Important Information re: Financial Conflict of Interest Training and PARS Access

November 1st, 2013 4:35 PM

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service (PHS) regulations and University of Maine policy now require investigators wanting to submit proposals for extramural funding to first successfully complete conflict of interest training.  Information regarding the PHS mandate and University policy can be found at: http://umaine.edu/orsp/compliance/conflict-of-interest/.

To ensure 100% compliance, effective November 1, 2013, Proposal Automated Routing System (PARS) privileges will be suspended or denied, respectively, to any current or new Investigator or Approver who has not submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) a certificate showing satisfactory completion of the UMS Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) training.

FCOI training is offered online through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. It typically takes 20-30 minutes to complete and certification is valid for four years. Instructions for accessing CITI and completing the training can be found at: http://www.orsp.umesp.maine.edu/ORSPDocs/Info/CITI_Instructions_COI.pdf.  Certifications should be emailed to sponsored@umit.maine.edu.  Investigators who are unsure as to whether they have completed FCOI training can confirm their status by logging into their CITI accounts and in the Main Menu looking under ‘Completion Report’.  Reports are available for printing when a course has been completed successfully.

Please direct questions pertaining to accessing and using CITI to Amanda Ashe at: Amanda.Ashe@umit.maine.edu and questions relating to compliance to Wendy Eckert at: eckert@maine.edu.

Operations during Federal Government Shutdown

October 1st, 2013 4:18 PM

Due to the lapse in federal funding, Federal Agencies have implemented contingency plans which are available on the Office of Management & Budget website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans.

In most circumstances, work funded under a grant or cooperative agreement may continue during the shutdown, to the extent that funding is available, the term has not expired, and access to federal staff and facilities are not required. Researchers should consult the appropriate sponsor’s contingency plan prior to incurring any expenses.

Grant Writing Workshop

June 20th, 2013 10:07 AM

The UMaine Hutchinson Center is hosting a two-day grant writing workshop, “Writing Winning Grant Proposals: Nuts, Bolts and Assembly” (PDF) in Belfast August 12th and 13th.  The workshop runs from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm both days. The $255.00 fee for attendance  includes breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. To register contact Nancy Boyinton.

New NIFA RCR Training Requirement

June 14th, 2013 12:05 PM

For awards subject to the February 2013 and subsequent Research Terms & Conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has issued the following:

“By accepting a NIFA award the grantee assures that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research and that documentation of such training will be maintained. Grantees are advised that the documentation of the training is subject to NIFA review upon request.”  Full text can be found in NIFA’s April 2013  Agency-Specific Terms & Conditions (PDF).

UMaine’s current Responsible & Ethical Conduct of Research plan (PDF) is being revised to reflect the NIFA requirement. In the interim, if you receive a NIFA award please contact our office, prior to expenditure of funds, to determine an appropriate training plan for your research team.

Conflict of Interest Training

April 11th, 2013 11:15 AM

Effective April 1, 2013, all investigators must satisfactorily complete Conflict of Interest (COI) training using the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program.  The training typically takes about 30 minutes to complete; certification is valid for four years.

Prior to submitting a request for funding from an extramural source, the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PIs must:

More information can be found at: http://umaine.edu/orsp/compliance/conflict-of-interest/