The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Winter 2022: Issue 17

News & Updates

Updated Subrecipient Letters of Intent

Both the incoming and outgoing subrecipient letters of intent have been updated to include UEI as an identifier. See the OSR Forms and Tools page for the new forms.

New Certification of Liability Coverage

The Certificate of Liability Coverage effective February 1, 2022 has been uploaded to the Information Sheet.

Retroactive Payments & Sponsored Projects

In January 2022, the Fiscal Year 2022 Legislative Salary Increases (LSI) were implemented as retroactive payments for the work period from July - December 2021. Continued

New PACT Initiative

Proposal Award Communication Teamwork (PACT) is a new initiative centered around effective communication approaches among departments and central offices to support Research Administration at UNC. Continue

Update to Science & Security Webpage

New critical requirements for NIH Other Support and Biosketch processes now In place effective January 25, 2022. Continue 

Updated Fringe Benefits

Please refer to the Fringe Benefit memo, updated Schedule I & II, and Information Sheet to appropriately determine personnel benefits. Continue

FWA for the Protection of Human Subjects Updated

The Federal-wide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects (FWA) certification now expires February 14, 2027, and has been updated on the Information Sheet.

Sponsored Projects Notification Update

Effective for all budget changes entered after February 4, 2022, a notification will now be sent for clinical trials, interest and income programs, and Billing Per Unit projects. Continued

Updated NIH Salary Cap

Per NOT-OD-22-076, effective January 2, 2022, the Executive Level II NIH Salary Cap is $203,700. Continued

Research Spotlight

2021 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows

Click here to learn more.

Amy S. Gladfelter, professor of biology and cell biology and physiology for her distinguished contributions to the field of cell biology, particularly in the areas of phase-separated condensates and the biophysics of the septin cytoskeleton.

Stephen V. Frye, Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery for his distinguished contributions to the field of oncology drug discovery.

David Margolis, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, professor of epidemiology and director of the HIV Cure Center for distinguished contributions to the field of virology.

Alexander Kabanov, Mescal S. Ferguson Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery for distinguished contributions to the field of nanomedicine and drug delivery.

Training Opportunities

UNC-CH Black History Month Event Opportunity


Measurement in Research, Using an Anti-Racism Framework

Measurement in research is critical as it lays the foundation for a more accurate understanding of the magnitude of a phenomenon, the impact of an intervention, or other causal relationships that will translate into practice models and policies that have real-life implications on people’s lives.

Virtual Session: February 17, 2022 from 12–1 pm (Register Here)
In-Person Session: February 18, 2022 from 2-3 pm (Hyde Hall, University Room)

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

*Thank you for your recent topic submissions - series returning in Spring 2022* 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 provided an overview of the new BPU project process and also allowed campus users an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions.

Staff Updates

Cost Analysis & Compliance
Michelle Edgell
Post-Award Financial Analyst
David Coyle Central Effort Analyst

Research Administration
Sydney St. Pierre Sponsored Projects Specialist

Sponsored Projects Accounting
Deanna Boswell
Accounts Receivable Specialist

Open Positions
Sponsored Projects and Operations Coordinator

Contracting Officer

Did You Know?

Q: How do I find more information about specific in process award actions with OSR?
A: Click on RAM Tracker Search from the RAMSeS Dashboard and filter based on criteria in the Search By field.

Q: What do the different transaction statuses mean in RAM Tracker?
A: The Transaction Status of a RAM Tracker will indicate what step of the award management process that that action is in. For a detailed breakdown of each status, please see our guide.

Q: Whom do I contact with a question about a RAM Tracker?
A: Contact either the Current Owner or the Sponsored Projects Specialist. For more information on RAM Tracker, view the guide.

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


In Other News

Travel Mileage Update 2022

Effective January 1, 2022, when a personal vehicle must be used, the allowable standard mileage rate is 58.5 cents per mile. Continue

Annual Terms of Use

If you use ConnectCarolina, InfoPorte, or Tarheel Reports (RAMReports), effective January 28, 2022, if you haven't accepted the Terms of Use within the past year, you’ll see a banner message indicating you need to complete this action. Continue


NSF Moves to UEI

Effective February 28, 2022, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will begin using the new System for Award Management (SAM) issued Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) in and FastLane. UNC's UEI is located on the OSR Information Sheet.

Correcting Transactions in GradStar

Changes to chartfields are common and many can be done in GradStar. Please check with The Graduate School, the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, or the Cashiers Office if you have questions about how a change may impact a student. Continue

State Health Insurance, TSERS & ORP Employee Contribution Changes

Effective January 1, 2022, the TSERS employer contribution rate increased from 21.86% to 24.10%, and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) employer disability and retiree health contribution rate decreased from 6.77% to 5.99%. Continue

News & Updates Across UNC


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