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Uniform Guidance and the Implementation Workgroup

Federal grant and contract regulation changes and Uniform Guidance implementation at the University of Louisville

In December 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a sweeping reform of the guidance regarding Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal awards into a single circular.  The new “Uniform Guidance” streamlines the language from eight existing OMB circulars (including A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-133) into one consolidated set of guidance in the Code of Federal Regulations.  This new Guidance will be implemented by Federal agencies for new funding received on or after December 26, 2014.

In order to prepare for the implementation of the Uniform Guidance on December 26th, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation has established the Uniform Guidance Implementation Workgroup. The goals of the Workgroup are to…

  • Read and discuss the Uniform Guidance and identify key changes;
  • Identify and liaise with key offices at the University to assess the impact of the new guidance in areas such as proposal and pre-award process, purchasing and procurement, auditing, risk management, equipment and property management, and post-award management;
  • Review current University of Louisville policies and identify whether any additions or revisions will be necessary to maintain our compliance with the new guidance;
  • Coordinate with key administration and faculty to implement necessary updates to policies and procedures; and
  • Develop and provide training and education to Department administration, faculty, and research groups regarding any changes.

What does this mean for research at the University of Louisville?

The laws regulating the management of federally-funded research grants and contracts will be changing.  Agencies such as NIH, CDC, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and other federal entities will be refining their standards for grants management so that by December 26, 2014, they will be in-line with the new federal regulations.

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) has stated that the Uniform Guidance is “the single biggest regulatory change in the last 50 years of research administration.” We anticipate that these regulatory changes will alter the expectations that are placed on our Principal Investigators, research staff, and the institution, and that numerous changes to the policies and procedures governing federal awards will be required.

It is the role of the Uniform Guidance Implementation Workgroup to investigate the new regulations in conjunction with other University offices and to determine what will be needed to keep the University of Louisville and our research faculty compliant and eligible to receive federal awards.  Once we understand what procedural changes will be required, the Uniform Guidance Implementation Workgroup will be able to provide guidance and instruction to our research faculty and staff so that we are well-prepared for this new era in federal award management.

Information about the Uniform Guidance and the Implementation Workgroup is posted on the U of L Research website at http://louisville.edu/research/news-items/uniform-guidance.html. We invite the UofL community to check the website as additional information and resources will be forthcoming.

The Office of the EVPRI will broadcast additional updates regarding the progress of the Uniform Guidance Implementation Workgroup over the next several months as we undertake this very important initiative.  In addition to broadcast emails from the Office of the EVPRI, a LISTSERV has been established for the purpose of communicating updates to the research community.  LISTSERV registration details can be found at the website.

Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award

Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust Seeks Applicants for 2014

$25,000 to Professors Who Inspire

Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust Seeks Applicants for 2014

Deadline: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The award is given to current or former academic faculty members who have inspired their former students to "create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large." Follow this link to the flyer for more information.


Visit the Research Resources section of our main website for Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation (including Budgeting information and spreadsheets), and much more!


Sponsored Programs Administration Moving in May

Beginning the week of May 19, 2014, the following offices will be moving to The Nucleus Building: Industry Engagement; Sponsored Programs Administration (Grants and Financial); Technology Transfer; and MetaCyte Business Lab

Beginning the week of May 19, 2014, the following administrative support divisions under the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation (EVPRI) will be moving to The Nucleus Building in downtown Louisville, located at the corner of S Floyd St. and E Market St.

  • Office of Industry Engagement
  • Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (Grants and Financial)
  • Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)
  • MetaCyte Business Lab

The new address for mailings and for hand deliveries to these offices will be:
The Nucleus Building
300 East Market Street, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40202

For Belknap Campus constituents, effective May 29, 2014 hand deliveries to any of these offices can be delivered to Jouett Hall, Suite 100. By the beginning of the fall semester, The Nucleus is scheduled to be served by UofL Shuttle service (announcement will follow). In addition, short term visitors’ parking and metered curb parking are available at The Nucleus.

Every effort will be made to move these support offices to their new location with minimal impact to the research community. Should you experience any problems or inordinate delays during the time period of May 19-June 6, 2014 please contact Lucy Overstreet at 852-4951.

This is from an email to the University of Louisville Research Community from William M. Pierce, Jr., Ph.D.


Visit the Research Resources section of our main website for Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation (including Budgeting information and spreadsheets), and much more!

