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University of Maryland, Baltimore County hosts NCURA Region II Workshop January 14, 2015

Location:  UMBC, Ballroom, University Center, Baltimore, MD 21250

Wednesday, January  14, 2015, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (breakfast available at 9:00 am)

Hot Topics in Research Compliance

Course Description:  So you understand the core competencies of research administration – now what?  How do you apply these concepts to your daily life as Departmental, Pre-award or Post-award administrator in today’s world?  What do the audits at other institutions tell you about what you should be looking for at your institution?  How are other institutions changing their practices to keep pace with changes in the regulations?
Current “hot topics” case studies, that have been constructed using real life scenarios, serve as the core of thought-provoking workshop.  Participants will apply the foundational principles of the OMB Circulars, federal regulations and common institutional policies and procedures to work through the many shades of grey that make up the research administration kaleidoscope.  This promises to be a lively, highly interactive experience that will allow attendees to learn from the instructors as well as the other attendees.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the differences between the various types of audit, review and investigation;
  • Participants will learn strategies to identify current national hot topics;
  • Participants will engage in the thought provoking real life case studies;
  • Participants will gain an understanding of how to keep an institution’s own policies, procedures and processes from being an audit risk.

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of the Circulars

Who Should Attend?:            

  • Preaward Administrators
  • Postaward Administrators
  • Departmental Administrators
  • Internal Auditors

Ann M. Holmes, Assistant Dean
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Maryland College Park

Denise J. Clark, Associate Vice President for Administration
Division of Research
University of Maryland, College Park

Attendee Cost: $175.00 (Includes: Workshop Materials, Continental Breakfast & Lunch)

Registration will be on the NCURA Region II Website


OSP Subaward Administration Training – December 2, 2014

The Office of Sponsored Programs will be hosting a training session : Subaward Administration Refresher and Process Update on Tuesday, December 2nd, from 10am-12pm in ENG 023.

Open to faculty, staff, and departmental business managers, this session will review UMBC Subaward Administration at the proposal, management, and closeout stages. The session will outline OSP, PI, and departmental responsibilities as well as review some tentative changes to the Subaward policies and procedures.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please visit the myUMBC Office of Sponsored Programs Group  (you must log into myUMBC to access this link)


The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) is an organization of individuals involved in the administration of sponsored programs at colleges, universities and teaching hospitals.

Region II, the Mid-Atlantic region, is the most populous of NCURA’s seven regional chapters, encompassing Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and West Virginia.

Opportunities for training can be found on the Region II website at


Uniform Guidance: Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

COFAR Releases Frequently Asked Questions

2014-08-29 Frequently Asked Questions

On Friday, August 29, 2014, COFAR released the second set of FAQs in support of 2 C.F.R 200 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.  Over two hundred thoughtful questions and comments have been received from grantors, grantees, and grant management and oversight professionals throughout country.

More information can be found on the COFAR Reform of Federal Grants Policies website


Uniform Guidance: Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

COFAR  January 27, 2014 Training Webcast

On Monday, January 27th, the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), held a training webcast for more than 5,000 registered viewers, on the major updates to OMB’s recently reformed guidance on Administrative Requirements, Audit Requirements and Cost Principles for Federal Financial Assistance (2 C.F.R. 200).  The presenters provided the public with a comprehensive overview of the guidance, insight into the COFAR’s deliberative process during the two year development process, and addressed frequently asked questions.  The Uniform Guidance will be implemented one year from publication on December 26, 2014. OMB and the COFAR will continue to engage Federal and Non-Federal stakeholders over the next year to facilitate a smooth implementation process.

Links to the webcast and presentation slides can be found on the COFAR Reform of Federal Grants Policies website


Proposed OMB Uniform Guidance: Cost Principles, Audit, & Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards

This event was held Friday, 02/08/13 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in room ENG023. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will host an informational webinar with members of the grants community regarding OMB’s proposed grants reform initiative. A full draft of the OMB circular changes is found at Proposed OMB Uniform Guidance for Federal Financial Assistance.

Initial look at that the Electronic Submission Process for Multi-Project Applications Webinar

This event was held Thursday, 12/13/12 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in room ENG023.The Office of Sponsored Programs will be hosting a NIH webinar that is designed for investigators and administrators who are considering submitting grant applications in response to funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for multi-project applications that require electronic submission. It will instruct applicants how to develop, submit, and track a multi-project application on-line using the new ASSIST (Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking) tool. NIH – WEBINAR – Slide Presentation.


Important NSF Proposal Changes

National Science Foundation webinar – Updates to the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) – November 19, 2012
Description of changes from the NSF


Federal Research Webinar Open House

This event was held beginning Wednesday 10/31/12, through Friday 11/2/12. Each federal presenter will speak for approximately 1.5 hours and many talks will center around funding priorities of each federal agency represented. These sessions will be offered in an open house format, as not all talks will be relevant to all areas.



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