Tag Archives: Behind the Scenes

Spotlight on Policy: Export Controls

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak What is an Export? When an item is transferred physically from the U.S. to a foreign country An export includes actual shipment of goods or carried during international travel, An export is also when information is transmitted to a person or entity in a foreign country, whether in writing, or via email, […]

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Spotlight on Policy: What is a Policy?

BY: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak In light of the Uniform Guidance (UG) and the changes and updates to policy it will initiate, let’s briefly touch on the subject: What is a Policy? The UG is a great opportunity to review existing policies and address those gaps in procedures that may be needed in your department. VCU’s Integrity […]

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Top Ten: Tips for Success in Writing

It’s time for a Top Ten List! It’s been a little while, and even though it isn’t Thursday (and Thursday is now Policy Spotlight day!) the Top Ten lives on! Today’s Top Ten centers on tips for success in grant writing (but these tips can apply to all types of writing). 1) Schedule your writing […]

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Fun Friday: A Message from the ADR

Today’s post comes to us from our Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Robert M. Tombes. It’s inspired by a viral Facebook post that circulated after the silly comments on The View about a Miss America pageant contestant (Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson) who showcased her talent as a nurse. Dr. Mark Stanley’s kind words about nurses […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Disclosure Statement DS-2

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Today’s Spotlight on Policy topic is the Cost Accounting Standards Board and the Disclosure Statement (DS-2). DS-2’s History: In 1970, Congress created the Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB) originally for commercial federal contracts. In 1996, four of the CASB cost accounting standards (see below) were incorporated in the Office of Management and […]

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Salley Rockey Explains IDC

Salley Rockey of NIH fame has a great blog post on Rock Talk about indirect costs and NIH’s viewpoint. It’s a great primer, if you have questions! Check it out here.

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Have You Participated in the Open Dialogue?

The government has opened a National Dialogue and Pilot to Reduce Reporting Compliance Costs for Federal Contractors and Grantees. The purpose of this dialogue is to reduce the costs associated with managing federal dollars (grants, contracts, and associated subawards). You can submit your own ideas, or comment and vote on ideas submitted by others. If you […]

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Funding Monday: When You Should NOT Submit a Proposal

Philanthropic News Digest has a great post on their site right now about the timing of proposal requests to foundations. Basically, if the financial markets take a nosedive right before your submission is set to go out, it might be wise to wait! The article lists three things you should do to improve your strategy […]

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Thursday Top Ten: Reasons We Love Research Administration

This week’s Top Ten focuses on the reasons we love this profession. Our daily lives are often so busy and stressful that we can lose sight of all the positives involved. These are the top ten reasons why research administration is a great profession:   1) It’s interesting. I can tell you that as the poster […]

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NCURA AM57 Recap

Heather and I really enjoyed last week’s NCURA Annual Meeting in Washington DC!   Here’s a quick recap of the conference (with more specific info to come, of course!): Our very own Thursday Top Ten post went slightly viral (or as viral as you can be as a research administrator). Research administrators from all over […]

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