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Per NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-097 ( NIH will soon mandate that all graduate and undergraduate students working on NIH projects for at least one person month or more have an NIH eRA Commons ID. The deadline for compliance is October 2014.  After this date RPPRs lacking the eRA Commons ID for undergraduate and graduate students will receive an error and the RPPR will not be accepted by the NIH.

To help with this process, please send an e-mail requesting the new eRA Commons ID to with the following information:  first name, last name, e-mail address, and role. Depending on the volume of requests OSPA will make every attempt to get an ID established within 7 business days. For more information see our announcements page.

Fringe Benefit Rate Increasing
The fringe benefit rate used in budgeting for sponsored projects is
expected to increase to 54.74% on September 1, 2014.  In
anticipation of the increase, OSPA staff will be advising principal
investigators and will use the new rate on all new proposals. The
new rate, once approved by the Department of Health and Human
Services, will apply to existing and new awards.

OSPA staff have been encouraging PIs to budget modest increases
in the fringe rate in multi-year proposals for the past several months,
to try to mitigate the impact of the expected increase.

Questions about the rate, and the rate approval process, can be
directed to Wayne Glass,

For more "What's New?" see our Announcements page.

FY2015 STATS through the month of August 2014

• 93 Awards received to date representing $17 million in funding.

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