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Dear AHRN Subscribers and Visitors, I want to say thank you so much for the support of April Heyward Research News over the years. This will be the final post on April Heyward Research News. This was not an easy decision to discontinue April Heyward Research News. I have strived over the years to share quality information with you that would keep you...

NSF Updates PAPPG to Implement Uniform Guidance

NSF (National Science Foundation) updated the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) to implement the Uniform Guidance that became effective on Friday, December 26, 2014. The Uniform Guidance is now a consolidated set of guidance in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Some of the significant changes to the PAPPG include: Section...

Save the Date: 2015 NIH Regional Seminar – Baltimore, MD

NIH will host the 2015 Regional Seminar on May 6-8, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.The Regional Seminar offers a comprehensive program about the NIH grants process and related policies including topics such as: Fundamentals of the NIH Compliance Peer Review Grant Writing for Success Pre-Award Post-Award Animal and Human Subjects Research Etc. In addition,...

2015 Research Management Intensive

SRA (Society of Research Administrators) International will host Research Management Intensive Meeting on March 1-3, 2015 in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The meeting provides an opportunity for mid-level research administrators to concentrate on specific areas that support professional growth. Three tracks will be offered at the meeting: Developing an Effective...

NIH New Biographical Sketch Format

On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, NIH released NOT-OD-15-024 confirming the required use of a new Biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015. Prior to January 25, 2015, applicants have the option to use the old or new Biosketch format. The new Biosketch format extends the page limit from...

FDP January 2015 Meeting – Registration Open

The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) will be hosting their January 2015 Meeting on January 12-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. FDP is an association of federal agencies, academic research institutions with administrative, faculty, and technical representation, and research policy organizations that work to streamline the administration of federally...

Designing and Implementing Service-Delivery Models in Research Administration

I am excited that my first career publication as a single author was released this month. I published “Designing and Implementing Service-Delivery Models in Research Administration” in the October/November 2014 NCURA (National Council of University Research Administration) Magazine. The purpose of my article was to describe the processes and procedures...

OMB Issues Metrics for Uniform Guidance

OMB recently issued new metrics to measure the impact of the Uniform Guidance via OMB Memorandum M-14-17. Federal agencies are required to issue implementing regulations effective December 2014. COFAR has established metrics to gauge how the guidance addresses its intended enhancements and to measure the performance of the Federal government’s work...

NIH Revises Clinical Trial Definition

In October 2014, NIH revised its definition of “Clinical Trial” in order to make the distinction between clinical trials and clinical research studies clearer and to enhance the precision of the information NIH collects, tracks, and reports on clinical trials. It is not intended to expand the scope of the category of clinical trials.  No changes have...

COFAR Updated FAQs

So I finally had time to review COFAR’s updated FAQs released on August 29, 2014. I have been extra busy since transitioning from my old position to my new position. I am really enjoying my new position and working on the funding side of grant and contract administration. There is so much work that goes into developing RFPs before it is released to...

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