The Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) Office of Sponsored Research Administration (OSRA) supports faculty, staff, and students in their efforts to secure and grow sponsored research funding. This includes reviewing, negotiating, endorsing, and providing administrative oversight for proposals, awards, and contracts in accordance with applicable laws, policies, and regulations.
The Grants team provides support to WCM faculty and administrators for pre-award and non-financial post-award management of sponsored project proposals and awards. This includes ensuring successful and timely proposals submissions, facilitating grant transfers, reviewing, and submitting Just-in-Time documents, progress reports, and closeout materials. The team serves as subject matter experts on grant policies and standard operating procedures.
The Contracts Team is responsible for the review and approval of sponsored and non-sponsored agreements, i.e., MTAs, DUAs and CDAs, for basic science research projects funded by industrial sponsors, non-profits, and other extramural research. Contracts Specialists carefully review the terms and conditions of the agreements under its purview for consistency with the Institution's academic principles, the academic freedom of WCM researchers, and concurrent obligations to existing funding agencies.
The Subawards Team is responsible for establishing outgoing subaward agreements for collaborative grant awards where a portion of the scope of work is being assigned outside WCM to a Consortium Site. The Subawards Specialists work directly with the investigators, department staff, and external collaborators to manage, develop, negotiate, and execute outgoing subawards.
The Operations team is responsible for post-award sponsored research administration (non-financial), and for the integrity of data stored Weill Research Gateway (WRG) for reporting purposes. The team prepares and analyzes scheduled and ad-hoc reports, including dashboards and metrics reports that monitor and guide performance. These data inform planning and strategic initiatives. The team evaluates incoming award documentation prior to account creation and performs annual WBS account compliance desk reviews of non-competitive continuations. Operations reviews and approves financial transactions on sponsored research accounts. Operations oversees the review and execution of incoming federal subaward agreements.
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NRSA Stipend & Other Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Year 2023
The NIH issued NOT-OD-23-076, establishing the stipend levels for fiscal year 2023 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows. The Training Related Expenses and Institutional Allowances for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and fellows reflect a moderate increase and the Tuition and Fees for all educational levels remain unchanged from the prior budget year.
NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has implemented a new Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS Policy), which takes effect January 25, 2023. The policy requires ALL new and competing proposals/renewals that will generate scientific data to submit a detailed plan outlining how data will be stored, protected, and ultimately shared. This is an expansion from the prior requirement for projects over $500K to annual direct costs. Proper data management and sharing are critical research practices to accelerate scientific advancement and support scientific integrity.
Executive Level II Salary Cap (NIH/AHRQ)
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, Public Law 117-328, signed into law on December 29, 2022, restricts the amount of direct salary which may be paid to an individual under an HHS grant, cooperative agreement, or applicable contract to a rate no greater than Executive Level II of the Federal Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 1, 2023, the Executive Level II salary level is $212,100. The increase is not yet reflected on the NIH website, but has been published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) via NOT-HS-23-005.
Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page
NIH released NOT-OD-21-073 to introduce new requirements for Biosketches and Other Support submitted to NIH in grant applications, progress reports (RPPRs) and at Just-in-Time on or after May 25, 2021. Visit OSRA's comprehensive resources page to learn more about this significant change.
Undue Foreign Influence On Research Integrity
Congress and the major federal funding agencies have recently taken action to publicize and protect against the potential for Foreign Influence on Research Integrity at research universities and academic medical centers.
Cornell University's Academic Integration Initiative fosters collaborative, multidisciplinary research across Cornell’s campuses in Ithaca and New York City. Visit the site's Sponsored Research resources page to learn more about cross campus research collaborations, here.