In the spotlight
December 21, 2016
The Office of Sponsored Research is pleased to announce the initial launch of its organizational transformation. Pre-Award Services has merged with Award Management to form the new Research Administration group under the direction of John Sites, who will serve as the Interim Director. Brian Collier will serve as one of two Assistant Directors. The new group consists of seven teams, each of which will include both pre-award and post-award staff, allowing for a more customer service focus. There will also be one team will dedicated to issuing outgoing subawards. On Friday, December 16th, the new group relocated from the AOB to the Giles Horney Building.
As part of the transformation, department portfolios have been reassigned among OSR staff. Research Managers have been contacting departments, centers, and institutes directly regarding portfolio assignments and will be arranging visits to campus for more personal introductions. Additional information regarding the new organizational structure, team assignments, and staff assignments has been posted here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact John Sites (email) or Brian Collier (email) directly or, once you’ve been contacted by your new RA Managers, those managers directly.
November 15, 2016On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, RASG hosted the 2016 Fall Forum. The agenda and presenters included:
- Welcome and Introduce RASG Committee -- Joni Bowling (email@example.com) Fall Forum Flyer
- OSR Transformation Updates -- Andy Johns (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Closeout Process -- Jenifer Gwaltney (email@example.com) and Celia Gravely (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Research Compliance Office and New Training Program -- Robyn Cyr (email@example.com) and Lisa Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org) Research Compliance Update Research Compliance Training
- Office of Industry Contracting (OIC) Overview -- Nina Cannon (email@example.com) Presentation Materials
August 19, 2016
Our institution has joined the Federal Demonstration Project (FDP) Expanded Clearinghouse Pilot.
The Expanded Clearinghouse pilot seeks to test an Entity Profile, including using a national repository of posted information as a less burdensome alternative to achieve the stewardship obligations expected in the subaward issuance and oversight process. The Entity Profile was developed based on review of over 100 subrecipient commitment or certification forms from FDP and other institutions. Common data elements or questions from these forms are contained in the Entity Profile and ours is now live on the Clearinghouse webpage.
Effective tomorrow, only use the subrecipient commitment forms for non-Pilot institutions, but for Pilot institutions, you should NOT be using any form or questionnaire that asks for Entity based information. As part of the Pilot, we have agreed to forego the use of these forms for the other Pilot institutions, and use the Entity Profiles. You are welcome to continue to request and collect the minimal information that is required per subaward, such as IRB and IACUC approval information. If another one of the Pilot institutions is continuing to utilize a Subrecipient Commitment or other certification form that includes entity based questions there is language included in the attached slides that can be used when encountering this situation. It will likely take a bit of time and patience for all the Pilot institutions to get up and running in the Pilot, so be kind, but do share this information with them and gently push back.
Attached is a short slide deck that will give you an overview of the Pilot and here is a link to the list of institutions that are participating in the Pilot http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/fdp/PGA_171219 to access their entity profile, just click on the entity name. The FDP has a webpage dedicated to the Pilot that contains helpful FAQs and other information that you may find helpful so here is the link to the page http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/fdp/PGA_055835.
Please let me know if you have any questions about our profile or the Pilot in general and I hope that our participation helps reduce the burden you all encounter when working on proposals and awards that include subcontracts.
Robin L. Cyr
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Compliance
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Attachment: FDP Expanded Clearinghouse Pilot, Phase II
August 9, 2016
Presentation materials from select sessions are now available online and can be found here.
Thank you to all participants for making this year's symposium the most successful yet.
January 19, 2016
In order to encourage employees to report fraud, waste, and abuse in federally funded programs, the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2013 (41 U.S.C. § 4712), established the “Pilot Program for Enhancement of Employee Whistleblower Protections” (the “Program”). The purpose of the Program is to provide protections for employees against reprisal for certain whistleblowing activities in relation to federal grants and contracts. The Program provides that employers may not discharge, demote, or otherwise discriminate against an employee as reprisal for whistleblowing. These protections cannot be waived by agreement, policy, form, or condition of employment. Whistleblowing is defined in the Program as disclosing information that an individual reasonably believes is evident of any of the following:
- Gross mismanagement of a federal contract or grant;
- Gross waste of federal funds;
- Abuse of authority relating to a federal contract or grant;
- A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or
- A violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a federal contract or grant (including the competition for, or negotiation of, a contract or grant).
- A member of Congress or representative of a committee of Congress;
- An inspector general;
- The government accountability office;
- A federal employee responsible for contract or grant oversight or management at the relevant agency;
- An authorized official of the Department of Justice or other law enforcement agency;
- A court or grand jury; or
- A management official or other employee of the contractor, subcontractor, or grantee who has the responsibility to investigate, discover, or address misconduct.