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eResearch May 2019 Update, Release 5.3

The eResearch Proposal Management system (eRPM) was updated on Monday, May 6, 2019.

The following system enhancements, updates, and compliance changes are included with this release. See the What’s New page for more details and additional screenshots of the items summarized below.


Award and Award Modification Enhancements

  • Added list of email recipients to additional email notifications: Manage Hold (on/off), Deliverables Reminders (14 and 21 days past due), Award Modification Initiated.
  • Temporarily disabled the 35-day past due Deliverables Reminder email notification.
  • Added Primary Post Award Contact to PAF Workspace in all states.
  • Added Project/Grant (P/G) Title on $$$ tab.
  • Updated the sort order on Budget Periods for Start Date, End Date (oldest first)
  • Improved the system load time on All Awards, Modifications in Progress tab
  • Modified PI attestation and COI language on Sign PAF, Sign Award, Sign UFA, Change Conflict of Interest activities and on Award Change Requests (ACRs).

Compliance Changes to Proposal Approval Forms (PAFs), Unfunded Agreements (UFAs), Awards, and Award Modifications

The changes are summarized below; please refer to Research Activity Changes for more details and PAF Question Changes (previously communicated via RAPid on April 25, 2019).


Biosafety Changes

  • Changes to biosafety questions in PAF Section 5 - Research Activity:
    • Added new high-level question to determine if biosafety applies to this project:
      Does this project involve research in a U-M laboratory with biological materials? If “yes”, additional sub-question answers are required.
    • Use of recombinant DNA (rDNA) or synthetic nucleic acid (SNA) molecules?
      • If “yes”, an approved Institutional Biosafety Committee Application (IBCA) is required at the time of Award or Award Modification, regardless of biosafety level (BSL).
  • PI & Project Team personnel can use Update Research Activity on the PAF Workspace to answer the new required compliance questions and/or add associated HUMs (Human Subjects Applications), PROs (Animal Protocols), and IBCAs. The Update Research Activity is available in states where the PAF is not editable for changes before ORSP creates an Award.
  • In Unfunded Agreements (UFAs), compliance changes are reflected in the Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and Other, and in the UFA Summary.

Other Compliance Changes

  • Added new question for use of controlled substances to PAF Section 5 - Research Activity and UFAs:
    • Use of controlled substances (as defined by the Federal Controlled Substances Act) or Propofol in a U‐M research laboratory?
  • Split existing Export Controls/Classified Research into two questions:
    • Does the research project involve possible export controls or delivery of a physical item, such as a product or material, including models and prototypes?
    • Are there any enhanced security requirements for this project (e.g., CUI, FISMA, or classified research)?
      • If “yes” or “unsure”, a request will be sent to the U-M Security Officer for review when the PAF moves to the “Negotiation in Progress” or “Processing Award” states.


For more information on all eRPM updates, please visit the eRPM What’s New page. For questions, please contact the ITS Service Center.

ITS Service Center
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Friday: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

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