FAS Research Administration Services

RAS Friday Summary May 15, 2009


1) Faculty Supplemental Salary Forms for July-December 2009 were emailed to administrators yesterday. Faculty should receive them directly soon.

2) Answers to the Research Appointment Case Studies are now available on the Research Appointment Guidelines page.

3) The Research Administration Internship Program has summer intern candidates available now. Please email Karen Woodward Massey (kwmassey@fas.harvard.edu) if you are interested in hosting an intern in your department.

4) Emmanuel College is having informational sessions for their in-person and online research administration graduate certificate programs. For more information, please see the Emmanuel College Graduate Certificate in Research Administration page.

5) Overview of Sponsored Projects Administration has two upcoming dates in June. See the Overview website for more information and to register.

6) Budgeting for Proposals and Sponsored Awards is on June 3rd and the next round of research administration system workshops will start in July. See the RAS Workshop web page for more information.

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Preparing for a Deparmental Audit: What to Expect from RMAS

Michael Monaghan, Director of Financial Operational and Compliance Audit, Risk Management and Audit Services, spoke about the mission and mandates of RMAS, what sponsored areas RMAS focuses on during departmental audits, and what they typically need from departments. Click here to download full presentation.

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Compliance Trends

Jeff Seo, Director of Compliance at Harvard Medical School spoke about some recent settlements, cost transfers, and other risk areas that HMS is looking at carefully these days. Download his "Research Compliance Trends" presentation by clicking here.

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Stimulus (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Update

NIH and NSF representatives spoke about ARRA funding at the NCURA Region 1 spring meeting. Both emphasized that ARRA funding will be tracked and reported on completely separately from non-ARRA funding. There will be special award conditions and stringent quarterly reporting requirements. Reports will be entered at www.FederalReporting.gov (under construction) and will be publicly available at www.recovery.gov.

NIH ARRA awards will need to follow the standard NIH terms of award and, in addition, will have special quarterly reporting requirements. All ARRA awards will be tracked and reported on separately from non-ARRA awards. NIH is keeping the usual document number schema but adding a "Z" to the end. Failure to comply with requirements may cause NIH to institute "special conditions, closer monitoring, withholding of support, recovery of funds, suspension, or termination." Download full NIH presentation here. See also the NIH Award Terms and Additional Information for Recipients Receiving Recovery Act Grant Funding page.

NSF will be issuing awards within standard programs only, with no new programs except those mentioned in the act itself. Eligible projects include any proposals received, reviewed, and/or awarded prior to Sept. 30th and reversal of proposals declined on or after October 1, 2008. Do not call the NSF Program Officer-- the PO will notify Harvard if a reversal is being considered. There will be special award conditions. Awards will be identified as ARRA funding and should be considered one-time funding only. Download full NSF presentation here. The NSF ARRA website is www.nsf.gov/recovery/.

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