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Sponsored Projects

The Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) assists faculty and professional research staff in their efforts to secure and ensure proper stewardship of external funding. This office is responsible for the effective and timely handling of faculty research proposals, specifically for preparing, interpreting, negotiating, and accepting agreements on behalf of the Regents for projects funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, and other public and private sources.


News & Announcements

NIH Interim Guidance on Salary Limitation for grants and Cooperative Agreements

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale. The Executive Level II salary was previously set at $185,100, and increased to $187,000 effective January 8, 2017.

For awards issued in those years that were restricted to Executive Level II including competing awards already issued in FY2017, if adequate funds are available for active awards, and if the salary cap increase is consistent with the institutional base salary, grantees may rebudget to accommodate the current Executive level II salary level. However, no additional funds will be provided to these grant awards. For additional information and guidance see NOT-OD-17-049. Posted 3/17/17

NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution

The NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after FY 2017 appropriations are enacted, but NIH expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period. See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-048 for additional information and guidance. Posted 3/17/17

New NIH Policy on Application Appendix Materials

Effective January 25, 2017, the NIH appendix policy eliminates most items that investigators previously included in the application appendix. For current and future grant submissions please be sure that application appendices are consistent with the items identified in NOT-OD-16-129. (See also News and Announcements 8/12/2016 post).

Applications will be withdrawn and not reviewed if they are submitted with inappropriate appendix materials.

The only allowable appendix materials are:

For all applications:

For applications proposing clinical trials (unless the FOA provides other instructions for these materials):

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Training Opportunities & Upcoming Meetings

Research Administration and Compliance I

This course addresses the research administration compliance environment, including federal and state conflict-of-interest regulations, significant compliance risks in research administration; research misconduct; export control; and insider tips/preparing for an audit, the UC Whistleblower Policy, and real-life examples of university research compliance issues.

Offered: Wednesday, April 05, 2017; 9:00am-12noon
Instructor: Karen Hanson; Brian McCurdy/Brandt Burgess and a representative from Audit & Advisory Services
Location: Marine Science Building Auditorium (MSB 1302)

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in, use the search box and type in STAR to find the course schedule.

2016-17 STAR Class Schedule

Current Course Schedule

The Sponsored Projects Training for Administrators in Research (STAR) program is a comprehensive certificated training program developed by the UCSB Office of Research to meet UCSB's research administration needs. The program's goals are to improve campus understanding of regulations, policies, and procedures; to strengthen internal controls; and to provide staff members with access to key resources and contacts when they need help.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses.

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