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Elimination of Graduate Research Assistant Tuition on Grants

April 4, 2017

 

Dear Colleagues:

In our continuing effort to reduce the costs of research at UConn and UConn Health, we are eliminating the requirement to charge any portion of graduate research assistant tuition to research grants, effective Spring 2017.

From 2009 to 2016, University policy required that 60% of full-time in-state tuition per graduate assistant be charged to external grants funding faculty members’ research projects. In Fiscal Year 2016, we reduced the impact of this policy on grant funds by returning an amount equal to half of the tuition collected from grants to faculty investigators’ indirect cost return accounts.

Beginning with charges for the Spring 2017 semester, faculty will no longer be required to charge any portion of graduate research assistant tuition to their grants. Faculty will also no longer be required to include [tuition] charges for graduate research assistants on future grant applications, thus increasing their competitiveness with funding agencies. Savings from graduate research assistant tuition charges can now be applied toward other direct cost needs for faculty research projects. This applies to all sponsored projects, including those being conducted at UConn Health.

Researchers with existing grants or grant applications that include graduate research assistant tuition for Spring 2017 and beyond should rebudget those dollars into other direct cost items, at their discretion within sponsor specific rules. For questions or to request assistance with the rebudgeting process, please reach out to your department grant administrator or your regular contact person in Sponsored Program Services within the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Although this is another positive step towards increasing the buying power of grants for our faculty, we recognize that it does not directly address a major concern contributing to the high cost of doing research at UConn and UConn Health: very high fringe rates relative to our peers and aspirants. While these rates are controlled by the state, we will continue to seek solutions for this important issue.

Despite significant financial constraints, we will continue to pursue creative solutions to decrease the cost of doing research at UConn and UConn Health. Some of the recent initiatives to accomplish this include: providing financial support to PIs impacted by large increases in fringe rates in 2016, establishing direct IDC returns to PIs for the first time at UConn Health, non-research IDC returns for the first time in Storrs, and supporting the NIH-driven increase in minimum salaries for postdoctoral fellows.

Thank you for your continued contributions to UConn/UConn Health’s success as a leading research institution. We look forward to supporting you in your future research activities.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeff Seemann
Vice President for Research UConn/UConn Health
Dr. Jeremy Teitelbaum
Interim Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Scott Jordan
Executive Vice President for Administration &
Chief Financial Officer

OVPR Quarterly Reports

February 2, 2017

 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to provide you with several reports relating to sponsored program activity—both research and education/service—managed by Sponsored Program Services within the Office of the Vice President for Research at UConn and UConn Health. These reports include:

In the reports, data is presented in two ways: by the PI’s Academic Home Department and by the Managing Department or Center/Institute. Please refer to the first pages of the reports for definitions and information regarding the data.

Should you have any questions regarding these quarterly reports, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

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Dr. Jeff Seemann
Vice President for Research
UConn/UConn Health

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OVPR Quarterly Reports

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to provide you with several reports relating to sponsored program activity—both research and education/service—managed by Sponsored Program Services within the Office of the Vice President for Research at UConn and UConn Health. These reports include:

In the reports, data is presented in two ways: by the PI’s Academic Home Department and by the Managing Department or Center/Institute. Please refer to the first pages of the reports for definitions and information regarding the data.

Should you have any questions regarding these quarterly reports, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

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Dr. Jeff Seemann
Vice President for Research
UConn/UConn Health

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OVPR QUARTERLY SPONSORED PROGRAM SERVICES ACTIVITY REPORT, PROPOSAL LIST & AWARDS LIST

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to provide you with the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Quarterly Summary of Sponsored Program Services Activity, the Quarterly List of Sponsored Program Services Awards, and the NEW Quarterly List of Sponsored Program Services Proposals for the second quarter of FY16.  These reports include data regarding Proposals, Awards and Expenditures for both research and non-research sponsored projects at Storrs and UConn Health.  Data is presented in two ways: by the PI’s Academic Home Department and by the Managing Department or Center/Institute.  Please refer to the first pages of the reports for definitions/information regarding the data.

The OVPR will continue to provide you with these reports on a quarterly basis throughout the fiscal year to ensure that faculty and university administrators receive accurate, up-to-date data regarding research activity at UConn/UConn Health.

