Announcements

IRB Protocol and Report Submissions May Now Be Submitted Via Email

11/15/2016 1:39:43 PM      

The Office of Research Compliance will accept protocol and report submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) via email. Protocol forms, modification and renewal requests, and final reports may be submitted to IRBsubmit@auburn.edu which is a designated email for submission purposes only. Please incorporate all materials related to the request into one pdf file.  All electronic submissions for full board review must be received by 4:45 PM on the day of the submission deadline to be considered at the next meeting. An automated confirmation will be provided upon receipt of your submission.  If Investigators prefer, a hardcopy of protocols and reports will continue to be accepted at this time. For hardcopy submissions, only the original is required (additional copies are not necessary).  To avoid confusion, please do not duplicate submissions using both methods.  Please contact the Office of Research Compliance at (334) 844-5966 or IRBadmin@auburn.edu with any questions.

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Automated Compliance Improvements of NSF Proposals

9/20/2016 3:12:42 PM      

Effective September 26, 2016, FastLane will now check to ensure that the combined text of the Project Summary text boxes (or uploaded PDF if the Project Summary contains special characters) does not exceed one page prior to submission, rather than the current check of 4,600 characters. See the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2.b, for further information.  The October 2016 Tiger Tips article provides additional information regarding these checks.

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This is Research SHOWCASE: The Work of Creative Scholarship Exhibition at the Jule Collins Smith Museum open to the public until October 2

9/19/2016 8:57:49 AM      

Showcase is a space to exhibit the creative scholarship and work of Auburn faculty and students in the fields of fine art, applied art and design, performing arts, creative writing and other related disciplines. The exhibition will occur in the Grand Gallery and Corridor Galleries at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University (JCSM) September 17 through October 2, 2016. Exhibition size will be determined by space availability. An online exhibition will occur concurrently during This Is Research 2016 and will include all accepted works. Live performances will be scheduled in the JCSM Auditorium, where appropriate. We will work with exhibitors to make equipment available for performance recordings, videos, readings and other creative work. The work selected for Showcase 2016 will be included in a printed publication incorporating images as well as brief artist statements, as illustrated in the template provided in the Requirements section of this announcement. The design and layout of the exhibition at JCSM will be determined by a committee made up of AU faculty and JCSM curatorial staff. Exhibition space at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will be secure, and work displayed will be covered by an AU insurance policy through Risk Management.  View the online exhibition by clicking the link below.

2016 Showcase Online Exhibition

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Rigor and Reproducibility in NIH Applications: Resource Chart

8/2/2016 11:06:15 AM      

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a developed a one-page guide to explain how to address rigor and reproducibility in NIH applications.  This resource walks through each of the four key areas of scientific rigor, explaining how and where to address each area in your application. 

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NSF’s Implementation of the Department of Labor's FLSA Over Time Rule

7/27/2016 10:32:09 AM      

The Department of Labor recently announced the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) final over time rule. The FLSA final overtime rule automatically extends overtime pay protections to millions of workers and could impact some personnel on NSF grants, including postdoctoral researchers. The National Science Foundation continues to acknowledge the important role of postdoctoral researchers on NSF-funded projects, and, in general, NSF postdoctoral programs already include a stipend or salary in excess of the new minimum established by the FLSA final overtime rule.

Since the announcement of the new rule, NSF has received many questions on how this rule will affect NSF-funded projects. NSF has created a set of Frequently Asked Questions in order to address these questions. The FAQs are posted on the NSF Policy Office website at http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/faqs/flsa_faqs.pdf.

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New Process for Resetting FastLane/Research.gov Passwords

7/25/2016 8:56:03 AM      

NSF has implement a more convenient and secure process for resetting passwords. NSF awardees and applicants will now be able to reset their own passwords.   To do this, awardees and applicants can go to www.research.gov and click “Log In,” then “Forgot Password.” After entering their NSF ID and clicking, “Send Temporary Password,” they will be able to reset their passwords using the temporary password sent to their email address on file. 

