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How will JE workflow when SSC transitions on Monday? Note ORSP's Wednesday closure for Staff Appreciation. Register for RAN (with SRA membership giveaway!). Be informed about sponsor budget cuts due to late reports
ORSP Updates Sponsored Programs Updates 
Funding Opportunities

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ORSP Updates

U-M Research Project Lifecycle

We've been busy. Your new Research websites are coming soon.

The University of Michigan (U-M) is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading research universities. This should be reflected in the caliber of our web sites and communications.

"The main goal of the redesign is to provide a one-stop destination for everyone involved in research administration and compliance across campus; to make the information you need more accessible and understandable; and to make it easier to get in touch with people who can answer your questions."

Executive Director for Strategic Communications, David Lampe.

In mid-2013 the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) set out to completely overhaul its web presence. Late that same year we partnered two other related web redesign projects: that of the Office of Research, and that of a new and expanded research compliance portal, for unique, but interconnected, websites. The new websites will refresh the current design and content of:

These new sites facilitate access to a wide range of key U-M resources, including the Business Engagement Center, Foundation Relations, eResearch, TechTransfer, Finance - Sponsored Programs, that are integral to the Research Project Lifecycle. 

Learn more about the new Research Project Lifecycle and upcoming launch.


ORSP Staff Appreciation Closure

On Wednesday, 4/22 from 8am-1pm for Staff Appreciation
On Wednesday, April 22, from 8:00am to 1:00pm, ORSP will close to allow staff to enjoy our Staff Appreciation breakfast and activities. We encourage you to submit and/or resolve any pressing issues as early as possible on Tuesday 4/21. Should a critical issue arise during our closure, please call the main phone number (734) 764-5500, which will be forwarded to a private phone. Thank you!

NIH Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

New U-M Genomic Data Sharing Policy for NIH  

According to NIH's new genomic data sharing policy, proposals submitted on or after January 25, 2015, in which the research generates large-scale human or non-human genomic data, you must ensure your data will be publicly available via a federal database or approved alternative. Read U-M's step-by-step instructions for Genomic Data Sharing on our website to help you.  
Terry Van Allen

Focus on UM-Flint Research and Sponsored Programs

Terry Van Allen was recently featured in the University of Michigan Flint News. Read on to learn more about UM-Flint Director of Research and Sponsored Programs as he discusses a range of research topics, relevant to all, in this wonderful interview with UM-Flint staff writer Robert Gold.  

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Finance-Sponsored Programs Updates

Journal Entry Request

SSC Full Transition on April 20: What it means for Journal Entry (JE)* Processing
* JE:  A method of recording transactions in the U-M's general ledger.

Monday, April 20th, marks the official transition of financial services to the Shared Services Center (SSC). For Sponsored JE orkflow, Units will no longer need to email the JE cover sheets to Instead, Units will upload all supporting documents in M-Pathways before JE Workflow begins. Keep in mind that with this new process, Sponsored Programs will no longer be able to make changes once JEs are in Workflow. Only the original creator can. Sponsored Programs will return the JEs to the Unit if changes are needed.

SSC Finance Courses Presentations & Video under FN100: Accounting Customer Service Going Forward.

Contact your Sponsored Programs Customer Service representative with questions about the process.

A-133 Audit Report

A-133 Audit Complete!

The 2014 A-133 audit is complete. The final PDF version of the report can be found at the Finance website:

Inspectors General

NSF Data Analytics Audit

NSF announced in November they were conducting a data analytics audit of the University of Michigan. They asked for all expenditure activity on NSF projects from 10/1/2011 – 9/30/2014. U-M Sponsored Programs sent that body of data, and NSF selected a sample of transactions to review. Sponsored Programs will notify all affected faculty and units that are part of the sample selection and will indicate what information they may be asked to provide.

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Sponsor News & Updates

Federal Agencies withholding funding for delinquent reports

DOD Agencies: Timely research reports help prevent cuts to funding

In recent letters leaders from several military research offices (including Air Force, various Army Medical base offices, and Department of Defense units), research funding officers re-sounded previous warnings. Timely reporting has a direct correlation to the DOD's own issuance of budget renewals. Dr. Joan Fuller of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research reminded grantees of this, saying that after having received a $7M budget reduction in FY14:
"[T]imely financial performance is still a hot issue within the DoD community ... I need your cooperation to make sure your PIs [principal investigators] are billing in a timely manner to prevent any future cuts to our Basic Research Program
Some agencies are beginning to make university visits to highlight this issue. 

