Department of Defense
The Department of Defense has announced the following new funding opportunities:
Department of the Army - USAMRAA
FY15 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
Topic Areas: Acupuncture, Advanced Prosthetics, Burn Pit Exposure, Cardiovascular Health, Congenital Heart Disease, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, Healthcare-Acquired Infection Reduction, Hepatitis B, Hydrocephalus, Integrative Medicine, Metals Toxicology, Mitochondrial Disease, Nanomaterials for Bone Regeneration, Osteoarthritis, Pathogen-Inactivated Dried Plasma, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Psychotropic Medications. Respiratory Health (excludes lung cancer and mesothelioma), Sleep Disorders, Vascular Malformations, Women’s Heart Disease
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Clinical Trial Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Discovery Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Focused Program Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Investigator-Initiated Research Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Technology/Therapeutic Development Award
NIH Posts Reminder of Its Policy on Application Compliance
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a notice to remind applicants, both investigators and grants office officials, that to be fair to all concerned the NIH needs to consistently apply standards for application compliance.
In part, the notice states that NIH may withdraw any application identified during the receipt, referral and review process that is not compliant with the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide, the Funding Opportunity Announcement, and relevant NIH Guide Notices.
Examples of reasons an application may be withdrawn for non-compliance include:
Read the full notice at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-095.html.
- inclusion of biosketchs that do not conform to the required format
- applications that do not conform to page limit requirements
- applications submitted as new but containing elements of a resubmission or renewal application
- applications submitted after 5 pm local time
New Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rate for Use in Proposals
Negotiations with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regarding the University’s F&A rates have concluded. DHHS has approved a (3) three year F&A rate of 58.5% for CWRU, which is a 1.5 percentage point change from our previous rate of 57%. This rate will be effective through June 2016.
The new F&A rate should be used when preparing proposal budgets for awards with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2013 or after.
Read the full notice of this change at: https://ora.ra.cwru.edu/research/docs/2012.10.08_Facilities_and_Administrative_rate.pdf.
Limited Submission Reminder: NSF: Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)
Key Deadlines: July 31, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), September 22, 2015, 5:00pm EST (agency submission deadline).
This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution.
S-STEM scholarship recipients will be selected by the awardee institution, but must be enrolled full time in a program leading to an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in one of the following disciplines for each term for which a student receives a scholarship:
- biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields);
- physical sciences, including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science;
- mathematical sciences;
- computer and information sciences;
- technology areas associated with the preceding fields (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)
The S-STEM program emphasizes the importance of recruiting students to STEM disciplines, mentoring and supporting students through degree completion, and partnering with employers to facilitate student career placement in the STEM workforce. Participating institutions are expected to support the goals of the S-STEM program including the following: improved educational opportunities for students; increased retention of students to degree achievement; improved student support programs at institutions of higher education; and increased numbers of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of national need.
It is expected that scholarship recipients will achieve at least one of the following by the end of the scholarship award period: receive an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in one of the S-STEM disciplines; transfer from an associate degree program to a baccalaureate degree program or from an undergraduate program to a graduate program in one of the S-STEM disciplines; and successfully pass one or more of an institution's self-identified attrition points.
Number of Applicants: One per college within the university
For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.
Purchasing Computing Devices with Federal Funds under the New Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Parts 200.20 and 200.453)
Computing devices are machines used to acquire, store, analyze, process, and publish data and other information electronically and include accessories (or peripherals) for printing, transmitting and receiving, or storing electronic information. Computing devices costing less than $5,000 are not considered equipment and therefore are treated as supplies and materials. Therefore, if a computing device is to be acquired for use in the performance of a federal award, the computing device may be charged to the federal award provided that:
Determining whether a computing device is essential – The Principal Investigator should consider (and document) whether performing the work under the award without the computing device would be difficult and inefficient. An important measure of this is determining (and documenting) whether the anticipated cost of performing the work without the computing device is greater than the combined cost of performing the work plus the cost of acquiring the computing device.
- it is essential (i.e., necessary) to performing the work under the award, and
- the cost is allocable and reasonable.
Determining whether a computing device is allocable to a federal award – If a computing device is essential to and will benefit a federal award, it is allocable to that award. The cost may be allocated to a federal award even when its usage is not solely dedicated to it. However, the Principal Investigator should first consider the amount of benefit of the computing device to the project, and the cost should be allocated proportionally with a reasonable cost allocation methodology.
Determining whether the cost of a computing device is reasonable – The Principal Investigator must make an informed, prudent decision, taking into consideration not only the cost, but the utility, quality and value of the device to the project.
If a computing device is not essential to a federal award, it is not allocable (in whole or in part) as a direct cost to that award. In such cases, the computing device is considered to be a “general use” item and must be treated as an indirect cost expense (just like paper, pens and other general use supplies), and charged to an appropriate institutional funding source.
Please remember that all expenses charged to federal awards must conform to the cost principles specified in the OMB Uniform Guidance. Please consult with the Office of Research Administration if you should have any questions about whether you may charge a specific expense to federal funds.
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