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FY15 Fringe Benefit Rates

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.

New Finding Funding On-Demand Training Module

Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce an on-demand training module for “Finding Funding.” It can be found on the VPR Training website under the subheading “Applying for Grants and Contracts.”

This module will cover the basics of finding funding opportunities using internal and external sources. Please consider taking advantage of this resource.

In the future, more on-demand resources will be made available and announced.

Export Control and Foreign National Security Session Open for Registration

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

2014 CAREER Internal Deadlines Announced

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.

Internal deadlines

  • 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.

February 2014 Proposal Submission Deadline Change

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.

NSF Pre-Proposal Deadlines

The following NSF Pre-Proposals require submission by the Sponsored Programs Office:

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
13-600 Preliminary Proposal:
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.

Holiday Hours for VPR Units

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.