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ARRA “Stimulus” Weekly Update, April 24, 2009

I. Reporting

Weekly Submissions to UNC-GA. Information on ARRA-related proposals, preliminary notices of award (i.e. JIT submissions) or actual awards should be submitted to Sarah Smith, with a copy to Courtney Thornton, on a weekly basis by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. The submission time coincides with the time frame for submitting materials to be discussed at the UNC-GA Council meeting on Monday mornings. This information will be pulled by UNC-GA from RAMSeS and SPARC by June 1st.

Federal Reporting. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will collect public comments on the proposed reporting requirement as cited in “Updated Implementing Guidance for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” (M09-15). The Council on Government

Relations (COGR) has compiled comments from member institutions and submitted them to OMB. Ellen Zavalla from UNC-Charlotte will be presenting information on COGR activities during the afternoon web-based session of the spring SPARC meeting (pre-award track) scheduled for April 29th. For more information about the SPARC meeting, please contact Sarah Smith.

State Reporting: The Office of State Budget Management (OSBM) recently asked state agency Chief Information Officers to complete a survey regarding the proposed OMB reporting element. The survey identifies ~49 data elements and agencies are to identify which, if any, systems currently capture these data elements or if the data resides in hardcopy form only. The intent is to coordinate reporting to NC OpenBook and NC Recovery with the required ARRA reporting and to utilize existing applications, to the extent possible, for tracking grants and contracts information. OSBM has asked UNC-GA to coordinate the System’s response. UNC-GA will have representation to the NC ARRA Information Technology working group and will share resulting information with campuses as it becomes available. Sarah Smith will get campus input to the survey based on the various systems used including RAMSeS, SPARC, RADAR, Banner, FRS, PeopleSoft and other off-line tools. Please contact Sarah Smith if you have any questions about the survey.

The Office of Economic Recovery and Investment (OERI) recently issued Management Directive #1, which outlines the reporting requirements for ARRA funds disbursed and received for each ARRA funded grant. The directive is attached to this update. This reporting requirement will be discussed at the spring SPARC meeting (post-award televideo session), scheduled for April 29th. For more information about the SPARC meeting, please contact Sarah Smith.

II. Stimulus Resources

The National Council of University Research Administrator (NCURA) recently released a panel discussion on ARRA in a “pod-cast” format entitled “Preparing Your Institution for Stimulus Funding: Part I. The panel is moderated by David Richardson, Assistant Vice President for Research, The Pennsylvania State University and features panelists Denise Clark, Assistant Vice President for Research Administration and Advancement, University of Maryland College Park, Anthony DeCrappeo, President, COGR, Susan Sedwick, Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Sponsored Programs, University of Texas-Austin, and Richard Seligman, Associate Vice President for Research Administration, California Technical Institute. Please contact an NCURA member on your campus for information about the pod-cast.

III. Agency Activity

National Institute for Health - NIH Commons Error Correction Window: NIH and its partners will extend the electronic application error correction window (the time allowed after the submission deadline to correct errors/warnings identified by the eRA system) to five days for those opportunities with submission dates from April 21, 2009 through May 1, 2009. Although Grants.gov has not exceeded their 48 hour processing target for the vast majority of application submissions, we understand that many applicants will not have an opportunity to see the results of their submission in eRA Commons before the normal two-day error correction window elapses. This extension should allow applicants sufficient time to correct system identified errors or warnings following on-time submission. Please note that the five day correction window is temporary - NIH will return to the normal two-day window on Monday, May 4, 2009. NIH will continue to closely monitor the situation at Grants.gov and will make further adjustments as necessary to protect our applicants' ability to submit on-time. For more information, view Guide Notice NOTOD- 09-087 <http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-087.html>.

The National Science Foundation transmitted a Current Plan to Congressional Appropriators as required under ARRA the week of April 17th. The Plan must be approve prior to release of ARRA funds. NSF posts its weekly activity reports to the following URL: http://www.nsf.gov/recovery/.

The White House Office of Legislative Affairs released the first planned NIH funding announcements for North Carolina on April 23rd. UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte are scheduled to receive awards. The proposals to be funded were previously submitted but not funded due to budget constraints and build on current programs of research. The Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) application closed on April 14th. 7,263 applications were received for 39,314 officer positions, which represents a total of $8.342 billion in funding requests. The application vetting, data analysis and application review process began following the application closing and will be conducted on a rolling basis throughout the summer. Several UNC System campuses have requested support for public safety officer positions through the program.