OSP Blog

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

Harvard University FY14 A-133 Federal Audit Report Filed

Date: 
03/03/2015
Author: 
Roseann Luongo

The Harvard University FY14 A-133 Report has been filed with the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. A PDF version of the report can be found on our website. Harvard University is required to have an A-133 audit performed on an annual basis because we spend more than $500,000 per year in Federal Funding. This threshold has been increased to $750,000 under the Uniform Guidance.

NIH Updates on Uniform Guidance Implementation

Date: 
03/02/2015
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Today Dr. Sally Rockey in the NIH OER office published a blog post with updates on how the NIH is implementing the new Uniform Guidance. The recently released NIH Interim Grant General Conditions, which apply to “all new and supplemental funding provided by Notices of Award issued on or after December 26, 2014,” will serve as a placeholder until an official updated Grants Policy Statement is released. Dr.

Upcoming GMAS Basics & Requests Sessions

Date: 
02/26/2015
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

Brought to you by the University Research Administration Training Team, GMAS Basics & Requests is a full-day instructor-led course that provides attendees with an introduction to Harvard’s Grants Management Application Suite (GMAS) and how it is used to manage sponsored projects. Class is held in a computer lab to provide students with hands-on training.

Final "Collaborating on Grant Closeout" Information Session is Rescheduled for Monday, 3/16!

Date: 
02/25/2015
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Due to storm closures, the last information session on grant closeout has been rescheduled.

The new Uniform Guidance, which documents updated Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit requirements for all federal awards, became effective on December 26, 2014. Federal agencies are enforcing new closeout rules, so be sure you are informed. We have already held three information sessions on the impact of these changes. The last session is scheduled for Monday, 3/16! 

A Student’s Take on REACH: Foundations

Date: 
02/20/2015
Author: 
Mark O'Brien

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Update on the President’s FY16 Budget Request

Date: 
02/11/2015
Author: 
Jon Groteboer

The White House today sent President Obama’s FY16 budget request to Congress beginning the annual budget and appropriations process to set spending for the federal fiscal year that begins on October 1. Unlike in the recent past, the President’s budget arrived to Capitol Hill on time this year. Overall, the budget proposes eliminating sequestration and boosting total discretionary spending levels by 7 percent.

R03 and R21 Applications May Now be Submitted via NIH ASSIST

Date: 
02/09/2015
Author: 
Eric Dorman

In a recent notice, the NIH announced that R03 (Small Research Grant) and R21 (Exploratory/Development Grant) applications may now be submitted via the online ASSIST system. The continued growth of the ASSIST system is helping to streamline the application submission process, and the NIH hopes to expand ASSIST to include R01 award applications by May 2015.

Final "Collaborating on Grant Closeout" Information Session is Monday, 2/9!

Date: 
02/05/2015
Author: 
Eric Dorman

The new Uniform Guidance, which documents updated Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit requirements for all federal awards, became effective on December 26, 2014. Federal agencies are enforcing new closeout rules, so be sure you are informed. We have already held three information sessions on the impact of these changes. The last session is scheduled for this Monday! 

NIH’s Matchmaker Helps Researchers Find Funding

Date: 
02/02/2015
Author: 
Eric Dorman

With the rise of research projects that overlap multiple specializations, it can be difficult for researchers to identify where to apply for federal funding. To address this difficulty, the NIH provides a great tool as part of its RePORT offerings that will match up your potential research project with others that have received NIH funding. The tool is called Matchmater, and it is the subject of Dr. Sally Rockey’s most recent blog entry.

Upcoming "Collaborating on Grant Closeout" Information Sessions

Date: 
01/30/2015
Author: 
Eric Dorman

The new Uniform Guidance, which documents updated Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit requirements for all federal awards, became effective on December 26, 2014. Federal agencies are enforcing new closeout rules, so be sure you are informed. We have already held two information sessions, and we will be having two more over the next few weeks.