Tag Archives: eRA

Spotlight on Policy: Records Retention

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak It is the responsibility of the University to retain records for minimum periods of time in order to conform to laws set forth by both the state of Virginia and the federal government.  Understanding a few of the federal regulations underlying our policies is helpful.   Why do we retain records? Freedom […]

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Technical Difficulties in CHS-OSP

We are having technical problems this week. Yesterday, my trusty old paperweight computer collapsed under the burden of email, files, and updates. HASTECH is valiantly trying to resuscitate it, but I’m operating sans PC at the moment. We’ve also had issues with other team members’ computers running slowly, and generally being glitchy.  We are working […]

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News Roundup: NSF Compliance Update, Animal use in biomedical research, NIH eRA Commons Accounts, and more

This week’s news roundup is chock full of fun: NSF is making updates to FastLane on July 24 that will implement a new set of automated compliance checks in the system.  This makes it more likely that your proposal will not make it to review (or possibly even submission) if you don’t follow the guidelines! […]

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Thursday Top Ten: Things You Can Do in a RAMS-SPOT Proposal Record

Today’s top ten focuses on what you can do from within your RAMS-SPOT proposal record! 1)  You can access the system at https://spot.research.vcu.edu. Log in with your VCU EID and password. Your home page in RAMS-SPOT will show you all the proposals you have in the system.  To look at a particular record, click on […]

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NCURA Region III Update: NIH

While at the NCURA Region III Spring meeting last week, I had a chance to attend a session called “Ask NIH” where attendees could ask DD Rutberg (from the Dental Institute at NIH) all their burning NIH questions. Here’s a recap of the discussion: Q: ASSIST has been opened up to R01 and R21 submissions now. […]

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Thursday Top Ten: What YOU Need to Know About RAMS-SPOT

This week’s Thursday Top Ten is all about RAMS-SPOT! No doubt you’ve been hearing a lot about this system lately at VCU, especially if your work includes any type of grant management activity! Here’s what you need to know: 1)  RAMS-SPOT is the new database system being implemented to replace VCUeRA. The vendor for RAMS-SPOT […]

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RAMS-SPOT Implementation Update

As you may already know, our pilot proposal submissions via the new RAMS-SPOT system are complete, and went very, very well!  We are in the “soft launch” phase now, where we have the option of submitting the old way (using the IAF form), or the new way (via RAMS-SPOT).  For the most part, we have […]

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It’s Only Quiet on the Blog

I apologize in advance for the dearth of blog posts this week. We are, in a word, slammed. Drowning in proposals. Completely snowed under. Working all hours. Not entirely sure we will survive. While stressful, this means that we are doing something right! Keep ’em coming! Oh, and please be patient with us. We will […]

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New NSF Features Transitioning to Research.gov

This just in from NSF:  As part of the effort to modernize FastLane, NSF will transition notifications and requests from FastLane to Research.gov. The first step in this transition will be rolled out on March 23, 2015, when three new requests will be released in Research.gov. These new requests are required by the Proposal and […]

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Thursday Top Ten: All About OSP Forms!

Heather Lennon contributes this week’s Thursday Top Ten: All About OSP Forms!  As a former member of the OSP Gold Team, she is the expert!   For new faculty members, as well as seasoned ones, the sheer number of forms needed for a single proposal submission can be overwhelming.  Below is a glossary of the […]

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