The final version of NSF’s award term and condition entitled, “Notification Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault” was published on September 21, 2018, in the Federal Register. A link to this Federal Register notice, as well as other important information regarding this important topic (including Frequently Asked Questions regarding the term and condition), is available at: www.nsf.gov/harassment.
On September 17, 2018, a memo was released by Rafael Bras, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chaouki T. Abdallah, Executive Vice President for Research, titled "NIH Foreign Influence Memo from Dr. Francis Collins."
The Office of Sponsored Programs began the implementation of eRouting, an online system for proposal submission, in July 2017. To date all schools, centers, IRIs and colleges should have their individual workflows implemented so that they are using eRouting to route proposals through appropriate internal approvers prior to it being received in OSP. Effective January 1, 2019, OSP will no longer accept paper proposal routing forms.
NASA Policy Statement on Anti Discrimination in NASA Conducted or Funded Programs, Activities and Institutions
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine issued a policy statement on September 11, 2018, reaffirming NASA's commitment to equal opportunity among the many education and research institutions nationwide that receive NASA grant funding or that participate in agency-conducted programs.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) will release a term and condition requiring awardee organizations to report findings of sexual harassment. It will be posted in the Federal Register Sept. 21, 2018 and go into effect Oct. 21, 2018.
A set of five Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Status Reports is now available for use through GTCrossroads (via Cognos Reports). The reports provide timely RCR training status information for employees funded by NSF, NIH, and USDA-NIFA projects that have RCR requirements, as well as RCR training status information for any individual with a GTID.
The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“EU GDPR”) is a new and more stringent regulation governing the use of personal data. It imposes new obligations on entities that control or process personal data about people who are located in the European Union. This regulation applies both inside the European Union (“EU”) and outside of the EU, and applies to data about anyone in the EU, regardless of whether they are a citizen or permanent resident of an EU country.
On January 28, 2016, President Obama signed the Grants Oversight and New Efficiency Act, or GONE Act. The goal of the GONE act is to review grant closeout procedures and identify why so many grants are not closed out by the end of the 90 day period provided in 2 CFR 200.