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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

NIH Policy Supporting the Next Generation Researchers Initiative

The NIH issued Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-101, Policy Supporting the Next Generation Researchers Initiative. The policy is intended to provide opportunities for earlier research independence while enhancing workforce diversity. Consistent with the directives of the 21st Century Cures Act, the Next Generation Researchers policy requires institutes and centers (ICs) to prioritize awards that will fund Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) and Early Established Investigators (EEIs). Posted 9/1/2017

2017 - 2018 STAR Course Schedule Posted

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.

The program is designed for employees with duties and responsibilities related to contract and grant administration.  Participants are welcome to take one or several courses in areas of particular interest to them-or they may opt to earn a certificate in the STAR program.  Staff members who wish to earn a STAR program certificate must complete the coursework within two years.  The certificate program offers 11 required courses.  This year the courses are provided in one series, offered from September through May.  The certificate program is FREE and courses begin September 6, 2017.

For more information, a complete list of courses and to enroll, visit our Web site at /spo/contracts-and-grants-liaison-resources/star-class-schedule/

Updates to Restricted Travel Law AB 1887

On September 27, 2016 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 1887 into law. This law prohibits state-funded travel to states that have passed a law after June 26, 2015 that authorized discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; or repealed existing state or local protections against such discrimination. The following updates have been made.

For additional information and FAQs, please see Business & Financial Services Travel & Entertainment website on the subject. Posted 6/28/2017

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Training Opportunities & Upcoming Meetings

New Data Security Rules Impacting Research Awards

The Office of Research will host a presentation and discussion of the federal government’s new Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Policy.

The presentation will be on Friday, October 20 at 9:00 in the Marine Science Institute auditorium.

This presentation will be especially helpful for researchers and contracts and grants staff who work frequently with direct or flow-through funding from federal sponsors, particularly any Department of Defense agency, NASA, or the Department of Energy.

CUI is unclassified information that requires safeguarding and dissemination controls pursuant to law, regulation, or federal government policy, as listed in the CUI Registry.  The CUI regulations are currently in effect, and we have begun to see increased data security requirements in research awards from federal sponsors.  These data security requirements can have broad implications for our researchers’ ability to carry out work in their labs, collaborate and share data with colleagues, and publish the results of their work.

The purpose of this presentation will be to

STAR Class: Cost Principles and Cost Accounting Standards

This course covers the primary federal regulation governing what costs may be included in proposal budgets and charged to contracts and grants: OMB Circulars A-21 and A-110, which now fall under the Uniform Guidance.

Offered: Wednesday, October 4, 2017; 9:00am-11:30am
Instructors: Jim Corkill & Tyler Clark
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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