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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

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

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.

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