Research Affairs / 
Researcher's Alert, March 16, 2012




I. RESEARCH AFFAIRS WEBSITE

Did you know that the new Research Affairs website has gone live (www.llu.edu/research-affairs)? We are still adding information to it, but think you will find it a welcome revision. Questions or comments? Email researchaffairs@llu.edu.


II. LLU'S NEW INDIRECT COST RATE

Effective immediately, the Facilities and Administrative rate for LLU is now 58%.  Please keep this in mind when preparing your proposal budgets and refer to the Budget Planning Rate Guide on the website for a complete listing of updated rates.


III. UPDATED IRB APPLICATION FORMS (STANDARD AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL)

Good news!  In order to better assist you and the needs of your sponsors, we have provided an additional page on the IRB application form where you can list the items submitted with your IRB package (for example, versions of the protocol, investigator's brochure, consent, assent, and advertising).  This page will then accompany your IRB approval letter and serve as official documentation of what was submitted and approved by the IRB.  The revised forms can be found at: http://www.llu.edu/research-affairs/forms-and-online-tools.page?#human_research_protections  Please e-mail IRB@llu.edu with any questions and/or feedback.


IV. DUPLICATE-GRANT CASE PUTS FUNDERS UNDER PRESSURE

The February 7, 2012 issue of Nature discussed grant fraud charges brought against Craig Grimes, who accepted funding from two sources for the same work. “’It is not a problem to apply for funds for the same research at different funding agencies, but it is illegal to accept and use the funding,’ says Christine Boesz, a former inspector-general for the NSF.”


V. NIH PILOT PROCESSES FOR SUBMITTING ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT REQUESTS ELECTRONICALLY

NIH has announced two new electronic processes for submitting administrative supplement requests to NIH.  As part of this implementation, NIH will now publish all administrative supplement programs as FOAs, not Guide Notices as done previously. These administrative supplement requests may be submitted in response to FOA PA-12-100 through either the eRA Commons or Grants.gov, or through the existing, paper-based process. 

FOA PA-12-100  “is available for prior approval requests to nearly all active grant awards (in accordance with Section 8.1.2.11 of the NIH Grants Policy Statement), however, there is no guarantee funds are available from the awarding IC or for any specific grant.  All applicants are encouraged to discuss potential requests with the awarding IC (either the parent award’s assigned Grants Management and Program Staff, or the contacts listed in Section VII of a specific Administrative Supplement FOA).  Additionally, prior to submission, applicants must review the awarding IC's web site to ensure they meet the IC's requirements.  A list of those web sites is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/admin_supp/index.htm.”

FOAs for Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research and Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers will be publishes in the next few weeks

More information on these pilot processes can be found at:

  • the recently published FOAs
  • the eRA Commons User Guide, http://era.nih.gov/commons/user_guide.cfm
  • NOT-OD-12-024: Notice of Two Pilot Processes for Submitting Administrative Supplement Requests Electronically to NIH Inquiries, and
  • PA-12-100: Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Admin Supp)

And now, moving forward . . .

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