[Research] Export Control, Agency News, RA INC, and Other Noteworthy News

Cynthia J Wells cynthia.wells at ucr.edu
Mon Oct 4 15:00:58 PDT 2021

~~ Please disseminate this information with those researchers and research administrators in your department who may find it noteworthy ~~

Announcement: NEW Export Control Website

UCR's Export Control Office is delighted to announce the launch of its new export control website on October 1, 2021 as part of the local Export Compliance Program Plan (ECP).

The new website is intended to provide general information and resources on U.S. export controls and their applicability to university activities, including:

  *   Research and Technology
  *   Procurement
  *   International Collaborations
  *   International Travel
  *   International Shipping
  *   Restricted Party Screening
  *   Training
  *   Reporting Non-compliant Activities

To remain informed on how U.S. export controls can affect university activities, UCR faculty, staff and students are encouraged to review the information and resources provided on the new website.

The new website is: https://exportcontrol.ucr.edu/

Should you have any questions please contact the Export Control Office at exportcontrol at ucr.edu<mailto:exportcontrol at ucr.edu>.

[cid:image003.jpg at 01D7B930.A1D971F0]ATTENTION:  Cayuse Proposals (S2S) Downtime on 10.7.21
Please be advised that Cayuse Proposals System-to-System will briefly be unavailable for a necessary certification update on Thursday, October 7th from 5:10PM - 5:30PM.

(Cayuse Proposals is a fast, easy-to-use Web application created specifically to simplify the creation, review, approval, and electronic submission of Grants.gov proposal applications.)

Reminder: Switch to the New Secure Two-Factor Authentication Required to Access NIH's eRA Modules (Effective 9/15/2021)

To access NIH's eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR) and Commons Mobile, all users must switchover to the new mandatory two-factor authentication (2FA) login method via login.gov, effective as of September 15, 2021 <https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2020/12/15/era-will-require-the-use-of-login-gov-to-access-era-commons-assist-iar-and-commons-mobile-in-2021/> .  The authentication will help ensure the security of your personal and confidential information in these systems.

*        Overview & Instructions
*        Two-Factor Authentication: Accessing eRA Modules via login.gov<https://era.nih.gov/register-accounts/access-era-modules-via-login-gov.htm>
*        2FA flyer<https://era.nih.gov/files/2FA_flyer.pdf> (Updated Feb. 1, 2021)
*        Tutorials
*        Two-factor authentication videos<https://era.nih.gov/era-training/era-videos.htm#2FA>
*        Two-Factor Authentication: Accessing eRA Modules via login.gov<https://era.nih.gov/era-training/era-videos.htm#AccessingEra>
*        What to Do If You Already Have a login.gov Account<https://era.nih.gov/era-training/era-videos.htm#HaveAccount>
*        What to Do If You Want to Switch to a Different login.gov Account<https://era.nih.gov/era-training/era-videos.htm#SwitchAccount>
*        FAQs
*        Two-Factor Authentication FAQs<https://era.nih.gov/faqs.htm#XXIV>
*        Help
*        eRA Commons Online Help<https://era.nih.gov/erahelp/Commons/default.htm#cshid=12>
*        ASSIST Online Help<https://era.nih.gov/erahelp/assist/default.htm#cshid=100>

Reminder - NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
The four-day event Nov 1-4 will include live chats with NIH experts and downloadable resources.  Registration is free. READ MORE<https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0017yI9t_LIbiOv1Hg1MIOGiqHRtOeRhpF2yNqVmSOO8KnXRUADvmT_AMIwv_CaQcDPMoiabN4RCrMzYt5J5IPEJT4WmVQDeiYHnBpVOWmfIu4wFAljkZiP0a-67l2ut5In9EPckMCp4k3fM10Nt0dPxCSSuxxV1HdlB6wIz2a2Vt8=&c=bY9cJ72xuxVsFjl8maec7dD5LudOtlB5hWCrpl_wBCBuRV7f3ih_aQ==&ch=i8CUnt5H4Qnl3ic07C1cpsk1vrRPq_-G1QvwWRbUOB60UXnjBuOo_g==>

