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  • OSR Leadership Announcement

    Lance Underwood – New Assistant Director for RA We are pleased to announce Lance Underwood as a new Assistant Director of Research Administration in the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). He most recently held the position of OSR Research Administration … Continued

  • OSR Operating Standards Have Moved

    Effective May 1, 2021, Operating Standards and Procedures for the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) officially migrated to the new University repository for policies, standards, and procedures. UNC Policystat, where all University policies were maintained, is being decommissioned. As part … Continued

  • Changes Coming to Student Payments

    GradStar Update and Processing Student Payments Beginning August 2021, payments for student stipends, scholarships, fellowships, awards, or any other payments that directly benefit education-related expenses for undergraduate or graduate students will no longer be paid through Accounts Payable (AP) campus … Continued

  • Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS)

    Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement for Fiscal Year 2021 National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released Notice NOT-OD-21-107 which announces publication of the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. April 2021). The NIHGPS provides both up-to-date … Continued

  • New Process and Guidance Released for BPU Projects

    The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is pleased to announce a new process and related guidance for identifying and managing Billable Per Unit (BPU) Projects. BPU projects are defined as contracts that provide for an indefinite quantity of supplies or … Continued

  • New Guidance for NIH Other Support and Biosketches

    Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after 5/25/2021 National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released Notice NOT-OD-21-073 concerning upcoming changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format page. The updated … Continued

  • Personnel Tab in RAM Reports is Now Live

    RAM Reports Enhancement: Personnel Tab Research Administration Management (RAM) Reports are brought to you by the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and Information Technology Services (ITS) to offer enhanced reporting for sponsored project financials. The addition of the Personnel Tab … Continued

  • Welcome to Carolina RAPiDs Training!

    New Course Released The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is pleased to release the fourth course in Carolina RAPiDs (Research Administration Professional instructional Development system) – Financial Concepts for Sponsored Projects. In this course, you will experience a new layout … Continued

  • Fiscal Year 2021 Fringe Benefits Update

    Updates were made to Social Security (OASDI) Maximum Taxable Salary Base and Maximum Contribution, Compensation Limits Subject to Retirement (TSERS & ORP), UNC Faculty Physicians (FP) Supplemental and Dental Insurance. Please refer to the Fringe Benefit memo, updated Schedule I … Continued

  • New Section on OSR Science & Security Webpage

    National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Section 889 In August 2020, the federal government began to implement a new requirement in contract and grants – Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 (FY2019). Some of … Continued

  • OSR Information Sheet Updates

    FY21 Salary Cap for Grants and Cooperative Agreements In National Institutes of Health notice NOT-OD-21-057, updated guidance has been provided regarding the salary cap limitations imposed for Fiscal Year 2021. The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, restricts the amount of … Continued

  • New Salary Cap for FY21 – ARHQ Only

    Salary Cap for AHRQ Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts In National Institutes of Health notice NOT-HS-21-007, updated guidance has been provided for applicants, grantees, and contractors of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding salary cap limitations imposed … Continued

  • New OSR Independent Contractor (IC) Form

    Independent Contractor & External Personnel Questionnaire The OSR Independent Contractor & External Personnel Questionnaire (OSR IC Form) captures independent contractor information and P.I confirmation for payment of independent contractors on sponsored project (replacing the previously required FCOI form). The OSR … Continued

  • Coverage Extended for UNC-CH Liability Insurance

    Information Sheet Update: Insurance Certification of Liability Coverage Extended Liability coverage for UNC-CH has been extended to January 31, 2021 and the certificate has also been updated on the OSR Information Sheet. Please reach out to ResAdminOSR@unc.edu with any questions … Continued

  • University Closure and OSR Deadlines

    The University will be closed on December 24 and reopen on January 4, 2021. During the closure, the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) will not be available to process proposal and award transactions. To ensure our office can meet any … Continued

  • Issues with Cayuse and Internet Explorer

    The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and Cayuse recommend users no longer use Internet Explorer (IE) when working in Cayuse. There is a known issue with loading proposal lists, viewing proposals, and validating errors in IE. As Microsoft’s planned phasing … Continued

  • New RAMSeS Closeout Emails and Updates

    The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), in conjunction with the Office of Research Information Systems (ORIS), is excited to announce that the information and triggers for the RAMSeS Automated Closeout emails that send at 90, 45, and 7 days from … Continued

