Tip of the Week

Friday, June 30, 2017

What should I enter in “Sponsor Deadline Date” in Form 0136 if the sponsor’s deadline is open-ended?

Administrators and investigators completing a Form 0136 for proposals with open-ended deadlines should enter the date by which they would like the Office of Sponsored Programs to submit the...

Friday, June 23, 2017

What does the Office of Sponsored Programs review when negotiating an award with a sponsor?

Before an award can be accepted by the University of Pittsburgh, the Office of Sponsored Programs completes a comprehensive review of the award, which includes reviewing the terms and conditions...

Friday, June 2, 2017

Where can I find language to include in my progress report regarding Career Development Plans for Trainees?

The Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development within the Office of Academic Career Development provides text examples appropriate for progress reports about Career Development Plans...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Genetically Modified Animal Requests

The Office of Sponsored Programs in conjunction with the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) has streamlined the process to request Genetically Modified Animals (GMAs)*. 

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Submitting Proposals through Office of Sponsored Programs

The sponsor is letting me submit my proposal directly.  Does it still need to be reviewed by the Office of Sponsored Programs?

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Completing your COI Annual Disclosure by April 15

The deadline for the 2017 annual Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure filings is April 15, 2017.  Annual COI disclosures must be completed and current prior to the Office of Sponsored Programs...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Who is My Office of Sponsored Programs Contact?

On the homepage of the Office of Sponsored Programs website, you can search for your Office of Sponsored Programs...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Determining Gifts vs. Grants

Grants and gifts differ in many important ways, and classifying funds appropriately is of utmost importance to ensure proper accounting and compliance with governmental regulations and University...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Terminating an Outgoing Subaward Agreement Early

Sometimes it is necessary to terminate an outgoing Subaward with another institution in the middle of its performance period for reasons including, but not limited to:

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Friday, February 17, 2017

When do I need to route pre-proposal materials through the Office of Sponsored Programs?

Prior to submitting a full proposal, external sponsors may require the submission of pre-proposal materials, such as Letters of Intent (LOI), pre-applications, or white papers.  When determining...

Friday, February 10, 2017

How to get the most out of Pivot

The University of Pittsburgh subscribes to Pivot, a comprehensive database of funding opportunities. Pivot is accessible to the campus community through the ...

Friday, February 3, 2017

New Procedures for Updated COI and RCR Training Requirements

To comply with the University’s updated requirements for Conflict of Interest (COI) and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training, the Office of...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Monitoring Project Spending

Several sponsors have recently contacted the Office of Sponsored Programs regarding timely financial reporting and rates of expenditures.  The rate of spending on a project, also known as...

Friday, January 13, 2017

What is a CFDA Number?

A Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number (https://sam.gov/content/assistance-listings) is a number assigned in the awarding...

Friday, December 9, 2016

During a No-cost Extension, Is There a Minimum Effort Requirement for Key Personnel Named in the Notice of Award, Other than the PI?

This Tip of the Week comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Extramural Nexus.

With the exception of grant programs that have an effort requirement, or where terms and...