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As previously announced, Miami will be implementing a new online system to manage routing and submission of external funding proposals. All faculty and staff will be required to use the new eSPA (electronic sponsored program administration) beginning January 1, 2015. (Read more about the system here.)
If you are involved in submitting proposals for external funding, we strongly encourage you to attend one or more training sessions, which will be offered beginning October 29 and continuing through the end of fall semester.
Each 90-minute session will provide an overview of the online system and will walk through the steps involved in creating a proposal record, building a proposal, routing the proposal for approvals and monitoring proposal and award activity.
See the events calendar for details and registration.
Over the past year, the Controller’s Office at Miami University has been in negotiations with the federal government to determine the rate we must charge external agencies for Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs (aka, “indirect costs”). Our on-campus F&A rate has been set at 42% since 2003. During the course of the negotiations, it was determined that our actual F&A cost is approximately 56%. However, we proposed to keep the increase in F&A very modest. In addition, we were able to negotiate separate rates for Organized Research (44.5%), Sponsored Instruction (44.0%), and Other Sponsored Activities (39%).
These rates are effective beginning September 1, 2014. Awards received beginning in September and all proposal submissions going forward will be required to use the new rates. Please be assured that OARS is committed to making sure that this change will not affect the amount of direct costs budgeted in any grant that was submitted or awarded prior to this notice. We will notify and will work closely with all affected investigators and their funding agencies to handle this issue.
Read the full memo (PDF 33KB) issued by Jim Oris, Associate Provost of Research.
CSR designed these webinars to give new NIH grant applicants and others useful insights into the submission and review processes. Register for the following webinars by October 28.
AREA (R15) grants: November 4, 2-4pm. You can join OARS staff and university colleagues for a local viewing and discussion in 127 Upham (please register here).
Fellowship awards: November 5, 2-4pm. You can join OARS staff and university colleagues for a local viewing and discussion in 163 Engineering (please register here).
Small business grants (SBIR/STTR): November 7, 2-4pm
R01 grants: November 10, 2-4pm
OARS offers a series of brown-bag workshops on navigating the NSF proposal process. Workshops will be held select Tuesdays from noon to 1:00pm in Pearson 208. See the events calendar for details.
GRFP provides fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds. The application period is open through late October and early November, depending on program. Contact Director of Proposal Development, Tricia Callahan, (9-1795) with questions.