Sponsored Research News | February 2021
COVID-19 Updates

The OVPR, RSC, and OSP COVID-19 FAQ pages are continually updated, so please check regularly for the most up-to-date information.
Sponsor Updates
DOE Office of Science requiring SciENcv

Department of Energy Office of Science's FY2021 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program (Page 2) requires the use of the NSF approved format for biographical sketches and current and pending support, either through SciENcv or a fillable PDF.

UT Libraries created a SciENcv resource page for the UT research community. The librarians are also available for questions related to SciENcv or ORCiD.
NIH FY2021 Salary Cap

NIH issued NOT-OD-21-057 that updates the FY2021 salary cap to $199,300, effective January 3, 2021. For existing awards that were issued at the previous salary cap, rebudgeting is allowed to accommodate the current salary cap if adequate funds are available.

For questions related to salary caps, please visit the new OSP Salary Cap page. Additional resources and tools for campus will continue to be added.

NIH also issued NOT-OD-21-049 that updates the FY2021 NRSA Stipends and Tuition/Fees.
University Updates
UT Research Management Suite Update

Thanks to everyone who visited the UTRMS project room at the ARA Info Fair!

If you missed us, view a copy of our slideshow here. The short presentation includes an update on the Grants and Funded Agreements modules coming this Fall, including a summary of changes expected with the accompanying transition from RMS to UTRMS
SPAA Constituency Structure Change

In the spring of 2020, SPAA transitioned to a college based constituency structure for all 26-account assignments. This was a significant change for SPAA from their previous constituency structure that was based on sponsor affiliation.

Each award management team in SPAA, now referred to as a pod, is grouped based on specific college assignments and is given a color name designation. A central operational support pod was created to assist the award management pods and monitor other areas related to award management.

This diagram illustrates the current college constituency structure in SPAA.

Upcoming Training


SP1811: Sponsored Project Overview is active in UTLearn! This training will serve as an introduction for new research staff to provide an understanding of roles and responsibilities at UT in addition to sponsored project terminology. The course is available to all UT faculty and staff.

Upcoming Zoom trainings:

SP1813: Planning and Issuing Subawards is scheduled for February 10th. To participate in this session, please register for SP1813 in TRACKS.
The course provides learners with an in-depth look at the various policies and procedures associated with planning and issuing a subaward.

SP1814: Managing Subawards is scheduled for April 1st. To participate in this session, please register for SP1814 in TRACKS. This course focuses on best practices for successful management of out-going subawards.

All OSP Research Administration Training that is offered Zoom/In Person will be offered on a rotating schedule. If you are unable to attend the currently scheduled sessions, they will be offered again in the future.

The OSP training page will continue to be updated as new core curriculum courses are rolled out for campus.
Justification on Computer Purchases

When purchasing a computer on a PBU document in UT Market, please include notes stating how the computer directly benefits the sponsored project.

A computer charged to a sponsored project should be essential and allocable to that specific project.

In the Notes section on the PBU, include a brief justification about how the computer will benefit the project. Please also note how the allocation is determined. If the person using the computer is split between projects, and the computer is used on multiple projects, the cost should be likewise split. Adding these notes will speed up approval time! Many thanks!
Foreign Influence: PI Quick Guides

OSP created sponsor specific Quick Guides as a tool to aid researchers meet disclosure requirements.

OSP will update the existing guides and add to the list as agencies continue to release new requirements. Guides are currently available for NIH, NSF, DOD and DOE.
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.


Learn More
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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