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Sponsored Programs Administration

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Research and Economic Development (RED), through its Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) unit, is UCR's institutional office responsible for reviewing, endorsing and submitting proposals to extramural sponsors for research, training, instructional and other activities. SPA is also responsible for preparing, negotiating, and accepting agreements for projects funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, corporations, and other public and private sources. Other responsibilities include: providing advice to faculty and staff regarding the management and administration of sponsored programs; interpreting the terms and conditions of awards, sponsor and university policies and government regulations; monitoring institutional compliance with government regulations and award requirements; drafting, negotiating, executing and monitoring subagreements under UCR's prime awards; coordinating pre-award and non-accounting post-award actions requiring either institutional or sponsor prior approval; and drafting, negotiating and executing various other agreements related to UCR's prime awards (e.g., data use agreements, collaboration agreements, etc.).

Sponsored Programs Announcements

Sponsored Programs Administration has an immediate opening for a Clinical Research Officer (CRO)

The CRO is responsible for providing contracting services for clinical (drug and/or medical device) trials and other extramurally-funded clinical research projects, such as pre-clinical and observational studies.  The CRO will serve as the lead contract and grant officer for all sponsored programs administration activities associated with UCR’s School of Medicine.  The duties of the CRO include: reviewing, endorsing and submitting proposals to sponsors; reviewing required prior approvals for research projects; conducting comprehensive analysis of a variety of awards (e.g., sponsor-initiated and investigator-initiated clinical trial agreements, clinical/research grants, outgoing clinical sub-agreements, amendments, material transfer agreements related to clinical research, and confidentiality agreements); drafting, negotiating, and executing such awards with industry (e.g., pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations), non-profit, state, and Federal sponsors, on behalf of The Regents, in compliance with University policies and applicable Federal and state laws; providing on-going administrative management services during the term of the award (e.g., negotiating and executing award modifications); interacting with a variety of campus and University of California system-wide offices to facilitate the management, administration and conduct of clinical and other sponsored research; participating in the development and delivery of campus training related to clinical research; and understanding evolving trends in clinical trial research. To learn more about this exceptional opportunity at UC Riverside, please visit Job Opportunities portal.

Sponsored Programs Administration has an immediate opening for a Sr. Contract & Grant Officer (Sr. CGO)

The Sr. CGO is responsible for providing institutional-level sponsored programs administration services to a portfolio of academic departments and research units, including acting as an institutional liaison with extramural sponsors. The duties of this position include: review, analysis, and endorsement of proposals; analysis of award (e.g., grants, cooperative agreements, contracts) terms and conditions; negotiation and acceptance/execution of sponsored agreements; providing advice to faculty and staff regarding sponsored programs issues; interpreting a broad range of sponsor policies, government regulations, and award terms and conditions; negotiating and executing subcontracts under UCR's prime; coordinating and/or approving prior approval requests and facilitating award close-out; and participating in the presentation of research administration training courses. This position also interacts with a variety of campus and system-wide offices to facilitate the management, administration and conduct of sponsored programs. To learn more about this exceptional opportunity at UC Riverside, please visit the Job Opportunities portal

NSF Application Guide has been revised.

A revised version of the NSF Application Guide has been posted to the NSF website and is available electronically at:
Please refer to Page 2 of the Guide for a summary of the significant changes, clarifications and other changes.  This document is applicable to all applications submitted, or due, to NSF on or after December 26, 2014. 
Any questions regarding the new Guide should be submitted electronically to

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 15-1, has been issued.

This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 14-1) continue to apply.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on January 15, 2015, from 11 AM - Noon, in Winston Chung Hall, Rooms 205/206.

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UPDATE: On Dec. 26, 2014, NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide for principal investigators (PIs) will be updated to include the following statement: "Should a proposal be recommended for award, the PI may be contacted by the NSF Program Officer for assistance in preparation of the public award abstract and its title. An NSF award abstract, with its title, is an NSF document that describes the project and justifies the expenditure of Federal funds." Such update stems from NSF's new approach to transparency and accountability practices. Read more

Reminder for the Extramural Scientific Community: Implementation of the Genomic Data Sharing Policy Begins January 25, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy ( NOT-OD-14-124) and Implementation of the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy for NIH Grant Applications and Awards (NOT-OD-14-111) on August 27, 2014. Both announcements specified the effective implementation date of January 25, 2015, for NIH grant application submissions.

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UPDATE: New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After May 25, 2015, ( NOT-OD-15-032)

This Notice NOT-OD-15-032 supersedes NOT-OD-15-024 about the NIH and AHRQ requirement for use of a new biosketch format and provides some latitude in the transition for those who have already been compiling biosketches for their large grant applications with deadlines in early in 2015.  NIH and AHRQ encourages applicants to use the newly published biosketch format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, and will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.  Applicants may submit using the new biosketch format for due dates before January 25, 2015, if they wish.

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NIH Modification to Guidance on Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications, ( NOT-OD-15-030) - Effective immediately

This Notice informs the applicant community of a modification for how NIH would like applicants to mark changes in their Resubmission applications. NIH has removed the requirement to identify 'substantial scientific changes' in the text of a Resubmission application by 'bracketing, indenting, or change of typography'. Effective immediately, it is sufficient to outline the changes made to the Resubmission application in the Introduction attachment. The Introduction must include a summary of substantial additions, deletions, and changes to the application. It must also include a response to weaknesses raised in the Summary Statement. The page limit for the Introduction may not exceed one page unless indicated otherwise in the Table of Page Limits.

NSB Releases Report on NSF's Merit Review Criteria

01/09/2012 04:28 AM EST

The National Science Board (NSB) has released its report National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. The report is the culmination of a thorough review by the NSB Task Force on Merit Review to determine if the Merit Review Criteria used by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to evaluate all proposals since 1997 remain appropriate. The Board also recognized that the ...

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