April 15, 2007

Sponsored Projects Office Updates

PRF Revised
The Sponsored Projects Office Proposal Review Form (PRF) has been revised to include “major project” administrative costs and use of human stem cells. The revised form also has yes/no checkboxes instead of yes and includes web links to related policy and procedure. The PRF instructions have also been updated. Please begin using the revised PRF immediately. The form is available online at http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/forms/UCForms.html#PRF.

Limited Submission Form Revised
The Limited Submission Cover Sheet has been updated with a new field for other information that might be requested for campus review purposes, depending on agency program requirements. Also, some of the form field names have been changed for clarity. Please use the new form immediately.The form and information on limited submission programs is available at http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/fund/limited.html.

In limited submission programs, the sponsor restricts the number of applications or proposals a campus can submit to the agency. The guidelines for these programs require institutions to screen preproposals or nominations to determine which applications will be submitted for competition. The Cover Sheet is submitted with campus applications.

Non-Federal Team News
The Sponsored Projects Office has made some changes to non-federal team assignments. SPO has recruited Deborah Rutkowski-Howard (formerly in Molecular and Cellular Biology), and Roslyn Kartychak is now serving as Proposal Coordinator for the non-federal team.
The non-federal team has also recently assigned research administrators by department instead of by sponsor. Nonprofits, private foundations, UC-funded programs, foreign agreements, and other state and local government agreements are assigned by department. State of California agencies are the exception — all State agencies will continue to be handled by Betsy Quayle. Another exception is non-federal limited submission programs, which will be handled by Deborah Rutkowski-Howard.

Please refer to the SPO agency assignment list (http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/Staffnonfederal.html) to locate the research administrator assigned to your unit. If you have questions or concerns about this change, please contact Paula Burkhart, Assistant Director, Non-Federal Projects (pkburkhart@berkeley.edu, 2-8110). SPO believes departmental assignments for these sponsors will serve the campus better and is interested in feedback about the rearrangement of responsibilities.

Federal Team News
The SPO federal team now has a department assignment list for NIH and NSF agencies. The list is available at http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/StaffNIHNSF.html. Research administrators are assigned to the most active units. If your department does not have a staff person assigned, you can contact any of the one of the three SPO research administrators for NSF or NIH, or when you submit a proposal it will be assigned to a specific administrator.

New Web Page Lists ERA Links
The SPO web site has a new page that lists federal, UC, and nonfederal funding agencies and the systems each uses for electronic research administration. The page is available at http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/Procedures/eralinks.html.