The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Summer 2018: Issue 1
In This Issue
OSR Redesigned Website!
Faculty Spotlight
Business Unit Updates
Training Updates
Our People
Tips & Tricks
Upcoming Events
External News 
Employment Opportunities
Some of the key updates and features of the redesign include the new Award Lifecycle page which provides guidance for all stages of sponsored research, a new Roles and Responsibility Matrix, searchable Operating Standards & Procedures, and much more.

Learn more about the redesign here and we encourage you to explore and give your feedback!
Faculty Spotlight
Satish Gopal, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

Dr. Gopal is the Cancer Program Director for UNC Project-Malawi. His research interests involve developing innovative and resource-appropriate approaches to prevent, diagnose, treat, and palliate cancer in the most resource-limited settings in the world. Dr. Gopal leads a multidisciplinary research group in Malawi who work on this effort. 

Learn more: Video Story | Gopal Lab Website
Business Unit Updates
Research Administration

Procurement Organizational COI

Q: What is organization COI and how does it pertain to procurement?
A:  COI Program and OSR is providing guidance on the standard of conduct for organizational conflicts of interest related to procurement actions using Federal funds in compliance with §2 CFR 200.318(c)(2).  Click here to see guidance.

RAM Tracker Views
Q: Where can I see the status of my request?
View it in RAM Tracker!
Campus users with access to Proposals and/or Awards in RAMSeS can view award transactions via RAM Tracker. Learn more here.

New Forms Update
Q: Do you need to revise a budget or request a prior approval? 
A: These transactions now need to be submitted via new forms. Learn more here.

Sponsored Projects Accounting
RAMSeS Billing Tab Updates
Q: Where can I find my project invoices?
A: FY17 and onwards are now in RAMSeS!

Cost Analysis & Compliance
New Process on Health Insurance Costs for Faculty Summer Salary
OSR no longer requires that health insurance costs on summer salary be moved back to the funding sources of the faculty member’s 9-month appointment. Learn more about this topic here.

Cash Advance Updates and Resources
Q: What changed in Operating Standard 500.14?
A: Now 90 days to reconcile a foreign advance. NOTE: Sponsor reporting requirements supersede timelines in the operating standard. See the updated Operating Standard and corresponding Procedure. 

Terminal Leave Pool is effective July 1
Be sure to use the latest OSR fringe rates when budgeting. Learn more about this topic here.
Training Updates

CBT on new Budget Revision and Prior Approval Forms

Computer-based training is available for the new Budget Revision and Prior Approval Request forms. Start your training here.

NCURA Lifecycle of the Award Webinar
The NCURA Lifecycle of the Award webinar series offers training on several broad research administration topics relevant to research institutions. Start your training here.

Other Training Resources and Updates
June 26: Clinical Trials Town Hall

Go to the Training Page of our website to learn more.
Our People
Staff Spotlights
Shari Elliot, Pre-Audit Technician
Fun Facts about Shari: She has served UNC for over 25 years. She loves her grandchildren, travel, volleyball & tennis, and singing.

Michele Shoffner, Data Management Team Lead
Fun Facts about Michele: She received in Bachelors in Accounting from UNC-Greensboro and her dream job is to be a veterinarian.

Search for staff members by title and unit on the Business Units page or by name in OSR's staff directory.

OSR Welcomes
Cost Analysis & Compliance: 
Jasper Fleming - Center Effort Coordinator

Research Administration: 
Eric Cannon - Industry Contracting Clinical Trials Team Lead; Jennifer McGinnis - Sub-award Team Lead; Leila McInnis - Sub-award Specialist; Jalisa Melton - Sponsored Projects Specialist, Elisabeth Rogers - Sponsored Projects Specialist

Sponsored Projects Accounting:
Melissa Cooper - Sponsored Projects Accountant (SPA); David Mendel - SPA; Ginger Morgan - Data Management; Tiffany Poteat - SPA; Bowen Zhu - SPA

Q: How do I find my OSR Sponsored Projects Specialist (SPS) and Sponsored Projects Accountant (SPA)?
A: You can locate your SPS in Contact Project-Related Support on the RAMSeS Help tab.  

Q: Whom do I contact if my project needs a Facilities & Administrative (F&A) cost adjustment?
A: For all Project IDs beginning with a 5, your SPA will complete the F&A adjustment, for all others submit your request to

Ask OSR is a new feature in our newsletter. Submit your questions to the OSR Questions and Feedback form and see your answers provided on the FAQs Page of the website. We will also feature popular questions in each issue of the newsletter.
Tips and Tricks
Closeout Guidance
ConnectCarolina Guidance for Year End Closeout

Useful Queries for Month and Year End Closeout

Upcoming Events

Symposium is August 10th!

The next UNC Symposium for Research Administrators will take place on Friday, August 10 as a full day event at the McColl Building of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Keynote talk by Dr. Melina Kibbe and view the full schedule here.
Registration is open -- Click here to register by August 3.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Questions or Suggestions, please contact us at
External News & Employment Opportunities
External News
Recent NIH Announcements:
Stipend Increases for NRSA Recipients
New Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information Form

See our website for more external news.
Employment Opportunities
Join our team!

Our current openings:
Document Management Coordinator

See: UNC Careers Website
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