News & Updates
Please check out important bulletins on Contract and Grant protocols, policy updates, and general office procedures.
Technology Infrastructure Fee (TIF) Rates
Information Technology Services has announced Technology Infrastructure Fee (TIF) rates for AY 2013/14. Effective July 1, 2013, TIF rates are $35.42 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.
New! - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A DMPTool is available to researchers through UCLA Library at https://dmp.cdlib.org. Check out the New Video Demo of the DMPTool here!: http://blogs.library.ucla.edu/sel/2012/02/02/new-video-demo-of-the-data-management-plan-tool-dmptool.
New! - NIH Salary Cap: Effective 12/23/11, the Executive Level II salary cap has been decreased to $179,700. Link to NIH notice: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-035.html.
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 they need to be submitted electronically or mailed. OCGA still continues to receive "late" proposals and supporting documents which can result in serious ramifications when the proposal undergoes the review 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
- Delas 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": http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2011/12/28/the-dangers-in-delay.
Importance of Timely Submission of Electronic Grant Applications
With a number of NIH standard deadlines approaching, we want to remind everyone of the importance of timely submission of electronic applications. Grants.gov, the system that receives our applications from S2S Grants, is experiencing connectivity issues which have resulted in submission delays and/or failures. Grants.gov is actively investigating the issue, but has not been able to identify it as yet.
While sponsoring agencies will generally make allowances for serious Grants.gov system issues in accepting late applications, some sponsors may not. In addition, the time it takes to complete the submission process under "normal operation" of Grants.gov and sponsor systems is usually minutes, but under particularly heavy system loads it could be hours.
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. " http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2011/12/28/the-dangers-in-delay.