Recent Legislation, Studies Impact the State of U.S. Research.

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There have been several key developments impacting the current state of U.S. research and the investments made by federal granting organizations. As part of our efforts serving research-intensive universities, colleges and other institutions, we regularly come across key articles impacting our nation’s research community. Noted here are Read More

Avoiding Grant Award Audits Related to Misrepresentation of Effort

I addressed the topic of avoiding grant award audits, as well as findings related to recent cases of fraud, at the March 2015 SRA International North Carolina Chapter Meeting. The presentation was entitled “Review of Recent Audits and Fraud Cases” and looked at many issues, including audit findings related to areas including unallowable expenses, Read More

Managing Research Salary Shortfalls

In our concluding article on monitoring salary coverage, we will discuss factors that influence decisions regarding research salary shortfalls. In the most recent post in our four part series, we discussed how salary coverage reports can identify gaps in funding that create these shortfalls. We also presented the sample report shown in Figure 1 as Read More

A Look at Grant Proposal Budget Basics

A look at Grant Proposal Budget Basics Getting a handle on grant proposal budget basics is a must for research-intensive hospitals, universities and other organizations. Grant proposals include key financial data such as the requested amount which is then typically supported with a line item budget and budget justification. In terms of budget Read More

How do you prepare grant management reports?

There’s a set of grant management reports that are commonly required by funding agencies, research institutions and other entitles. For example, Federal funding sources require grantees to submit a variety of reports, which are due at specific times during the life cycle of a grant award. All reports must be are accurate, complete, and submitted on Read More

How to Verify Salary Coverage for Scientists and Research Staff

How to Verify Salary Coverage for Scientists and Research Staff In a previous blog we discussed the need for research intensive organizations to verify salary coverage for scientists and their staff and why it is important to monitor current and future funding for these individuals. We also outlined the variables involved in the monitoring Read More

Accurately Tracking Grant Costs: An Essential Part of Grant Accounting and Management

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In a previous post we talked about accurately tracking grant costs, an essential part of the grant accounting and management process. Today we consider further essentials of grant management, and how they impact those research organizations looking for grant funding. Grant Essentials – Direct and Indirect Costs The Office of Management and Read More