- The rollout date for the new financial system was pushed back to early December. The main impacts for you will be the replacement of KUPPS by Financials in the Cloud (FITC) for supplies/equipment orders, and the replacement of Budcast (grant reports) by Business Intelligence Cloud Services (BICS). Updates are regularly posted on the project website.
- The new proposal preparation system made by Streamlyne will also see a delay in its implementation and is now scheduled for November 20, 2017. Future updates will be posted on the project website. Please know that we will make every effort to keep you informed and help you adjust to this new system.
- If you missed our June-July news bulletin, please keep in mind that NIH will require the use of the new FORMS-E (see NOT-OD-17-062) for all grant submissions due on or after January 25, 2018.
- KU has recently updated the Cost Sharing on Sponsored Projects policy. In addition, a Cost Sharing Guidance document is now available to explain types of cost sharing and all of their aspects. If you are thinking of using cost share in one of your sponsored projects, please take the time to go through the updated policy and the cost sharing guidance document.
- In late July and early August, the State of Kansas held webinars to give a first look at the State Employees Health Plans (SEHP) for 2018. The slides of this webinar as well as the new plan rates are available on the SEHP website. In addition to plan A and C, three new plans are available this year, so make sure to attend one of the October open enrollment meetings (online or in person) for more information. Employees must enroll during the October open enrollment process. Those who neglect to do so will have their health plan default to Plan N with their current medical carrier and a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) for employer’s contributions. However, employees that have waived coverage will remain waived.
HBC Participant awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R35 Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA)
Ryan Altman, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, was recently awarded one of the prestigious MIRA grants offered by the NIH. MIRA’s goal is to provide investigators with better financial stability and greater flexibility for their research, which in turn is believed to enhance scientific productivity and chances for breakthroughs. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Altman and wish him the best with his project. Early Stage Investigators will have an opportunity to apply for a MIRA grant by the October 3, 2017, deadline. The next deadline for Established Investigators is January 17, 2018. More information on MIRA grants is available on the NIH website. If you are planning to apply for a MIRA grant, you may also consider attending the MIRA webinar on September 26, 2017, from 1:00 – 2:45 CDT, which will explain this funding mechanism.
Upcoming NIH webinar on Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs)
On Wednesday, August 30 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm CDT, the NIH will host a webinar on Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs). They will provide information about annual, interim, and final RPPRs and explain the latest policies and process changes. More information on this webinar as well as the registration link are available on the Extramural Nexus web page.
Poster Printing Reminder
With the beginning of the school year, we would like to remind everyone that the HBC poster printing capacity is limited, especially during dates of large symposia events. Please, remember to schedule your printing appointment at least two business days before your poster is needed to avoid a Rush Job that entails a $50 special service fee. It is best to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment as soon as you know when you will need a poster printed. To obtain more details about our poster submission process and pricing, please go to LFP website page.