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2016 Schedule - Open-enrollment courses now open for registration.

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Kuali Coeus will periodically undergo routine maintenance. This routine maintenance will take less than 1 hour, and will occur during non business hours (sometime between 10pm and 6am, EST).  If there are any outages during normal business hours or that will take more than 1 hour, advance notification will be posted on this website and MIT’s IS&T Services down website (http://3down.mit.edu/3down), and an email will be sent to the Community via ra_ls@mit.edu.

In the News

  • Changes To NSF Field Codes

    NSF has released several changes to its science code descriptions, applicable to MIT’s FY16 expenditures (and going forward). Kuali Coeus (KC) maintains this code on proposals and awards as the “NSF Science Code” field, which is ultimately incorporated into NSF’s annual Higher Education Research & Development Survey. 

  • NSF Update: Report Deadlines and Logins

    OSP recently received a clarification from the NSF regarding the deadlines for submitting annual and final technical reports:

  • Important Information Regarding Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals

    NSF continues to focus on the automated compliance checks of proposals in order to decrease the burden on both the research community and NSF staff. Effective July 25, 2016, all proposals will be subject to a new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure proposals comply with requirements outlined in Chapter II.C.2. of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

  • ARO Interim Progress Report Change

    ARO is beginning to implement a new web based system for reporting and submitting Interim Progress Reports.

  • Maria Zuber Memo - 2016 Guidelines for Charging Faculty Summer Salary

    Effective June 1, 2014, faculty members are not normally allowed to charge more than 90% of their effort in any one month to a federal award (or a combination of federal awards).

  • Results of Survey to Assess Administrative Burden of Carrying Out Sponsored Programs

    In May 2015, the Office of Sponsored Programs, working closely with the Vice President for Research, sent a survey to all active MIT PIs to learn about the most burdensome and frustrating aspects of securing and managing research funding at MIT.

  • NSF Proposals "Returned Without Review"

    Reasons for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) practice of returning proposals without review when they do not meet the submission requirements.

  • December 2015 Forum: Timely Closeouts of Federal Awards

    Uniform Guidance has placed increased emphasis on the importance of closing out federal awards in a timely manner. Join us on Dec. 9th for a forum that will clarify roles and responsibilities of the PIs, DLCs, and central offices.

  • Reminder – Timely and Accurate Service Center Billing

    A closeout working group comprised of DLC Financial Administrators has identified several impediments to timely closeout and recommends that customer billings should be completed monthly, (or as services are rendered for those services centers where use is more sporadic.) Please ensure that bills reflect published/approved rates and are correct in all instances.