May 20, 2015

SPO aTwitter

The Sponsored Projects Office has initiated a new communication strategy for the Berkeley campus community. SPO is now posting updates and news related to contracts and grants on Twitter. Follow SPO at @BerkeleySPO.

May 19, 2015

Education Department Hosting Webcast on Uniform Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) invites grantees and constituents to participate in a live webcast discussion of the Department’s implementation of the interim final rule on the Uniform Guidance (2 C.F.R. § 200). The webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 10:30 to noon, Pacific Time, on Edstream. ED invites questions before and during the presentation, submitted to

More information on the agency’s implementation of the Uniform Guidance is available on the Technical Assistance for ED Grantees site.

NSF Seeks Comments on Draft PAPPG

The National Science Foundation Policy Office has published a draft Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) to be effective January 2016.

NSF is inviting comments on the draft by July 20, 2015. To facilitate review, NSF has highlighted revised text in yellow and provided brief comments explaining the changes.

May 14, 2015

New UC Berkeley Guide to Contracting

The University of California, Berkeley Guide to Contracting is now available on the Business Contracts and Brand Protection website.

The guide, developed over two years by a campus working group, presents a thorough overview of all of the contracting offices at Berkeley and is designed to assist campus personnel (administrators, staff, faculty, and researchers) understand the general process of creating, managing, and terminating legally binding contracts.

For a quick decision on where a particular type of transaction belongs, click the “Start Here” link on the BCBP Who Does What Guide and use the decision tree (series of questions) to determine where to start.

May 01, 2015

NIH ASSIST Now an Option for R01, Most K, and U01 Applications

The National Institutes of Health has announced that ASSIST is now a submission option for Research Grant (R01) and Individual Career Development Award (K, excluding KM1 and K12) programs and for Research Project Cooperative Agreements (U01s). ASSIST is the NIH online system for preparation and submission of grant applications through to NIH.

ASSIST support is now available for the following NIH programs:
  • All multi-project grant programs (NOT-OD-13-075)
  • Small Research Grant (R03) and Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) programs (NOT-OD-15-062)
  • Research Grant (R01) and Individual Career Development Award (K, excluding KM1 and K12) programs (NOT-OD-15-098)
  • NIH Research Project Cooperative Agreements (U01s) (NOT-OD-15-099)
ASSIST will become an option for additional grant programs throughout 2015.

For more information, see ASSIST Now an Option for R01 and Individual Career Development Award Applications (NOT-OD-15-098) and ASSIST Now an Option for Research Project Cooperative Agreements (U01s) (NOT-OD-15-099). Also see the NIH Rock Talk article, More ASSISTance Options for Submitting Your Application to NIH.

January 30, 2015 Research Advocate: An ASSIST for NIH R03 and R21