Welcome to the Research Administration Post. June 2014.
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JUNE 2014 - ISSUE 2

In this Issue:

Featured Article Success Stories
  • Featuring one of 2014's Distinguished Research Administrators:
    Susan Johnson

Staff Spotlight
Best Practices & Updates Events & Professional Development Funding Opportunities

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Success Stories

This month we focus on Susan Johnson one of 2014's Distinguished Research Administrators.

Susan Johnson, Research Program Officer at the College of Pharmacy (CoP), has been selected as one of the recipients of the U-M Distinguished Research Administrator award.

While at the CoP, Susan has overseen a dramatic increase in grant submissions. 

Pharmacy faculty members remark that Susan has an "astonishing ability to help make grant applications better" and "exceptional skill at hunting down funding opportunities," as well as "professionalism, attention to details, knowledge of all possible drawbacks, enthusiasm, and interest." 

Susan shared that "research administration is an important element in making great science possible, and I’m honored to be recognized for my part in what is truly a team effort."
This incredible honor is in light of other key CoP accomplishments this year that include: Read more about the success of Susan Johnson and the College of Pharmacy:

Staff Spotlight

Krista Campeau

Krista Campeau recently assumed the duties of Export Controls Officer. She brings 12 years experience and demonstrated leadership at ORSP to this role having worked for 10 years on the industry team negotiating contracts and then managing the nonprofit team. She is currently working on an Export Compliance Professional Accreditation for EAR and ITAR.  After earning her J.D. from University of Detroit Mercy, Krista spent several years in a private law practice. 

Krista enjoys spending time with her children and traveling to U.S. National parks -- in fact she and her family will visit Yosemite National Park in Northern California this July. Krista also enjoys trail running, Bikram yoga and is currently training for a half marathon.
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Marie Turner

If you've worked on a nonprofit sponsored project you have probably spoken with with Marie Turner. Marie, an administrative assistant at ORSP, is retiring from U-M on June 30th after 24 years. Marie expressed her gratitude and acknowledged the support and kindness of her co-workers, marveling at how good relationships can enrich our day-to-day working lives. 

A unique situation for Marie is that her two daughters also work in research administration at U-M. She has enjoyed that she and Jana Deatrick (Institute for Social Research) and Corey Turner (School of Information) share an understanding of the fascinating and complex work we do. Additionally, Marie's son (Ben Turner) graduated from U-M. "It was always with pride that I could say 'University of Michigan'  when people asked me where I work. Working for U-M has improved my life and the lives of our family. I have met people from around the country and the world. They have shared their experiences and cultures with me. Who could ask for more?" Indeed! Please join us in wishing Marie the very best in her new chapter.

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Best Practices & Updates

New On-Campus IDC Rates

The indirect cost rate* for projects that are on-campus for "other sponsored activities" will be reduced from 30 to 29 percent as of July 1, 2014. See the current F&A rate agreement.

All projects affected will be reduced in the system, automatically changing to the new lower rate. No action is required by the department; however if you do have local files or spreadsheets using the old rate you may want to make adjustments for your own tracking and record keeping. 
*Indirect cost rates are also referred to as IDC rates, F&A rates, or Facilities & Administrative Costs.

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M-Inform change for July 1

Attention M-Inform Department Administrators: 

Starting July 1, 2014, M-Inform will use the discloser’s primary appointing department (instead of the administrative department) to automatically assign their Unit Reviewer. The Reviewer checks outside interest disclosures for conflicts of interest and commitment per unit guidelines. This change assigns reviewers who are closer in the unit’s supervisory structure to the disclosers. We hope that this change improves the efficiency of our COI procedures.
As an M-Inform Department Administrator, you maintain who has the Reviewer role for the departments in your unit. 
Be prepared for July!  Verify that all departments in your unit have a Reviewer(s) assigned and update the assignment, if necessary.  See the Manage Departments, Disclosers, and Roles in M-Inform procedure for instructions.

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Events & Professional Development

Congressional Hearing on Administrative Workload

LISTEN Event regarding Neurological Clinical Trials

When: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
What: The Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) network is hosting a one-day conference titled "LISTEN: Learning about Investigator-StakeholderTeam Engagement in Neurological Clinical Trials--A Conference on Patient Engagement in Clinical Trial Design for Neurologic Disorders." The conference is taking place at Rackham Assembly Hall on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Congressional Hearing on Administrative Workload

Congressional Hearing on Administrative Workload

If you missed the congressional hearing on Administrative Workload in Federally Sponsored Research, you can view and listen to it online

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Funding Opportunities

Current Limited Submissions

Limited Submissions are funding opportunities in which the sponsors limit the number of submissions allowed from an institution. For questions, contact: UMORlimitedsubmissions@umich.edu.
Be sure to sign up for the Weekly Call for Intent to Submit to be informed of potential competitions.
Sponsor, Link, Limit and Research Areas Amount Competition

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Medical Research Award Internal

Limit: 2

Research areas: Leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers of the blood. Includes conventional scientific research, and projects that combine integrative  therapies or botanical agents. 



U-M Internal:
July 1, 2014

August 15, 2014

Select Funding Opportunities

The following are select funding opportunities that may be of interest to the research community. Searchable third party databases (like SPIN and Pivot/COS) mine funding opportunities and are excellent resources to aid in finding funding.

Opportunity Name, External Link and 
Research Areas



The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship Program. For further information contact: Maureen Martin, Executive Director, Foundation Relations, martinms@umich.edu

USD $50,000 over two years Deadline: 
The U-M Center for the Discovery of New Medicines (CDNM) announces the availability of pilot funds up to $50,000 for projects focused on drug discovery.
Research Areas: Discovery and development of innovative new medicines for the treatment of human diseases.
Up  to $50,000  Deadline: 
PCORI Large Pragmatic Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes - Fall 2014 Cycle
Research Areas: Health Services Delivery, Clinical Trial, Health Care, Social Medicine, Minority Health Services
Up  to $90,000,000

Sponsor Deadline:

NCIIA's E-Team Program for Student Ventures
Research Areas: Business, Management and Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer
Up to $75,000 Sponsor Deadline:
Guggenheim Foundation, New Investigator Awards
Research Areas: New Faculty, New Investigator, Ph.D/M.D./Other Professional. Natural and Social Sciences and Humanities. Violence, Drugs or Drug Abuse, Domestic Violence, Family
$15,000 to $80,000 Sponsor Deadline:
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Research Areas: Cell Biology, Biochemical Engineering, Diabetes, Immunology, Biochemistry
$1,500,000 Sponsor Deadline:

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