OSP Blog

The OSP blog contains news, updates, and other information of interest to the research administration community.

How Do New United States-Cuba Relations Affect University Researchers?

Date: 
12/18/2014
Author: 
Megan Moore

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced sweeping changes to the United States embargo of Cuba. A fact sheet released by the White House Press Office details the focus of such changes.  Of particular interest to University researchers are the proposed changes to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations which would broaden permitted travel under available licenses.

The REACH Foundations and Intermediate Programs are Accepting Applications for Spring 2015

Date: 
12/17/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

The Research Excellence in Administration Certificate at Harvard (REACH) program, a University-wide sponsored research training series for research administrators, is currently accepting applications for the spring 2015 offering of the Foundations and Intermediate level courses. Applications for Spring 2015 are due January 12th, 2014.  For more details, please visit the REACH website, or send questions to

All Eureka research administration courses have been updated to reflect the Uniform Guidance!

Date: 
12/17/2014
Author: 
Amy Maltzan

The Training and Communications Uniform Guidance working group, in conjunction with the University Research Administration Training Team, is excited to announce that all of the existing research administration online learning modules (hosted in Eureka) have been updated to reflect the changes in the Uniform Guidance! Not only that, but the modules have been redesigned and rebuilt in the latest course authoring software to be dynamic, interactive, and easy to use for our research administration community members.

Gates Foundation Sets New Requirement to Publish Sponsored Research in Open-Access Journals

Date: 
12/17/2014
Author: 
Mark O'Brien

As Science magazine discussed in a recent article, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced it will soon implement a new Open Access policy requiring researchers to publish results in immediate open-access journals. Over the past ten years, the idea and practice of providing free online access to scholarly journal articles has been one of the largest shifts in academic journal policies.

Uniform Guidance Treatment of Administrative and Clerical Salaries on Federal Awards

Date: 
12/16/2014
Author: 
Roseann Luongo

The Uniform Guidance allows for direct-charging of administrative and clerical salaries, “admin salaries,” only if all of the following four conditions are met:

OSP Winter Recess Schedule

Date: 
12/10/2014
Author: 
Jennifer Ponting

In observance of the University’s winter recess, the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) will close at noon on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and will resume operations on Monday, January 5, 2015.  All proposals with deadlines that fall within these dates should be submitted to OSP no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.  As always, earlier submissions are welcome.

Uniform Guidance and Updated Award Closeout Rules

Date: 
12/09/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

The new Uniform Guidance, which documents updated Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit requirements for all federal awards, will become effective on December 26, 2014. Some federal agencies are already enforcing new closeout rules, and others will begin enforcing them in January 2015. That’s just around the corner! Here’s what these changes mean for you.

Internal Controls in the Uniform Guidance

Date: 
12/05/2014
Author: 
Roseann Luongo

Internal Controls are a prominent theme in the Uniform Guidance, but what are Internal Controls? Internal Controls are processes that are put in place to provide reasonable assurance of effective operations, compliance, and reporting. Components of Internal Controls include risk assessments, control environment, monitoring and information, and communication.

Upcoming Event - Research Misconduct: Current Trends & Risk Mitigation 12/10/14

Date: 
12/05/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes
Join Keri Godin, Harvard Medical School's Associate Director, Research Compliance, as she talks about the costs of research misconduct, current trends, and modifiable environmental factors that contribute to questionable research practices and fraudulent behavior.

Important Change in NIH Resubmission Applications

Date: 
12/04/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Today the NIH released a notice (NOT-OD-15-030) that modifies how applicants denote changes in Resubmission applications. The change is effective immediately. The notice states, “it is sufficient to outline the changes made to the Resubmission application in the Introduction attachment. The Introduction must include a summary of substantial additions, deletions, and changes to the application. It must also include a response to weaknesses raised in the Summary Statement.”