Happy Cyber Monday! Read on for YouTube updates, new NIH R01 Checklist, NSF PAPPG Links, and more!
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ORSP Closing at 1:00 p.m. on Friday 12/4
ORSP will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4 for our holiday party. In case of emergency, calls to our main number (764-5500) will be forwarded to a private cell phone. Please contact us in advance with any questions, in order to allow staff to enjoy this event. Thank you!

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Research Administration News & Updates  Sponsor News and Resources
Funding Opportunities

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Research Administration News and Updates

YouTube channel features tutorials for navigating the ORSP website

Hopefully you heard about our new YouTube Channel in a recent RAPid communication. We hope you will follow us! 

We have added a playlist of mini-tutorials on Navigating the ORSP Website. We will continue to add to this if we find tips or tricks. Each of video is only about 30 seconds to one minute long, and watching the entire playlist will take less than 10 minutes. Please let us know your suggestions for additional topics. 
View the YouTube Playlist for ORSP Website Tips

Still time to take the RAP/RAPid Survey

We are extending our RAP/RAPid survey until December 4th to get a little more feedback. We have been bringing you The RAP (Research Administration Post) and the RAPid (RAP - Immediate Dispatch) newsletters for over a year and to date have sent over 260 communications!

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) and Finance - Sponsored Programs are committed to providing high quality, customer-focused communications that deliver the right information at the right time and to the right audience. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we want to see how our communications have changed and how we can do even better. 

If you have trouble accessing Google Forms, please feel free to reach out to orsp-communications@umich.edu to receive the survey in another format. 
Take the RAP/RAPid Survey!

Did you know? 

Did you know that when ORSP sends something we provide the tracking number in the notes section of the Proposal Approval Form (PAF) of the Log Submission, Log Partially Executed, or Log Fully Executed activity? If you ever need that information, please check those areas!

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Sponsor News and Resources

NSF Updates

NSF Publishes PAPPG

NSF has issued its revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide 16-1 (PAPPG), effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 15-1) continue to apply. Given the number of important revisions, proposers and awardees are strongly encouraged to review the Significant Changes and Clarifications and view the slides from the October Webinar summarizing the changes. Some include
  • Enforcement of 5:00 p.m. submitter’s local time;
  • Implementation of NSF’s Public Access Policy;
  • Proposal submission with proposal certifications by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR);
  • A news section regarding Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences on Dual Use Research of Concern;
  • Collaborators and Other Affiliations provided as a new single-copy document, instead of as part of the Biographical Sketch;
  • Submission of Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support separately for each senior personnel;
  • Submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date.
U-M faculty members who are submitting letters of intent, pre-proposals and/or proposals to NSF are also encouraged speak with their research administrators or their ORSP Project Representative well in advance of submission to make sure NSF’s changes are incorporated properly in their materials. 

A revised version of the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is also now available and applicable to all applications submitted, or due, to NSF on or after January 25, 2016 Please refer to Page 2 of the Guide for a summary of the significant changes, clarifications and other changes.  Any questions regarding the new Guide should be submitted electronically to policy@nsf.gov.

Keep apprised of this and other NSF issues on our Sponsor-Specific Resource pages.
A-133 Audit Report

NIH Updates

NIH/eRA Commons Lookup Tool

Tip: When a PI needs to use eRA (electronic Research Administration for National Institutes of Health) Commons, first check to see if they already have an ID before creating one. Go to our Find Faculty/Staff  in NIH eRA Commons website tool to check. If you are unable to locate an individual ID, or have questions regarding the use of eRA Commons User account, please contact Laura Cifor at 734-764-7234 or via email at orsp-nih-commons@umich.edu.
A-133 Audit Report

New Checklist for NIH R01 Submissions

The Research Project Grant (R01) is the original and historically oldest grant mechanism used by NIH. The R01 provides support for health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH. To support you in your submissions, ORSP has created an R01 Checklist. Use this before submitting to ORSP via eResearch.

Other Key NIH Updates

eRA Commons now has xTRACT
Extramural Trainee Reporting And Career Tracking (xTRACT) will be available as a new menu option on eRA Commons for applicants, grantees and assistants to create research training tables for progress reports and institutional training grant applications. It can be used with the following training grant award mechanisms: T32, TL1, T90/R90, and T15 for both progress reports and grant applications. Note that xTRACT can be used on a pilot basis for creating data tables for those mechanisms for Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted Dec. 1, 2015 or later and applications submitted for the May 25, 2016 due date and after.
We will have more NIH updates in December for you. Keep apprised of NIH issues on our Sponsor-Specific Resource pages.
American Heart Association

American Heart Association

Winter 2016 Programs

The American Heart Association ("AHA") has released Winter 2016 programs for both National and Midwest Affiliate. The science focus of each program relates in some capacity to cardiovascular and stroke research, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts. The relevant program names and their associated deadlines can be found on our AHA sponsor page.

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Call for 2016 Nominations

Distinguished University Innovator Award

Distinguished University Innovator Award

The U-M Office of Research is seeking nominations for the 2016 Distinguished University Innovator Award, the University’s highest honor for faculty who have shown leadership in bringing new ideas to the marketplace.
Nominees can include a faculty member of the tenured, tenure track or research faculty track, or a team of up to three such faculty members. Learn more details on the award criteria, the nomination and selection processes, and previous winners, such as the 2015 Distinguished Innovator Stephen Forrest. Nominations are due January 8, 2016 and the selection will be announced in February 2016.
Research Staff Recognition Awards

Research Staff Recognition Awards

The U-M Office of Research is seeking nominations for the two 2016 Research Staff Recognition Awards. The Distinguished University Research Administrator Award honors staff members from any of U-M’s three campuses who have demonstrated exemplary service over a number of years in research administration. The U-M Office of Research Exceptional Service Award recognizes one or more staff members from units affiliated with the U-M Office of Research who have shown exceptional performance. Learn about award criteria details and nomination guidelines, and previous winners such as 2015 recipients Cathy Handyside and Sharyn SivyerNominations for Research Staff Recognition Awards are due on January 25, 2016 and the selection will be announced in April, 2016.

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Professional Development & Events


Calling all staff biostatisticians:

Kick off the holiday season with a social hour and discussion forum. The MICHR Biostatistics Program cordially invites staff biostatisticians to a social event. 

Time: Friday, December 4th, 3 to 5pm, 2015
Place: North Campus Research Complex, Building 400, MICHR Collaboration Station (once you enter Building 400, there will be signs).
RSVP: http://umhealth.me/biostatsocial
MCIT developing proof-of-concept Report Catalog to help UMHS community find reports faster 

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Funding Opportunities

Be sure to also check the University of Michigan Find Funding Portal: http://funding.research.umich.edu




U-M Depression Center

U-M Medical School Competition Space

Questions: Contact Kim Weber: kimweber@med.umich.edu 

Oscar Stern Award for Depression Research - $50,000

Berman Depression Research Award $25,000

Strategic Translational Research Awards (STAR Awards) $10,000

December 21, 2015

U-M Coulter Translational Research Partnership

Accelerate the development and commercialization of new medical devices, diagnostics, and other biomedical products that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in health care.Contact Thomas Marten, Coulter Program Director, at tmarten@umich.edu or (734) 647-1680 to learn more.

American Heart Association

Winter 2016 Opportunities

ORSP Deadline:

January 6, 2016

February 1, 2016
L’Oréal USA for Women in Science Program

  February 5, 2016

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