Tip of the Week

Friday, May 13, 2022

What is a Material Transfer Agreement?

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are contractual documents used for the acquisition of various biological and research materials developed by nonprofit, government, and private industry. The...

Friday, May 6, 2022

How does the NIH define Senior/Key Personnel?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) define senior and key personnel to be:

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Completing your COI Annual Disclosure by April 15

The deadline for the 2022 annual Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure filings is Friday, April 15, 2022.  Annual COI disclosures must be completed and current prior to the Office...

Friday, April 1, 2022

Removing eRA Commons Delegates

Faculty with eRA Commons accounts may have delegated certain actions to administrators with Assistant (ASST) roles to aid with processing and routing items related to their National Institutes of...

Friday, March 25, 2022

Do I need a subaward or a services agreement?

To help determine if a subaward should be issued from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) or if a services agreement should be issued from...

Friday, March 18, 2022

Preventing Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism in Proposals

Federal funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), are paying close attention during the review of submitted materials (ex:...

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Which PAYMENT address should be provided to sponsors?

Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) has recently noticed an increased frequency of checks being delivered to...

Friday, March 4, 2022

What is CoRA?

The University of Pittsburgh Committee of Research Administrators (CoRA) is a committee of certified research administrators. CoRA facilitates the recertification process for Pitt and UPMC...

Friday, February 25, 2022

How do I “flatten” a PDF?

A new electronic signature requirement became effective on January 25, 2022 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Other Support...

Friday, February 18, 2022

What is Pitt’s UEI number and where can I find it?

The federal government will...

Friday, January 28, 2022

Quickly Routing Award Documents to OSP

All requests and supporting documents for award approval and acceptance should be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) as soon as possible after an award document (i.e., Notice of...

Friday, January 14, 2022

Proposal Processing for Federal Grants and Contracts

Which OSP team should process a proposal if it is unclear whether it will be awarded as a federal grant or a contract?

When a federal solicitation (funding...

Friday, December 3, 2021

How do I obtain an NIH eRA Commons account?

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) registers individuals in eRA Commons for the role of Principal Investigator (PI), Sponsor (SPONSOR), Postdoctoral Associate or other Postdoctoral positions (...

Friday, October 29, 2021

Do I need an MTA or a Collaboration Agreement?

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has a chart to help clarify when a...

Friday, October 22, 2021

Do not wait to create an FP in MyFunding

Once you are aware of a potential proposal that needs to be processed by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), create a Funding...