New policies relevant to sponsored funding

Sponsored-ProjectsSponsored Programs Administration (SPA) recently released four new policies relevant to external funding. To explain these policies and the changes they bring to sponsored funding, SPA will host a series of information sessions in August and September.

Sessions will be held during the following times:  Tuesday, August 303 – 4 p.m. (HSC – University Suites); Wednesday, September 14, 9 – 10 a.m. (Faraday – LaT 300); and Monday, September 26, 12 – 1 p.m. (Lowden Hall – 304). 

The new policies, along with links to access them, are on the SPA website and are as follows:

Sub-Recipient Monitoring:  Outlines new federal requirements for managing subawards with collaborating institutions and new SPA procedures for executing these agreements. A key internal change is that Purchase Requisitions are no longer necessary for subaward agreements. The policy also explains roles and responsibilities (including Principal Investigators) when paying collaborators through subawards.

Cost Transfers on Sponsored Awards:  Explains the parameters for which SPA will allow cost transfers onto or between sponsored awards. 

Domestic and Foreign Travel for Sponsored Programs:  This policy does not introduce any new changes to travel on sponsored awards but outlines the regulations that guide how NIU manages travel on grants and explains the procedures for budgeting travel and managing reimbursement.

Managing Participant Support Costs:  The National Science Foundation has long recognized Participant Support Costs (PSCs), but new federal regulations now make PSCs a category of funding across all federal agencies. This policy outlines the classification of these costs and recent changes in the university financial system to help investigators manage them.

To access these policies, go to niu.edu/osp/policies/NIU (authentication required).

Please feel free to contact Dara Little, assistant vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs, at dlittle@niu.edu or 815-753-9285 with questions about these policies or the scheduled information sessions.

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