Impact of a federal government shutdown on research

MESSAGE FROM RANDY MOSES, INTERIM SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH Congress ended the three-day federal government shutdown on Monday, January 22, 2018,  by passing a stopgap bill that keeps federal funds flowing through February 8. However, there remains the possibility that we could face another shutdown. We do not expect that another brief shutdown will have a major impact on …

Research integrity at Ohio State: New training requirements for research eligible personnel

Maintaining the highest standards of integrity is a foundational element of Ohio State’s research mission and focus of its strategic vision. Accordingly, the university is embracing a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that calls on research institutions to maintain standards of conduct that go beyond compliance with federal regulations. As noted in an email communication from Executive …

Senior VP for Research Caroline Whitacre to Retire Dec. 31

Dr. Caroline Whitacre will be retiring from the university after 36 years of service on December 31, 2017. She recently completed her second term as senior vice president for research. Dr. Whitacre joined the Ohio State faculty in the College of Medicine in 1981. She has served in a number of leadership positions, including associate VP for health sciences research …

Introduction to the new PI Portal training offered

Office of Research staff will provide an overview of the new, redesigned PI Portal, demonstrate its enhanced features and address questions related to its use. This session is intended for faculty as well as department and college staff who use the PI Portal to access project financial information. Scheduled Sessions: Wednesday, October 4, 2017: 1-2 p.m. in Room 117 of …

New PI Portal to launch October 2

On Monday, October 2, 2017, the Office of Research will launch a redesigned PI Portal. Improvements to the PI Portal are based on feedback from portal users from across the university. The new PI Portal features a robust search engine and a responsive and intuitive design, making it easier to view project-related financial information. In the new PI Portal: The …

Delay in new procurement requirements

Per the Federal Register notice dated 05/17/2017, The Ohio State University is delaying implementation of the new procurement requirements in OMB 2 CFR 200.317 through 200.326 until July 1, 2018.  The university will continue to comply with the procurement standards in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR §200.110(a) until that time.

2017 NIH Salary Cap

Per NIH notice NOT-OD-17-049, the salary cap for grant, cooperative agreement and contract awards remains tied to Federal Executive Level II.  Effective January 8, 2017, Executive Level II increased to $187,000, up from $185,100. Investigators may use the 2017 cap of $187,000 in preparing proposal budgets.  However, in keeping with the practice we have used in the past, Ohio State …

New F&A rate agreement received

The university has just completed negotiations with DHHS on a 4 year F&A rate agreement. The agreement, dated September 23, 2016 establishes the rates shown below. These rates will apply through the end of FY20 and will continue to be used after that date until a new rate agreement is established. Activity Period On-Campus % MTDC Off-Campus % MTDC Research …

Changes to NASA applications/proposals

When do the changes go into effect? NASA issued the RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN SPACE AND EARTH SCIENCES – 2016 (ROSES-2016) on February 19, 2016. The changes in this document are effective for applications and proposals that are submitted on or after April 22, 2016. The two major changes of note are: NASA no longer wants salary, fringe benefit or indirect …