Updates

Automated Compliance Improvements of NSF Proposals Effective 9/26/16.

As part of NSF’s efforts to modernize proposal submission and increase competitive fairness in the proposal process, the Foundation continues to focus on implementing automated proposal compliance checks in FastLane.  

Effective September 26, 2016, FastLane will now check to ensure that the combined text of the Project Summary text boxes (or uploaded PDF if the Project Summary contains special characters) does not exceed one page prior to submission, rather than the current check of 4,600 characters. See the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2.b, for further information.

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NSF System Shutdown - September 17-18, 2016.

NSF will be making repairs to the Foundation’s electrical systems on September 17-18, 2016. All NSF systems, including the NSF website, Research.gov and FastLane, will be unavailable from 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 17, until 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 18.

 As a result of NSF system shutdowns, the following deadline dates which fall on September 19th have been extended to 5 p.m. submitter’s local time on September 20th:

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Reminder: New NSF Automated Compliance Validation Checks Effective July 25, 2016

The National Science Foundation (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).

Please note that the new set of compliance checks are not new requirements for NSF submissions but rather additional automated checks to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane. You can view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including these new checks, by clicking here .The list specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement, or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center, or Fellowship). It also specifies whether the check triggers a “warning” or “error” message for non-compliant proposals. “Error” notices will result in a ‘hard-stop’ and prohibit the submission of the proposal to NSF; “warnings” do not stop the submission of the proposal, though they may highlight issues that could impact its review.  You will note that most of the validation notices signal “errors” as opposed to “warnings.”

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New NSF Automated Compliance Validation Checks Effective July 25, 2016

The National Science Foundation (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).

Please note that the new set of compliance checks are in addition to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane. You can view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including these new checks, by clicking here .The list specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement, or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center, or Fellowship). It also specifies whether the check triggers a “warning” or “error” message for non-compliant proposals. “Error” notices will result in a ‘hard-stop’ and prohibit the submission of the proposal to NSF; “warnings” do not stop the submission of the proposal, though they may highlight issues that could impact its review.  You will note that most of the validation notices signal “errors” as opposed to “warnings.”

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Research Administrator Roundtable Sessions - June 7 & 8

The next Research Administrators Round Table sessions will be held on Tuesday, June 7 from 10:00 – 12:00 in Room 1095 HSC and Wednesday, June 8 from 10:00 – 12:00 in Room 325 Brooks Hall.  These sessions will have the same content and will include:

In addition, we would like to hear from you.  Are there any Hot Topics that you would like to have discussed?  Please share your thoughts with us. 

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WVU+kc IRB Protocol Questionnaire Updates

The Office of Research Integrity and Compliance and ITS would like to inform you that the questionnaires for the IRB Protocol module are in the process of being updated. There are changes that have already been implemented and many more that will be done over the next few days. These changes will affect all protocol types and should be apparent to all customers in the process of submitting an IRB protocol, making requested revisions to a protocol, or submitting an amendment or renewal. You must update all questionnaire sections that have been modified to the newest version before you can submit your protocol. For additional information about updating questionnaires, see Questionnaire page validation error article in TeamDynamix. We appreciate your patience as we implement enhancements to the IRB protocol questionnaires in order to clarify questions and improve display logic.

If you have any questions or need assistance updating your IRB protocol questionnaire, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 304.293.4444 or ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu.

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