There is encouragement from federal sponsors and Wayne State University’s (WSU) Office of Vice President for Research to conduct more team science research. With this movement towards team science, we’re seeing more proposals with other Schools/Colleges/Institutes such as CLAS and Engineering to name a few. Reminder, when building budgets and rosters, the personnel section should include every WSU person working on the project. This allows the participating departments to see what faculty/staff are committed to projects outside of their primary departments. Submitting within 3 – 7 days of the deadline will allow ample time for E-Visions departmental approvals, before moving on to Sponsored Programs as the final approver.
Discussing usage of the mathematical inequality symbols; <, >, ≥, ≤ , within NIH application text fields.
- In early 2015 NIH released a notice informing the grant seeking community of the support for the full Unicode Character Set, in the free-text form fields. http://unicode.org/charts/
- The NIH’s “Rules for Text Fields” also provides guidance regarding text data entry fields. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/format-and-write/rules-for-text-fields.htm#allow
According to the above notice and guidelines the mathematical inequality symbols are included within the acceptable/supported Unicode Character Set. However, it has come to our attention that usage of these particular symbols may delay if not prevent the successful submission of an NIH application. While the use of these symbols will not result in error notices within the University’s Cayuse system, the problem is encountered when the application is routed from Grants.gov to eRA Commons.
So, when entering text where these symbols may be used it is suggested that their meaning be written in longhand, i.e.
< ( Less than), ≤ (Less than or equal to), etc.
You may have heard of the mythical vacation payout bank, set up to take the hit for grants supporting retiring personnel that are owed said vacation payouts. It does exist! There is a central account to which grant-supported personnel vacations are charged.
Here is what you may not know: ALL vacation payouts get charged to those central accounts, but only grant account payout central charges are permanent. Other indexes (general fund, salary reimbursement, etc.) will be adjusted for at year end by the budget office. If you have a non-grant account with personnel entitled to a vacation payout, be sure you keep that year-end adjustment in mind to avoid deficit headaches!
One parting, non-payout note: keep in mind that NIH will be closed on Monday, October 12 in observance of Columbus Day. The help desk will be unavailable, and K series applications will be due on October 13 instead.