Tip of the Week

Friday, November 13, 2020

What is a CRADA?

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) are formal research and development agreements between a Federal agency and...

Friday, November 6, 2020

What is an Assistance Listing Number?

Assistance Listing Numbers (ALN), formerly known as Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), are related to Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or...

Friday, October 30, 2020

What is a cooperative agreement, and how is it different from a grant?

Like grants, cooperative agreements are funding mechanisms used by the Federal Government. The main difference between a grant and a cooperative agreement is that a cooperative agreement involves...

Friday, October 16, 2020

National Science Foundation FAQs on Current and Pending Support

On October 5, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) started requiring the use of new formats for Current and Pending Support. Examples of questions include:

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Do you need to extend a Data Use or Material Transfer Agreement?

Investigators wishing to continue using data or materials after their Data Use Agreement (DUA) or Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) expires should request an amendment prior to the agreement’s...

Friday, September 11, 2020

How do incoming faculty complete a COI disclosure before their start date?

These incoming faculty members still need to adhere to the University’s Conflict of Interest (COI) policy and submit an annual COI disclosure ...

Friday, August 14, 2020

Changes to Department Research Administration Contacts

Please let the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) know if the research administration contacts in your department or unit change due to retirement, reorganization, new hires, etc.  OSP can work...

Friday, July 24, 2020

If my proposal has a direct and a prime sponsor, which due date should I enter in MyFunding?

In proposal submissions where Pitt has both a direct and a prime sponsor, the direct sponsor’s due date should be entered in the “Application Submission Deadline” field in MyFunding.  Using the...

Friday, July 10, 2020

Completing your COI Annual Disclosure by July 15

The deadline for the 2020 annual Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure filings is Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  Annual COI disclosures must be completed and...

Friday, June 26, 2020

Did you know there are two steps to submitting an NIH RPPR?

The submission of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) requires 2 independent steps:

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Friday, June 19, 2020

What is the difference between a direct sponsor and prime sponsor?

A direct sponsor is the one giving the funds directly to the University.  A prime sponsor, or prime funding source, is the originating source of funds.  Pitt is often required to comply with both...

Friday, June 12, 2020

Submitting Federal Contract Documents to Sponsors through OSP

Sponsors that issue federal contracts may request that investigators provide cost quotes, statements of work, salary information, or other pricing and budgetary details in early project...

Friday, May 29, 2020

NIH eRA Commons Document Requirements

Documents uploaded to National Institutes of Health (NIH) ...

Friday, March 6, 2020

NSF Releases FAQs for Current and Pending Support

The National Science Foundation (NSF) released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in response to the revised ...

Friday, February 7, 2020

NIH Releases Guidance for FY20 Salary Cap

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released on February 5, 2020 the increase in salary cap for Executive Level II of the ...