ojp.gov/funding/confcost.htm
Following is an outline of changes to the guidance: