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Shape the Future of Grants Reporting in the US

The Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) announced that the Chief Acquisition Officers Council (CAOC) has opened a new web space to foster a National Dialogue and Pilot to reduce grants reporting compliance costs for Federal contractors and grantees.. We are looking for ideas on how to reduce the costs (compliance and other) associated with…

Are warm-blooded Fish a USDA-covered species?

A recent Report in Science has identified the Opah (Lampris guttatus) as an endothermic fish, meaning that it generates and circulates heated blood throughout its body. The Opah’s blood and body maintain their temperature in ocean waters. According to the definition of “Animal” in the Animal Welfare Act: The term “animal” means any live or…

The DATA Act is 1 Year Old – The Fun Starts Today

Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the first salvo in the implementation of the DATA Act, discussed in a post by David Mader. Released today were 15 of what is expected to be 57 final data standards, which all federal agencies will be required to use to enhance consistency and transparency. OMB also…

Investigating the Five Disciplines – Related to Research Administration

A research administrator and colleague is pursuing a thesis that touches on the nature and management of research administration offices, which may have an impact on professional development in this field. In order to obtain statistically relevant results, a good number of responses are required.  Please take a few minutes to consider the survey, and…

NIH Seeks Ideas to Maximize Research Impact

Seeking input to improve research impact, NIH published Notice NOT-OD-15-084 this week. With input from the community on its funding policies, NIH hopes to improve the impact and sustainability of the NIH-funded biomedical research enterprise. We invite comments on any or all of the following areas: 1.  Key issues that currently limit the impact of...

Participate in the Strategic Visioning at NIH-NHLBI

The focus of this strategic visioning exercise is on scientific direction of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s research program over the coming decade. As research administrators, its good for us to be aware of these opportunities so that we are can demonstrate active awareness and interest in the research efforts of our investigators. Also,...

What’s Good for the Goose…

May or may not be good for the gander. At least that’s sort of what the University of California, San Francisco’s vice chancellor for research is saying when it comes to full disclosure of relationships for universities. The accepted norm (even if not always enacted perfectly) for faculty researchers today with respect to potential/perceived conflicts...

Supreme Court will not Hear Challenge to First to File Provision

In the Order List published February 23 from the Supreme Court was notice that certiorari was denied in  14-366 Madstad Engineering, Inc V. Patent and Trademark, et al. Madstad Engineering was appealing prior decisions from the Middle District of Florida and the Federal Circuit that the company lacked standing to challenge the First to File…

COFAR Opens Survey on Impacts of Uniform Guidance

Consistent with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-14-17 published September 30, 2014, OMB has opened a survey for non-Federal stakeholders to provide feedback on the impact of Uniform Guidance and the extent to which it achieve’s COFAR’s goal of reducing administrative burden and risk associated with waste, fraud, and abuse. The...

Crowdfunding Research

The US federal share of research funding is significantly less than it has been historically. Entrepreneurial scientists are finding other solutions – including crowdfunding research. In some ways, crowdfunding research is an extension of patronage support – and yet, its also quite different. For example, individual supporters of projects on Kickstarter...

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