Great Google-y Moogly

Despite the fact that they’ve taken away our serifs and appear to be doing some amoebic corporate thing with Alphabet, Google has a friend in us as long as they keep Google Scholar alive.


If you haven’t used Google Scholar before, take a look.  It’s a great way to search for publications of all sorts, whether they be articles, books, court opinions, theses, etc.  Additionally, Google provides metrics based on citations to indicate the level of influence of the source.  You can keep your own library, and see who is citing your (or your PI’s) work.  Google will also help you locate free text of abstracts (for those pesky non-NIH projects), and set up alerts for any new research published on customized topics of interest.  Quick tip, though: be aware that Google Scholar searches both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed information.


If you are working with publications and haven’t tried Google Scholar, give it a whirl.  If you need help manipulating it’s features to find what you’re looking for, we can help!



Do We Have An Accord?

New fringe rates take effect in two weeks’ time (October 1), and it’s worth a reminder that any projects awarded with budgets under the previous rates will be responsible for the application of the new rates.  This may mean some re-budgeting so now may be a good time to do a cost projection with the new rates.  Some projects will feel little to no impact; others (particularly those with a lot of non-faculty research persons) will have significantly higher personnel costs.  You may need to rebudget some of your funds; if this is the case, be sure to check the terms of your award to see whether you will need to request agency permission to do so.


If you find yourself with a significant budgetary hardship once you’ve projected your expenses on the new rates, reach out to your GCO for options that may be available to you through the university.

Help Us Help You

Public Service Announcement!


With the October NIH deadlines less than a month away, our office already has a pretty hefty load.  We would very much appreciate an early heads-up (this week would be great!) if you think you may need any kind of support centered on a September 28/October 5/October 16 deadline (or any other in that range).  We’re here to help, and we want to be sure we can maximize our resources to offer everyone the best accommodation possible.


Thanks in advance from the entire RAS office 🙂

You Don’t Own Me

Coming or going, the transfer of grant awards raises issues of mechanism and ownership (and territoriality!) for many PIs and administrators.  When considering grant transfers, it is important to keep in mind one central tenet: awards are made to institutions, not to PIs.  Even though the PI applies for the grant and does or directs the research, s/he is doing so on behalf of the institution.  Therefore, should a PI decide to change institutions, s/he must have the permission of the institution to take the grant award along (it is, of course, the prerogative of the institution to keep the project and assign new personnel to the research if it so chooses).  That’s where the relinquishing statement comes in.


A relinquishing statement is an official statement relinquishing interests and rights in a research grant; different agencies use different mechanisms for generating these statements.  For NIH, the process is initiated in eRA Commons by a signing official of the institution holding the award.  Other funding agencies who do not use eRA Commons have different mechanisms, so be sure to check for agency-specific guidelines.  NSF, for example, requires that the process be initiated by the PI through FastLane once an agreement has been reached by both the current and future grant holders, and requires the FTR (federal cash transactions report) at the time of the request. For detailed instructions on transferring grants from these two federal agencies, check out the NIH  transfer guide assembled by NIAMS, and section IIB2h of NSF’s PAPPG.


Our office has shepherded many a transfer, so feel free to reach out if you have any questions on transfer policy or procedure!