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CWRU ORA - News and Funding Opportunities
June 28, 2017  

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FY2017 F&A Split Rate Guidance

On February 13, 2017, CWRU received a new 60% federal Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Cost Rate effective for new and competing renewals beginning on July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2020. As of July 1, 2020 and thereafter, the rate will increase to 61%. We have begun receiving awards which are being issued with split rates, 58.5% for the months prior to July 1 and 60% for the remainder of the award period. Awards received with this split rate will remain at 58.5% until June 30th. Effective July 1, 2017 the F&A rate will increase to 60% for all expenses incurred July 1, 2017 or after. Then July 1, 2020 the rate will again be increased (if applicable) to 61% for all expenses incurred July 1, 2020 or after. Now Supports Login with CWRU Credentials

The Office of Research Administration is pleased to announce that CWRU visitors to NSF's website can now login with their CWRU network ID and password. This additional login option on their website will allow our researchers and research administrators an easier way to use all of the services that the NSF offers.

On the login page, there is an "Organization Credential" option on the right-side of the page where visitors can choose Case Western Reserve University. Selecting our university and then clicking the blue "Log In" button will either present the user with CWRU's SSO login screen or, if they are already logged into another SSO-supported CWRU app such as Gmail, they will be automatically logged into

Visitors will still need to have an activated NSF account which will be linked to your CWRU network ID the first time you login to CWRU researchers will still be able to use their NSF ID and password to login if preferred.

CWRU IRB to Begin Accepting Biomedical Protocols in July

Beginning July 3, 2017, the Case Western Reserve University Institutional Review Board (CWRU IRB) will expand its scope to accept protocols that are biomedical in nature in addition to social, behavioral and educational research protocols. Studies that take place at CWRU affiliate hospitals and/or involve patients, equipment or data at those sites will continue to be reviewed by the respective hospitals’ IRBs.

It is anticipated that this change will primarily affect CWRU researchers whose studies are not performed in hospital settings but involve some biomedical procedures, such as:

  • prospective collection of blood, teeth, saliva and other biospecimens;
  • FDA-regulated drugs, devices and biologics (but only if administration in a hospital setting is not required);
  • collection of biomedical data through noninvasive procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging, electrocardiography, ultrasound, doppler blood flow, and echocardiography.
Starting in July, researchers wishing to submit biomedically-oriented studies to the CWRU IRB will use the current CWRU iRIS system to enter protocols on a revised form. See below for training opportunities throughout the months of May and June. Training sessions will provide step-by-step instructions to guide users through the new submission process.

Social and Behavioral researchers will not experience any changes when submitting protocol applications to the CWRU IRB.

Questions regarding the expansion of the CWRU IRB’s scope can be directed to Kim Volarcik at

Training Sessions
All training sessions will be held in Sears Library Building, Room 670.

Monday, June 5, 9 – 10 am
Monday, June 5, 11 am – 12 pm
Friday, June 9, 1 – 2 pm
Tuesday, June 13, 12 -1 pm
Wednesday, June 14, 11 am – 12 pm
Friday, June 16, 9 – 10 am
Friday, June 23, 1 - 2 pm
Thursday, June 29, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Friday, June 30, 1 – 2 pm

Registration is online at:

To schedule a targeted training session for an individual department or school, contact Tracy Wilson-Holden at


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