OSP Blog

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

NIH Offers Tools to Search Active Research Topics and Researchers

Date: 
09/17/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

A recent NIAID newsletter had a useful section on seeing what there is to see among active research topics and who is researching those topics. It offers a great resource for preliminary research and potential collaboration with researchers who have similar interests: NIH’s RePORT. 

Where to Go with All Your GMAS Needs: An Inside Look at the OSP Operations Team

Date: 
09/15/2014
Author: 
Mark O'Brien

Ever wonder how all that data housed within GMAS is kept so clean and accurate? Why, that would be a direct result of all the hard work and dedication of your friendly OSP Operations Team, of course! Under the supervision of the new Senior Manager, Sponsored Operations (welcome Webb!), the Sponsored Programs Administrators (SPAs) work daily with the pre- and post-award teams in OSP to assist and facilitate the award lifecycle process.

Important Training for the New Cost Transfer Policy - Additional Longwood Offering

Date: 
09/12/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

The second Longwood offering of the new Cost Transfer (CT) Policy training is now available. This session will be offered on Thursday, October 9th, 2014, in the Francois Xavier Bagnound Center, room G12. Please click the link to register and to get more information.

Update on FY 2015 Appropriations Bills

Date: 
09/10/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Congress is back in session this week, and there is still a lot of work to be done on the FY15 appropriation bills. Though there has been some talk of an omnibus, it appears more likely that since none of the 12 appropriations bills have passed yet, we will see a continuing resolution in order to avoid another shutdown. 

NCURA Region I Research Administrators Discussion Group (RADG) on “Working With Industry” will take place on September 17th

Date: 
09/09/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) is holding their next Research Administrators Discussion Group (RADG) meeting on next Wednesday, September 17th.  Registration is open through Friday, September 12th, please register online at ncuraregioni.org.

September 2014 is National Biosafety Stewardship Month

Date: 
09/08/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Among the things one doesn't want to find in an unused storage closet are decades-old vials containing smallpox.1 This and other recent eye-opening biosafety findings at federal labs have prompted a reaction from the highest levels. In an August 18, 2014 memo, the White House ordered that federal labs both take immediate action and institute long-term plans for continued safety.

NIH Offers Guidance on Significant Changes in Animal Activities

Date: 
09/05/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

What counts as a significant change in animal activities? Changing the species? Adjusting the anesthesia? Change in non-PI personnel? A recent notice from the NIH provides guidance on these issues and more in order to help research administrators and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) better understand the relevant policies.

Important Training for the New Cost Transfer Policy

Date: 
09/03/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

As of October 1st, 2014, Harvard’s new Cost Transfer (CT) Policy will go into effect. To ensure that the impact of this new policy is understood, it is highly recommended that all those involved with sponsored research across Harvard attend one of the new Cost Transfer Policy training seminars. Each session is approximately an hour and a half in length, and is designed to educate attendees on all major changes, such as the new criteria for determining what constitutes a CT and the changes in the naming conventions.

NIH Announces New Genomic Data Sharing Policy

Date: 
09/02/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Proponents for research accessibility received a big boost with a recent NIH policy on genomic data sharing. Published on August 27, 2014, the policy states that data from NIH-sponsored genomic research must be made accessible to other researchers via a federal database or approved alternative. This includes data from human and non-human subjects. The policy goes into effect for grant applications submitted for the January 25, 2015 deadline.

First Call for Marie Sladowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships, Part of Horizon 2020, Due Sep. 11

Date: 
08/28/2014
Author: 
Jennifer Ponting

The first call for the initial round of Marie Sladowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships (IF) under Horizon 2020 is due the 11th of September 2014. This fellowship was previous referred to as the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship. Specific information about the call can be found here.