News & Updates

  • Website Offers Information on the Impact of Sequestration on Sponsored Projects

    At this point, the impact that Sequestration may have on Sponsored Projects is unclear. UW Madison Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) is monitoring the situation and will provide information as it becomes available.

    A number of Federal agencies have published notices related to Sequestration 2013, which are available on the RSP website at:

    Updates on the situation will be added to this web page as information emerges.

  • UW resources for complying with NIH public access policy – Presentation Tues. Mar. 12

    Please join us on Tuesday, March 12 for a presentation on NIH Public Access Policy by Julie Schneider, Director of the Ebling Library.

    UW Resources for Complying with NIH Public Access Policy

    Date: Tues, March 12, 1:00-2:30pm

    Location: Biotechnology Center Auditorium (Rm 1111), 425 Henry Mall

    Designed specifically for CALS PIs, research staff, and administrators, this presentation will provide information on pertinent aspects of the NIH Public Access Policy and discuss services and resources available to assist PIs in complying with the policy.

    Beginning July 1, 2013, NIH will require full compliance with their public access policy; non-compliance will result in withholding of pending award notices ( We encourage anyone who may be affected by this policy change to attend and learn how to avoid delays in issuance of funding.

    During the same session, Sarah Marcotte and Becky Bound from the CALS Research Division PreAward Team will discuss the recent NIH announcement that RPPR (Research Performance Progress Report) will be the mandatory submission format for all fellowship and research (SNAP) progress reports as of March 1, 2013 (i.e., for any awards that will be issued July 1 or after).

    Sarah and Becky will provide a summary of important information about this transition and helpful resources for preparing reports using the new format.

    See the full NIH announcement regarding use of RPPR at:

    Additional information about the NIH Public Access Policy:

    Additional information about the RPPR:

    Ebling Library’s NIH Public Access Policy webpage:

  • Remember: Use new RA base salary rate in proposal budgets

    After July 1, 2013, the base salary rate for Research Assistants on campus will increase to $41,616, or $20,808 for a 50% appointment.

    PreAward staff in the CALS Research Division encourage PIs and Administrators to begin using this rate in preparing proposal budgets that include funding for a Graduate Research Assistant.

    Current and upcoming rates are published in the OHR salary table:

  • NSF Fastlane: Enhanced Error Checking Begins March 18

    Beginning March 18, NSF will introduce enhancements to its FastLane system that will automate compliance checking for required proposal sections. FastLane currently auto-checks for Project Summary, Data Management Plan, and Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable). With the enhanced compliance checks, FastLane will check for all required documents, including (in addition to those mentioned above):

    • Project Description
    • References Cited
    • Biographical Sketches
    • Budget
    • Budget Justification
    • Current and Pending Support
    • Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources

    Note that FastLane will now register an error for missing Biosketches and Current and Pending Support for all Co-PIs and Senior Personnel; however, it is still allowable to submit those documents as part of a single pdf associated with the PI. If this option is used, you must either enter text or upload a file that reads “Not Applicable” for all of the “missing” Co-PI and Senior Personnel documents.

    Please let your CALS PreAward Contact know if you have any questions about this. Additional information is available on the NSF website at

  • NSF Proposal Submission Requirements – Changes for 2013

    NSF has released a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), available online at

    The new PAPPG implements the following changes – please take note, as proposals that do not comply will be returned by NSF without review.

    1. Project Summary

    The Project Summary must include 3 separate sections: Overview, Intellectual Merit, and Broader Impacts. Fastlane will be updated to include 3 separate text boxes for these 3 sections of the Project Summary, all of which must be completed in order for a proposal to be reviewed. If the Project Summary is uploaded as a file attachment, these 3 headings still must be addressed clearly and distinctly.

    2. Biosketch

    The Publications section is changed to Products, to accommodate the changing nature of scientific work. Acceptable items to list in this section now include, in addition to publications, patents, data sets, software, and copyrights. Unpublished articles and invited lectures should not be listed.

    3. Project Description

    The Project Description must include:

    • A discussion of the Broader Impacts of the proposed activities as a separate section within the narrative.
    • Results from prior and/or current NSF support that either the PI or any co-PI has received.

    4. Budget

    Personnel for which no funding is requested (e.g., PI’s and co-PI’s) should not be listed in the budget or budget justification. Instead, their role(s) should be described in the Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources section of the proposal.

    5. Facilities, equipment, and other resources

    Should include both physical and personnel resources that the institution will provide to the project, if funded. Must not include any quantifiable financial information.

    For further information, NSF has also released FAQs related to these changes, available at

  • Do you use Cayuse? Sign up for UW’s Cayuse Listserv!

    Research and Sponsored Programs maintains a listserv used to communicate important information and updates about Cayuse to the UW-Madison community. If you are a Cayuse user, please take a moment to sign up for the listserv at

  • Additional Review Required – CPBR RFP for 2014 Competitions

    The Consortium for Plan Biotechnology Research (CPBR) has issued their 2014 request for proposals and code of conduct agreements. There are many complexities within this funding call that raise concerns for the best interests of our PIs and co-PIs, and that must be resolved before CALS and the University are able to sign off an any submission in response to this RFP.

    It is very important that we have the opportunity to discuss this with PIs as early as possible and well before they proceed with any submission.

    If you are aware that any PIs in your department or center are considering submission of a pre-proposal in response to this opportunity (deadline for pre-proposals is December 14, 2012), please ask them to contact Rebecca Bound in the CALS Research Division as soon as possible at 265-8443 or

  • Subrecipient Process Changes due to New Federal COI Policy

    In addition to impacting UW-Madison investigators, new Federal regulations on Financial Conflicts of Interest (COI) also affect our subrecipients on PHS-funded sponsored programs. Continue reading →

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