OSP Blog

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

Upcoming Subrecipient Monitoring Training Workshop - Longwood Offering 9/10/14

Date: 
08/22/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

This fall, the University-wide Subrecipient Monitoring Committee is again offering their highly successful in-person, case-study based training seminar.

NIH Steps Up Enforcement of Public Access Policy

Date: 
08/20/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Advocates for open access to scientific research received their first major victory with the Consolidated Appropriations Act in 2009, which included the foundation for the NIH Public Access Policy. The policy requires that published research funded by the NIH must be made accessible on PubMed Central (PMC), a full-text online archive, within 12 months of publication. Since then more than 3 million articles have been posted to PubMed Central, and now that open access has become even more in demand, the NIH is strongly enforcing the Public Access Policy.

The Researcher has Two Faces: NSF Experiments with Applicants as Reviewers

Date: 
08/18/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

While I was a graduate student I was also a teacher, and it only took about two days of teaching for me to take back everything bad I ever said about teachers. Sometimes you need to experience both sides of a particular dynamic in order to develop both your own performance and the system as a whole. This idea was part of the rationale behind a recent NSF experiment by experienced program officer George Hazelrigg wherein applicants for a funding competition were also required to be reviewers. 

Financial Reporting Application Portal (FRAP) Information Now on Our Website

Date: 
08/15/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

What is FRAP? Where can I find FRAP? FRAP? 

These are some of the questions we regularly get through our website, and “FRAP” is one of our top search terms. Now we have a dedicated page on our website to answer these inquiries about the Financial Reporting Application Portal (FRAP), Harvard’s web-based application developed to facilitate the process of invoicing and financial reporting to extramural sponsors.

Introducing the Recent Legislation Page

Date: 
08/13/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Last week we blogged about the federal budget process, but the budgets are just part of the federal influence on research funding. How will the COMPETES Act, TRANSFER Act, or DATA Act affect research and research administration?

Big Data Goes Mainstream with Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K)

Date: 
08/11/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Recently we blogged about the rise of “Big Data” and its possibilities for university research. Now those possibilities are beginning to come to light with the NIH’s implementation of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. The focus on big data will create several opportunities with the information itself, but also with developing methods for using that data.

EU Research Funding Creates Opportunities and Concerns

Date: 
08/08/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Research funding in the European Union appears to be on the rise. The European Commission is releasing multiple research funding opportunities through its Horizon 2020 initiative, and Science Foundation Ireland is offering €5 million to scientists who are willing to move themselves and their projects to Ireland, just to name a couple. And the demand is there to match.  Horizon 2020 in particular is receiving a record number of proposals.

Will We Get That Research Funding or Not? Understanding the Federal Budget Process

Date: 
08/06/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

With all the news, blogs, tweets, etc. about the back and forth over the federal budget, it’s easy to forget that there is an annual process built in to keep federal funding going (except, of course, when it doesn’t). For research administrators, it’s helpful to have a solid grasp of this process in order to think long term and to answer potential questions from researchers who may only read those blogs and tweets.

REACH Foundations Program - There's Still Time to Apply for Fall 2014!

Date: 
08/04/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

The Research Excellence in Administration Certificate at Harvard (REACH) Program, a University-wide training program designed for sponsored research administrators, is currently accepting applications for the fall 2014 offering of the Foundations level course.

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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