Catalyst by Month: March 2016

by SRA International on March 30, 2016

The Society of Research Administrators International is proud to announce that the 2016 Award Nomination process is now open! The nominator must be a current member of SRA International (exceptions apply), and may only submit one nominee for each award. For the Excellence Award, a nominator may only submit one nominee for each category. Deadline: May 9... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership

by SRA International on March 30, 2016

Don’t miss the NEW 2016 Annual Meeting website with information about hotel reservations, exhibit & sponsor opportunities, education and much more! Register Today! for the 49th SRAI Annual Meeting in San Antonio and join fellow research management professionals. The Annual Meeting features a full slate of industry, government and subject matter expert speakers, as well as the prestigious Senior Executive Institute, focused specifically on the needs of high level decision-makers.... Read more

Tagged with: Professional Development

by SRA International on March 29, 2016

Last month marked the third anniversary of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum directing Federal agencies with more than $100 million in annual research and development (R&D) expenditures to develop plans for increasing public access to the results of the research they support, including scholarly publications. As a result of this directive, in 2015, PMC started providing support as a public access repository for funding agencies beyond the..... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance

by Andrew G. Conkovich on March 21, 2016

Many research studies require the principal investigator to utilize outside resources; i.e. medical imaging, lab testing, etc. The involvement of outside entities can lead to significant billing compliance issues including violation of the Federal false claims act and can result in residual funds in the research budget. Inappropriate billing will lead to significant compliance issues for the research study as well as the outside entity. Mishandling of residual funds associated with Fede..... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance

by Domenica Pappas on March 21, 2016

Portland is only 2 months away! The Western and Midwest Section meeting will be held May 15 - May 18, 2016 at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon. We sincerely hope you can join us and take this opportunity to get involved in SRA International! Reminder: Early bird registration ends on April 7! To register, find out how to reserve your hotel, and other details go to the SRA Portland Meeting Website.... Read more

Tagged with: Midwest Section, Professional Development, Western Section

by Kathleen Benoit on March 21, 2016

Contract contradictions in terms within an agreement can change the meaning of what is allowable and what is not. Reviewing contracts can be a tedious task; terms and conditions may vary section by section. Finding these contradicting contract terms and how to best deal and negotiate can be a tricky terrain to traverse (say that three times fast). We will explore three common contract contradictions, how to spot them, and offer a few suggestions on how to handle them.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, Intellectual Property

by SRA International on March 21, 2016

Don’t miss out on attending one of the Society of Research Administrator International’s (SRAI) upcoming outstanding learning opportunities in Boston in April 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor! Which trainings are offered in Boston, Massachusetts? SRAI is offering three (3) intensive training programs that run concurrently over two (2) days (April 28-29, 2016).... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership, Professional Development

by SRA International on March 21, 2016

Two members of the SSRI Grants Team traveled to New York City for a regional meeting of the Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International. The meeting was aptly themed “Come Learn with SRA under the Bright Lights of Broadway!” Florence and Exum-Coston were able to complete the final requirements in the Certificate’s curriculum while networking with colleagues from other institutions; the kind of in-person professional development that Florence and Exum-Coston both find rewarding.... Read more

Tagged with: Northeast Section, Professional Development, Southern Section

by SRA International on March 18, 2016

Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led by Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Patty Murray (Wash.), March 3 introduced the National Biomedical Research Act (S. 2624) to increase funding for targeted biomedical research initiatives through a new, reliable funding stream supporting the NIH and FDA.... Read more

Tagged with: Funding Opportunities

by William F. Hoffman, Jr. on March 18, 2016

The Northeast and the Southern Sections teamed up for an outstanding combined Spring Section meeting in New York City! We had over 450 meeting participants and enjoyed being entertained by the “Broadway Boys” at the opening reception. Dominic Esposito and Ellen Zavala organized a fabulous meeting with 10 full and half day workshops, 60 concurrent sessions, 11 Learning Cafes, and 10 Roundtable discussions. Three SRAI certificates were also offered.... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership, Northeast Section

by Tonya Edvalson on March 18, 2016

A new subcommittee of the Membership Committee has been formed to welcome our newest members as well as our returning members. Tonya Edvalson, Suann Klechinski, and Domenica Pappas make up this subcommittee and have drafted a welcome letter for SRAI’s newest members. The letter personally welcomes all new members and outlines the benefits of SRAI membership. The letter also includes information on how to utilize the website and on ways to connect through Sections and Chapters.... Read more

by Ellen Zavala on March 18, 2016

The Southern and Northeast Sections held a successful meeting in New York City February 28-March 2, 2016. We are currently wrapping up last minute details and shifting our focus to next year’s meeting. The Southern Section will partner with the Midwest Section in Nashville, Tennessee May 7-10, 2017. More information will follow in future Catalyst articles.... Read more

Tagged with: Alabama-Mississippi Chapter, Professional Development, Southern Section, Virginia Chapter

by MaDonna Perry on March 15, 2016

Join us on June 10th for the 2016 Chesapeake Chapter Meeting at the Healey Family Student Center on the beautiful campus of Georgetown University. You will have the opportunity to participate in a day of concurrent sessions focusing on a multitude of subjects including departmental administration, compliance, pre and post award management and hot topics presented by some of the most knowledgeable professionals in our local area.... Read more

Tagged with: Chesapeake Chapter, Professional Development

by Annedorte Vad on March 14, 2016

The International Section of SRA is growing! So keep an eye on the Catalyst. Here you will find information on future activities, impressions from recent activities, and profiles of International section members who wish to engage globally. I am pleased to announce that the International Section has just appointed a new secretary and I would like to introduce to you Ms. Ninette Mouton from South Africa.... Read more

Tagged with: International Section, Leadership

by SRA International on March 14, 2016

Today, NSF is releasing the first NSF INCLUDES solicitation, which aims to fund approximately 40 Design and Development Launch Pilots at ~$300,000 each. I encourage you to enlist partners (e.g., industry, foundations) who can help leverage and expand support beyond Federal dollars. More importantly, in FY2017, all of these Pilot projects will be eligible to apply for full NSF INCLUDES Alliances, proposed in the President's FY2017 Budget Request at a level of $12.5 million each for 5 years... Read more

Tagged with: Funding Opportunities

by SRA International on March 14, 2016

The purpose of this conference is to provide participants with a broad overview of the various aspects involved in research administration. The 2.5 day intensive course will discuss all the research administration process from beginning to end: finding funding, pre award, award acceptance, compliance, and post award.... Read more

Tagged with: Professional Development