The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued new guidelines for federal grants management which will be effective December 26, 2014. These guidelines, commonly referred to as the Uniform Guidance, replace OMB Circulars A-21, A-110, and A-133. More information regarding the Uniform Guidance is available at http://www.mtu.edu/research/administration/sponsored-programs/ug/.
The Office of Naval Research has recently approved a Fringe Benefit rate for Michigan Tech. Effective July 1, 2014, the regular non-student employee fringe rate of 36.5 percent, summer/additional compensation employee fringe rate of 20.0 percent, and graduate student employee rate of 7.5 percent will be applied to all funds, including active sponsored projects.
These newly approved rates should be used on all Sponsored Programs proposal budgets with a submission date after July 3, 2014.
New rates effective July 1, 2014 are as follows:
- Regular non-student rate: 36.5 percent
- Summer/additional rate: 20.0 percent
- Graduate student rate: 7.5 percent
- Temporary employee rate: 10 percent
- Undergraduate rate: 0 percent
The current provisional rate agreement can be found on the Research website.
Graduate student tables for budgeting tuition and stipends have been updated by the VPR Office. These rates are to be used immediately in proposal budgets to external sponsors.
Vice President for Research will be hosting an Export Control and Foreign National Security educational session on May 22 from noon–1:30 p.m. in Memorial Union Ballroom A2. Registration is open May 8–21.
This session will cover foreign national restrictions and considerations when conducting research. Topics covered include:
- managing technical data, intellectual property, and proprietary materials.
- defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing, and teaching.
- exporting and licensing considerations.
FBI agents from local offices will be on hand to contribute to the discussion and answer questions.
The session is recommended for faculty and staff. Desserts and beverages will be provided; please bring your own lunch. You can register for the event through our online system.
For more info, please contact Jay Meldrum, director, Keweenaw Research Center, at 487-3178 or email@example.com.
All budgets for CAREER proposals are due to the Sponsored Programs Office by noon on Mon., July 7. The internal deadline for complete proposals, “submit” access, and all internal paperwork will be at noon seven days prior to the applicable discipline-specific NSF deadline.
- For all CAREER budgets: Mon., July 7, at noon
- For proposals submitted to BIO, CISE, or EHR directorates: Mon., July 14, at noon
- For proposals submitted to the ENG directorate: Tue., July 15, at noon
- For proposals submitted to GEO, MPS, SBE directorates: Wed., July 16, at noon
The CAREER solicitation and related program information should be reviewed carefully, with particular emphasis on eligibility.
For those planning to submit to an engineering division, please note a raise in the minimum budget request for certain CAREER proposals.
Investigators intending to submit a CAREER proposal in 2014 are asked to notify the Sponsored Programs Office with an Intent to Submit Form by the end of May.
The National Institutes of Health have announced a new policy for submission and resubmission of proposals. Until recently, investigators were limited to one submission and one resubmission of the same concept. A new policy announced April 22 now allows investigators additional submission options. For details, please see NIH announcement.
More than 35 proposals are expected to be submitted between Feb. 15 and 26. This, coupled with SPO having a vacant analyst position, necessitates adjusting the internal submission deadline to four days prior to the sponsor’s deadline. The additional time will allow our analysts to perform our review processes.
For example: the adjusted internal submission deadline of Feb. 17 at 7 a.m. would apply to proposals with a sponsor submission deadline of 4 p.m. or later on Feb. 20.
SPO will communicate the new deadline to the PIs that have informed us about their intent to submit. Please share this important change with your faculty and staff.
The following NSF Pre-Proposals require submission by the Sponsored Programs Office:
|Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
January 17, 2014
|Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)||14-503||Preliminary Proposal:
January 23, 2014
|Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)||14-507||Preliminary Proposal:
January 30, 2014
For these pre-proposals, the Sponsored Programs Office will also need a signed transmittal.
The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO), Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA), Research Development (RD), Sponsored Operations Office (SOO), Compliance, Integrity, and Safety (CIS), Occupational Safety and Health Services (OSHS), Institutional Analysis (IA), and Innovation and Industry Engagement (IIE) holiday schedule is as follows:
Monday, Dec. 23: closed
Thursday, Dec. 26: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 27: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 30: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
If you will need proposal submission services during these business days, alert SPO and IIE prior to the holiday break.
Regular office hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m.) will resume on Jan. 2.
The Research Development Office and Corporate Partnerships Office will host an educational session, “Finding Funding,” from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3. The session will be in Memorial Union Ballroom A2.
This session will help faculty and staff develop strategies to identify and secure sources of financial support for research and related activities.
Topics covered will include:
- funding sources, and
- the online Grant Forward program for research funding and collaboration.
The session will offer a high-level look at strategies for seeking funding from corporate, foundation, and government sponsors.
This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Feel free to bring your lunch.