DOE Announces up to $400 Million for Basic Research to Advance the Frontiers of Science (Department of Energy)
On October 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $400 million in funding for a range of research opportunities to support DOE's clean energy, economic, and national security goals. The funding will advance the priorities of DOE's Office of Science and its major programs, including Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Isotope R&D and Production and Accelerator R&D and Production.  READ MORE<https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-400-million-basic-research-advance-frontiers-science>

NSF Seeks Multidisciplinary Collaborations for Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Program

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program invites exploratory concepts from researchers in the social, behavioral and economic sciences collaborating with researchers in computer and information science and engineering.  READ THE FULL SOLICITATION HERE<https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=303587&org=SBE&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery>

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Dear Colleagues:

Effective October 4, 2021, the National Science Foundation (NSF) made a number of system updates for proposals submitted in Research.gov, FastLane, and Grants.gov in accordance with the implementation of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1<https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf22001>). Please see the list of PAPPG (NSF 22-1<https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf22001>) significant changes and clarifications<https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg22_1/sigchanges.jsp> for all of the updates. New proposal and submission types were also enabled in the Research.gov Proposal Submission System.

New Proposal Types in the PAPPG
The PAPPG (NSF 22-1<https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf22001>) incorporates two new "Other Types of Proposals":

Planning Proposals
*        Planning proposals must be prepared and submitted in Research.gov.
*        Refer to PAPPG Chapter II.E.1.<https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg22_1/pappg_2.jsp#IIE1> for Planning proposal requirements.

Career-Life Balance (CLB) Supplemental Funding Requests
*        CLB supplemental funding requests must be prepared and submitted in FastLane.
*        Refer to PAPPG Chapter II.E.8.<https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg22_1/pappg_2.jsp#IIE8> for CLB supplemental funding request requirements.

Updates to NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats

  *   The NSF-approved biographical sketch and current and pending support formats were updated to incorporate revisions in the PAPPG (NSF 22-1<https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf22001>) and must be used for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021.
  *   The current formats are posted on the NSF biographical sketch<https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/biosketch.jsp> and current and pending support<https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/cps.jsp> websites. Updated system-related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are also available: FAQs on using SciENcv<https://www.research.gov/common/attachment/Desktop/SciENcv-FAQs.pdf> and FAQs on using NSF fillable PDF<https://www.research.gov/common/attachment/Desktop/NSFPDF-FAQs.pdf>. SciENcv documents created using the previous version (i.e., NSF 20-1) prior to October 4th are automatically converted in SciENcv to the current version after October 4th.
*        Biographical sketch format updates include increasing the page limit from two to three pages.
*        Current and pending support format updates include the addition of new sections for information on objectives and overlap with other projects to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication.
*        Biographical sketches and current and pending support information also must be uploaded with Change of Principal Investigator (PI) and Add/Change co-PI requests in FastLane.
*        When notifying NSF that active other support has changed since the award was made, or since the most recent annual report, current and pending support information must be uploaded in annual and final project reports in the Research.gov Project Reporting System.
*        Research.gov, FastLane, and Grants.gov will generate a compliance error message if a proposer or grantee attempts to upload a prior version of the biographical sketch or current and pending support formats on or after October 4th.

Removal of Blank Pages from the Current and Pending Support Fillable PDF

  *   Research.gov, FastLane, and Grants.gov will remove any pages which do not contain data entered by users (i.e., blank pages) from the NSF-approved current and pending support fillable PDF.
  *   The trimming service is triggered in Research.gov and FastLane during document upload and during proposal submission in Grants.gov.
  *   The trimming service only applies to the NSF-approved current and pending support fillable PDF and not to any other uploaded PDFs. Current and pending support PDFs generated in SciENcv do not include blank pages.
  *   The current and pending support fillable PDF document is paginated, and the PDF page numbers will not be updated during the trimming process. This means that it is possible for the trimmed PDF to have skipped page numbers corresponding to the blank pages removed from the fillable PDF.

