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CHS Sponsored Programs is Moving!

Update your bookmarks, readers! CHS Sponsored Programs blog is moving to a new URL! As I finish up my final weeks at VCU, the site will need to transition to a new location (since it currently resides under my login). So, all new posts will be coming to you from https://wp.vcu.edu/chsgrants/.  Be sure and change your subscriptions and […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Expanded Authority

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Today’s Spotlight provides a bit of useful information about Expanded Authority and its origins through the Federal Demonstration Partnership.   Expanded authority was conceived by the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP).  The FDP is a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 155 institutional recipients of federal funds.  The FDP’s purpose is to reduce […]

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Beware of Scam Grants!

There’s a new grant scam going around. Be on the lookout for unsolicited “awards” that come out of the blue. Criminals have figured out that researchers and nonprofits are a) desperately seeking funding, and b) good people who want to continue their work and won’t necessarily look a gift horse in the mouth! After all, […]

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News Roundup: Passwords, Patents, and Timesheets, Oh my!

Learn how to share password data safely: Researchers have devised a way to share password data safely.  Extra points for NSF ! Check it out here.  Research Fellowships from the Sloan Foundation have been awarded.  See this year’s list of winners.  Carnegie Mellon has won a $750M patent suit.  “Marvell Technology Group has agreed to pay Carnegie […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Pre-Award Costs

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Let’s take a quick quiz and then learn about Pre-Award Costs and what the Uniform Guidance has to say about them. Which definition below fits what a Pre-Award Cost is? A.   Pre-Award costs are expenses incurred before an award is received (but still within the project period). Because let’s face it, […]

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Humanities and Engineering: A Good Match?

There’s an article out from the Chronicle of Higher Education on connecting engineering and humanities that may be of interest to our readers. Check it out here.  A highlight: “In the United States, we are uniquely positioned to bring these two cultures together because, unlike in Europe and South America, students here are expected to […]

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Big News from CHS-OSP

There are big changes afoot in CHS-OSP! It is with mixed emotions that I write this message. On one hand, I am excited to announce that I have accepted a position at the University of Virginia! I will be joining the Wahoos in early April, where I will serve as Director of Proposal and Award […]

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Spotlight on Policy: CFDA’s and the SEFA

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Today’s post is meant to share a little bit of information about the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance and a reporting requirement for the University called the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA).  These are two things you may not deal with directly in your position but rest assured your actions […]

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News Roundup: Records Management, Leadership, and More

Are you following the proper Records Management procedures? This is an important, but often overlooked part of our responsibility as research administrators. There have been some changes at VCU recently, so the Records Management Office announces that registration for basic records management training is now open. The Records Management program seeks to educate all employees on […]

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News Roundup: Drama, Drama, Science, Drama!

Drama over cancer research data: Vice President Biden’s proposal regarding cancer research data has touched a nerve in the biomedical research community.  Read about it here. Sponsor news: Want to learn more about DARPA? Look no further.  NSF’s 2017 Budget: You can see a summary here, or get more information here. And speaking of budgets, […]

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