OSP Blog

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

The OSP Blog is Taking a Short Break

Date: 
07/25/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

The OSP Blog will be taking a short break next week to accommodate some website maintenance. We will be back on Monday, August 4. In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions for future blogs, let us know at osp_webmaster@harvard.edu.

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Single PI vs Multiple PI: What’s the Difference and Does it Affect Grant Award Rates?

Date: 
07/23/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Often we think of the principal investigator (PI) as the CEO of a particular research project, but not all projects thrive under the leadership of a single person. Whether it’s their scope, complexity, or interdisciplinary reach, some research projects require multiple people sharing the top role. In those cases, agencies offer the option for multiple PIs to be listed on a single grant application.

NSF Urges More Detailed Mentorship Plans in Grant Proposals

Date: 
07/21/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Recently we blogged about the push for mentorship plans in NIH-sponsored research, and now the NSF appears to be moving in the same direction. Though the evidence is mostly anecdotal at this point, a number of researchers have noticed that comments on their NSF grant proposals specify the need for detailed, data-driven plans for mentorship within their research projects.

OMB Uniform Guidance News, Information, and Other Resources on our Website

Date: 
07/17/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

The effective date for the new OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200: Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards) is still a few months away, but Harvard OSP is working hard to implement the changes in our operations, policies, and guidance. Between now and the effective date (December 26, 2014!), we will be updating our website with the newest information available and other useful resources. Find our OMB Uniform Guidance page here, and check back often for new content.

Scheduled GMAS Outage this Weekend

Date: 
07/15/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

There will be a GMAS outage this weekend. From an FSS Research Administration Systems Team email:

GMAS will be down from Friday, July 18th at 7PM until Sunday, July 20th at 7PM for a release. The release includes a move to virtual servers, which requires a longer outage than normal. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

The NIH Common Fund Celebrates 10 Years

Date: 
07/14/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

In 2003 the NIH director and the heads of all NIH Institutes and Centers met to develop a plan for funding biomedical research that didn’t quite fit the normal organizational and disciplinary categories. The result was the NIH Roadmap, which became the NIH Common Fund. The Common Fund receives 1% from each of the Institutes and Centers and pools it together to create a fund for interdisciplinary research projects. This June marked the 10th anniversary of the Fund.

Cost Principles in the OMB Uniform Guidance: Understanding the Big Changes

Date: 
07/10/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

With just under six months to go before the new OMB Uniform Guidance takes effect, the research administration community is working around the clock to both understand the new guidance and make adjustments to relevant policies. The best approach seems to be to take the Uniform Guidance in small pieces and work through the major changes. 

I-Corps Pilot Now Open to NIH Researchers Who Want to Commercialize Their Research

Date: 
07/08/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

The NSF and NIH recently announced that they will collaborate to expand the pilot of the I-Corps program to include researchers who receive SBIR and STTR funding from NIH. In short, the I-Corps program assists researchers in taking federally-funded research and commercializing it in the marketplace. Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, writes that researchers in I-Corps will learn the following principles and more:

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Releases Report on Humanities Research Funding

Date: 
07/07/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

It’s no secret that the humanities receive far less than the sciences when it comes to sponsored research funding. Though humanities funding does come from a wide variety of sources, spending on humanities research is only 0.55% of spending on science and engineering research and development. And while humanities funding has recently increased, total spending is still under pre-recession levels.

U.S. Cluster Mapping Project Opens Wealth of Regional Business Data for Researchers

Date: 
07/02/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

The U.S. Cluster Mapping Project has opened its doors to the public. The project is a collaboration between the U.S. Economic Development Agency and the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, and through its website it aims to provide open and interactive data on regional clusters of industry.