  • eRA Commons Updates

    eRA Commons Updates: RPPR requirements and New Look for JIT RPPRs and Trainee Diversity Reports Effective October 30, 2020, institutions that receive specified institutional research training grants, institutional career development awards, and research education awards are required to submit the … Continued

  • Get Ready! Symposium is Coming Soon…

      2020 Symposium will be presented virtually via Zoom The annual UNC Symposium for Research Administrators is a forum to provide campus research administrators with the most current information on policies, regulations, and best practices for conducting research at the … Continued

  • Federal Guidance Reminder on COVID-19

    Extension of Administrative Relief on Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has not issued an update to further extend administrative relief guidelines as outlined in prior memoranda M-20-26 – Extension of Administrative … Continued

  • FFCRA Leave Allowed on Sponsored Projects

    FFCRA Leave Allowed on Sponsored Projects Per the updated guidance provided in the recent COVID-19 webinar on Salary & Effort, the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) has confirmed that FFCRA leave is an allowable charge on all sponsored projects. As … Continued

  • OSR Training | COVID-19 Impacts Series

    Impacts of COVID-19 on Salary and Effort Management In this pre-recorded session the presenters covered a number of important impacts that COVID-19 is having on both salary and effort management. This session provides important updates to OSR guidance and covers: … Continued

  • NIH Loan Repayment Programs 2020

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is accepting new and renewal applications for its five (5) Loan Repayment Programs that provide support to health professionals pursuing careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The application cycle is September 1, 2020 – … Continued

  • Science & Security Webinar: Data Security

    This presentation will focus on why securing unpublished and controlled research data is so important. It will provide information on state and federal data security requirements as well as foreign travel tips. The presentation will also provide a guide to … Continued

  • Now Available: Updates to RAM Reports

    OSR and ITS Release New RAM Reports Enhancements Research Administration Management (RAM) Reports were developed through a partnership with the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and Information Technology Services (ITS). RAM Reports deliver financial information via an enhanced reporting tool … Continued

  • Update to Subagreement Initiation Portal Amendment Form

    The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) has released an update to the Subagreement Initiation Portal (SIP). Key Change with this SIP Update Effective September 4, 2020 Budget Justifications are no longer required for ALL applicable amendment requests.

  • Coming Soon: Updates to RAM Reports

    OSR and ITS Releasing Updates to RAM Reports Research Administration Management (RAM) Reports were developed through a partnership with the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and Information Technology Services (ITS) to provide an improved tool to manage sponsored project financials. … Continued

  • Effort Certification Start Date Delayed

    Due to a major update to the server that houses the ecrt system, the start date of the effort certification period for the January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020 period of performance has been delayed to Tuesday, September 15, … Continued

  • FY 2021 Fringe Benefits and Updated SAM Registration

    The Fringe Benefits Memo for FY 2021 has been released. Please refer to the updated Schedule I & II, the updated DHHS Chart, as well as OSR’s Information Sheet to appropriately determine personnel benefits in proposals. SCHEDULE I Fringe Benefits … Continued

  • Coming Soon: Updates to the Subgreement Initiation Portal

    The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is soon releasing updates to the Subagreement Initiation Portal (SIP). As a reminder, SIP is an online form used to streamline the process for requesting subagreement actions and ultimately, improve their timely execution. OSR … Continued

  • Graduate Student Fees Update (AY 20-21)

    The Graduate School has released the Graduate Student Fees Memo for AY 20-21 with updated guidance on paying mandatory graduate student fees. OSR’s Graduate Student Fees Table has also been updated to reflect the new academic year but there are … Continued

  • Coming Soon: Sponsored Project Notifications

    New Process for Sponsored Project Notifications The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) in partnership with the Office of Research Information Systems (ORIS) and Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce a new process that will keep you informed on … Continued

  • OSR Training | COVID-19 Webinar Series

    Impacts of COVID-19: Managing Non-Profit Funded Projects The webinar will discuss the unique characteristics of non-profit funding. It will provide an overview of the University’s Policies related to the pandemic and their impact on non-profit funding. We will cover the … Continued

  • Updates on Science and Security Guidance

    Recent Updates Updates in General, UNC, and Sponsor Specific Background and Related Policies and Procedures Updated NSF and Department of Education sections Updated General FAQs Background The University remains strongly committed to encouraging and supporting collaborative research efforts worldwide. However, … Continued

