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WVU Shared Research Facilities FY17 Price List Additions.

It has come to our attention that a page was missing from the WVU Shared Research Facilities FY17 internal price list distributed last July that included many of the instruments in the BioNano Research Facilities. Please click here for a complete price list. Contact Trina Wafle (304-293-6038 or tkwafle@mail.wvu.edu) if you have any questions.

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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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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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WVU+kc User Interface Focus Groups

WVU Information Technology Services has been working diligently to improve the WVU+kc (Kuali Coeus) electronic research administration tool over the past year. Last June, WVU+kc customers identified ten enhancements that they would like to see made to the IRB Protocol module. To date, seven of those enhancements have been implemented. We are happy to announce that we will be releasing greatly improved search functionality in May and later this summer, we plan to unveil a new user interface that will automatically display the research activity associated with the person logged into WVU+kc.

We have scheduled five focus group sessions for the 2nd week of May to allow WVU+kc customers to see the initial redesign and functionality of the new user interface and provide feedback. Input from your individual perspective is vital to ensure that this effort benefits the diverse group of professionals using this application. In order to allow us to actively engage with all participants, sessions are limited to the first ten participants registered. You can register here for a session.

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Information Technology Services has a variety of tools to support WVU researchers

A recent survey of the WVU research community revealed that while Information Technology Services (ITS) has many tools to support projects throughout their life cycles, many researchers are unaware of them. Please visit http://it.wvu.edu/research for the latest information on tools and services.

Kuali Coeus (WVU+kc) is the electronic research administration system, a web-based application used for research compliance and administration of externally-funded awards. Research Exchange (REX) provides access to high-speed, high-volume Internet connections that offer faster, easier and more reliable transfer of data. High Performance Computing provides storage for large data sets.

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NEW: WVU Rate Agreement FY 2018

West Virginia University and our cognizant agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have reached an agreement on fringe benefit rates for fiscal year 2018.

It is important to note that effective April 1, 2016, all proposals that have a budget period of July 1, 2016 or after must use the new fringe benefit rates. We are providing the signed copy of the rate agreement between WVU and DHHS. For more information on the University fringe benefit rates, please visit our Facilities and Administration and Fringe Benefit Rates webpage.

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WVU+kc Officially Rolled Out

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Information Technology Services unveiled WVU+kc and have been phasing the roll-out. As of January 15, 2016, the Electronic Blue Sheet (EBS) will retire to be replaced by kc-BlueSheet. There have been a number of in-person training sessions of this new module of WVU+kc offered across campus and a limited number of training sessions will continue.

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Revised NSF Proposal and Award Polices and Procedures Guide

The National Science Foundation has revised its “Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)”.  This revised guide contains changes that will impact the preparation of proposals submitted to NSF on or after January 25, 2016.  An overview of the changes to the proposal portion of the PAPPG can be found at the following link

The first two pages of the overview is a general summary of the changes – the remainder of the document contains excerpts from the PAPPG referenced in the summary.  Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs Pre-award group if you have questions.  304-293-3998 or WVUSponsoredPrograms@mail.wvu.edu.

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