The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Spring 2019: Issue 4

News & Updates

New Budgeting Guidance on Graduate Student Fees Mandate

The Graduate School announced a new mandate updating University guidelines for payment of mandatory graduate student fees. OSR has identified the applicable standard fees that may be charged to Federal research funding and updated budgeting guidance. Continued

Update to RAMSeS Internal Processing Form

The RAMSeS Internal Processing Form (IPF) displays a new question in the “General Proposal Information” section concerning international research. Continued   

New Guidance on NIH Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR)

Learn more about the NIH RPPR process with new guidance available on OSR's website that details the process for annual and final NIH RPPRs. Continued


Updated Fringe Benefits

The updated Fringe Benefits memo for 2019 has been released. It outlines the new rates that apply to employees paid from sponsored projects and budgeting for proposals. Continued 

Updates to OSR Forms & Tools

OSR has updated the Budget Revision form to include additional GL account codes, as well as revised instructions with steps to verify and certify signatures in Adobe for the form. Revised F&A Waiver forms are also available. Continued

Invoices & Financial Reports in RAMSeS

A reminder that invoices and financial reports may be found in the RAMSeS Billing Tab for all projects beginning from Fiscal Year 2017 and onward. Continued

OSR Roles & Responsibility Matrix

Head over to OSR's Resources page to view the Roles and Responsibility Matrix for research administration processes at the University.

New NIH Letter of Support for Training Grants

The required letter of support describing the University’s commitment to ensuring that proper policies, procedures, and oversight are in place to prevent discriminatory harassment and other discriminatory practices is available on the OSR Website. Continued

Faculty Spotlight

Joesph M. DeSimone, Ph.D.


UNC Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry
UNC William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry 
Adjunct Member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

DeSimone’s research group is heavily focused on harnessing fabrication technologies from the semiconductor industry to design high-performance and cost-effective vaccines and medicines.  

Learn more about Dr. DeSimone's 2018 National Academy of Sciences Award for Convergent Science and his research.

Training Opportunities

Office of Clinical Trials released new CITI Research Training

The Office of Clinical Trials is pleased to announce two new education and training opportunities available through the CITI Training Program: “Essentials of Research Administration” and “Essentials of Grant Proposal Development”.  

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.

Staff Updates

New Employees

Cost Analysis and Compliance

Valeshia Brown Effort Coordinator | Jasper Fleming Financial Cost Analyst  | Tamesha Roberston Post-Award Financial Analyst 



Kyle Mullaney Training and Communications Specialist | Chris Roberson Document Management Coordinator

Research Administration

Ellen Brearly Subaward Specialist | Megan Erlacher Sponsored Projects Specialist | Jaclyn Kostyla Sponsored Projects Specialist | Kaylie Orlan Sponsored Projects Specialist

Sponsored Projects Accounting

Brian Gerwig Sponsored Projects Accountant | Christie Harris Sponsored Projects Accountant | Colleen Williams Sponsored Projects Accounting Manger | Allison Wykoff Sponsored Projects Accountant


Open Positions

Contract Team Manager
Invoice Coordinator

Ask OSR 

How do I request access in RAMSeS to manage awards?

Access to RAMSeS is provided by your department's Role Manager via BackBone.

What is BackBone?

BackBone is the system that manages functional and data access roles for Office of Research Information Systems (ORIS), such as RAMSeS, IRBIS and Blue.  

How do I find my department's Backbone Role Manager?

Go to BackBone, click the Department link and search by your departments code or name. Click on the code's hyperlink and select the Assigned Roles tab. Continued

For more information on Backbone and getting access to RAMSeS, see our FAQs page. To submit your questions to OSR, click the 'Ask OSR' button below. 

In Other News

ConnectCarolina Makeover Coming in May

ConnectCarolina is updating their look. Check out the ConnectCarolina Makeover Video for a sneak peek and visit the ConnectCarolina Makeover page

NSF: Reporting Harassment Findings & Actions

The NSF announced terms and conditions requiring the University to report findings about any NSF-funded principal investigator or co-principal investigator that involve sexual harassment, sexual assault or other forms of harassment. Continued

University Research & Foreign Influence

Inappropriate foreign influence in University research is receiving significant attention. The new "Foreign Influence" feature on the Research Compliance Learning Community website provides information and guidance regarding this. Continued

NIH Salary Cap Released for FY19

Effective January 6, 2019, the salary cap for Executive Level II is $192,300. Continued

New Purchasing Card Allowable Charges

In coordination with the Carolina Excellence initiative, in-restaurant dining expenses for University business can now be paid using a University purchasing card (P-Card) effective immediately. For more information, see the March 29 memo.

New NIH 2-Step RPPR Submission Process

With the launch of the new Human Subjects System (HSS), there is now a new two-step submission process for any Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) reporting inclusion enrollment updates. Continued

Revised Account Code Definitions for Third Party Reimbursements

To facilitate appropriate recording of third party reimbursement transactions, account descriptions for account code 441610 has been changed from “Reimbursement” to “Professional Service Reimbursements”, and account code 441813 has been changed from “Sales-Card Usage” to “Third Party Reimbursements”. Questions concerning usage of these two accounts can be directed to Yiwen Wang,

UNC Implementation of Revised IRB Common Rule

As the new IRB Common Rule goes into effect, UNC's Office of Human Research Ethics has revised their FAQs and informed consent templates. Continued

2019 Travel Mileage Updates

Effective January 1st, 2019, the allowable business standard mileage rate will be 58 cents per mile when using a personal vehicle for round trips under 100 miles, and 33 cents per mile for round trips that exceed 100 miles. Continued 

UNC Research Development Community

Please join the Research Development Community, which is a campus group comprised of research administrators and staff across UNC who are involved in research and proposal development. Join their SharePoint site:

Upcoming Events

2019 Effort Certification Dates

Covering Period January 1 to June 30, 2019 will began Tuesday, September 2, 2019 


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