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Research Administrator (RA) conference - Wednesday April 9th - see details here.

Date NIH (click on links below to see more information)
  • NIH Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements

    • (1) See notice NOT-OD-12-160 to understand the changes to NIH Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related Efforts to Enhance Compliance.

      (2) New Tools: NIH made changes to My NCBI that improve the workflow and communication between PD/PIs and non- PD/PI authors. It is now easier for PD/PIs to track compliance of all papers arising from their awards, even they do not author those papers. See more information here >>

      (3) See Evidence of Compliance >>

      (4) To review a recorded webinar designed for Compliance Officials at grantee institutions responsible for adhering to the NIH Public Access Policy see transcripts and slides here >>


  • NIH transition to electronic submission of Multi-Project Applications (10/12)

  • NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

    • The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has mandated that federal agencies implement a federal-wide research performance progress report (RPPR) for submission of required annual or other interim performance reporting on research grant and cooperative agreement awards to standardize recipient reporting on federally-funded research projects.

      NIH Implementation of the RPPR - All NIH grantees will have the option to use the RPPR for Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship progress reports beginning 10/19/2012. The use of the RPPR will not be required at this time and grantees may continue to use eSNAP or paper submissions as appropriate.

      For further information please click here (

  • WEBINARS: Changes to the NIH Public Access Policy and the Implications to Awards

    • This webinar is designed for Compliance Officials at grantee institutions responsible for adhering to the NIH Public Access Policy.

      Please see transcripts and slides here >>  

  • Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements

    • Please read important upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance here >>  

  • Notice of Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts

    • Notice Number NOT-OD-14-043 provides information regarding the salary limitation for NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards (referred to as grants). Executive Level II salary has increased by 1 percent from $179,700 to $181,500 by Executive Order 13655. You will also find additional information regarding this salary cap here.

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Date NSF (click on links below to see more information)
  • NSF Memo regarding recent changes to expense reimbursement requests

    • Please see Research Office memo as a reminder of recent changes made by the National Science Foundation (NSF) regarding a new system for expense reimbursement requests.


  • NSF Certification Requirement

    • The University of Delaware is committed to ensuring the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct in research. Important to this commitment is the provision of ongoing training opportunities appropriate to the endeavors of the University Community. Numerous opportunities to explore the responsible conduct of research are embedded within existing curricula, most especially in undergraduate and graduate research methods courses, campus‐wide workshops, undergraduate summer scholars’ ethics training, and seminars. More information on these offerings may be obtained by contacting the Director of Research Compliance.

      The University of Delaware is required to certify a plan to provide training and oversight in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) at the time of proposal submission to the National Science Foundation. It is the responsibility of the NSF awarded PI to ensure that all personnel working on NSF funded projects receive the required training. Documentation of this training must be provided to the Research Office. The training requirement extends to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and post‐doctoral trainees working on NSF funded projects. While research methods classes and seminars may serve to partially fulfill this requirement, two additional offerings should be noted:

      Annual Winter Session Workshop on the Responsible Conduct of Research for Graduate Students and Post‐doctoral Trainees. This 2 day workshop is divided into half‐day modules that explore specific issues related to the Responsible Conduct of Research. Each half‐day session carries a separate non‐credit course number and completion is noted on student transcripts. Post‐doctoral fellows receive written certification of completion.

      CITI Responsible Conduct of Research Training. CITI has designed and implemented an RCR course that is partially funded by the Office of Research Integrity and DHHS. Completion of CITI training is reported to the Research Office for documentation, and those who complete the training may also print a completion certificate. CITI training is discipline specific, and participants should choose the program that most closely fits their programs of study. For additional information about this training visit the CITI home page.

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  • NSF Reporting Changes (Effective 01/2013)

    • All NSF project reporting will transfer from FastLane to the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

      Principal investigators and co-PIs will use to meet all NSF project reporting requirements, including submission of annual, final, and interim project reports and the project outcomes report.

      Where can I get more information?

      The following resources from are very helpful to get started.
      1. Project Reporting Getting Started Guide (step-by-step instructions with great screen shots)
      2. FAQs
      3. Slides from their October webinar

      All of these tools are available at, Project Reports.

  • UD IT offers easier and improved access to NSF's grant management services

    • Information Technologies now offers University researchers a streamlined way to log in to NSF's site for grant management services including FastLane.

      For more information please click here.

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Date AFOSR (Click on links below to see more information)
  • AFOSR No-Cost Extension Guidelines (01/12)

    • According to AFOSR, there has been a new development for the administrative guidelines dealing with no-cost extension of continuing grants. As mentioned quite a while ago, all unspent funds sitting at the university accounts are becoming a potential target for congressional budget scrutiny and an excuse for reshuffling of the budget within the same agency. On top of this situation, the reduction of supporting personnel in the Government agencies creates major delay in the procurement process. As a consequence, all requests for no-cost extension of the grants beyond the designated expiration date will go through the Office of AFOSR Director. Please be conscious of this new rule making no-cost extension virtually impossible and try to find a way of spending the allocated budget on schedule. If the funds are not spent within the original timeframe, there is the potential to lose the funds.

  • AFOSR Pre-Award Cost Policy (06/12)

    • AFOSR has changed its requirements regarding pre-award costs up to 90 calendar days prior to the award. Please CLICK here to review the memo from AFOSR.

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Date Travel & Compliance (Click on links below to see more information)
  • UD Travel and Compliance

    • UD Travel with or Transportation of Research Related Data
      MEMO FROM - Dr. Charles (Charlie) Riordan, Vice Provost for Research: The purpose of this memo is to remind and inform all University of Delaware employees of the laws, policies and procedures that may impact the transportation of University of Delaware property, including research-related materials, software, data, biological materials and equipment.
      These laws, policies and procedures apply whether the materials, software or data are hand-carried during travel or shipped commercially. The laws, policies and procedures apply to our international visitors as well.
      Click here to read the memo.

      — Feb 12, 2010 Online Webforms for Materials Transfer Agreement To use the new Webform, simply log on to and find “Materials Transfer Agreement Request” in the 'Blank' forms tab.

  • UD Compliance Hotline

    • Please visit the UD Compliance site for Hotline and Compliance related information.

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Date Research Office (Click on links below to see more information)

    • Cayuse Proposal Developement and Grants Submission Tools
      For more information about CAYUSE, see here >>

  • IT Research Computing

  • Monthly Training Programs for Departmental Research Administrators

    • Beginning in February, the University of Delaware Research Office will offer monthly training programs for departmental research administrators. UD professionals in sponsored program administration will lead the programs.

      For more details and registration details, please visit the Training Event Calendar on the Research Office Training website.

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