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SPA Meetings

The Sponsored Programs Administrators (SPA) Meeting is held monthly during the academic year to provide information to department administrators.  Please send any suggestions or comments to SPA.training@uconn.edu.

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Next Meeting – February 22, 10:30 a.m.

SPA meetings are typically held the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 AM.

 

Previous Meetings

  • January 25, 2023 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Pre-Award Services
        • January 2023 Federal Agency Updates
        • New SPS Federal Disclosure Resources
        • Full Proposal Document(s) at Intake
        • Proposal Tips and Tricks!
      • Contract Services Group
        • Non-Disclosure Agreements
      • SPA Training Update

 

  • November 16, 2022 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Procurement Process Challenges & Improvement Plan – Joe Thompson
      • InfoEd updates
      • Pre-Award Announcements and Reminders
      • Best Practices: Proposal Materials
      • Proposal Tips and Tricks
        • Determining PI Eligibility
        • Budgeting – Equipment vs. Supplies
      • Concur from the Post Award Lens
      • Overview of Agreements reviewed/negotiated by Contracts Group
      • SPA Training Announcements and Update

 

  • October 19, 2022 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Accounts Payable – Concur Best Practices
      • NASA Certification Reminder
      • NIH Data Sharing and Management Plan
      • Proposal Tips and Tricks!
      • Greenphire Update
      • Annual Data
      • SEBAC increases final update/review of payroll transactions & anticipated impact on effort reporting
      • Contract Submission reminders
      • SPA Training – upcoming classes

 

  • September 21, 2022 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Introduction of new Pre-Award staff
      • Salary increases and proposal budget escalation
      • Grants.gov downtime 9/23-29
      • Transition from FastLane to Research.gov
      • NASA Questionnaire
      • NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy – upcoming changes
      • Budgeting of fellowships vs. salaries
      • Post-Award staff changes
      • Post-Award operations updates
      • Contract Services Group – contacts and updates
      • SPA Training – Upcoming classes
  • May 18, 2022 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • SPA Announcement
      • Pre-Award Announcements and Reminders
      • Demystifying Other Support and Current & Pending:  Tools, Tips, and Tricks
      • SPS Projects in the Works
  • April 20, 2022 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Year-end reminders
      • Transition from Fastlane to Research.gov
      • Transition to UEI usage – all subaward commitment forms and grants.gov packages
      • NIH FAQ
      • DocuSign drop-in sessions – learn about the visibility session
      • Proposal Policy Implementation Update
      • USDA IDC Rate calculation – Pre-Award and Post-Award perspective
  • February 16, 2022 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Pre-Award Updates
      • DHHS/NIH Update – Salary Cap
      • Addition of UEI to Subrecipient Commitment Form
      • Update on NIH ‘Other Support’ process
      • Clarification on 5-day proposal process
      • Overview of 50K program
      • Subaward Invoice Review
      • FileLocker
      • Mid Year Review
      • Leadership Updates
  • October 20, 2021 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Research Development Services
      • Greenphire Updates
      • Fall 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration Registration
      • Change to NIDCD Admin Reduction Guidance for Modular R01 Awards
      • New Hires to SPS
      • Pre-Award Updates
      • Proposal Dashboard Addition
      • IPR Language Update
      • Black Friday Update
  • September 15, 2021 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Fall 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration Registration
      • Unique Entity Identifier for Federal Sponsors
      • NIH Updated Policy for Family Leave and Unpaid Leave for Extramural Loan Repayment Program
      • NSF Website Enhancements
      • Extending the Special Exception to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Post Submission Material Policy During COVID-19
      • NSF Pre-Award and Post Award Disclosures Related to the Bio-Sketch
      • Scope of Work Change
  • June 16, 2021 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Staff Introductions
      • Fringe Benefits
      • NSF Publications Repository Changes
      • New NIH Inbox for Biographical Sketch and Other Support Questions
      • Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement
      • eRA Commons Expanding Requirements for IDs
      • What’s an Application Packet and When is it Needed
      • Proposal Submission 9:00 am Due Date
  • May 19, 2021 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Effort Reports are available (no slide, just a reminder)
      • Introduction – Rashonda Harris, Director of Post Award
      • Year End Reminders
      • Proposal Submission Policy Timeline and Reminders
      • Fringe Benefit Rates
      • NIH Biographical Sketch and Other Support
      • Training Reminders
  • April 21, 2021 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Joni Gould Retirement
      • C onsultants & Contractors on Sponsored Awards – Kathleen Kearney
      • Salary Cap
      • American Heart Association Carryover and No Cost Extension Updates and Reminders
      • Publications and Printing Costs on Sponsored Awards
      • IPR Routing Tips
      • eRA Commons Phasing Out Internet Explorer
      • Redesigned RePORT Tool
      • eRA Commons Login Tip
      • NIH Biographical Sketch and Other Support
  • March 17, 2021 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Proposal Development Services Overview
      • IPR Form Overview
      • NIH Update
      • SPS Metrics YTD Comparison-Proposals/Awards
      • Proposal Deadline Implementation
  • February 17, 2021 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • New Initiatives with Trish Casey
      • Cost Transfers
      • NRSA
      • Salary Cap
      • Summer 2021 Effort
      • Pcard Transactions
      • SPS Personnel Update
      • Preaward Update/Presidential Group
  • December 16, 2020 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Foreign Influence-Wesley Byerly
      • Current and Pending – Other Support
      • General Ledger Transfers
      • HRSA/PMS
      • January Federal Costing Principles Training
      • SPA Meeting Calendar Request
      • ERA Commons Update
  • November 18, 2020 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Procard Presentation
      • Greenphire
      • UConn Sponsored Program Metrics
      • Effort Reporting Covid-19 Related Certification Statement
      • OVPR Proposal Submission Faculty Survey Results
      • Proposal Submission Update
  • October 21, 2020 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • F&A on Projects of $50K or Less
      • Use of Hypertext in NIH Grant Applications
      • Cost Sharing Reminders and Clarifications
      • NIH Virtual Seminar
      • Expenditures on Sponsored Awards – Guidance
      • Pay on Federal Grants in June 2020 – PI Verification
      • Proposal Process – Under Development
      • Jeopardy!
  • September 16, 2020 – Presentation Slides
    • Agenda
      • Effort Reporting
      • NIH & HRSA Transition to Payment Management System
      • No-Cost Extension Request Form Updates
      • Subaward Invoice Review
      • KFS Upgrade – Non-Payroll Cost Transfers
      • Book Club and CRA Study Group Updates

     

    For information from previous meetings, visit the SPA Meeting Archive.