The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Summer 2024: Issue 34

News & Updates

New Guidance on Federal Current and Pending (Other) Support Decorative Imageand Biosketch

A new policy requires federal research funding agencies to use common disclosure forms for these portions of funding application packages for grants and cooperative agreements. Read Post

Information Sheet Updates 

In our effort to provide the most up-to-date information to University researchers, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has made several updates to the Information Sheet section of the OSP Website. Read Post

Now Live: iLab Transition to CBM Decorative Image

As of May 6th, the iLab interface with ConnectCarolina for internal charges (ILB journals) has transitioned to Customer Billing Management (CBM). Read Post

OSP Fiscal Year-End Deadlines 


Journals are departmentally approved and routed to OSP by eob on June 14.

Budget Override Requests

Budget overrides must be submitted to OSP by noon on June 14 via ServiceNow

Cash Advances

Cash advances are departmentally approved & routed to OSP by eob on June 21.


Deposits with the OSP Deposit Memo must be received by Noon on June 28.

Please reference the 2024 Finance Fiscal Year End Memo for additional details. 

Research Spotlight

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Training Opportunities

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Symposium 2024

September 25 - 26, 2024

Virtual and In-Person Sessions

Bookmark the OSP Symposium Website to stay on top of updates, call for abstracts and registration!


Are you interested in being a Symposium presenter?

We are pleased to open the call for presenters and encourage you to contribute by submitting a presentation abstract.

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Submission due date extended to June 9, 2024.


We are seeking all types of presentation formats - a case study, an innovative approach/process model, topic specific training/discussion, or any subject that resonates with the research administration community. Candidates will be notified by June 15 if they are selected to present.

Carolina RAPiDs

Carolina RAPiDs Foundations Core courses are currently available on UNC Canvas. Visit our RAPiDs page for more information on how to access and enroll. OSP is transitioning to Carolina Talent and RAPiDs will be available on the platform this summer. 

CITI Training

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is a web-based training package on issues relating to human subjects research.

NCURA Award Lifecycle Webinar

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

Research Administration Forum & Training Sessions (RAFTs)

  Save the Date for the next OSP RAFTs! These sessions allow the campus research community to learn and network. The goal is to provide engaging discussions on relevant topics in research administration and sponsored projects management.


July 23, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. - Noon

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Calling All Presenters!

What topics would you like to see covered in a session? Are you interested in presenting? Please take the survey below to share your ideas!

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Q: What is SPARC?
Subagreement Pre-Drafting Action & Response Certification (SPARC) is an online form designed to streamline the process for requesting subagreement actions and improve their timely execution. SPARC provides a one-stop shop to Initiate a Subagreement or Amend an Existing Subagreement.

Q: How do I initiate a Subagreement with SPARC?
 When a new PS Project ID has been issued, a Sponsored Project Change Notification (SPCN) from ConnectCarolina will generate a RAM Tracker that is assigned to a Contracting Officer on one of the Non-Industry Contracting Teams to initiate a SPARC form. In most cases, this occurs from the following scenarios:

  • Initial year of funding to a subrecipient
  • Supplemental funding that is required to be managed separately and a new Project ID was created
  • Subrecipient had a break in the period of performance
  • Competing continuation

Q: How do I amend an existing Subagreement? 
A: An amendment SPARC will be initiated by a Contracting Officer on one of the Non-Industry Contracting Teams when a SPCN has been issued for the following scenarios:

  • New or Additional Funding for Subrecipient
  • Extension of performance period with or without additional funds (ex: an initial no-cost extension when sponsor prior approval is not required)
  • De-obligation of funds from the subrecipient when a budget revision has already been processed
  • Carryover is loaded after approval to the current year project ID from a previous year

For more information about SPARC, see the SPARC webpage.

For more frequently asked questions, see the OSP Guidance and FAQs webpage or submit your questions by clicking the button below. 
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Staff Updates

Research Administration

  • Jenna West - Contracting Officer

In Other News

April OVCR Office Hours: Available Online

View recording and materials from the April OVCR office hours. Read post

Graduate School Minimum Stipend Policy Change

The graduate school has released new information regarding the graduate student stipend for academic year 2024-2025. Read post

UNC Human Subjects Research Personnel Orientation

An orientation for new research personnel will be held in-person June 11&12, 2024, at AOB. Register Here

Summer Salary Calculation Reminder

In January, Payroll Services implemented a change for prorating partial pay calculations on the monthly payroll. Read Post

OHRE IRB Analyst/Reliance Team Office Hours

The UNC Office of Human Research Ethics (OHRE) is hosting June/July Office Hours both in-person and via Zoom. Registration is required. Register using UNC Events Registration (enter "UNC IRB Analyst Office Hours" in the search box).


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