  • Research Playbook Release

    Introducing the Proposal Playbook The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), Operational Excellence team and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) collaborated on initiatives to improve and streamline the management of externally sponsored research programs at the University. … Continued

  • OSR Symposium Announcement

    Changes in Place for Symposium 2020 After careful consideration during the planning for our annual research Symposium, we determined that changes need to occur in order to have an event that takes into account the wellbeing of our entire research … Continued

  • COVID-19 Related Reminders on Federal Contracts

    Sponsor Prior Approval Required on Federal Contracts As a reminder, Federal Contracts do not automatically apply the flexibilities outlined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Details regarding any contract and approvals for salary charges must be directed to … Continued

  • OSR Training | COVID-19 Webinar Series

    Impacts of COVID-19: Federal Grants & Contracts This webinar will cover how Federal grants are different from Federal contracts and how this difference impacts the way each is managed. It will highlight the flexibility provided by the OMB, updates for … Continued

  • OSR Training | COVID-19 Webinar Series

    COVID-19 Impacts on Industry Webinar Video Released This webinar was brought to you by OSR’s Industry Contracting team and the Development Office’s Industry Relations unit to provide guidance on working with industry partners during this time of uncertainty. More details … Continued

  • Federal Guidance Update Related to COVID-19

    Extension of Administrative Relief on Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued an updated memorandum that provides extensions to administrative relief guidelines outlined in prior memoranda. Please reference the details on … Continued

  • Welcome to Carolina RAPiDs Training!

    New Course Released The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is pleased to release the third course in Carolina RAPiDs (Research Administration Professional instructional Development system) – Sponsored Projects Overview About RAPiDs The Certificate in Research Certification is comprised of three … Continued

  • COVID-19 Impacts and Federal Progress Report Submissions

    This notice pertains to guidance for federal grants and cooperative agreements. Progress Reports / RPPRs As a reminder, it is required to include research impacts of COVID-19 in your progress reports (RPPRs). Recipients of federally funded research must report on … Continued

  • FY2020 Year-End Reminders

    Below are reminders from the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) to make sure all financial transactions are completed and posted for sponsored programs. Pre-Audit Approvals Remember that certain transactions require Pre-Audit approval from OSR prior to receiving Finance approval. June … Continued

  • Process Change for LOGs and Outgoing Subs

    Project ID for outgoing sub generated when LOG processed Effective today, at the time a LOG (Letter of Guarantee or Financial Guarantee as it is named in RAMSeS) is fully processed for a pending award, all relevant project IDs will … Continued

  • RAM Reports Now Available

    OSR and ITS release a new financial reporting tool Research Administration Management (RAM) Reports were developed through a partnership with the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and Information Technology Services (ITS) to provide an improved tool to manage sponsored project … Continued

  • Temporary Core/Research Service Center Rate Increase Option Due to COVID-19

    In response to the COVID-19 event and UNC’s policy for paying qualifying communicable disease mandatory employees (CDMEs) time and a half compensation for working on campus, the Cores/Research Service Centers (RSC) will have the option to temporarily increase their recharge … Continued

  • Federal Sponsor Updates on COVID-19

    Updated Guidance from OMB, NIH, NSF, DOD, USAMRAA The Office of Sponsored Research has been closely monitoring updates from our sponsors on proposal and award management concerns with regards to COVID-19. The Council on Government Relations (COGR) is another resource … Continued

  • Salary Cap for Grants and Cooperative Agreements

    In National Institutes of Health notice NOT-OD-20-065, updated guidance has been provided regarding the salary cap limitations imposed for Fiscal Year 2020. The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the … Continued

  • Calendar Year 2020 Fringe Benefits Memo

    Updates were made to Social Security (OASDI) Maximum Taxable Salary Base, Compensation Limits Subject to Retirement (TSERS & ORP), UNC Faculty Physicians (FP) Supplemental and Dental Insurance. Please refer to the updated Schedule I & II as well as OSR’s … Continued

  • New Salary Cap for FY20 – AHRQ Only

    In Notice NOT-HS-20-006, updated guidance has been provided for applicants, grantees, and contractors of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding the salary cap limitations imposed for Fiscal Year 2020. The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public Law … Continued