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Recent News & Announcements

12-18-14 UVM and SPA will be closed for winter break

**Winter Break**  The University of Vermont, including SPA, will be closed for winter break from December 24, 2014 through January 4, 2015.  If you have an emergency and need to reach us during that time, please leave a voicemail message on the SPA main phone line or send an email to the SPA main email account.  We will check the phone and email once a day during the break.  

  • SPA main phone line - 802-656-3360
  • SPA main email -

12-08-14 NIH Modification to Guidance on Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications

NIH Modification to Guidance on Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications 

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-030 

Key Dates: Release Date: December 4, 2014

  • This Notice informs the applicant community of a modification for how NIH would like applicants to mark changes in their Resubmission applications.
  • NIH has removed the requirement to identify 'substantial scientific changes' in the text of a Resubmission application by 'bracketing, indenting, or change of typography'.
  • Effective immediately, it is sufficient to outline the changes made to the Resubmission application in the Introduction attachment.
  • The Introduction must include a summary of substantial additions, deletions, and changes to the application.
  • It must also include a response to weaknesses raised in the Summary Statement.
  • The page limit for the Introduction may not exceed one page unless indicated otherwise in the Table of Page Limits.
Inquiries: Please direct all inquiries to: NIH Grants Information Telephone: 301-435-0714 Email:

11/04/14 Sudha Ramaswami, Director of Sponsored Project Administration

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Sudha Ramaswami as Director of Sponsored Project Administration (SPA) effective immediately.  Sudha began her career at the University in 2005 and has nearly ten years of sponsored project administration experience. As a team leader in the former Grant and Contract Administrative Services (GCA) office, Sudha played a critical role in the integration of the pre and post-award offices and the formation of SPA in 2012. Since that time, Sudha has served as the Financial Compliance Lead in SPA, overseeing and supporting a broad range of activities across the department, including financial compliance and reporting, award set up, policy and business process development, and audit, among other things. As a Certified Research Administrator, Sudha has expertise in all areas of the grant lifecycle.  Sudha looks forward to continuing to work with all of you in this new role. Please join me in congratulating Sudha!

Jennifer Gagnon, Associate Vice President for Research Administration

10/09/14 OMB Uniform Guidance

 The Office of Management and Budget has issued new guidance for managing Federal sponsored activity. “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule” will take effect December 26th, 2014 and will replace all governing circulars, including A-21, A-110 and A-133. Link to the guidance 

UVM's Implementation of the OMB Uniform Guidance

  • OMB Uniform Guidance Implementation Project
  • In preparation for the December 26th, 2014 implementation date, a steering committee has been formed to analyze the guidance and determine focus areas for the University.  

  • The steering committee is led by Jennifer Gagnon, Associate Vice President for Research Administration, and Claire Burlingham, University Controller, with representation from Sponsored Project Administration, Cost Accounting Services, Procurement Services and Compliance Services.  

  • Over the past several months, the steering committee has identified and grouped the highest priority components of the guidance to be reviewed in depth by subcommittees comprised with representatives from central administrative offices and academic units.  

  • Each subcommittee is led by a member of the steering committee and is responsible for determining the impact of the new regulations to existing policy and process, creating new training materials and revising policies and procedures where needed.  

  • The subcommittee work is being kicked off in October with primary assessment results due back to the steering committee by the Thanksgiving holiday.  

  • Please continue to check this website for updates as the committees continue their work.