Should you have any questions regarding these quarterly reports, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

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Dr. Jeff Seemann
Vice President for Research
UConn/UConn Health

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Thanksgiving Holiday Closing Notice

The Office of the Vice President for Research will be closed for business on Friday, November 27, 2015 including:

  • Sponsored Program Services (860-486-3622)
  • Research Compliance Services (860-486-8802)
  • eRA Help Desk (860-486-7944)

Please contact the appropriate office in advance, should you anticipate a need for assistance.

On behalf of the Office of the Vice President for Research, Happy Thanksgiving!

New Policy – Management and Distribution of Indirect Cost Return (IDC)

November 12, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce that a new policy is now in place regarding the management and distribution of indirect cost (IDC) return from faculty grants and contracts received for non-research sponsored activities.

As many of you are aware, it has been the practice of the University to return a portion (30%) of the indirect cost return from faculty research grants and contracts to the PI/CoPI, Department Head, and Dean (10%/10%/10%) as a way of investing in the growth and success of the research enterprise. However, for many years the same practice has not been in place for non-research sponsored activities (i.e., instruction, evaluation, education, service, and outreach awards). These non-research sponsored activities are equally important to UConn’s mission and, like sponsored research, reflect the success of the faculty and enhance the reputation of the University. Although non-research sponsored activities have been charged for facilities and administration costs and managed by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the IDCs generated from these awards and contracts have not come to the OVPR. Rather they have gone to the central budget of the University to support essential core activities with no return to the PI/CoPI, Department Head, or Dean, as is the case with sponsored research awards and contracts.

We have agreed on a new plan to transition these dollars into the OVPR in a manner that will allow us to initially provide a 10% IDC return from sponsored educational, service, and outreach activities. The Deans of each school/college will determine the distribution of these dollars. It is our goal, as non-research sponsored program activities increase, to ultimately provide a 30% return to the PI/CoPI, Department Heads, and Deans (10%/10%/10%), but unfortunately that cannot happen immediately.

This change in policy concerning non-research IDC distribution is effective as of July 1, 2015 (i.e. the start of FY16). Non-research IDC generated in FY16 will be distributed to accounts in the fall of 2016 (FY17) in a distribution specified by each Dean.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

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Dr. Jeff Seemann
Vice President for Research
 
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Scott Jordan
Executive Vice President for
Administration and CFO

Dr. Mark Urban’s research on global warming receives media attention

Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dr. Mark Urban has received lots of media attention for his paper, “Accelerating extinction risk from climate change,” which was recently published in Science (click here for full paper). The paper concludes that without emissions reductions, as many as 1 in 6 species will be extinct or on the road to extinction by the end of the century. The paper has been featured in several media outlets, including the AP, NY Times , BBC, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Climate Central, among other sources.

Major New NIH Grant on Liver Disease

The OVPR would like to recognize Dr. Li Wang, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Physiology & Neurobiology on her recent $1.7M R01 grant from the NIH National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). With this award, Dr. Wang will study how long non-coding RNA H19 regulates liver function and cholestatic liver fibrosis, and she will continue her long-term research interests to understand the molecular basis underlying the development of chronic liver diseases.  Congrats, Dr. Wang!

Congratulations to Dr. Jinbo Bi for her over $1.1 million award from the NIDA!

Congratulations to Dr. Jinbo Bi, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science & Engineering for her over $1.1 million award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Her proposal, Quantitative Methods to Subtype Drug Dependence and Detect Novel Genetic Variants, is a perfect example of the exceptional cross disciplinary research underway at the University. Dr. Bi has a joint appointment at UConn Health in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, School of Medicine. Well done Dr. Bi!

Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program

Facebook announces the launch of the 2015-2016 Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program. Facebook created the fellowship program to encourage and support promising graduate students who are doing cutting edge research around the globe. We are excited for the opportunity to fund future thought leaders and look forward to reviewing submissions from your students!

This year, Facebook is accepting applications for research in the following areas:

• Architecture
• Computer Vision
• Data Mining
• Databases
• Distributed Systems
• Economics and Computation
• Human-Computer Interaction/Social Computing
• Machine Learning
• Natural Language Processing
• Networking / Operating Systems
• Programming Languages / Compilers
• Security / Privacy
• Software Engineering

We will be expanding the fellowship to a two-year program and each fellowship will include payment of tuition and fees for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, a $37,000 unrestricted yearly grant, and a visit to Facebook’s HQ in Menlo Park for winners to present their research.

Students can find more information and the application link at facebook.com/fellowship.