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Guest Blogger Series - Alison Wellman Smith from HUIT: Q&A

February 9, 2017

Thank you so much for reading my blogs and for the interest these past weeks!  We have received some great questions as a result.  We thought we’d share the Q&A with everyone – hope this helps!  If you have other questions, please email the Help Desk at ITHelp@harvard.edu.  Your emails will go to the OBI project team.


Lets say you took a break from research admin for a bit and when you came back, CREW was gone and OBI is here.  What are the top reports you would  run?

The top grants dashboards I would recommend… Read more about Guest Blogger Series - Alison Wellman Smith from HUIT: Q&A

Functional Genetics, Epigenetics, and Non-coding RNAs in Substance Use Disorders (R01)

February 8, 2017

Funding Opportunity PA-17-155 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. Genetic and genomic studies have identified genes and gene variants that may impact the fundamental biological mechanisms underpinning substance use disorders (SUDs). Discovery of these genes/variants, while extremely valuable, is only the first step in understanding the molecular processes that influence SUDs. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages basic functional genetic and genomic research in two areas: 1. functional validation to determine which candidate genes/variants/epigenetic/non-… Read more about Functional Genetics, Epigenetics, and Non-coding RNAs in Substance Use Disorders (R01)

Guest Blogger Series - Alison Wellman Smith from HUIT: OBI and Sponsored Budgets

February 6, 2017

Given the wonderful new process to upload sponsored budget to the General Ledger in GMAS, I wanted to take a second to talk about how OBI works with the GL Sponsored Budgets.  GL Sponsored Budgets can be found in a few different OBI dashboards: Sponsored Accounts, Current Grants Financial, Historical Grants Financial, and Printable Grants Financial dashboards.

The Sponsored Accounts dashboard provides expense, income, and budget information at the subactivity, or 33-digit, level.  There are two budget-related columns in this dashboard: Current GL Sponsored Budget and Budget… Read more about Guest Blogger Series - Alison Wellman Smith from HUIT: OBI and Sponsored Budgets

New Peer Review Videos for Applicants and Reviewers

February 3, 2017

NIH’s Center for Scientific Review posted recordings of their most recent webinar series on peer review.

FY2016 By The Numbers

February 3, 2017

Over the past few days, we released our annual web reports, success rates and NIH Data Book with updated numbers for fiscal year 2016. Overall, we see steady increases. In addition to looking back over the numbers we typically highlight in this post, we want to point out several new research project grant (RPG)-specific activity codes used to support extramural research. FY 2016 saw the launch of some new activity code… Read more about FY2016 By The Numbers

Reminder of New Policies Now – Or Soon To Be – In Effect

February 1, 2017

A number of NIH policies became effective in January. Here’s a brief recap:

Effective January 1, 2017:

Final Research Performance Progress Reports: As of January 1, NIH no longer accepts the Final Progress Report (FPR) form for most grants. Instead, grantees must provide final progress reports using the Final Research Performance Progress Report (Final RPPR) format, which is submitted electronically through a new eRA Commons module. Read more in the NIH Guide (… Read more about Reminder of New Policies Now – Or Soon To Be – In Effect

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