Sponsored Research News | May 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
eRA Commons Username

NIH, AHRQ, FDA, and VA issued NOT-OD-21-109 requiring an eRA Commons username for all individuals listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile for proposals due on or after January 25, 2022. The Commons ID must be entered in the "Credential, e.g. agency login" field.

To get applicants accustomed to this change, proposals submitted after April 21, 2021 will receive a warning if a valid eRA Commons username is not provided for Key Personnel for submissions with due dates on or after May 25, 2021.

Submit an ERA Help Ticket to Request System Access for individuals that will be listed in the Key Personnel section of proposals submitted to NIH, AHRQ, FDA, and VA.

NIH Other Support

NIH issued NOT-OD-21-110 delaying the required implementation of Other Support to January 25, 2022.

The template is not required, but is encouraged, for proposals due on or after May 25, 2021.
Please see the template and instructions for this new form. You must disclose all research endeavors regardless of the version of the forms used.

NSF Virtual Grants Conference

Free registration opens May 5, 2021 at 11:00AM. The conference will be held during the week of June 7 - 11, 2021.

The conference is beneficial for new faculty, researchers and administrators. Topics to be covered include:
  • New programs and initiatives
  • NSF Directorate sessions
  • Future directions & strategies for national science policy
  • Proposal preparation
  • NSF's merit review process
  • Conflict of interest policies

Registration will likely fill quickly, so mark your calendar for May 5, 2021 to register for the Spring 2021 Virtual Grants Conference.
University Updates
Research Management Suite Update

Last month, the project team kicked off Phase I working groups (including central office and department staff) to continue building understanding of the needs of our end users for the development of the Grants module.

The project team is also working closely with eBITS to map how the new Grants module will integrate with DEFINE.

If you’d like a detailed preview of the new Grants system, contact the project team to set up a meeting!
Upcoming Training

NCURA Webinar: Excel Tips for Pre- and Post-Award Administrators: May 6, 2021. Email andrea.marshall@austin.utexas.edu if you want to watch the live webinar. A recording of the webinar will be uploaded to MediaSite.

SP1816: NIH Overview is scheduled for May 13th. To participate in this session, please register for SP1816 in TRACKS. This course focuses on NIH policy and best practices for successful management of NIH awards, from proposal through closeout.

NSF Spring 2021 Virtual Grants Conference: Registration opens 11:00 AM on May 5, 2021. The conference will be held June 7 - 11, 2021.

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.
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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