New 72-hour policy for processing research proposals, Grants.gov training offered
10:10 a.m., Nov. 1, 2006--To better serve the University research community's growing number of electronic proposal submissions, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) has announced a new 72-hour policy for processing research proposals to funding agencies.
UD researchers will need to allow their institutional representative at OVPR a minimum of 72 hours (three business days) to review and approve funding proposals in advance of agency deadlines. The new policy will go into effect Jan. 3, 2007.
The policy change is reflective of the demands of electronic research administration, specifically the Grants.gov initiative for proposal processing for federal agencies.
“As many of our researchers know, the federal government is continuing to implement Grants.gov, its electronic proposal submission system,” Carolyn Thoroughgood, UD vice provost for research, said. “As more agencies make use of the electronic system, we need to make sure we have adequate time on the server for reviewing and approving research proposals before their due date. We want to avoid any electronic 'pile-ups' that might occur as more and more proposals flow into the pipeline.
“Our goal is to serve the University's research community in the best way we can, and this policy is designed to safeguard the investment of time and effort that goes into developing high-quality proposals,” Thoroughgood noted.
Currently, Sponsored Programs, a unit of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, processes in excess of 1,300 proposals per year, and of that number, between 400 and 500 proposals typically are funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Institutes of Health, and others, according to Christine Cook, assistant vice provost for research management and operations.
Starting January 2007, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will require that proposals be submitted using Grants.gov.
A training session for NIH grant applicants will be offered at UD on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The presentation, simulcast from the NIH web site, will be offered at two different times that day--from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and again from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Trabant University Center Movie/Lecture Theatre.
All NIH grant applicants and college research administrative staff are encouraged to attend. Registration for the session may be made via e-mail to [email@example.com] or by calling OVPR at 831-2136. The registration deadline is November 30.
Additionally, OVPR will present a follow-up workshop for all UD researchers and research administrators on “Using Grants.gov at the University of Delaware.” The workshop will be offered four different times-Dec. 11, 12, 13 and 14, from 9-11:00 a.m., in Room 209 of the Trabant University Center. Registrants need only attend one session.
To register, e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org] or call (302) 831-2136 by Thursday, Dec. 7.
Article by Tracey Bryant