As we approach another filing deadline, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the most common errors received by folks submitting applications to NIH:
There seems to be some confusion as to why my office subjects have elected me their office pet/King. Here at Johns Hopkins the mascot is a blue jay and there has been talk of why I am not a blue jay. So I’ve compiled a list of reasons why tortoises are better than blue jays.
Ask any research administrator their thoughts about COEUS, and the majority of responses will likely include words such as “clunky,” “convoluted,” and others that are not fit for the ears of a tortoise. However, for better or worse, COEUS is what drives the award process in many schools, and thus it’s imperative that everything in a proposal record be accurate to ensure accurate processing.
The Bloomberg School of Public Health has a large number of faculty who rely on Human Subjects and Animal testing for their projects. ORA checks for Human Subjects and Animals at the proposal stage and again at the award stage. If a protocol has not been approved by the time the award is being processed for account setup, it is put on hold, which means a delay in accessing the award funding. Here are a few helpful tips for getting protocol approval in a timely manner:
Occasionally, we get a letter from a sponsor indicating that an individual or group is seeking to access one of our federally-funded contracts or agreements. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), we are required to honor their request to varying extent. If the document contains any confidential information that qualifies as exempt from disclosure, only that information can be removed/redacted from the requested information, and NOT the entire document itself. Consequently, the FOIA requires release of segregable portions of the document after authorized deletions are made by the ORA.
An issue in eRA Commons is delaying the visibility of the grant application image by one business day for Signing Officials (SOs) and Administrative Officials (AOs). Principal Investigators (the Contact PI on an application) and their delegated assistants are able to view the application image immediately.
Federal agencies and independent auditors have been taking a more critical look at how we manage the subcontracting of federal funds. The process of issuing subawards to other organizations used to be a relatively straightforward process – issue the agreement, collect progress reports, pay invoices. Times have changed, however, and our processes require much more monitoring and risk management on every level.
We get a wide variety of questions here at ORA. “When will our subcontract be processed?” “Could you please send an NDA to [Sponsor]?” “Why do you have a turtle as your office pet when the Hopkins mascot is a blue jay?”
Hi Everyone! If you’ve been perusing the ORA twitter and facebook you’ve met me. I’m Sheldon, the ORA office pet and now weekly blogger. Since, until now, I have lived rent free in my aquarium condo with a killer patio and an all-you-can-eat fruit buffet, it has been decided that I start earning my keep. Every Friday I will be posting to celebrate another great week here at the ORA. This week though I think it’s best to focus on the most important part of our office, me.
Now that we’re a few posts into our time here, we thought it might be a good idea to provide a little background on us, our blog, and our objectives.