OBI Grants Management Training Kick Off

OBI Grants Management Training has officially kicked off!  We have scheduled 22 in-person OBI Grants Management Trainings between now and the end of October to get the community ready for the 11/1 sunset of CREW Grants Management reports.  

To get yourself ready for 11/1, please remember to:

Upcoming REACH Advanced Session: Managing Sponsored International Programs at a University/College

Date/Time/Location: Friday July 22, 2016 / 10:30am-12:00pm / Cambridge, Lamont Library Forum Room

Description: This session will provide a framework for conceptualizing, approaching and enacting international programs at a university or college engaged in research and educational activities. Portions of this framework can also be applied for non-profit and other research institutions. We will discuss the many ways in which an international program or project is created and implemented.

Coming Soon: The Harvard Training Portal!

Many of you have likely heard by now about the new Harvard Training Portal that's on schedule to launch on Monday, July 25th, 2016. The portal replaces three systems: Environmental Health and Safety's TMS system, PeopleSoft Training Administration, and Eureka. All courses and learner history will now be in one easy-to-use system, along with third-party content from Harvard ManageMentor,, and popular programs like the IT Academy, Harvard Leadership Program and Universal Manager Training.

Automated Proposal Compliance Checks for NSF Proposals, Effective July 25, 2016

A recent advisory from the NSF notes that effective July 25, 2016, all NSF proposals will be subject to a new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure compliance with requirements in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2. This new series of automated compliance checks are in addition to those that were implemented in previous years. Click here for a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including the new checks.

Upcoming Training Opportunity, Travel Policy Help Session 6/9

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cambridge, 1033 Mass Ave, Room M11

Description: This session provides registrants with an opportunity to discuss questions they have about the travel policy, present travel scenarios and gain a deeper understanding of the Federal Travel rules that apply to traveling using Federal funding. These sessions are available via web-ex and in-person.

Reminder: FY17 Fringe Rates Announced

FY17 Fringe Rates have been announced, and signed agreements are now posted on the OSP website. To view the new rates, see the Fringe Benefits Rates page.

All outgoing proposals should budget using the new rates.

Note that the fringe benefits chart separates the staff fringe benefits into 2 parts: the regular fringe and the vacation assessment. Please use these rates for all outing proposal budgets.