 


2014 SBIR-STTR Annual Conference - April 11

2014 SBIR-STTR Annual Conference will be at Embassy Suites Lexington

What is the SBIR-STTR Program?

The Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages small businesses in The United States to engage in high risk technological innovation that has the potential for commercialization.

What is at stake?

The Federal Government invests approximately $2.5 Billion each year in Phase I and Phase II SBIR-STTR awards.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, invests an additional $5.5 Million in KY SBIR-STTR Assistance program initiatives, stimulating the submission of competitive proposals.

The Conference

Conference speakers will cover basic facts regarding the Federal SBIR/STTR program as well as Kentucky's own SBIR/STTR Assistance opportunitties.  Program managers from at least five (5) Federal Agencies will present on their agency-specific programs and be available for one-on-one meetings with conference attendees.

When:

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

Where:

Embassy Suites Lexington, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511

Contact:

Maria Labreveux, Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation
ksefpm@kstc.com
859-246-3251

Don't miss the early bird registration discounts... REGISTER



 

National Academies Programs

Applications Sought for Graduate; Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Awards provide opportunities for Ph.D., Sc.D. or M.D. scientists and engineers

The National Research Council of the National Academies announces the 2013 Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs to be conducted on behalf of federal research laboratories and affiliated institutions in over 100 locations throughout the United States. These programs provide opportunities for Ph.D., Sc.D. or M.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the sponsoring laboratory. Initiated in 1954, the Associateship Programs have contributed to the career development of more than 13,000 scientists and engineers ranging from young researchers and recent Ph.D. recipients to distinguished senior scientists. For more information, view the press release.

Annual application deadlines: FEBRUARY 1, MAY 1, AUGUST 1, NOVEMBER 1

Visit the National Academies website for more information


GHS - HAZCOM Changes

OSHA Mandatory GHS training to be completed by December 1, 2013.

OSHA requires that employees that work with and around chemicals, including such items as; lab chemicals, bleach, cleaners, disinfectants, paints, thinners, glues, degreasers, and compressed gases complete GHS training by December 1, 2013.

You must attend GHS training if:

  • Your job requires either that you are in and around laboratories, or work in offices that support laboratories
  • You work in custodial, maintenance, or warehousing
  • You participate in any  patient care activities or clinics
  • You work in buildings or departments that store or use chemicals

Follow this link to the training presentation prepared by Ms. Anne Kogut, DEHS Industrial Hygiene/Lab Safety Manager. Please note that you must take the training in person and this presentation is for reference only. The make up sessions available on Belknap are as follows:

DateTimeLocation
November 18, 20131:30 PM
2:30 PM
Humanities Bldg, Room 100
Humanities Bldg, Room 100
November 19, 2013
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
Strickler Hall, Room 101
Strickler Hall, Room 101
November 20, 2013
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Humanities Bldg, Room 100
Humanities Bldg, Room 100
November 25, 20131:30 PM
2:30 PM
Humanities Bldg, Room 100
Humanities Bldg, Room 100
November 26, 20139:00 AM
10:00 AM
Strickler Hall, Room 101
Strickler Hall, Room 101



What’s it all about?

The A&S Research Office has increased by 2 staff members

It’s about you. The A&S Research Office has undergone a quiet but major change in the past 20 months. A&S Associate Dean Robert Buchanan has brought in two new staff members to augment the work he and Research Manager Diane Penrod have done ably but with an increasing load. The College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research has committed the resources necessary to provide staff who can help you find funding for your projects, develop and edit your proposals, develop your budgets, and navigate the sometimes sticky thicket of grant requirements both from the university and from funders/sponsors. The Research Office is also providing training in grant writing and funding searches, for faculty through A&S, and for graduate students through a collaboration with SIGS. If you’re interested in training, check out our Events page. If you want help getting the funding you need to pursue your academic goals, contact our office. And keep an eye on the A&S Research Office website – it’s new too! Our goal is to provide you with the help you need to fund your research and academic projects.

Because it’s all about you. Come see us!

GHS Presentation

GHS presentation prepared by Ms Anne Kogut for mandatory training

2013.11-DEHS-GHS-Presentation-Employee-Training-Kogut.pdf — PDF document, 1,476 kB (1,511,995 bytes)

National Academies

Letter and Press Release regarding Research Associateship Programs PDF

National-Academies.pdf — PDF document, 1,285 kB (1,315,913 bytes)

Beckman Award

Beckman Award Flyer in Word

Beckman-Award-flyer.docx — application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 20 kB (21,124 bytes)