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Announcements

NSF Systems and Services Available

A power failure in the NSF Data Center Thursday, July 21, caused all servers to shut down. All NSF systems are now available. 

  • All deadline dates (including the CAREER program) scheduled for Friday, July 22nd, are rescheduled for 5 p.m. submitter's local time, July 26th. Please ensure you select July 26th as the Deadline/Target date on the Remainder of Coversheet for your proposal.
  • The deadline date for proposals due on Thursday, July 21, from organizations located in the Pacific time zone and westward, whose local 5:00 pm deadline occurred after 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT; UTC/GMT -4 hours), also have been rescheduled for 5 p.m. submitter's local time, July 26th. Please ensure you select July 26th as the Deadline/Target date on the Remainder of Coversheet for your proposal.
  • If you were performing a transaction on Research.gov or FastLane at approximately 7:00 PM EST on Thursday, July 21, you may want to validate that your work was saved properly.
  • The Research.gov and FastLane Application Release originally scheduled for the weekend of July 22 was cancelled and will be rescheduled shortly. This means that previously communicated system enhancements for Research.gov password management and new automated proposal submission compliance checks in FastLane are postponed until further notice.

Research Administration Training for MIT Employees

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

OMB’s Uniform Guidance (UG)

New federal awards issued after December 26, 2014 are subject to UG. Federal awarding agencies have published interim, agency-specific implementation plans. Visit the Uniform Guidance Basics page for more information and updates as they become available.

Kuali Coeus Maintenance

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

  • 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.

  • NSF Announces New Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1)

    The NSF has announced that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 16-1) has been issued.  
    The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

  • New Guidance for NIH Subaccounts

    In 2014 NIH announced they would transition the manner in which payments are made for awards. For NIH domestic awards, payments have previously been requested and received using pooled accounts in the Payment Management System (PMS), which is the centralized grants payment and cash management system operated by the Division of Payment Management (DPM) under the Department of Health and Human Services.