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.
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/
The April 2013 Foundation Tracker Bulletin (PDF) is now available.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Funding Opportunities Calendar has been retired in favor of PIVOT (formerly Community of Science), a comprehensive funding resource available to the UMaine community courtesy of Fogler Library. Pivot pinpoints funding opportunities based on an investigator’s unique profile, with searches that are:
The Limited Competitions Registry (Registry), which replaces the Funding Opportunities Calendar, is a database of active RFP’s for limited competitions (RFP’s for which the University may submit only a certain number of proposals). Investigators wishing to be considered for a limited competition must sign up through PARS via the Registry. Please consult UMaine’s policy on limited competitions (Word) for more details.
“The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently planning to implement a significant change in the way investigators report on their NSF-funded projects. Beginning on March 18, 2013, PIs will be required to submit their annual, final and interim project reports in Research.gov, NSF’s modernization of FastLane… In order to prepare for the migration to Research.gov, they are requesting that PIs stop submitting new project reports through FastLane on February 1, 2013. Any reports that are prepared in FastLane prior to the February 1st, but are not submitted, may need to be re-entered into Research.gov.” For more information regarding the transition, please review NSF’s Dear Colleague Letter ‘Implementing All Project Reporting in Research.gov‘.