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Spring 2022

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21+ Questions with the Research Administration Community

New Feature!

In this new segment, brought to you by the research administration advisory council (RAAC) Communications subcommittee, we select members of our U-M research administration community to interview, include a few questions and answers here in The RAP, and then encourage you to visit the page on Slack to read the remaining 21 or more questions! If you are not a member and would like to be, contact us at

We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Sally Sivrais as much as we did!  

Sally SivraisSally Sivrais
Senior Manager,
Research Administration
What is your role in research?
A: I am a department research administrator and a senior manager currently working with the physical medicine and rehabilitation department in Michigan Medicine.

What led you to this career? 
A: It was serendipity. My first job in 1984 was as a Research Secretary at the School of Public Health supporting community health faculty and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). I also typed doctoral dissertations after work. Handwritten pages and typewriters were still being used.

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?Bronze Statue of Margaret Thatcher
A: I have a habit tracker that I use on a daily basis. Last year, I joined MindValley, an on-line learning platform, and took a 6-week course called LifeBook, where I created my life goals and then identified the next steps to live the life I choose.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
A: Pretend you are Margaret Thatcher! Then, wherever you are - you have a strong backbone, confidence, and a lot of faith in yourself. 

Who is your greatest role model or mentor in life?
Dr. James S. JacksonA: The late Dr. James S. Jackson - Psychology faculty member in the Research Center for Group Dynamics, Program for Research on Black Americans, and became Director for the Institute for Social Research (ISR). He was smart and kind. He had a vision for a better world. I enjoyed working with him for 10 years.
Curious to learn more about Sally? Click through to read all her answers to our 21+ questions on our RA Forum on Slack! If you have a suggestion on who to interview for this segment, please reach out to  


The 2021 Uniform Guidance Single Audit is Complete

National Archives Building - Uniform GuidanceThe 2021 Single Audit is complete and contains two findings, one related to financial aid and the other related to Department of Education (DOEd) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) reporting. Neither is associated with any pass-through awards to the University.

The Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC) has accepted U-M’s Data Collection Form (DCF) submission and the report itself. 

Seeking an eRA Commons ID at U-M? First get eRPM Access.

eRA Commons website for NIHWe want to save you time! Please let your faculty and staff know that before the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) can issue a new Commons ID (or affiliate an existing ID with U-M), the requestor must have signed into eResearch.

Background: When faculty or staff wish to work with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), they may need an NIH Commons ID for NIH's electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons website.

ORSP manages those IDs for NIH, on behalf of U-M. We recently announced our updates to the 
NIH Commons ID request form and the lookup in eResearch. We want to remind everyone to please access the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system first, before requesting an ID.

Why? Once we create your Commons ID, we log it in eRPM for the lookup/search functionality. However, we can't complete that work unless you've accessed eRPM.

For instructions on accessing eRPM, please see:

Other Tips:

  • If you already have a Commons ID, and you wish to add or change a role, please include your Commons ID in your request.
  • Most existing Commons IDs can be found in eRPM. For instructions, see: Search eRA Commons ID on eResearch.



May 18, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.

RAN EmceesJoin us at 2:00 p.m. today, but you must register for Zoom access.

Our guest emcee is Grace Wu, Managing Director of the Taubman Institute at the Medical School, overseeing finance, research administration, human resources, and development.

We are excited to host guests from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) who will provide valuable career information for research administrators.

Innovation Partnerships organization, as well as our regular updates.

Thank you!
~The RAAC Communications Subcomittee

Protocol Document Writing Workshop - Thursday, May 19

GrantwritingJoin the Clinical Trials Support Office (CTSO) for a virtual Protocol Document Writing Workshop (register here) on Thursday, May 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. During the workshop, we’ll examine and discuss examples of successful and unsuccessful protocol documents. Attendees also have the option to bring in-progress documents to receive feedback from the group.

A wealth of available resources will also be shared during the workshop including templates, checklists, and U-M research support services to aid teams in drafting robust protocol documents that support participant safety, data integrity, and regulatory compliance.

NCURA Provides Agency Update Webinars 

NCURA logo
NCURA allows its members to share their video resources with colleagues at one's institution. View these latest videos on agency updates from the March 2022 meeting are now available on our NCURA video page on the ORSP website.

NSF Policy Office Webinar Series

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is offering a 2022 NSF Policy Office Webinar Series.
  • See NSF's latest video on the important topic of Current and Pending Support. Jean Feldman and Jeremy Leffler explain requirements for proposers to adhere to when reporting their current and pending support. (Learn more in the following articles below about NSF Current and Pending Support.)
  • Also, look for an upcoming NSF video on Subrecipient Monitoring in June. 


NSF UpdatesNSF Logo

Use now for NSF Proposals - FastLane to Retire in January 2023 

Many NSF solicitations will now start requiring the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals in response to program descriptions. You must transition from FastLane now. Thank you! Learn more.

Table for Biosketch and Current and Pending Support 

NSF has issued an updated version of the table titled NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support.

Learn more about Current and Pending Support Reporting (for NSF and Other Sponsors) and Other Support Reporting (for NIH) on the ORSP website. 

New Postdoctoral Fellowship Proposal Type on 

A new Postdoctoral Fellowship proposal type is available in for proposals submitted in response to postdoctoral fellowship solicitations that do not contain reference letter requirements. The postdoctoral fellowship solicitations will be updated to include information about proposal preparation and submission in Learn more.

Ruth Kirschstein polio researcher and former head of NIH

Ruth L. Kirschstein 1926-2009
Known for Polio vaccine safety research.
First woman appointed as a director
of an NIH Institute.


NRSA Stipend Levels Released

NIHThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced new Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend Levels for Fiscal Year 2022, and subsequently corrected the levels on Friday, May 13, 2022, in NOT-OD-22-132.

This Notice establishes stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2022 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows, as shown in the tables within the notice.

Action Required for New RPPR Budget Forms

The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Module in eRA Commons users will want to be aware that budget forms will be updated to a new format. As a result of this update, users with in-progress RPPR forms will be required to redo budget form data if the in-progress RPPR is not submitted by June 22, a day before the release.
  • Therefore, we recommend that in-progress RPPRs be submitted by Wednesday, June 22, to avoid having to redo budget forms after the cutover.
  • If that is not possible, we recommend you delay completing the budget forms until after Thursday, June 23, to avoid re-work.
RPPRs submitted on or before June 22 will reflect the FORMS-F budget forms. Due dates for submission of the RPPR remain unchanged. Read more at

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