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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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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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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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Spotlight on Policy – Conflicts of Interest

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak What is a Conflict of Interest (COI)? A COI exists when individual interests outside of their position might influence official responsibilities.  A bias may exist that harms the University when Universities have an obligation to protect the reputation of their school and to not weaken public trust. Examples of COI: Financial – […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Outside Professional Activities

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Outside Professional Activity (OPA): “Any service rendered by a faculty member to persons or organizations external to the university, without university sponsorship, for the purpose of advancing, applying, or transferring knowledge in a field of endeavor related to the faculty member’s employment at the university.” While the dissemination of research findings is […]

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Special Update: OSP Staffing Levels are Critical!

We received an email from our central OSP office this morning that we need to share with you. This is OSP’s current proposal pipeline for this week:   Our OSP office works very hard, but they are deluged with proposals and they are effectively at half their normal staff.  This is unprecedented and ultimately critical […]

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The Importance of MER Certification: Keep Your Eye On the Money, Honey!

In July 2015, the College of Humanities and Sciences followed the trail blazed by the School of Medicine and implemented the online Monthly Expenditure Report (MER) Certification process in PI Dashboard. Things went pretty well in the first months, but those were summer months, and over this fall semester, we have noticed that some of our […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Animal Research

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Are you an administrator wanting to learn more about regulations on Animal Research?  Here is a brief primer for you in regards to federal regulations, a link to some of the guidance provided by VCU, and ethical considerations to be aware of.  The US has come a long way in eliminating animal […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Research Subject Payments

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak PROCUREMENT POLICY AT VCU: Payment options for research or survey participants: Direct pay – requires vendor setup in Banner, and the Direct Pay / General Encumbrance Form Petty cash Gift/Bank cards Payment for gift cards cannot be done with a p-card; purchase orders or petty cash only Departments can also purchase gift […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Cost Share

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Today’s spotlight is a light refresher on Cost Share.  Once the cat is out of the bag (or the cost share is proposed), we can’t just forget about it.  There is an important amount of follow up to do post-award, and today’s post will provide some general background, remind us what follow […]

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