ALERT! - FOR ALL ARRA RECIPIENTS
The Office of Management and Budget, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation have sent out guidances and revised ARRA General Terms and Conditions to ensure ARRA projects are completed by September 30, 2013. We have highlighted the key issues for your consideration:
- Principal Investigators and Departmental Administrators should review all ARRA awards and assess progress/spending to date. All ARRA projects should be accelerated, as warranted, to ensure ARRA projects are completed and funds expended by their current end date. ARRA awards should be monitored closely on a monthly basis enabling you to make adjustments as needed to ensure work is completed in a timely fashion.;
- If you have any ARRA awards which are anticipated to continue beyond September 30, 2013, a no cost extension request must be submitted to the Office of Research Administration on or before May 15, 2012 as we are required to submit requests to our sponsors on or before June 1, 2012. We want to ensure all requests are submitted in a timely fashion. No cost extensions extending the award end date beyond September 30, 2013 will require written sponsor approval and will only be granted if:
- The project is long-term, by design, and acceleration would compromise core programmatic goals;
- The project must undergo complex, environmental review that cannot be completed within this timeframe;
- Contractual commitments, between the awardee and vendors/subrecipients, legally prevent adjusting the timeline for spending;
- Special Circumstances exist where acceleration may cause unnecessary harm or unreasonable risk to vertebrate animals or human subjects involved in the research (such as ongoing clinical trials).
If you have any questions or concerns in regards to the above, please contact the Office of Research Administration at 305-243-6232 and speak with Jill Tincher.