The Office of Sponsored Projects | November 2018
Regulatory Updates
Federal Updates
NIH released a new Grant Policy Statement (GPS) applicable to all grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods starting October 1, 2018. Significant changes include:
  • Single IRB for multi-site research
  • Inclusion of individuals across lifespan as participants in human subject research (NOT-OD-18-116)
  • Inclusion of women and minorities as subjects in clinical research (NOT-OD-18-014)
  • F&A cost rate agreement required for for-profit entities to charge F&A (GPS 7.4)
  • Non-competing continuation progress reports submitted in new Human Subjects System (HSS), which replaced IMS (NOT-OD-18-179)
  • NRSAs - Recruitment plan to enhance diversity required (NOT-OD-18-210)
  • NRSAs - Part time training justification required (NOT-OD-18-154)

The 50 th National Science Foundation Grants Conference   will take place on November 8-9 , 2018.  NSF wi ll live stream the plenary sessions of the conference. There is no cost or limit for participants to view the live stream. Click the link below to register for the event and learn about the agenda and speakers.

NIH Peer Review Videos
One of NIH's popular outreach presentations, this video gives viewers insights into how their applications are reviewed so they can better navigate the NIH peer review process.     
This video enlisted 10 experts from the NIH Center for Scientific Review to answer the top 10 questions about the submission and review of NIH grant applications.

New NIH peer review FAQ page .
UT Updates
F&A Page makeover There are no changes to the University's F&A rates or how they are applied, but the F&A page on the OSP website has been updated to more clearly guide use of UT's negotiated rates as well as those standard exceptions that do not require a waiver . An F&A rate decision guide has also been added to assist in determining the appropriate rate.

NIH Loan Repayment Program
Applications for NIH’s 2019 Loan Repayment Program are due by November 15, 2018 (5:00 PM). Also due on Nov. 15th is post-submission certification by OSP; therefore, the PI's online application and the Department Chairman’s certification letter are both due in OSP by Nov. 13th (5:00 PM) so that OSP can meet the Nov. 15th deadline.

The Fall CRA Testing period is November 3-17. Good luck to all those sitting for the exam this fall! The CRA exam is managed by the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC), an independent certifying body. For more information on preparing for the CRA exam and how to join a study group on campus, visit the OSP website.

Continuing Education
The Office of Sponsored Projects and other research support units offer educational opportunities on campus each month. Check the OSP Calendar for free on-campus training that is applicable to CRA re-certification. Below are training opportunities that were available last month as well as those coming up in the month ahead.


Find the latest Federal regulation and UT Austin policy and procedures related to sponsored research on the OSP News & Alerts page.

Reserve your seat for live-cast webinars and workshops on Research TRACKS (where your research-related continuing education credits are recorded).

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