Upcoming Proposal Submission Deadlines for OSP/BMRA Review (9/16/19)


Federal Agency Guidance on Notification and Reporting of Discrimination and Harassment (9/5/19)

Brown University (“Brown” or “University”) is committed to creating and maintaining an educational, research, working, and living environment free from all forms of unlawful harassment and sexual misconduct.  The University has created policies and procedures that describe the community standards of conduct as well as the procedures for grievances and complaints alleging violations of its discrimination and harassment policies.

In addition to University policy, Federal and State sponsors of Brown’s research have notification and reporting requirements related to sexual harassment, harassment, sexual assault, and discrimination.  Many of these sponsors have recently issued rules and guidance regarding these requirements and the importance of adhering to them.

The specific Federal Agency Guidance can be found here


Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components (7/10/19)


NIH has released a detailed reminder to the extramural community about the need to report foreign activities through other support, foreign components and financial conflict of interest.  NOT-OD-19-114.html  contains an expanded clarification and detailed FAQs. At this time, NIH is currently in the process of updating the Other Support Format Page and instructions. The requirements provided in the notice will likely evolve further.  Should you have any questions, contact OSP  or BMRA Pre-Award Staff. 


NSF approves and encourages SciENcv Biographical Sketch Format for Proposal Submissions (6/18/19)

NSF released a communication on Monday stating "National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF.  The following website resources may be of assistance to proposers preparing a biographical sketch using the SciENcv format":

Important Proposal Submission Update (5/20/2019) 

After an 8 week pilot period where we tested the efficiency and effectiveness of submitting proposals in sponsor's systems, OSP and BMRA have determined that proposal submission via sponsor systems does not have a negative impact on either the proposal preparation or the review and submission processes.  As such, we are announcing a change to our submission guidelines.

Effective today, proposals that are eligible for System-to-System submission can either be submitted in COEUS or in a sponsor system such as ASSIST, FastLane, or Workspace. There will no longer be a requirement that S2S-eligible proposals be submitted via COEUS.

Please note that regardless of which submission method is used, COEUS remains our official proposal repository. For this reason, a COEUS record will still be required at the time of submission for all proposals.

We've developed an FAQ to accompany this announcement, but please also feel free to reach out to your Pre-Award contact with any questions you may have.

2019 NIH Salary Cap Increase (5/6/2019)

The Executive Level II salary cap used by the Department of Health and Human Services (which includes NIH) has been increased to $192,300. This change is effective retroactive to January 6, 2019, so please be sure to use this new rate in NIH and AHRQ proposals going forward.

More information from NIH can be found here: NOT-OD-19-099.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email your OSP/BMRA Pre-Award contact.

Identifying all Sources of Support in Proposals for External Funding (3/14/19)


Federal sponsors are focusing more closely on the full disclosure of project support than in years past. There is concern about ‘under-reporting’ of available research funding and of foreign sources of research support (i.e., foreign components, defined below). It is critically important that complete and accurate information about research support is included in all grant and contract proposals whenever required. This requirement will vary from sponsor to sponsor, so be sure to include other support information in conformance with each Agency’s instructions. Please keep reading for further information here.

Pre-Award Staff are responsible for:

Post-Award Staff are responsible for:

  • Reviewing and submitting proposals on behalf of Brown University

  • Serving as Institutional Authorized Signatory on sponsored agreements and proposals

  • Providing assistance with the interpretation of sponsor requirements and federal regulations

  • Communicating with sponsors on behalf of PIs and Departments

  • Grant and Contract award negotiation and acceptance

  • Creation and issuance of subaward agreements and Subrecipient Monitoring

  • Non-financial Post-award changes (e.g., No-cost extensions, Rebudgeting, Change of PI, Award transfer, etc.)

  • Education, outreach and training

  • Establishing and monitoring sponsored research accounts

  • Monitoring expenditure activities on sponsored research accounts to ensure compliance with federal regulations, non-federal, and University policies and procedures

  • Interpreting and applying sponsor regulations and policies

  • Preparing interim and final financial reports in a timely manner

  • Cash management of sponsored projects

  • Disseminating information to principal investigators and administrators on a range of topics related to post-award administration

  • Participating in the University's annual federal Single Audit

  • Education, outreach and training


About OSP 

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) supports Brown University faculty, students and staff in the acquisition, performance, and administration of projects and programs funded by external sources. OSP provides the University's central coordination and oversight of research by offering a wide range of services including review and submission of proposals; award negotiation and acceptance; dissemination of research policy information to campus; issuance of subaward agreements and sub-recipient monitoring; compliance with governmental and private funding agency standards; advising on financial management of sponsored projects, financial and expense reporting; cash management; effort reporting, and monitoring of cost-share arrangements; addressing financial and administrative issues that arise during the life of a sponsored project; coordination of award close-out process; and providing education and professional development opportunities in research administration for the campus community.