Get Your Rates Straight

You know that moment when you’ve finally become comfortable using new-ish fringe rates on proposals, and then it changes again?  Guess what: BAM!  The moment has arrived (actually, it arrived a month ago).

 

The most current DHHS rate agreement was ratified on July 13, 2016 (use this date on your submissions, folks), and can be viewed on SPA’s website.  If, for instance, you’re not using 24.2% for your non-administrative faculty, check you numbers before that proposal goes out!  These are the numbers that must be used for projects beginning on October 1, 2016 and after; there’s nothing being submitted now that would start before that date, so here’s looking at you. 😉

 

Fiscal Affairs has also updated the Composite Fringe Benefit Rates to reflect the new agreement (you can check all of your employment classes here).  As in the past, past composite rates are publicly archived for your reference.  Questions on how to adjust your budget to the new rates?  You know where to find us!

Hey Fellow[ship]: Don’t Keep Doin’ What You’re Doin’

It’s August 2; do you know where your tuition rates are?  If you’re planning to submit an F-series fellowship application for the August 8 deadline (or an F-31 on August 13/15), watch your bottom line when you are calculating your stipend; credit costs have changed, and so have the associated costs of health coverage.  To check your tuition base rates, be sure to visit the Tuition and Fees resource pages provided by WSU Records and Registration, and factor increases in your budget as averages.  Are you an MD/PhD candidate but not sure how to calculate your credits? Unsure which medical coverage to use in your calculations?  Just overwhelmed by the stipend calculations in general?  Reach out to RAS; we’ll help you figure out into which category you fall and which numbers to use!

 

Pay mind also to the changes present in the Forms-D iteration of the NIH fellowship packages. The following are five (yes, five!) new attachments:

  • Applicant’s Background and Goals for Fellowship Training (6 page limit; G.430 Guide, Section 2)
  • Letters of Support from Collaborators, Contributors, and Consultants (6 page limit; G.430 Guide, Section 10)
  • Description of Institutional Environment and Commitment to Training (2 page limit; G.430 Guide, Section 11; includes Additional Education Information section required for F30 and F31 applications which was previously included as an “Other Attachment” in FORMS-C applications)
  • Data Safety Monitoring Plan (G.430 Guide, Section 16; used with applications involving Clinical Trials)

Note that the “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources” attachment has been delayed for fellowships, even though it is listed as “required” in several resources;  don’t use it  yet, as implementation is delayed until after FY2017  (NOT-OD-16-034).

 

Biosketch instructions specifically for research, career development and fellowship applicants are now available as well; pay close attention especially to “D: Additional Information: Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance.”  Instead of “Research Support,” applicants for both predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships should use this section to provide information on their scholastic performance.

 

We think that’s enough for one post, don’t you? 😉