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.
NEW Limited Submission: NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
Key Deadlines: October 5, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU internal letter of intent), January 13, 2016, 5:00pm EST (proposal due to sponsor).
The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.
To accomplish the program's goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The instrument is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (in contrast to requests for multiple instruments that enable research in a common or focused research domain, which MRI does not support). The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or that will be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.
Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.
Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot include it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.
Department of Defense
The Department of Defense has announced the following new funding opportunities:
Department of the Army - USAMRAA
DoD Prostate Cancer Physician Research Training Award
DoD Prostate Cancer Postdoctoral Training Award
DoD Prostate Cancer Collaborative Undergraduate Historically Black Colleges and Universities Student Summer Training
DoD Prostate Cancer Exceptional Responders Award
DoD Prostate Cancer Impact Award
DoD Prostate Cancer Dr. Barbara Terry-Koroma Health Disparity Research Award
DoD Prostate Cancer Idea Development Award
DoD FY15 Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study Award
Interested in applying for an NCAI grant?
The NHLBI-funded NIH Center for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) at Cleveland Clinic has recently established monthly one-on-one meeting opportunities for investigators interested in the NCAI program for developing their cardiovascular, lung, blood, or sleep disorder technologies.
These on-site meetings are designed to promote the program and encourage individual discussion opportunities with NCAI program managers. The NCAI is committed to providing ongoing engagement with investigators from across CWRU schools and departments to build a pipeline of projects for the program funding cycles. These information sessions will focus on investigator readiness and the funding requirements of the NCAI.
If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please contact Denise Miller at 216-368-1158 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting with one of the NCAI program managers. All meetings will be held on the CWRU campus starting Thursday, July 9th, and on the third Thursday of each month thereafter. Meetings will be scheduled in the afternoons.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Anne DeChant in the SOM Office of Translation and Innovation (email@example.com,216-368-8867).
Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative – Career Development Training Opportunity
The Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) KL2 a post-doctoral training program with an emphasis on multidisciplinary clinical and translational research, offers an innovative career development opportunity for qualified candidates.
The CTSC KL2 is designed to train the nation’s future leaders in clinical and translational research, and is part of the NIH Roadmap aimed at “re-engineering the clinical research enterprise.” The CTSC KL2 has just welcomed this year’s cohort of scholars, who were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants:
- Mohamed Abazeed, MD, PhD (Radiation Oncology; Translational Hematology & Oncology, CCF)
- Stefanie Avril, MD (Pathology, CWRU)
- Nicholas Schiltz, PhD (Epidemiology & Biostatistics, CWRU)
- Jennifer Sweet, MD (Neurosurgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center)
CTSC KL2 is now seeking applications for next year’s cohort.
Qualified candidates must:
- Hold an MD, PhD, DDS, PharmD, PsyD, or equivalent degree
- Demonstrate a keen interest in clinical research
- Have an appointment in one of the CTSC partner institutions on or before July 1, 2016
- Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status
Each scholar will embark on a 4-year program of intensive training in multidisciplinary team-based, patient-oriented clinical research, combining an innovative curriculum with mentored research experiences.
Applications will be accepted between 7/1/15 and 10/12/15.
For more information, contact Beth Spyke, MPA, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 216.444.2702 or Raed Dweik, MD, at email@example.com / 216-445-5763. You may also request to schedule an information session.
For additional information, visit the CTSC webpage.
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