OSP Blog

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

The Federal False Claims Act (FCA) and Its Impact on Research Administration, 1/29/15

Date: 
01/26/2015
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm in Cambridge, the Lamont Library Forum Room, please join Jeff Seo, HMS Director of Research Compliance, as he explores the Federal False Claims Act (FCA) in this engaging and insightful seminar. Please click the link to register. This session takes a historical look at the origins of the FCA and its utilization as an enforcement tool to combat fraud, waste, and abuse.

Current Job Openings in OSP - Apply Today!

Date: 
01/23/2015
Author: 
Eric Dorman

We're hiring! Please see below for the current job openings within the Office for Sponsored Programs, and click here for application instructions. If you are interested in learning more about our positions, please refer to our Working in OSP page.

Seminar: The Federal False Claims Act (FCA) and Its Impact on Research Administration, 1/29/15

Date: 
01/21/2015
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm in Cambridge, the Lamont Library Forum Room, please join Jeff Seo, HMS Director of Research Compliance, as he explores the Federal False Claims Act (FCA) in this engaging and insightful seminar. Please click the link to register. This session takes a historical look at the origins of the FCA and its utilization as an enforcement tool to combat fraud, waste, and abuse.

Important Updates Coming to Fastlane and Research.gov on January 26

Date: 
01/20/2015
Author: 
Jennifer Lech

On January 26, NSF is scheduled to release software updates to both Fastlane and Research.gov.  The release will implement the revised NSF policies developed in response to the Uniform Guidance, increase the number of GPG-specific automated compliance checks on proposals, and incorporate general feedback from NSF staff and the research community.

Some of the key updates to Fastlane will include:

New Online Course: Introduction to the OMB Uniform Guidance

Date: 
01/13/2015
Author: 
Amy Maltzan

Did you miss out on attending one of the OMB Uniform Guidance Information Sessions in December? Or perhaps you're looking for a recap of what was covered in the Information Sessions? We are excited to announce the launch of a NEW online course, Introduction to the OMB Uniform Guidance! 

NIH Simplifies Late Application Submission Policy

Date: 
01/12/2015
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Until recently, different types of NIH applications came with different types of late submission policies. With a December 17, 2014 notice, the NIH simplified late application submission rules for most applications, and the new policy goes into effect for applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2015.

Upcoming Information Sessions on New Closeout Rules

Date: 
01/08/2015
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 will be having four information sessions over the next few weeks. These “Collaborating on Grant Closeout” sessions are booking up, so be sure to register here:

NIH Announces FY2015 NRSA Stipends, Tuition/Fees, and Other Budgetary Levels

Date: 
01/06/2015
Author: 
Jennifer Lech

In a December 30, 2014 notice, NIH announced the NRSA Stipends, Tuition/Fees, and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for FY2015. The revised levels will be effective with all NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2014.

Stipend levels have been increased on average by 2%. There have been no changes to the Tuition and Fees, Training Related Expenses, and the Institutional Allowance levels from FY14 to FY15.

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

Date: 
01/06/2015
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

New NIH Salary Cap Goes Into Effect on January 11, 2015

Date: 
01/05/2015
Author: 
Eric Dorman

In case you missed it over the holidays, the new NIH salary cap was announced on 12/30/14. Effective on 1/11/15, the maximum direct salary that an individual can receive will increase from $181,500 to $183,300. The notice reminds us that the direct salary is “the annual compensation that the applicant organization pays for an individual's appointment, whether that individual's time is spent on research, teaching, patient care, or other activities.