News and Announcements Archives
Date Posted Topic Link Agency Distribution
12/18/14UVM and SPA will be closed for winter breakno linkUVMUVM Faculty/Staff
12/08/14NIH Modification to Guidance on Making Changes in Resubmission Applicartionsweb linkUVMNIH Investigators
11/04/14Sudha Ramaswami, Director of SPApdf linkUVMUVM Faculty/Staff
10/24/14NSF MRI Programpdf linkUVMNSF Investigators
10/10/14New Delegation Feaures in InfoEdweb linkUVMDeans Directors Chairs
10/09/14OMB Uniform Guidanceweb linkUVMUVM Faculty/Staff
10/08/14InfoEd offline tonight for maintenanceno linkUVMUVM Faculty/Staff
10/06/14NIH Operates Under Continuing Resolutionweb linkUVMNIH Investigators
09/02/14 NIH Fundamentals Webinar Sept 12 2014 flyer
UVM NIH Investigators
06/13/14 Graduate Student Benefits Memo pdf link UVM UVM Faculty/Staff
05/28/14 InfoEd Upgrade Successfully Completed web link UVM UVM Faculty/Staff
05/08/14 InfoEd Upgrade May 27, 2014 Off-Line Dates no link UVM UVM Faculty/Staff
05/02/14 Updated Fringe Benefit Rates web link UVM UVM Faculty/Staff
04/30/14 Jennifer Gagnon, Associate VP Rsrch Admin pdf link UVM UVM Faculty/Staff
04/21/14 Liquidation Expiration Date web link Federal UVM Faculty/Staff
02/25/14 Training UOPs Advance Accts and Resid  Bals web link UVM UVM Faculty/Staff
02/07/14 Guidance for NIH RPPR on SNAP Awards web link NIH NIH Investigators
01/17/14 NIH Increases Salary Cap web link NIH NIH Investigators
12/18/13 Winter Break 12/23/13 to 01/01/14 no link UVM UVM
10/28/13 NIH Operating under Continuing Resolution web link NIH NIH Investigators
10/24/13 NSF Revised Deadlines web link NSF NSF Investigators
10/23/13 NIH Guidance re Applications Submitted web link NIH NIH Investigators
10/23/13 NSF's Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) web link NSF UVM Faculty
10/21/13 NIH Notice Number NOT-OD-14-003 web link NIH NIH Investigators
10/18/13 NIH & NSF Resumption of Operations web link NIH & NSF UVM Faculty/Staff
10/17/13 Federal Shutdown has Ended web link UVM UVM Faculty/Staff
10/10/13 Federal Government Partial Shut Down - Update web link UVM UVM Faculty/Staff
10/01/13 Impact of Govt Shutdown at UVM web link UVM UVM Investigators
10/01/13 Government Shutdown web link UVM UVM Investigators
09/18/13 Reach Grant Program for Faculty web link UVM Faculty
09/06/13 NIH Form Changes Sept 25, 2013 web link UVM NIH Investigators
07/17/13 List of projects affected by POs... excel document UVM Administrators
06/03/13 Sequestration 2013 updates web link UVM All
02/26/13 New SPTP Class on March 13, 2013 web link UVM Administrators
02/05/13 InfoEd Oracle upgrade done - Feb 6, 2013 none UVM UVM Investigators
12/15/12 InfoEd Upgrade Completed web link UVM UVM Investigators
12-05-12 Cost Transfers Involving Sponsored Agreements web link UVM Administrators
10/08/12 Seminar - Write Winning Grant Proposals web link UVM UVM Investigators
09/07/12 SPA Research Administrator Assignment Changes pdf UVM UVM Invesigators
08/23/12 New Financial Conflict of Interest Policy web link UVM UVM Investigators
08/13/12 FY 2012 Annual Reports web link UVM UVM Investigators
06/29/12 New Cost Policy effective July 1, 2012 web link UVM UVM Investigators
06/21/12 Recognition Allocation Reporting web link UVM UVM Investigators
03/02/12 PIVOT Funding and Collaboration Tool web link UVM UVM Investigators
01/25/12 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2012 web link NIH NIH Investigators
01/25/12 Notice of Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts web link NIH NIH Investigators
01/25/12 NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards FY 2012 web link NIH NIH Investigators
10/24/11 Research Development and Grant Writing News web link

10/07/11 Data Management information now available web link    word NSF NSF Investigators
09/21/11 PeopleSoft Search for Awards by Name pdf
09/15/11 Research Commercialization Webinar Series pdf
UVM Campus
09/14/11 NSF BIO Directorate Proposal Processing Changes word NSF NSF Investigators
08/24/11 FY11 Annual Reports now available web link
UVM campus
07/07/11 Announcing Sponsored Project Administration (SPA) pdf
UVM campus
05/04/11 NIH Salary Cap web link NIH NIH Investigators
03/10/11 New NSF Requirement for Training in Research Ethics pdf
NSF Investigators
01/01/11 Measurable Effort and Cost Sharing pdf All UVM Campus

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