OSP Blog

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

Online Module for Harvard Researchers

Date: 
09/29/2014
Author: 
Amy Maltzan

The University Research Administration Training Team (URATT) encourages you to check out the online module designed for Harvard researchers! This module helps support Harvard researchers in navigating their responsibilities and the regulations associated with receiving federal sponsored funding. 

Online Sponsored Research Trainings Available

Date: 
09/25/2014
Author: 
Roseann Luongo

If you are new to Research Administration, or are looking for a refresher on University training resources, then you should check out the Harvard University Sponsored Research Administration Training Guidelines!  This resource stipulates basic training guidelines for Harvard staff who work with sponsored funding.

Current Job Openings in OSP - Apply Today!

Date: 
09/24/2014
Author: 
Naomi Handler

Please see below for the current job openings within the Office for Sponsored Progams. Click here for application instructions. If you are interested in learning more about our positions, please refer to our Working in OSP page. 

Financial Analyst (Auto req ID 32903BR)

NSF EAGER Grants for Innovative Research: Relatively Easy to Get and Highly Underused

Date: 
09/22/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

“Innovative research” is one of those buzz terms that gets thrown around as the archetype of what university research should be as we move into the future. Conference speakers and policymakers alike promote such research, and federal and private agencies advertise several funding opportunities for it. But when it comes to actually engaging in innovative research, whether in terms of subject matter or in method, a significant amount of funding is left on the table.

Continuing Resolution Provides Temporary Funding Bridge into FY15

Date: 
09/19/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

The end of the federal fiscal year is just a few days away, and there has been some concern over the fact that Congress has not yet passed any appropriations bills for FY15. While the likelihood of an omnibus bill in the pre-election session was quite small, most members of Congress (and members of the research community) did not want a repeat of last year’s government shutdown. The best option seemed to be a continuing resolution (CR) to make sure federal agencies (NSF, NIH, etc.) could continue to sponsor research, and events this week point to a successful CR.

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.