Keep calm but please do take action. Contact Kathy DeWitt with questions.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH Updates
Grants Policy Statement Released (March 31, 2015)

Grants Policy Statement effective for budget periods starting on or after 12/26/14. See Announcement and summary of Significant Changes

Software Upgrade Could Delay Awards in May-June (April 9, 2015)

NIH software upgrade may mean delays for competing/non-competing awards from 5/19-6/3. This will not change terms/conditions of awards. NOT-OD-15-88 

Non-Compliance can have Serious Consequences (April 15, 2015)

Consistent with the trend that budgets are tight and more competitive than ever, NIH reminded research grantees that noncompliant applications can lead to denial, for reasons such as:

Amendment to Reporting Publications in RPPR (April 10, 2015)

Awardees encouraged to electronically report any publications in the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) previously reported using paper 2590 process or as part of competing renewal application. (NOT-OD-15-090)

Reminder: Biosketch Requirements Coming Soon

Remember, the modified biosketch format is required for applications submitted to NIH for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. Read more.
National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF Updates

FAQs on Uniform Guidance

The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Uniform Guidance implementation, to periodically updated.

FastLane Requests transitioning to

Beginning April 24, 2015, awardees will be able to create and submit three new budget-related requests on
  • salaries of administrative or clerical staff
  • travel costs for dependents
  • new participant support cost categories (e.g., incentives, gifts, t-shirts)
All other existing notifications and requests will continue to reside in FastLane and will be migrated in the future. Use FastLane credentials to login to and create requests. Contact Kullie Kennedy for questions. Also see notifications and requests informational page.

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Professional Development & Events

Please Join Us for the RAN Meeting

Join us at RAN!

What: Research Administrators' Network (RAN) meeting
When: Monday, May 4, 2015 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
Where: Michigan League Ballroom (Or attend virtually as we pilot a Webcast. Learn more when you register online.)
Who: RAAC Communications subcommittee is your host and our guest emcee is Cathy Seay-Ostrowski from the U-M Transportation Research Institute.
What is in it for me?
 Giveaway! For one lucky person to attend the Michigan Chapter Annual Society of Research Administrators Meeting, to be held at the Amway Grand Hotel and Conference Center, May 14-15! This is for the full 2-day registration plus affiliate membership to SRA International as needed (hotel and travel costs not included nor is vacation time pre-approved). Valued at up to $275. What a great way to get more deeply involved in research administration! This will be for in-person attendees only. 
Join us immediately after RAN in the Vandenberg Room, from 3:30pm-5:00pm, for the annual UMOR Recognition Awards Ceremony to honor Sharyn Sivyer and Cathy Handyside (and featured in the next issue of The RAP)!

Hacking Health

Research Partnerships: TechTown Detroit hosts Hacking Health for cross-border collaboration

Research partnerships at its best bringing business, technology, healthcare and countries together. Hacking Health brings together techies and designers with doctors, nurses, pharmacists and students from the US and Canada. Collaborate, dream up and design apps for patient-centric care. Held at Tech Town Detroit – an innovation hub just five minutes from the border. Partners include Wayne State University and U-M Fast Forward Innovation

Research Administrators Certification Council

RACC Seeks Board Member Nominations

The national Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) oversees the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam. It seeks candidates to serve on its Board. Nominations due by 4/20/2015. Email Joan Campbell ( for more information.

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Funding Opportunities

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 help find funding opportunities in a specific research area.

Sponsor and Link

Research Area / Description


Sponsor Deadline

Semiconductor Research Corporation


EECS, chemical and material sciences engineering, physics and chemistry. 

Call for White Papers in Logic and Memory Devices



National Science Foundation (NSF)

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) $10,000 6/19/15
National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) $400,000 7/21/15
National Science Foundation (NSF) Sociology Program-Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (Soc-DDRI) $20,000 10/15/15

Current Limited Submissions

View our Table of Current Limited Submission Opportunities. (We promote those managed by UMOR and support those managed by the Medical School.) 
Be sure to sign up for the Weekly Call for Intent to Submit to be informed of potential competitions.

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