Score an A+ when completing your Effort Report! (Important Resources)
An effort report (ER) is the receipt that auditors use to document the amount of effort actually performed (both directly charged and pledged as cost share) on a restricted grant or contract.
Although the current regulations in 2 CFR Part 200 Uniform Guidance allows for flexibility in the methods of documentation of personnel costs, MSU has elected to continue to follow the more restrictive requirements in OMB Circular A-21 section J.10 until it is known how auditors will react to some of the newer options put in place at other institutions.
Auditors use ERs to validate that the percent of salaries charged, or cost shared to the project are justified by comparing them to the effort percentages reported on the effort report. If, for example, an auditor could not find an ER, or the percentage of salary charged to the project is more than the percentage of effort reported (effort %), the auditor will request a refund of the difference. All Universities receiving grants, cooperative agreements or contracts from the Federal government must document personnel expenses.
Effort reports are required for those individuals with salary charged, or committed cost share/effort, to projects funded from the Federal Government, the State of Michigan, or from other agencies that specifically require salary/cost sharing documentation (i.e., most sponsored project RC, Federal MSUE RE and Federal AgBioResearch RA accounts). The time reports for students and on-call/temp employees paid by CATS serve as their effort receipt, therefore, they will not have ERs.
It is critical to understand the importance of reporting effort accurately and understand the pitfalls and ramifications if inaccurate information is provided (e.g., approving your effort report before corrections are made. MSU Contract and Grant Administration (CGA) is unable to reverse your approval.) The following recorded seminars are a valuable resource to help you fully understand effort reporting.
Webinars focused on Effort Reporting (available on demand):
If you have questions regarding your effort report or seek other tips to promote success when completing your effort report, please send an email to email@example.com.
To: Faculty Submitting NIH Proposals or with Active NIH Awards
From: Joseph R. Haywood, Ph.D., Asst. Vice President, Office of Research and Innovation & Twila Reighley, Assoc. Vice President for Research, Sponsored Programs Administration
Date: July 29, 2022
Re: NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy impacts proposals and awards
NIH’s new Policy for Data Management and Sharing goes into effect on January 25, 2023. This policy requires researchers to prospectively plan for how scientific data will be preserved and shared through submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan and to implement the approved plan. Plans should explain how scientific data will be managed and describe which scientific data and accompanying metadata will be shared in common repositories. It applies to all NIH-funded research that directly results in the generation of scientific data, regardless of funding level or mechanism. This expands upon NIH’s current data sharing requirement that applies to projects with $500,000 or more in direct costs in any single year.
An MSU workgroup comprised of individuals from various campus units has been convened to consider practices and promote resources to prepare for the new requirements. The group is currently focusing on helping MSU faculty meet these requirements. Faculty should begin considering how these requirements will impact their future projects and planning for associated costs related to data management and storage in their proposed budgets for any competing applications submitted to the NIH on or after January 25, 2023.
To help in this process, there are three upcoming webinars about the requirements. Two will be presented by NIH, and information can be found at: NIH data sharing webinar. A third webinar will be presented at MSU. The webinars will be:
•August 11th: NIH will present “Understanding the New NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy” in which they will discuss policy expectations, preparation of data sharing plans, and considerations for sharing data responsibly.
•September 22nd: NIH will present “Diving Deeper into the New NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy” in which they will start addressing details related to privacy issues for human participants and reasonable limitations on data sharing.
•MSU is planning for a session in early October to address practical issues related to data management plans and deposition of data in data repositories. Best practices for basic science and human participant studies will be discussed.
We are also working with national organizations and with our counterparts at other institutions to develop resources and share best practices for supporting researchers in complying with the requirements of the policy. Please reach out to Joseph R. Haywood (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twila Reighley (email@example.com) or Erin Schlicher (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
Thank you for your attention to this new NIH policy.
Cc: Joseph R. Haywood
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Request for preproposals in the research areas of food safety, product quality and nutrition sciences
The Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education is a
non-profit research, education and information foundation established to
study ways the meat and poultry industry can produce better, safer
products and operate more efficiently. The Foundation funds a broad
range of food safety, nutrition and consumer information projects.
The Foundation invites preproposals in the research areas of food
safety, product quality and nutrition sciences. The research priorities
were developed by the Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee
(Committee) and represent immediate research needs for Foundation
funding. The Committee is comprised of leaders in industry, academia and
government who volunteer their time to serve in this critical capacity.
Research preproposals will be reviewed by the Committee and selected
preproposals will be recommended for a more comprehensive proposal. With
this in mind, the preproposals should be as clear, concise and detailed
as possible. Instructions on preproposal development and submission can
be found here.
If you have any questions or an interest in applying, please reach out to me directly. Preproposals are due online using the Research Preproposal Submission Form by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, August 26.
