Office of Sponsored Programs Administration & Accounting

 
     
 
       
     
   
     
   
     
     

REMINDER: Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Updates from the Director

 

The attention of the Sponsored Programs world over the last few months has repeatedly turned to the federal government. Last fall we realized a dramatic increase in the responsibility Universities have to monitor and report Financial Conflicts of Interest. We also implemented sweeping changes in Animal Care and Use requirements from the Eighth edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (The Guide). This spring includes a review of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars with an eye towards consolidation of some of those publications. There will also be a review of informed consent regulations relating to Human Subject research. And last, but certainly not least; we will determine the impact of sequestration on granting agencies and funded projects. All these regulatory changes can almost make a faculty member forget they have a day job; much less encourage them to submit proposals for external funding!

As we enter the week of Spring break, I simply wish to acknowledge that we understand the demands of compliance with research regulations can be time-consuming and confusing, particularly in the early stages of implementing new regulations. We also wanted to convey that we strive to create policies and procedures required to meet, not exceed, these new regulatory guidelines. But mostly we wanted to convey our hope that you have a safe and restful break from classes and regulatory requirements and to request that you contact Sponsored Programs or the Office of Research Compliance if you have any questions or comments related to research administration; or submission of a sponsored project.

Links for additional information on regulatory updates:

Financial Conflicts of Interest: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=f67ea01984581d3934103b5074c05500&rgn=div5&view=text&node=42:1.0.1.4.22&idno=42

Eighth edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (The Guide)

The Office of Research Compliance: http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/complianceplan.html 

 
Compliance Corner  

Avoiding Research Misconduct

The release of "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct" is now available for viewing on the DHHS Office of Research Integrity web site: http://ori.hhs.gov/TheLab. The video simulation allows users to assume the role of a graduate student, post-doc, research administrator, or PI and make decisions that affect the integrity of research.

Revisions to NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules

NIH Guidelines has been revised: Amendments to Section III-E-3 and Appendix C-VII, which were published in the Federal Register and became effective on January 19, 2011 (76 FR 3150), serve to exempt from the NIH Guidelines the breeding of almost all transgenic rodents that can be housed at BL1, with the exception of rodents that contain a transgene encoding more than 50 percent of an exogenous eukaryotic virus and transgenic rodents in which the transgene is under the control of a gamma retroviral promoter.

Revised IACUC Forms

Always use the most current IACUC forms when submitting a new protocol or protocol amendment. At present, we are working on separating the instructions for completion, and the protocol questions into separate documents, which should make the Animal Use Protocol (AUP) form less cumbersome. For the correct forms, check the following URL: http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/allforms.html#IACUCform.