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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.

Sponsored Projects teams, consisting of an officer (lead) and an analyst, are assigned to each UCSB department and unit that administers contracts and grants. Sponsored Projects team assignments can be found here.


News & Announcements

NSF Issues Revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

The NSF has issued a revised Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1). The new PAPPG is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Significant changes include:

In the interim, the current PAPPG (17-1) continues to apply. Posted 10/30/2017

Overview of Composite Benefit Rates

With the campus' planned move to UCPath, fringe benefit rates will change from the current individual-based model to a composite benefit rates (CBR) model. In the CBR model, benefit rates will be determined for pools or groups of employees with similar attributes. UCSB is currently contemplating having twelve employee groups. The CBR will be negotiated and approved by the Federal Government (DHHS) each year. An overview of CBR was presented at the October 19, 2017 C&G Liaison Meeting. See the presentation slides for the current high level view of CBR. As additional information and details become available, C&G Liaisons will be updated. Prior to UCPath going live, and in anticipation of the CBR being included in proposal budgets, specific CBR training will be made available. Posted 10/19/2017

Publication of Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement

The NIH has published a revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. October 2017) which is applicable to all NOH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2017. A document is available that summarizes the significant changes that are implemented with the October 2017 NIHGPS. Please see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-18-005 for additional information. Posted 10/16/2017

Updated NSF Agency Specific RTC Terms Released

Updates have been made the NSF Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms and Conditions. The revised agency specific requirements are available on the Award Conditions webpage and apply to all new NSF grants and funding amendments to existing NSF grants awarded on or after October 11, 2017 to institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations. Questions regarding NSF terms and conditions should be directed to your Sponsored Projects team. Posted 10/12/2017

NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution Through December 8, 2017

NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-124 has been issued stating that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including NIH, operates under the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-56). Please see the notice for details on how this affects grant awards issued by the NIH. Posted 10/6/2017

New NIH "FORMS-E" Grant Application Instructions Available for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2018

The NIH has issued Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-119 informing the healthservices and biomedical research community that they have updated their application guide for use with grant application due dates on or after January 25, 2018. Posted 9/29/2017

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Training Opportunities & Upcoming Meetings

STAR Class: Business Contracts and Subawards

This course focuses on how to determine the difference between subawards and business contracts and the process for establishing both types of agreements. Sponsored Projects will discuss the process of how to propose, establish, maintain, modify and close a subaward. Procurement Services will update you on the system changes happening with business contracts and PO’s.  We will present on topics pertinent to planning conferences and events, business contracts, professional service agreement, facility use permits, university insurance requirements and signature delegation.

Offered: Wednesday, December 6, 2017; 9:00am-12:00noon
Instructors: Daniela Gallardo, Lisa King & Kimberly Tapia
Location: Marine Science Building Auditorium (MSB1302)

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website.

2017-18 STAR 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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