Today marks the first annual National Research Administrator Day.
The holiday, which was created recently by representatives at NCURA, is now officially celebrated on September 25. It is designed to recognize the ways in which administrators at universities, medical or research institutions, and federal, private, or nonprofit organizations “serve the faculty and researchers, protect the institution or organization and assure sound stewardship of sponsored research dollars.” Read more about Celebrate National Research Administrator Day!
In a recent study, Harvard University was ranked among the top three American universities in terms of scientific advancement. Researchers Steve Hsu (Michigan State University) and Jonathan Wai (Duke University) published an article on Quartz on September 10 detailing their analysis of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics contributions by universities throughout the US. Read more about Studies Rank Harvard a Leader in Scientific Advancement
The Office for Sponsored Programs has recently been involved in discussions with the CFO of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Air Force Research Lab (AFOSR/AFRL) regarding the Department of Defense’s continuing concerns about grantee expenditure rates. In summary, agencies are closely monitoring spending rates and have stated that failure to spend grant funds in a timely manner can potentially result in a reduction of funding. Read more about Monitoring Expenditure Rates: A University-Wide Effort
Are you experiencing technical difficulties with your grant application? NIH’s website features a guide to dealing with system issues.
If you experience technical problems, send a detailed message to the appropriate system contact as soon as possible. Include any relevant Grants.gov tracking numbers and application details and answer technicians’ messages promptly. NIH’s website notes that applicants who experience legitimate system issues beyond their control and respond diligently to technical representatives will not be penalized for late submission. Read more about NIH System Issues: Guidelines for Dealing with Technical Problems