Longwood Focused Topics

Focused Topics are one to one-and-a-half hour sessions on a specific topic.  Topics have been chosen based on requests from departments, areas of risk or a new policy or procedure.  For all Focused Topic sessions:  Please register on the OFS/iSite/Training Sign up page.
Audience:  This session is geared towards GMs, ADFs & SRAs and will provide an overview of biohazard and rDNA research and how to identify projects involving these materials when preparing and reviewing proposals and setting up awards.


When:  Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, 2-3 p.m.
Where: Kresge G03
Presenters: Elaine Kiley, Associate Director of Sponsored Programs Administration, and Patrick O’Neill, Sr. Associate Director of Sponsored Programs

Description:  In the current economic environment federal agencies, particularly NIH, are carefully scrutinizing unobligated balances.   During this focused topic, we will discuss the importance of monitoring the “burn rate” for a project, how to best report on large unobligated balances in NIH progress reports and how to submit prior approval carryover requests.

Audience: Anyone involved in the financial management of a project (GMs, ADFs, Program Managers)

The Uniform Guidance and Implications for Foreign Subrecipients

When: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, 2-3 p.m.
Where: Kresge G3
Presenters: Elaine Kiley, Associate Director of Sponsored Programs Administration, and Christine Azzaro, Office of Sponsored Programs-Financial Analyst

Description: This focused topic is intended for staff with a role in administering subcontracts to foreign institutions.  Issues which will be covered include: Value Added Taxes, Fixed Price Contracts, 10% De Minimis Rate, Advance Payments and Working Capital.  What are the implications for proposal preparation, content of subcontract agreements, subcontract payments, and subcontract financial reporting?

Audience: Grant Managers and ADF’s working with international subrecipients.