The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fall 2021: Issue 15


NIH Loan Repayment Programs 2021

The application cycle is September 1, 2021 – November 18, 2021. As a reminder, in order to complete your application by the deadline, the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) requires a completed UNC Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Certification Form to be submitted to our office by November 12 to certify your application. Continue

News & Updates

New Fly America Act Waiver Request Form

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and UNC Travel & Expenses have worked together to create the Fly America Act Waiver Request Form. Continue

Updates to Information Sheet & Guidance

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) has received the updated Facilities & Administrative Rate Agreement and added the FY 2022 DHHS Service Rates to the Information Sheet. Continue

We Need Your Help for New Subagreement Webpage

We are inviting you to be a part of the process of developing the new Subagreement Webpage and are specifically seeking FAQs and Tips and Tricks from campus. Continue

FY 2022 Fringe Benefits Released

Updates were made to Health Insurance Rates and Retirement Contributions for Full-Time Permanent EHRA/SHRA employees, Post Doc Trainees, and Research Associates and may be found on the Information Sheet. Continue

Additional Cost Share Guidance

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is providing additional guidance on the new Campus Journal Entry (JE) type called ‘OSR-COST SHARE‘. Continue

Update to RAM Reports

The Monthly Reports Tab is now available in RAM Reports. This enhancement provides the ability to view and download monthly snapshot reports for the overall award as well as individual projects. Continue

New Operating Standard & Procedure

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is excited to release OSR Operating Standard 500.17 – Prepaid Cards and Procedure for 500.17 – Prepaid Card Request & Reconciliation. Continue

Research Spotlight

Experimental pill to treat COVID-19

Strong clinical trial results showed the experimental COVID-19 pill developed by UNC reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with coronavirus. Continue

Training Opportunities

Carolina RAPiDs Foundations Training

OSR Carolina RAPiDs (Research Administration Professional instructional Development system) is designed to provide a comprehensive training program for research administrators at UNC.

NCURA Award Lifecycle Webinar

The NCURA Lifecycle of the Award webinar series offers training on several broad research administration topics relevant to research institutions. Start your training here.

RAFTs Training

*Returning Virtually in Fall 2021* OSR RAFTs provides training and networking opportunities for the campus research community with training and discussions on relevant topics in research administration. Continued

CITI Online Training

UNC now offers two courses for enrollment in the CITI online learning program: Essentials of Research Administration and Essentials of Grant Development. Continued

New Billable Per Unit Project Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of the new BPU project process and also allowed campus users an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions.

2021 Symposium

Thank you for participating in the 2021 UNC Symposium for Research Administrators! We hope you enjoyed the experience and came away more informed and connected with your fellow research admin colleagues. Check the Symposium website in the upcoming weeks for presentations and recordings of this year's event!

Staff Updates

Research Administration
Kim Austin Non-Industry Contracting Team Manager
Stephanie Cooper Subaward Coordinator
Kyle Helmick Contracting Officer
Khadeeja Mullard-Clements Contracting Officer
Elise Richards Contracting Officer
Tyler Tarrant Contracting Officer

Kayleigh Barham Sponsored Projects & Ops. Coordinator
K.C. Zabrycki Senior Sponsored Projects & Ops. Analyst

Open Positions

Sponsored Projects Specialist
Lead Cost Accounting & Central Effort Analyst

Did You Know?

Q: Where can I find the institutional information needed for proposals?

A: The Information Sheet contains the information about the University, the University’s certifications, as well as frequently used rates and figures in Sponsored Research activities.

Q: How can I find funding opportunities?

A: The Concept & Funding section in the Award Lifecycle provides information to assist with locating funding opportunities.

For more frequently asked questions, see our FAQs page. To submit your questions to OSR, click the 'Ask OSR' button below. 


In Other News

COVID-19 Airfare Refunds

UNC Travel Services has been working to recoup and consolidate unused ticket credits from University travel canceled due to COVID-19. Continue

Coming Soon: Funding Swaps on Positions

Starting Monday, October 11, all jobs on campus will have a position. If you do funding swaps in the system, you’ll need to remember that all funding swaps will need to refer to a position number. Continue 

Required Chartfield Strings in Concur 

As a reminder, the only CFS elements which are required when a traveler submits their expense report are the Business Unit and Department ID.  A complete CFS including fund and source fields are required for the expense report to be approved. Continue

New NIH Requirements for Logins

Since September 15, 2021, when UNC faculty and staff log in to NIH systems, they will be required to do the Duo 2-step verification after they’ve entered their Onyen and password. Continue

ITAR Added Two Countries to List

On May 23, 2021, the Secretary of State announced restrictions related to security assistance for Ethiopia and a continuation of restrictions for Eritrea due to the crisis in northern Ethiopia. Continue

Clarifying NIH’s Approach to Granting ESI Extensions

NIH has added additional FAQs concerning Early Stage Investigator (ESI) extension requests. Continue

New award type option in GradStar

Emergency awards are processed as “refund only” and will not pay against any outstanding charges on the student’s account.  Account code 569190 is assigned to this award type and will be used automatically in GradStar.

News & Updates Across UNC


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