Improvements in Post Award Processes

On Monday, April 7, 2014 Texas A&M System Sponsored Research Services (SRS) started using the new Project Module within Maestro that brings significant upgrades and enhancements for comprehensive post award functionality. With this change we will be able to streamline and introduce consistency in our post award processes. The immediate impact on our research community is:

  • Researchers will receive reminders to complete their technical deliverables, with the option to upload their deliverables and set it as completed in Maestro.
  • Compliance authorization (IRB, IACUC, etc.) will be associated with active research projects.  Reminders will be sent 90/60/30 days before authorization expiration.
  • When there are any changes related to project compliance requirements, researchers will have the option to recertify their Compliance Statement in Maestro.
  • Member Compliance Officers are able to maintain status of compliance items.
  • Researchers and system member administration will receive a Maestro automated Sponsor Project Summary report (Award Notice/Project Establishment Notice).
  • Contract negotiations will continue to be tracked under the Projects tab (the Negotiation tab will be removed).
  • Project records will show more information than the Negotiation module previously displayed, including all action records, project terms and conditions extracted from the contract, links between proposals, project and financial accounts, and anticipated funding.

Documentation regarding functionality enhancements has been prepared for the system member Maestro trainers and their training will take place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Report from SRS Survey

In the fall of 2013, Texas A&M System Sponsored Research Services (SRS) contracted with Texas A&M University’s Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) to conduct an assessment of researcher and administrator attitudes towards SRS.  Beginning in November 2013, researchers and departmental administrators were surveyed on their perception of service levels provided by SRS.  PPRI has completed their analysis of the survey responses and provided the final report.

SRS Survey Report

Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities

NSF Post Shutdown Guidance (from 10/18/13)

More details are being release from NSF about resuming operations after the government shutdown:

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COGR: NSF Notice on Resumption

The National Science Foundation issued Important Notice 134 on Thursday assuring the community that it is working to resume operation and that the Foundation will issue more detailed information on Friday, October 18, 2013.

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NASA ROSES 2013 Amendments 23-27: New Proposal Due Dates for MDAP, PMDAP, HGCR, OVWST and OPR

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Fastlane is Now Working

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NIH Notice on Re-opening

Interim Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities

Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-002

“NIH is working to reestablish dates for grant and contract submissions, determine how to handle missed review meetings, and reschedule dates for training and other activities that were scheduled to occur during and immediately following the period of the government shutdown. As of today, we can confirm that we will be rescheduling all October grant application submission deadlines to the November timeframe (specific dates to be announced in a future Notice). By delaying due dates that occurred both during the lapse in funding and in the week following, applicants will have access to NIH staff and the help desks as they develop their applications. Peer review meetings that were due to be held between October 1 and October 17 have been cancelled and are being rescheduled. We expect the eRA Commons will be available for public access on Monday, October 21. NIH will provide additional information, including a Notice on NIH operations during a continuing resolution, as soon as it is available.”

Current Status of NIH Extramural Operations

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October 2013 COGR Update

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