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.
UCSB has negotiated a new facilities and administrative (F&A) cost (indirect cost) rate agreement that covers the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021. The new agreement is found here. The on-campus organized research rate has increased to 54.0% for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 and will increase to 55.0% for the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020. Beginning on July 1, 2020, the rate will increase to 55.5% and the rate after June 30, 2021 will be provisional.
For additional F&A types (Instruction, Other Sponsored Activities, etc.) and their associated rates, please see the attached rate agreement.
As we were just recently notified of the rate change and are already into the FY2018 year, we are implementing the following process for the new rate agreement:
All new and renewal proposals submitted to Sponsor after April 9, 2018 must use the appropriate rate from the new indirect cost rate agreement for each budget period. If the indirect cost rate changes during the budget period, the appropriate rate should be applied for each portion of the budget period in accordance with the dates in the rate agreement.
For example #1, if a new on-campus research proposal is submitted that has a period of performance of July 1, 2018 through June 20, 2021, the 55.0% indirect cost rate will apply to the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020, and the 55.5% indirect cost rate will apply to the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
For example #2, if a new on-campus research proposal is submitted that has a period of performance of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2022, the 55.0% indirect cost rate will apply to the period of January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, and the 55.5% indirect cost rate will apply to the period of July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022.
Continuation and supplemental proposals should be budgeted at the same rate that applies to the current award. Similarly, current awards will be assessed the same rate as was used in the proposal.
If you have any questions, please contact your Sponsored Projects team. Posted 4/10/2018
Please be aware that the NSF has made revisions to the following documents which take effect Thursday, March 1, 2018:
NSF's award conditions, including the revised documents as well as a corresponding Summary of Signification Changes document for each can be viewed here.
Important changes to note include:
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact your Sponsored Projects team. Posted 2/28/2018
This course focuses on the unique challenges of working with the industrial sector and the tools available at the University to facilitate that work. Topics covered are research agreements, gifts, material transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements, consulting, basic intellectual property, and related UC policies. This course will also provide an opportunity to take a more in-depth look at intellectual property. The course will cover the basic principles of intellectual property as well as the characteristics of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. The course will also provide an overview of the technology transfer process at UCSB
Offered: Wednesday, May 09, 2018; 9:00am-11:00am
Instructors: Sherylle Mills-Englander, Kevin Stewart, & Jenna Nakano
Location: Marine Science Building Auditorium (MSB1302)
To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website.
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.