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.

New! Demystifying the Biohazard/rDNA GMAS Approval – For Grant Managers

Date/Time:  March 10, 2-3 p.m.
Location: Kresge 907 (Epi Library)
Presenter:  Dana Burns

Description: A business process for biohazard approvals was recently implemented to ensure projects involving biohazards/rDNA are appropriately reviewed prior to the start of work.  However, reviewing the research strategy can be daunting, and there may be uncertainty in determining the nature of a project and whether or not it requires biohazard approval.   Proper identification of projects requiring biohazard approval will ensure awards are properly set up to avoid interruptions and delays.

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.

Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

Date/Time:  March 17, 2-3 p.m.
Location: FXB G11
Presenter:  Elizabeth Solinga and Heather Fuller

Description:  Progress reports are required annually to document grantee accomplishments and compliance with terms of award. They describe scientific progress, identify significant changes, report on personnel, and describe plans for the subsequent budget period or year.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has mandated that federal agencies implement a federal-wide research performance progress report (RPPR) to standardize recipient reporting on federally-funded research projects. NIH has begun transitioning progress reports to RPPR, beginning with eSNAP.  Traditional paper submissions will follow.  The format of this focused topic will be an open discussion to give participants an opportunity to share their transition from eSNAP to RPPR experiences.

Audience: Grant Managers who assist PIs with RPPR submissions

Budget Justification

Date/Time:  March 24, 2-3 p.m.
Location: FXB G11
Presenter: Melissa Francis and Angie Suriel

Description:  The Budget Narrative is the justification of “how and/or “why a line item helps to meet the program delivereables. This topic explains the best way to identify the important components of the budget narrative.

Audience: Grant Managers who work with Principal Investigators on budget narrative composition and development.

New! Have You Met the Sponsored Funds’ Fun Cousins, the Restricted Gifts?

Date/Time:  March 31, 2-3 p.m.
Location: FXB G11
Presenter: Emily Klingamen

Description: Restricted gift funds are similar to sponsored funds in some ways and very different in others!  In this session we will walk through the restricted gift fund lifecycle, where sometimes it’s smooth sailing and other times, rather bumpy!

Audience: Administrative staff working with restricted gifts.

New! The Uniform Guidance and Implications for Foreign Subrecipients

Date/Time:  April 14, 2-3 p.m.
Location: FXB G11
Presenter: Elaine Kiley

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?


Payroll Journals Crossing Fiscal Quarters

Date/Time:  April 21, 2-3 p.m.
Location: FXB G12
Presenter: Judy Lo

Description: The new eCrt requirements changed the way in which we process payroll journals that cross quarterly periods.  Find out how to process payroll journals that fall into this category and learn what to consider or watch for when managing salary effort on sponsored accounts.

Audience: HSPH financial administrators responsible for creating and approving payroll journals for personnel working on sponsored programs.