The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Winter 2020: Issue 10

Recent Event Highlights

Updates from Symposium 2020



  • Sub. v. Consultant Guidance
  • Other Support Tool
  • Final Invention Guidance
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News & Updates

OMB COVID-19 Flexibilities

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 Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations. Continue

FFCRA Leave Allowed on Sponsored Projects

Per the update from the COVID-19 webinar on Salary & Effort, OSR is now allowing FFCRA leave to be charged on all sponsored projects. Continue

2020 Effort Certification Dates

Covering January 1 to June 30 - ecrt Training

Friday, December 11, 2020True-Ups Due in OSR's Worklist

Faculty Spotlight

Cindy Gay - MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases | UNC School of Medicine

Dr. Cindy Gay, is associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UNC School of Medicine and primary investigator for a phase 3 clinical COVID-19 vaccine trial. Learn more here. Read a vaccine Q&A with her here.

New Staff Updates

Research Administration

Erin Kernen Sponsored Projects Specialist
Kathryn Calderone Research Administration Manager

Training Opportunities

COVID-19 Impacts Webinar Series

The COVID-19 Impacts Webinar Series seeks to provide clear guidance to research administrators as they manage projects during these uncertain times. See the latest webinar:

Science and Security Webinar Series

The Science and Security Webinar Series seeks to provide up-to-date guidance on managing projects in a cooperative and secure manner. See the latest webinar:

NCURA Award Lifecycle Webinar

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

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.

Did You Know?

Q: What roles do you need in Backbone to access RAM Tracker Search?
A: An individual would need the following: 

  • Role Manager
  • Award Data Access 
  • IPF Approver 
  • Proposal Data Access 
  • PS Project ID Manager

Q: Where can you find more guidance on the RAM Tracker Search tool?
A: Please review the RAM Tracker Dashboard Guidance.

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

In Other News

eRA Commons Updates
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 automated Trainee Diversity Report electronically when submitting Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) in eRA Commons. Continue

eRA Commons JIT Screen: New Look
The Just-In-Time screen in eRA Commons has a new look following the release on October 30, 2020. This new update is intended to improve the user experience and provide a cleaner more intuitive interface. Continue

November GSHP Files Uploaded
The November GSHIP premium file has been uploaded into ConnectCarolina and departments now have access to the GradStar GSHIP Administrator Premium Maintenance page to update allocations to Research Assistants/Teaching Assistants (RA/TAs). Continue

Pandemic Tracking Updates
This memo acts as a reminder that all campus units (excluding School of Medicine) should continue to use FAECOVID-19 in either ConnectCarolina Cost Code field 1 or 2 for all expenditure transactions (AP vouchers and GL journals) to identify COVID-19 related operating expenses, except for COVID Research Projects that are already tracked via Project ID. Continue

IC Speaker Form
Each year, the University brings in quite a number of guest speakers to address students and participate in forums across campus. To help speed up the process of hiring a guest speaker to present to our campus community, an updated Speaker Checklist Form has been released. Continue

HSRA New Sub-Account Codes
Effective October 1, 2020, HRSA began using the Document Number as the Sub-Account Code for all new and competing continuation awards issued after 10/1/2020Continue

News & Updates Across UNC


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