By Kathleen Halley-Octa and Kamie Cunningham on January 5, 2018
When we think of compliance and sponsored research, our minds usually go to human subjects protocols, unallowable costs, or export controls. Compliance with sponsor requirements for deliverables is equally important, though often overlooked. While responsibility for timely submission of deliverables and technical reports falls to the PI, it is imperative that we as research administrators understand the requirements as well.
December 31: DFARS/NIST 800-171 and New Mandatory Standards for Federal Research
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Special Publication 800-171 aims to consolidate the Federal government’s procedures for handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), including CUI found in systems operated by federal contractors such as Georgia Tech. In the spirit of open government, these regulations aim to share government data with appropriate entities such as research universities, while keeping it out of the hands of prohibited audiences.
Recently, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has noticed that an increased focus on subrecipient monitoring has more agencies asking to see what type of risk assessment we perform on proposed subrecipients during the selection process.
When Georgia Tech answers a call for proposals to solve a public problem, such as a national security initiative, development of transportation or its infrastructure, medical research or an industry-specific challenge, certain direct costs associated with the project at hand are easily identified and assigned to a project budget submitted with the proposal. However, other expenses support the aggregate of research and development at Georgia Tech and therefore are not as easily tracked in the budget of a single project.
Tips from Roberta Burke, Associate Director for Contracts, OSP
Scenario: You are highly interested in responding to a solicitation from the Department of Defense (DoD) seeking research proposals in your field of study. Per the solicitation, the award may be a Grant, Cooperative Agreement, or Contract. “What is the difference?” you ask. Well, there are significant differences of which you should be well aware.