Research.gov Proposal Submission System Enhancements
*        The Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) and Planning proposal types and the Letter of Intent submission type are now available for submission in Research.gov.
*        New automated compliance checks and associated error and warning messages for the enabled proposal and submission types were also implemented. Error messages will prohibit proposal submission to NSF, whereas warning messages still permit proposal submission.
*        All supported proposal and submission types as well as associated compliance checks are also enabled in the Research.gov Proposal Preparation Demo Site.
*        New FAQs were added to the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission<https://www.research.gov/research-portal/appmanager/base/desktop?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=research_node_display&_nodePath=/researchGov/Service/Desktop/ProposalPreparationandSubmission.html> page, and the Proposal Submission Capabilities<https://www.research.gov/research-portal/appmanager/base/desktop?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=research_node_display&_nodePath=/researchGov/Service/Desktop/ProposalPreparationandSubmission.html#capabilities> page has been updated to reflect the latest development updates.
*        Research.gov proposal features continue to expand to support the transition of all proposal preparation and submission functionality from FastLane to Research.gov by a target date of December 31, 2022. Many NSF funding opportunities are supported in Research.gov and clearly specify whether submission via Research.gov is available or required.

Questions? If you have IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET; Monday - Friday except federal holidays) or to rgov at nsf.gov<mailto:rgov at nsf.gov>. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy at nsf.gov<mailto:policy at nsf.gov>.

Division of Information Systems
National Science Foundation

Unfunded Proposals

Notifications, as to those proposals which are not funded, are typically sent from the sponsor directly to the principal investigator without cc'ing the authorized organization representative listed on the proposal.  Consequently, many unfunded proposals remain as "Pending" in UCR's Proposal and Award Management Information System (PAMIS).  To ensure the most up-to-date information when running a report using the RED Web Portal<https://redit.ucr.edu/OrPortal/index.aspx> (e.g., generating a Current and Pending Report for use in a subsequent proposal), it is most helpful to have the proposal status updated in PAMIS rather than manually removing such proposal(s) from the report each time it is run.  Simply advise your Contract and Grant Officer<https://research.ucr.edu/staff> in Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) as to which proposal was not selected for funding (or forward the notification), and SPA will update the proposal status in PAMIS.

Research Administrators
Informative Noontime Collaboration
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Collaborate ~ Communicate ~ Connect

Please join Research Administrators INC on Monday, October 18th at Noon as we continue with Part 2 of a 2-part series on Award Monitoring / Award Management.  (Please note that each part is 2 hours in length.)

These two sessions will: (i) focus on award management strategies and techniques for both the central and departmental research administrators tasked with financial oversight of sponsored awards; (ii) focus on what to look for during award initiation and award closeout; and (iii) discuss strategies for how the research administrator can best support the PI during the period of performance to maximize award spending, while effectively managing risk. Furthermore, in this 2-part session will review some perennial hot topics such as cost transfers, subaward monitoring, cost sharing, and effective and efficient award closeouts.
Learning objectives:

  *   Participants will learn techniques for identifying higher risk awards and transactions and what documentation to put in place to support these costs (or when to transfer them off of the award) as well as an awareness of when to ask more questions.
  *   Participants will also be introduced to proactive award management strategies that, if applied during the life of the award, will support an efficient and timely closeout.

To receive the ZOOM link to this meeting, please register here<https://redit.ucr.edu/OrApps/Org/OrgEvents/Default.aspx?g=inc>
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Note:  RA-INC will be going through this entire Life Cycle of the Award Series together;  however, those wishing to view the series at their own pace,
or those wishing to jump to a particular topic of interest, are able to do so now at their convenience via the new SPA training portal
located at https://research.ucr.edu/spa/training.
(A UCR NetID is required.)

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