June 11, 2009

Berkeley eProtocol for Human Subjects Research: Required for All Exempt Protocols on July 1

Berkeley eProtocol is a user-friendly, online system for submitting, tracking, reviewing, and approving CPHS human subject research protocols. After a successful pilot testing phase CPHS and OPHS are ready to fully implement this paperless submission process for all exempt level protocol submissions beginning July 1, 2009!

To submit an exempt protocol via Berkeley eProtocol go to: http://cphs.berkeley.edu/content/eprotocolpilot.htm.

Paper-based (hard copy) submissions of exempt applications received on or after July 1, 2009 will be returned to the investigator. OPHS encourages investigators who may be submitting their exempt applications in late June 2009 to use eProtocol instead of paper.

What is Exempt Research?
For information about what it means to qualify as exempt, categories, and examples of exempt research, see the CPHS Guidelines in Exempt Research at: http://cphs.berkeley.edu/content/exempt.htm.

Question and Comments
If you have any questions or comments about the new Berkeley eProtocol system, please contact OPHS Director Rebecca Armstrong at rda@berkeley.edu or OPHS eProtocol project manager Maria Savage at mcsavage@berkeley.edu.

March 20 Research Advocate article: Berkeley eProtocol for Human Subjects Research Goes Live!

June 08, 2009

Alert: Many State-Funded Projects may be Cut

The Governor of the State of California has issued Executive Order S-09-09 effective as of this date, June 8, 2009. This order directs all state funds encumbered on or after March 1, 2009, for contracts entered into for which goods or services have not been provided or for contracts proposed to be entered into during the 2008-2009 fiscal year by State agencies and departments, regardless of funding source, to be disencumbered. These funds are to revert to their original funding source with no legal liability to be incurred by the State.

This order does not include projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). It also appears to exclude projects funded by bonds and other state-supported projects meeting certain funding criteria, but the full scope and application of the Governor’s order are unclear at this time. The Sponsored Projects Office therefore encourages all campus units with state-supported sponsored projects to immediately cease encumbering funds and to inform all subcontractors to do the same.

SPO is seeking additional guidance from the UC Office of the President and will provide the campus community with additional information as it becomes available.

June 01, 2009

Direct Charging Administrative Support Costs on ARRA Projects

UCOP has issued C&G Guidance Memo 09-02 indicating that the OMB has told the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) that administrative support charges on ARRA proposal budgets will not be allowed strictly on the basis that the project is ARRA funded. UCOP is in the process of updating our C&G Guidance Memo web site to reflect this outcome.

COGR’s PRELIMINARY understanding is that for NIH applications that included a direct charge for ARRA Specialist salaries, each IC will have discretion in determining if the amount awarded needs to be reduced. For example, in the case of NIH Challenge Grants that are limited to total costs of $500,000 per year, the presumption is that if ARRA Specialist salary costs had not been requested, then other costs could have been justified. Therefore, awarding the full $500,000 would be appropriate, with re-budgeting of the ARRA Specialist salary costs to other allowable direct costs. Submission of a revised budget would not be necessary.

April 10 Research Advocate article: Direct Charging Departmental Administrative Support Costs to ARRA Projects