Summary: The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (https://www.nfwf.org/) has issued an RFP under its Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund. Grants will be awarded for projects to help increase the resilience of communities and natural resources in Southeast Michigan by reducing the impact of stormwater, improving water quality, enhancing habitat, and increasing the accessibility and usability of public green space and natural areas. Grants will be awarded in two categories: 1) expanding green stormwater infrastructure and enhancing public space and 2) improving habitat quality, connectivity and public space. Projects will require already existing partnerships with local or regional stakeholders or the potential to develop them as part of the project/proposal development.This is a particularly good opportunity for faculty wanting to use their expertise in meaningful work with Southeast Michigan stakeholders.Grants are up to $350,000. An overview of the RFP and links to the full RFP document are below. Pre-Proposals
must be submitted online by August 30, 2022 - 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Please provide this to any faculty in your unit that may have interest. Thanks.
Geographic Focus: Southeast Michigan (Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, St. Clair and Monroe Counties.)
The Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund (Fund) will award grants to help increase the resilience of communities and natural resources in Southeast Michigan by reducing the impact of stormwater, improving water quality, enhancing habitat, and increasing the accessibility and usability of public green space and natural areas. Grants will be awarded in two categories: 1) expanding green stormwater infrastructure and enhancing public space and 2) improving habitat quality, connectivity and enhancing public spaces. The Fund was created to provide financial resources that benefit Southeast Michigan communities and wildlife habitats by improving resilience in the face of intensifying environmental stressors related to climate change, development, invasive species, nonpoint source pollution and other factors.
Program Priorities: The Fund will award grants in the following categories:
Expanding Green Stormwater Infrastructure and Enhancing Public Space
Improving Habitat Quality and Connectivity and Enhancing Public Space
By investing in green stormwater infrastructure solutions, the Fund seeks to reduce flooding and other intensifying threats associated with major storm events, while also creating safe, dynamic, and enjoyable public green spaces that improve habitat values for wildlife and quality of life for residents. By restoring the region’s unique natural areas, the Fund seeks to enhance the quality and connectivity of habitat for wildlife, improve the ability of these habitats to withstand and absorb the impact of environmental stressors, and make nature more accessible for people. Each applicant will need to identify one primary category that best describes the proposed project. If a project is expected to yield benefits in both categories, an applicant may also identify a secondary category. Competitive proposals will address the triple bottom line by improving ecological services and green infrastructure while enhancing social/equitable and economic benefits, including the value and equitable access to public greenspace.
Equity And Inclusion: The Fund desires to support projects that meaningfully engage and benefit low income and communities of color. The Fund recognizes that these communities are often disproportionately impacted by climate change and associated environmental issues of special concern for the Fund, including stormwater runoff, combined sewer overflows and associated flooding and access to safe public greenspace and natural areas. The Fund will prioritize investments that seek to address these impacts while also meaningfully engaging communities to achieve benefits for the environment and people.
Application Process: All application materials must be submitted online through NFWF’s Easygrants system.
Go to easygrants.nfwf.org to register in our Easygrants online system. New users to the system will be prompted to register before starting the application (if you already are a registered user, use your existing login). Enter your applicant information. Please disable the pop-up blocker on your internet browser prior to beginning the application process.
Once on your homepage, click the “Apply for Funding” button and select this RFP’s “Funding Opportunity” from the list of options.
Follow the instructions in Easygrants to complete your application. Once an application has been started, it may be saved and returned to at a later time for completion and submission.
Grant Amount: Individual grants typically range from $100,000 to $300,000. Indirect costs are at 10%. Projects that meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio to grant request tend to be more competitive but providing 1:1 match is not required for a project to be eligible or considered for funding. Matching contributions provided in your proposal should represent the total leverage brought to bear for the proposed project and may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes.
Pre-Proposal Due: August 30, 2022– 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Full Proposal (if invited) Due: November 3, 2022 - 11:59 PM Eastern Time
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DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2018 to 2022 as of (07/28/2022).
Description: The 2022 CAREER Award Workshop (Session 1), presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur (Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies) & Dr. Robert Ofoli (Associate Professor), will lead a discussion of the competition format, along with best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals. Session 1 will also include presentations by previous CAREER award winners, and presentations from others key resources from around campus. UPDATE: The NSF Career proposal submission deadline (NSF 22-586) is now July 27, 2022. Watch it now on demand!!! A recording of Sessions 2-4 will not be released as they will include peer to peer feedback regarding proprietary information included in CAREER proposals that will be submitted in this round. To be part of sessions 2-4, please contact Dr. Robert Ofoli
(Associate Professor) directly.
Does effort reporting for your grants and contracts seem more cumbersome than it should be? CGA has compiled a very helpful list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Topics range from reporting deadlines, to resolving errors, and everything in between!
As you peruse this list, you might notice that there is a dedicated email address for any questions or issues you may have when submitting effort reporting. Please use email@example.com to expedite service.