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Training: the word can evoke the excitement of learning new things to the dread of ‘Death by PowerPoint.’ Nevertheless, federal agencies are placing more and more reliance on an institution’s training activities to provide assurances that Principal Investigators understand sponsored programs regulations. JMU currently offers required training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) educational materials (https://www.citiprogram.org/). Agencies like the National Institute of Health, in releasing their requirement for Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) training and compliance, are stressing their desire for ‘face to face’ training. That may be a warning of what is to come as we prepare to comply with the NIH Final Rule regarding FCOI ruling by August 2012.

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National Science Board Releases Report on Merit Review Process:

On January 10, the National Science Board (NSB) released a report on the NSF’s merit review process.

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