News & Updates

Technology Infrastructure Fee (TIF) Rates

Information Technology Services has announced Technology Infrastructure Fee (TIF) rates for AY 2019/2020. Effective July 1, 2019, TIF rates are $43.96 per FTE per month. These costs should only be budgeted for sponsor funded effort and should not be applied to summer compensation for faculty on academic year appointments.

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NIH Salary Cap: Effective 1/5/2020 through 9/20/2020, the Executive Level II salary cap has increased to $197,300.  Link to NIH notice:

Data Management Tool: Effective January 1, 2011, NSF proposals must include a 2-page Data Management Plan (DMP). The plan should describe how the proposal will confirm to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. If proposals do not include a DMP, they will not be submitted. If you have questions about this new tool, please contact the UCLA Library at A DMPTool is available to researchers through UCLA Library at Check out the New Video Demo of the DMPTool here!:

Reminder! – Late Document and Award Submissions: Please be reminded that proposals and supporting internal documents are due to OCGA for review 5 working days before the sponsor deadline. OCGA still continues to receive “late” proposals and supporting documents and has asked the all departments keep their deadlines in mind during the proposal prepartion process.  

Incomplete proposals risk the following:

  • Delayed award set-up
  • Insufficient time to for a meaningful OCGA review due to delay in obtaining at least the minimum documents
  • Full compliance with sponsor regulations is not ensured if sponsor regulations are not provided
  • Insufficient time to correct errors/validations that arise from sponsor systems

Dangers in late proposal submission include:

  • Sponsor rejection of incomplete proposals
  • Invalidation and system errors
  • Underfunding due to budget errors
  • Compliance issues that would cause UCLA to reject the award
  • Delays in processing awards

Don’t let this happen to you! NIH warns against potential dangers when submitting an application too close to the deadline. See NIH OER article on “Dangers in Delay“:

Importance of Timely Submission of Electronic Grant Applications

NIH cautions applicants to submit applications well in advance of the deadline and notes an “ increasing backlog of “last minute” applications on submission due dates. For one December due date, more than 1,000 applications were submitted in the final hour. This rush of submissions can create a potential back-log in processing; checking for errors can take up to 4 hours. Remember that a submission must be error free before it can be sent on for review. ”

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