OSP Blog

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

Upcoming Event: Strategic Management Utilizing Sponsored Research Metrics - What to Measure and Why

Date: 
10/31/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

Don’t miss this upcoming seminar on sponsored research metrics, presented by Cathy Breen, Senior Director, Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) and Stewart Clark, Senior Financial Analyst, Office for Financial Strategy and Planning (OFSP).

Write for the OSP Blog!

Date: 
10/28/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

The Harvard OSP Blog is a useful resource for the research administration community, not only here but around the world. Our blog has hundreds of subscribers and thousands of views every month, and we’re always on the lookout for contributions. Are you a member of the Harvard research administration community who wants to write an entry for the OSP blog? Let us know! 

Cambridge Subrecipient Monitoring Workshop 11/06/14

Date: 
10/23/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes
The Cambridge offering of the successful Subrecipient Monitoring Workshop will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 2:30pm - 4:00pm at 

Rise in Awards to Multiple PIs Prompts Questions about Systematic Hindrances to Team Science

Date: 
10/22/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Recently the number of grants awarded to research with multiple PIs has risen. A new report in Nature suggests this is a good thing for science, but that it may be hindered by current processes at both funding agencies and universities. The report, entitled “Together we Stand” specifically argues that “the academic career structure, originally conceived to reward self-sufficient independent researchers, continues to be implemented in a system now dominated by teams.”

Upcoming Harvard Uniform Guidance Information Sessions

Date: 
10/20/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Harvard OSP is pleased to announce upcoming information sessions on the new OMB Uniform Guidance. The Harvard Uniform Guidance Information Sessions will provide a basic overview of the Uniform Guidance and a summary of what has changed and what hasn’t. The goal of these sessions will be to address the impact of the Uniform Guidance on the research administrator, outlining existing and pending changes. Click the links below to register for a session.

NSF Issues Letter Encouraging RAPID Proposals for Ebola Research

Date: 
10/17/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

An NIH/NSF/USDA/EEID analysis of the Ebola situation in Nigeria found that rapid response and control are necessary to manage the virus outbreak. In an effort to increase our efficiency here, the NSF posted a Dear Colleague Letter yesterday inviting researchers to make use of the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism.

Agencies Promote Career Development, Clarify Dual Role of Postdocs and Grad Students

Date: 
10/16/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

The graduate student and the post-doctoral researcher are stuck between many things: career paths, levels of recognition, academic appointments, etc. But at least for the moment, their status within federal grants appears a little clearer. In a recent blog post by Dr. Sally Rockey, she elaborates on a recent clarification of how certain career development activities are handled with federal funds.

Reminder: New Requirements for Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs)

Date: 
10/14/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

This month, two reporting policies go into effect for the NIH. First, based on NOT-OD-14-113, reports on the use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers must be included in Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs), though not the IDPs themselves. This policy reflects the recent push by several federal agencies to emphasize development of young researchers.

The relevant section of the notice reads:

Federal Funding for Basic Research Up in the Air

Date: 
10/10/2014
Author: 
Eric Dorman

Science lobbyists in the U.S. (and in Europe) are pushing for increases in federal funding for basic research in order to revive and maintain American innovation. But many people don’t know what basic research is.

New Effort Reporting Policy Training in Longwood on October 30th, Cambridge Offering to Follow on November 7th

Date: 
10/10/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

In response to questions raised during training for ecrt, the University’s recently implemented electronic effort reporting system, a new Effort Reporting Policy Training has been developed. This training is strongly recommended for school based research administrators, tub effort coordinators, and central staff dealing with grant management or effort reporting.