Passwords must be between 8 and 20 characters and use three of the four categories below:

  • Upper-case letter
  • Lower-case letter
  • Number
  • One of these special characters # & % ! @ ( )

In addition, the last six passwords cannot be reused, and accounts will be locked for five minutes after the tenth unsuccessful password attempt. 

 

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NSF Has Updated Their Automated Compliance Checks

7/11/2016 10:37:33 AM      

As of July 25, 2016; there are a number of new compliance checks within the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Fastlane system.  NSF has created a very useful matrix that reflects the specific compliance check, whether it will generate an error or warning, and they funding mechanism to which this check applies.

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NIH and AHRQ Issue Changes for 2016 Grant Applications

12/7/2015 3:15:19 PM      

THe National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) have announced several changes in their application processes for 2016 grant applications. Please see the list below for details.

  • Upcoming Changes to Policies, Instructions and Forms for 2016 Grant Applications
    (NOT-OD-16-004) National Institutes of Health & Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Upcoming Changes to Post-Award Forms and Instructions
    (NOT-OD-16-005) National Institutes of Health & Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Simplification of the Vertebrate Animals Section of NIH Grant Applications and Contract Proposals
    (NOT-OD-16-006) National Institutes of Health
  • Transition to New Research Training Table Formats for 2016 and Upcoming Release of the xTRACT System
    (NOT-OD-16-007) National Institutes of Health & Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • New Form for PHS Awarding Component and Peer Review Requests
    (NOT-OD-16-008) National Institutes of Health & Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Font Guidelines for Applications to Due Dates On or After May 25, 2016
    (NOT-OD-16-009) National Institutes of Health & Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Inclusion of Children in Clinical Research: Change in NIH Definition
    (NOT-OD-16-010) National Institutes of Health
  • Implementing Rigor and Transparency in NIH & AHRQ Research Grant Applications
    (NOT-OD-16-011) National Institutes of Health & Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Implementing Rigor and Transparency in NIH & AHRQ Career Development Award Applications
    (NOT-OD-16-012) National Institutes of Health & Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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NIH Publishes Revised Grants Policy Statement

12/7/2015 1:48:06 PM      

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a revised version of the NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2015.  This revision incorporates new and modified requirements, clarifies certain policies, and implements changes in statutes, regulations, and policies that have been implemented since the previous version of the NIHGPS dated March 31, 2015.  A summary of the significant changes can be found at the following link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/Significant_Changes_NIHGPS_Oct2015.pdf.

 

 

 

 

 

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PSFS and OSP websites have been updated with a Data Management Plan (DMP) tool

11/20/2015 9:09:42 AM      

The Offices of Proposal Services and Faculty Support (PSFS) and Sponsored Programs (OSP) websites have been updated with a Data Management Plan (DMP) tool. This tool has been created for faculty writing proposals for which a plan is required (currently NSF, DOE and certain NIH programs require a plan).  The Auburn-specific DMP tool was developed by the Auburn University Libraries with content support provided by OSP and PSFS: https://alpha.lib.auburn.edu/dmp/nsf-dmp.php.  

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Important eRA Information from NIH

11/16/2015 1:22:41 PM      

The National Institutes of Health releases a monthly "NIH eSubmission Items of Interest."  The November release includes a number of reminders regarding proposal compliance, including the new biographical sketch format.  To review these reminders, click here.  If you are interested in subscribing to this monthly e-mail, please visit http://era.nih.gov/about_era/get_connected.cfm.

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NIH to Require eRA Commons ID for all Grant Personnel

10/22/2015 10:26:34 AM      

Beginning in October 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will require all personnel working on a grant to have an eRA Commons ID for reporting on your Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).

This applies to all personnel, including undergraduate and graduate students, who participate in the project for at least one person month.

For about the last year, you should have seen a warning when submitting an RPPR without eRA Commons IDs for each participant. In October, that warning will become an error and prevent submission of the report.

For more information on the policy change, see NIH Notice NOT-OD-13-097.

To have an eRA Commons account set up, or if you have questions, please contact your Contract Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

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NIH: What are the Chances of Getting Funded?

