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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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Top Ten: Tips for Grantseekers from the James L Knight Foundation

Daniel Harris over at the James L. Knight Foundation has put together a great top ten list for grantseekers! Check it out here. 

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News Roundup: New NIH Requirements, the Ethics of MRT, Controversy, and More

NIH introduces new requirements: NIH has introduced some new requirements to address transparency and rigor in applications. There are a number of recent notices that pertain to this requirement:  NOT-OD-16-058, NOT-OD-16-034, NOT-OD-16-011, NOT-OD-16-031, NOT-OD-16-012, NOT-OD-16-005,  NOT-OD-16-004,  NOT-OD-15-103, NOT-OD-15-102.  In addition, Open Mike is blogging on the subject. OSP has also graciously shared a document outlining these changes created by […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA)

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak What is the FFATA (Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act)? FFATA requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to maintain a single, searchable website that contains information on all Federal spending awards. That site is at http://www.USAspending.gov. The purpose of this information is to “empower every American with the ability to […]

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News Roundup: NIH Special!

We have a special News Roundup for you this week, and it’s all about NIH. NIH has raised the salary cap. NOT-OD-16-045 raises the maximum salary on NIH support from $183,300 to $185,100  effective January 10, 2016. We’ve updated our salary cap cost share calculator spreadsheet to assist you with calculations. CHS CSA for Sal Cap (MS Excel, 87 […]

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News Roundup: School Reform, Benefits for Postdocs, and More

School reform may impact higher ed. Congress has voted to scrap the No Child Left Behind act. Now they are working on what will replace it. Read more here.  “University lobbyists are hoping that Alexander can also wave his magic wand to make government oversight of academic research less onerous. He has promised to incorporate […]

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News Roundup: Gene Editing, NSF T/C, and More

In research administration news this week: Debate on the ethics of gene editing: As debate continues, US News and World Report has a great primer article about gene editing and its ethical issues. Targeting of scientists: PETA has sent out hundreds of letters to the neighbors of an NIH director and research scientist, urging people to […]

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News Roundup: LEIE Updates, Happy Birthday UG! and More

The List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) is now available for download in new CSV formats. This database file can be downloaded and used to verify whether individuals or entities proposing to work with us on grant projects are on the “No” list.  The databases are updated monthly to add new exclusions and to remove those […]

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Fun Friday: Get Your Popcorn…

Ok, I will freely admit that the “fun” part of today’s Fun Friday may be a bit of a stretch. It’s really very serious, and not all that funny when you think about it.  Still, it reads like an episode of “Real Housewives” or an argument between middle schoolers. Phil Plait at Slate has blogged […]

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