Quarterly Update
April 2015
Most Recent Research Awards Recipients

Vanni Bucci, Biology - NSF award in the amount of $491,682 for ABI Innovation: A New Computational Framework for the Prediction of Microbiome Dynamics project.


Walaa Mogawer,  Civil & Environmental Engineering - MassDOT award in the amount of $550,131 for Evaluating the Performance of a Typical New England Asphalt Mixture Designed Using Asphalt Binders Modified with Re-refined Engine Oil Bottoms (REOB) project. 


Updated Policies & Forms
Effective March 2, 2015 revised
Policy on Unallowable Costs were put in place.  All the updates primarily reflect the changes which were triggered by the new federal regulations - 2CFR200 (Uniform Guidance) which came into effect December 26, 2014.

Updated Forms & Templates:

Upcoming Changes & Events

SPA Staff Contact Changes

SPA staff believes that it is essential to provide researchers with resources and tools to make them successful in the research enterprise.  So we are proud to offer you Road Shows & SPA Clinic.

We are always happy to come and visit your department, college, center or a group of future collaborators to support your research.


F&A rate change to 55% effective July 1, 2015

Indirect (F&A) costs in effect at the time of the initial award should be used throughout the life of the Federal award. Award levels for Federal awards may not be adjusted in future years as a result of changes in negotiated rates. "Negotiated rates" per the rate agreement include final, fixed, and predetermined rates and exclude provisional rates. "Life" for the purpose of this matter means each competitive segment of a project. A competitive segment is a period of years approved by the Federal awarding agency at the time of the Federal award. If negotiated rate agreements do not extend through the life of the Federal award at the time of the initial award, then the negotiated rate for the last year of the Federal award must be extended through the end of the life of the Federal award.


Call for upcoming Annual Research Report for FY 2015 ideas.  If you'd like to share your articles, publications, awards and other research and sponsored projects related accomplishments in 2014 & 2015 for inclusion into the next Annual Research Report submit your requests & suggestions to SPA.


Elena Glatman
Director, Sponsored Projects Administration
  Upcoming Proposal Submission Opportunities  

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR):

NSF Career Proposals

(due July 21-23, 2015) 


Come join us for

 TEA Time with SPA

on Wednesday, May 13 from 3:00-4:00pm at OFD to discuss strategies for putting together successful & fundable NSF Career proposals & share best practices.

Tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Did you know that overall success rate for NIH R01 awards in 2014 was 19%?*

This is a 2% increase compared to 2013.  Average size of R01-equivalent grants is now $431,177 which is $25,303 higher than in 2013. 5,163 R01-equivalent awards made in 2014 and this is 261 more than in 2013.  27,502 - the total number of R01-equivalent applications received by NIH in 2014 which is 542 less compared to 2013.  If you are interested in applying for R01 or other NIH funding please contact SPA pre-award staff and we'll be happy to assist you. 


*Sources: NIH Data Book & NCURA Magazine, volume XLVII, No.2

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