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Please see below link for the Office of Sponsored Programs 2015 Annual Report:

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From Jean Feldman
Head, NSF Policy Office

Dear Colleagues:

You are invited to participate in the first National Science Foundation (NSF) Electronic Research Administration (ERA) Forum on April 27, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET. To participate in this forum, please Register Now.

The purpose of the Forum is to gather individual opinions and perspectives around NSF ERA activities. This open forum also will be used to present proposed solutions, collect feedback, understand how solutions may impact the community, and solicit volunteers for testing.

The first forum topic will be NSF’s Proposal Submission Modernization (PSM) initiative. PSM is a multi-year effort to modernize and migrate proposal preparation and submission capabilities from FastLane to Research.gov.

For more information about the NSF ERA Forum, please visit the Policy Office website at  https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/era_forum.jsp.  This forum has a limited number of spots. Please register early and feel free to rally in groups for the WebEx session. 

To sign up for future forum notifications, please send an email to NSF-ERA-FORUM-subscribe-request@listserv.nsf.gov.

Jean Feldman
Head, Policy Office 
Division of Institution & Award Portfolio 
National Science Foundation 

New Fringe Rates Effective February 11, 2016

External fringe benefit rates for grant budgets have changed, please be sure to use the updated excel budget templates on the OSP Templates web page http://www.hartford.edu/osp/osp-templates.aspx . If you have any qesitions please contact us. New rates are as follows:

39.56% for full time faculty and staff

8.61% for staff and faculty summer work, part-time staff (excluding adjuncts) and research assistants

7.65% for students during the summer when they are not enrolled, or when a school break exceeds five weeks. Students are ONLY exempt from FICA during the school year. Students may be exempt if they are enrolled during the school break period.

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (commonly called "Uniform Guidance") was officially implemented in December 2014 by the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR). The Uniform Guidance – a "government-wide framework for grants management" – synthesizes and supersedes guidance from earlier OMB circulars.

The reforms that comprise the Uniform Guidance aim to reduce the administrative burden on award recipients, while – at the same time – guarding against the risk of waste and misuse of Federal funds. Among other things, the OMB's Uniform Guidance does the following:

  • Removes previous guidance that is conflicting and establishes standard language;
  • Directs the focus of audits on areas that have been identified as at risk for waste, fraud and abuse;
  • Lays the groundwork for Federal agencies to standardize the processing of data;
  • Clarifies and updates cost reporting guidelines for award recipients.

Additional Information

  • Read a December 2014 blog post by The White House highlighting key policy reforms in the OMB's Uniform Guidance.
     
  • Read the full text of The Uniform Guidance, which was drawn from OMB Circulars A–21, A–87, A–110, and A–122 (which have been placed in past OMB guidances); Circulars A–89, A–102, and A–133; and the guidance in Circular A–50 on Single Audit Act follow-up.

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