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NDSU Research Updates
  January 2011  |  Volume 2, Issue 1
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Your Most Intriguing Research Discoveries

The breadth of research across NDSU spans from A to Z. We’d like to know more about what you consider your most intriguing research discoveries over the past 12 months. Just click on Submit a Story/Idea link in this newsletter to share a brief description of your discovery or discoveries. We understand your schedule is busy, so as your time allows, please share a paragraph or so describing your most recent intriguing research discovery. Information will be compiled to share with a variety of audiences regarding NDSU research spanning across campus. These few short questions might serve as a starting point in your description. Thank you, in advance, for your contributions. .

  • What do you think is your most important research discovery in the past 12 months and why?
  • What are the implications of this discovery?
  • How might this type of discovery eventually affect people’s lives?
  • How might the discovery contribute to the body of knowledge in your field?
  • How are students involved in your research?

NIH to Eliminate Error Correction Window

Beginning with due dates on or after January 25, 2011, applications submitted to NIH through Grants.gov must be error-free prior to the deadline. Correcting NIH eRA Commons-identified errors and warnings after the deadline will no longer be an option. Changed/corrected applications can still be submitted BEFORE the deadline. Changed/corrected applications submitted AFTER the deadline (to address system identified errors and warnings) will no longer be accepted. See Notice #NOT-OD-10-123. Any questions related to this change can be directed to Jan Oelrich at janet.oelrich@ndsu.edu or 1-5259.

New Facilities and Administration Rates

NDSU re-negotiations with the federal government to establish new Facilities and Administration Cost Rates (sometimes called Indirect Costs or Overhead) for federal grants and contracts has been completed. All grant proposal budgets should be developed using the new rates. The agreement covers the period from 7/01/2010 through 6/30/2014. A copy of the new rate agreement is available at http://www.ndsu.edu/research/spa/forms/acrobat/ndsu_fa_rate_agreement.pdf. Along with the usual categories, there is a new, separate category of rates in this agreement for grants to the NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Questions can be directed to Karen Hendrickson, Manager of the Grant & Contract Accounting Office, at karen.hendrickson@ndsu.edu, or 1-8356.

Extreme Makeover: Website Edition—Refresh

Over the past few weeks, the RCATT website was updated to be more compatible with the look of the NDSU homepage. Although the “look” may seem different, the content and navigation throughout the site will remain the same. If you experience any problems with the site, please refresh the page(s). If the problem persists, please send notification to NDSU.Research.Update@ndsu.edu.

Upcoming Events

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
Effort Reporting; Compliance is Crucial!
February 24, 2011, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union—Meadowlark Room
Presented by Grant & Contract Accounting Staff.
This seminar will provide valuable information for those who are planning grant projects as well as those who have active grants. It will focus on federal compliance requirements as well as a review of NDSU effort reporting policies and procedures.
To register, email kay.sizer@ndsu.edu

Grant Coordinators Meeting
February 25, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
NDSU Memorial Union—Arikara Room
Organized by NDSU Sponsored Programs Administration
To join the email list, email nyra.thornton@ndsu.edu or call 231-6554.

Office of Research, Creative
Activities & Technology Transfer
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P.O. Box 6050—Dept. 4000
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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