7/7/2015 11:45:44 AM      

NIH has shared its latest statiscs regarding success, award and funding rates. Check out Sally Rockey's June 29, 2015 Rock Talk for details

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Important Information from NIH Regarding Closeout of Grants

7/7/2015 11:18:23 AM      

When an NIH awardee’s grant project periods comes to an end, recipients must close out their grant by submitting a Final Federal Financial Report (FFR), Final Progress Report (FPR), and Final Invention Statement and Certification (FIS). The deadlines for these reports has recently changed to align with forthcoming standard award terms and conditions for participating Federal research agencies. All projects with a period of performance end date on or after October 1, 2014 must submit the final FFR, the FPR, and the FIS within 120 calendar days of the end of the period of performance. For any grants with a period of performance (project period) end date prior to October 1, 2014, the reporting deadline will be 90 days from the project period end date. For more information visit NIH's FAQ's on grant closeout.

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NASA Restrictions on Funding Activities with China

5/5/2015 1:57:02 PM      

In guidance documents issued in February 2012, NASA noted that appropriation bills for the past two years (NASA’s 2011 continuing resolution and NASA’s fiscal year 2012 appropriation) contain a funding restriction with respect to China. Specifically, the funding statute states that none of the funds appropriated may be used by NASA to:

develop, design, plan, promulgate, implement, or execute a bilateral policy, program, order, or contract of any kind to participate, collaborate, or coordinate, bilaterally in any way with China or any Chinese-owned company unless such activities are specifically authorized [by law.]
 

Although the statute does not define “China” or “Chinese-owned company,” NASA’s procurement guidance states that the terms mean the People’s Republic of China, any company owned by the People’s Republic of China, or any company incorporated under the laws of the People’s Republic of China.

The statute applies to any NASA grant, cooperative agreement, or contract and applies to all subrecipients at any level. Therefore, the restriction prohibits Auburn University from collaborating with or issuing a subaward to the Chinese government, a government-owned company, or a company incorporated under Chinese law. This includes using NASA funds for the U.S. side of a collaboration with these entities that is performed on a “no-exchange-of-funds” basis. The restrictions do not apply to commercial items of supply needed to perform a grant or cooperative agreement.

The appropriations law does not restrict the use of NASA funds to support Chinese national students or visiting researchers. A NASA grants guidance document states participation by Chinese nationals will be reviewed by NASA grant and technical officers prior to awarding grants or cooperative agreements (including amendments), and the University will continue to monitor these developments to ensure no citizenship restrictions are accepted in violation of University policy.

Please contact your OSP Contract Administrator with any questions.

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RSO has new "Group" e-mail address

5/5/2015 1:56:02 PM      

The Research Security Office (RSO) has a new way to contact all its staff with just one e-mail. This is a very convenient way to obtain help with any security related issues, because any of the RSO staff will gladly reply to your e-mails in a timely manner; as oppossed to addressing the issue to just one person, who happen to be away from the computer at that particular time.

This new e-mail address will help to minimize delays and will facilitate wider dissemination to your requests. The new e-mail address is aurso@auburn.edu

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NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Resubmission Policy

5/5/2015 1:55:48 PM      

Effective immediately for application due dates after April 16, 2014 following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date.  Information regarding this policy update can be found in Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-074 released April 17, 2014. In addition, the May 2014 Tiger Tips article provides Sally Rockey's blog discussion on this topic, and also provides a number of direct links for more details. Finally, NIH has updated the FAQ website for Resubmissions to assist with questions regarding the new policy.  As always, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Sponsored Programs if we can provide additional assistance with questions or concerns.

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Project Veterinarian Review is Required for all IACUC Forms

5/5/2015 1:55:28 PM      

All animal use protocols, SOPs, and protocol modification forms are required to be reviewed and signed by the Project Veterinarian BEFORE being submitted to the Auburn University IACUC. Please allow up to 3 business days prior to the IACUC submission deadline for appropriate veterinary review.

NO FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT A PROJECT VETERINARIAN SIGNATURE.

