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NSF: Notification Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault

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

 

NIH Foreign Influence Memo from Dr. Francis Collins

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."

Use of eRouting Required Effective January 1, 2019

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.

New NASA Statements on Discrimination and Harassment Policies

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.

NSF: Next Steps Against Harassment

For more information, see NSF's press release.

What NSF is doing:

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.

Why NSF is doing this:

RCR Status Reports Now Available in GTCrossroads

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.

Proposal Guidance: Properly Reporting Active and Pending Support

In asking for identification of “other support” in a grant application, a funding agency’s interests include, but are not limited to, identifying and eliminating duplication of funding for specific budgetary items, understanding the investigator’s capacity to complete projects (e.g., effort available), protect national security or economic interests, and assess potential conflicts of interest.

Understanding Indirect Costs, F&A Rates

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.

Upcoming OSP Outreach (June and July 2018)

Greetings Colleagues! Here are some of the upcoming dates for OSP outreach and office hours.  These are additional ways for you to receive one-on-one support for your proposals and research administration needs.

We would also like to announce two additional office hours dates centered around NSF CAREER Proposals. These will be held in the RAB Seminar Room—come work on your CAREER proposals with your NSF Contracting Officers available to answer any questions you might have.

Changes to NSF Fastlane and Research.gov

As of March 26, 2018, NSF has made changes to the way accounts are created and managed. Users must now initiate the request for a new account through Research.gov. Users should request to be affiliated with one of the following organizations:

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