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New Features in eRA Commons for Requesting No Cost Extensions, and Change of PI/PD

March 6, 2017

New features have been added to eRA Commons to allow designated institutional officials to submit requests for No Cost Extensions (NCEs), or to initiate the request for a Change of Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI). Both features can be found under the “Prior Approval” tab, which was added to eRA Commons in September 2016 to provide an electronic option to submit requests for application withdrawals.For more information on the new prior approval features, read the February 28 update: eRA Enhancements: Two… Read more about New Features in eRA Commons for Requesting No Cost Extensions, and Change of PI/PD

Upcoming Training Opportunity, NSF Proposal Submission Modernization (PSM) Webinar

March 6, 2017

You are invited to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Electronic Research Administration (ERA) Forum Webinar on March 15, 2017 from 12:00-1:30 PM EST

The purpose of the Forum is to gather individual opinions and perspectives around NSF ERA activities. The topic of the third ERA Forum will be NSF’s Proposal Submission Modernization (PSM) initiative. This Forum will specifically… Read more about Upcoming Training Opportunity, NSF Proposal Submission Modernization (PSM) Webinar

Meet NIH & HHS in New Orleans for the NIH Regional Seminar, May 3-5!

March 3, 2017

Do you remember walking into the person’s office down the hall from you when you needed to ask a question, instead of “popping” them an email, instant message, or text? There’s no disputing that the digital age definitely has its advantages – making information sharing faster, cheaper, and more convenient, and allowing us to communicate locally and abroad in seconds. But in this fast paced world of instant communication – the internet, email, and all of our social media choices – sometimes we forget how valuable face-to-face interactions can be.

That is exactly one of the reasons I… Read more about Meet NIH & HHS in New Orleans for the NIH Regional Seminar, May 3-5!

Person of Interest Roles in GMAS

February 27, 2017

If you have ever tried to add a person to your research team or project in GMAS only to find they are not listed, the reason could be how they were set up in the Identity Management System (IDM/MIDAS).  The IDM system is used by HR to assign HUIDs and manage Harvard’s personnel identity data, such as job information and status, as well as start and end dates for positions. 


It can take up to three days for GMAS to receive new appointment records (a new person or a new position), however sometimes we find that even after 3 days we still do not see the person listed in GMAS. … Read more about Person of Interest Roles in GMAS

Resubmissions Revisited: Funded Resubmission Applications and Their Initial Peer Review Scores

Resubmissions Revisited: Funded Resubmission Applications and Their Initial Peer Review Scores

February 17, 2017

“My first submission got an overall impact score of 30. Is that good enough? What’s the likelihood I’ll eventually get this funded?”, or, “My first submission was not even discussed. Now what? Does anyone with an undiscussed grant bother to resubmit? And what’s the likelihood I’ll eventually get this funded?”

In a past blog we provided some general advice and data to help you consider these types of questions, and obviously the answers depend on specifics — but even so, based on… Read more about Resubmissions Revisited: Funded Resubmission Applications and Their Initial Peer Review Scores

Following up on the Research Commitment Index as a Tool to Describe Grant Support

Following up on the Research Commitment Index as a Tool to Describe Grant Support

February 15, 2017

Many thanks for your terrific questions and comments to last month’s post, Research Commitment Index: A New Tool for Describing Grant Support. I’d like to use this opportunity to address a couple of key points brought up by a number of commenters; in later blogs, we’ll focus on other suggestions.

The two points I’d like to address here are:

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