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Happy New Year.  There have been lots of predictions for 2012 that range from a significant moral and economic recovery to the end of the world.   One consistent prediction is that Sponsored Programs funding will be tight and come with greater administrative oversight.    This negative forecast should not dissuade anyone from seeking external funding.  For the most part, the rules and regulations simply require the University and Principal Investigator to do what they said they would do and keep the sponsor informed of any changes that may be required along the way.   I believe that is a reasonable expectation coming from a financial sponsor of your research or scholarly activity. 
The Offices of Sponsored Programs and Sponsored Programs Accounting are also here to assist you with interpreting and meeting the regulatory requirements and with administering the project.  It is our hope that partnering with our office will limit the amount of time spent on administrative tasks and allow you to focus on your project.  Best wishes for 2012 and we look forward to working with you to make it a successful year.



Refresher Animal Welfare Training Course

A refresher animal welfare training course will be available on the CITI training website for those that have reached the three-year time point requiring them to refresh their training. The link to the instruction page for training is:




Data Plan Resources Available Through JMU Libraries

To assist faculty in developing data management plans, specifically required by the National Science Foundation, the James Madison University libraries have developed some helpful tools. Find information here:

For additional information and assistance with specific templates, please contact Yasmeen Shorish is the Science Librarian at shorisyl@jmu.edu

NSF guidance on the Data Management Plan and frequently asked questions may be found here:




Applying to National Institutes of Health?

NIH Provides Tips for Applicants: Reviewers and staff at the National Institutes of Health offer their insights to scientists seeking to improve their chances of getting a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The NIH Tips can be found at:




National Institutes of Health Launches Online Research Catalogue

National Institutes of Health (NIH) has created a website that will give researchers and others greater access to unpatented materials developed by government-funded investigators and provide "faster turn-around time…for companies to find research materials available from NIH labs." The site, http://www.ott.nih.gov/erma, holds NIH's electronic research materials catalogue, NIH said in a Nov. 29 announcement. "For non-profit research organizations interested in obtaining NIH materials through a material transfer agreement, the NIH will launch the Transfer Agreement Dashboard in December," NIH said. "This web-based system will have a broad array of beneficiaries including NIH scientists and technology transfer staff as well as researchers and technology transfer offices at universities and non-profit research institutions."

Link: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2011/ott-28.htm



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