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National Science Foundation (NSF) Launches a Research.gov Demo Site

5/5/2015 1:55:08 PM      

In order to further improve the project reporting function, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched the Research.gov Demo Site . The site provides NSF awardees (specifically PIs, co-PIs) the opportunity to explore and familiarize themselves with preparing, submitting, and reviewing NSF project reports without actually submitting a real report.  Additionally, the Research.gov Team is developing an instructional video tutorial on submitting project reports to assist NSF awardees.

Information for PIs and co-PIs  seeking assistance with preparation and submission of NSF project reports can be found at the following links:

Online Help

Project Report Informational Page

NSF Help Desk

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NIH Updates Grant and Contract Submission Requirements Regarding the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals

5/5/2015 1:54:56 PM      

Grant and Contract Submission Requirements Regarding the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 7, 2013, NOT-OD-13-098. After September 1, 2013, the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) of grants and contracts must be consistent with the 2013 Guidelines. In submissions to NIH, investigators are required to describe any method of euthanasia to be used and the reasons for its selection and to state whether the method proposed is consistent with the 2013 AVMA Guidelines. If the proposed method is not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines, a scientific justification must be included in the VAS.

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NIH Encouraging the Use of Individual Development Plans

5/5/2015 1:53:44 PM      

NIH has recently posted a Notice  in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts encouraging grantees to develop an institutional policy requiring an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every graduate student and postdoc supported by any NIH grant regardless of the type of NIH grant that is used for support.  Dr. Sally Rockey in her weekly "Rock Talk" blog also addressed this topic and provided some additional thoughts.  MyIDP is a free site sponsored by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that assists with the development of these plans.  More information will be shared regarding this topic as it becomes available. 

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USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is now requiring training in responsible conduct of research (RCR) for any faculty, staff, or students participating in NIFA research projects.

5/5/2015 1:53:31 PM      

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is now requiring training in responsible conduct of research (RCR) for any faculty, staff, or students participating in NIFA research projects. The training must be documented and is subject to NIFA review. Auburn University has adopted a plan to fulfill the NIFA training requirement.  The requirements of this plan are applicable to all awards subject to the USDA NIFA February 2013 Terms and Conditions or subsequent Terms and Conditions that contain the RCR training requirement. Please note that, in accordance with the NIFA Training Process, all identified project personnel must complete RCR training before a Fund may be established for a NIFA research project. Please refer to the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) page on the Research Compliance web site for additional information.

  

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IRB Protocol and Report Submissions May Now Be Submitted Via Email

5/5/2015 1:53:17 PM      

 

The Office of Research Compliance will accept protocol and report submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) via email. Protocol forms, modification and renewal requests, and final reports may be submitted to IRBsubmit@auburn.edu which is a designated email for submission purposes only. Please incorporate all materials related to the request into one pdf file.  All electronic submissions for full board review must be received by 4:45 PM on the day of the submission deadline to be considered at the next meeting. An automated confirmation will be provided upon receipt of your submission.  If Investigators prefer, a hardcopy of protocols and reports will continue to be accepted at this time. For hardcopy submissions, only the original is required (additional copies are not necessary).  To avoid confusion, please do not duplicate submissions using both methods.  Please contact the Office of Research Compliance at (334) 844-5966 or IRBadmin@auburn.edu with any questions.

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New Travel Guidance

2/25/2015 2:01:43 PM      

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues to evolve and strengthen its multi-layered approach to aviation security – through better technology, expanded data analysis capabilities and an enhanced understanding of current intelligence.

As part of this evolution, TSA established a committee to review the Agency’s Prohibited Items List. After review and based on an overall risk-based security approach, TSA will be making changes to allow small knives, souvenir-sized and toy bats and some sporting equipment on board aircraft.

This decision aligns TSA with International Civil Aviation Organization standards and our European counterparts.

The changes to the Prohibited Items List are effective April 25, 2013. Visit the Export Control link and go to the International Travel section for detailed information and photos of examples regarding the new TSA guidance.

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