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.
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.
Department of Defense
The Department of Defense has announced the following new funding opportunities:
Department of the Army - USAMRAA
DoD Lung Cancer Career Development Award
DoD Lung Cancer Exploration Award
DoD Lung Cancer Idea Development Award
2014 COI Disclosure Status Reflected in Sparta System
The deadline for submission of CWRU 2014 Outside Interests Disclosure forms was April 1, 2015. The Sparta System reflects those who have submitted their 2014 disclosure to the Conflict of Interests (COI) Office.
Please be aware, however, that if individuals listed as key personnel on proposals in Sparta have not completed the 2014 Outside Interests Disclosure process, those individuals will need to do so before proposals can continue in the approval workflow. It is important to allow enough time to address any instances of overdue disclosures when submitting a proposal.
For assistance with the disclosure process or any questions, contact the staff of the Conflict of Interests Office at 216-368-0838 or 216-368-5963 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NEW Limited Submission: 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.
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