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FAQs

‌Can a part time faculty member apply for grants?

Yes, a part time faculty member with an appointment of 51% or greater may submit a proposal.

How do I get a waiver (for indirect costs, PI salary, PI eligibility, etc)?

We require a letter with the details of the proposal and why the waiver is being requested signed by department/institute/center chair or director. For an indirect cost waiver please include in the letter why the different indirect rate is being requested and the total amount of money being waived. Similarly, for a waiver for PI salary please include in the letter why salary will not be charged.  Questions or letters of request can be sent to mshriver@som.umaryland.edu, jprasad@som.umaryland.edu or msmith@som.umaryland.edu.

LAB-TECH-DEANS-LABMy sponsor only allows XX% F&A, what do I do?

If a sponsor or FOA specifies  a different indirect cost rate than the university accepted rate, please upload documentation of that rate into the attachments section of Kuali Coeus. Acceptable formats include RFAs/FOAs, screenshots from agency websites, and email from the sponsor agency specifying the correct rate. Proposals without documentation cannot be approved due to auditing requirements. Questions can be sent to mshriver@som.umaryland.edu, jprasad@som.umaryland.edu or msmith@som.umaryland.edu.

Can I have a research proposal that has 0% effort for a PI?

We require that all research activities (not including clinical trials, services, and other sponsored activities) must have a minimum of 1% effort charged for the PI (this does not apply to mentors, co-investigators, or significant contributors). If a sponsor does not allow salary to be charged, we require documentation to be uploaded in Kuali Coeus. In this case, the KC budget should reflect the same effort as the key personnel tab, but 0% effort can be charged. If you have any questions regarding effort please contact mshriver@som.umaryland.edu, jprasad@som.umaryland.edu or msmith@som.umaryland.edu.

Who signs the VA IPA pre-award applications for the Dean’s office?

Temporarily, VA IPA pre-award application requests are signed by Louisa Peartree, Associate Dean for Administration & Finance.

What does the Dean’s Office review in a proposal?

Please see the attached document which includes items reviewed by the ORA.

How do I get a letter of institutional support?

Letters of support can be obtained by emailing mshriver@som.umaryland.edu, jprasad@som.umaryland.edu or msmith@som.umaryland.edu.  In your request please include details of the proposal and a detailed budget.

How do I get assistance with composing a large grant?

The ORA can assist with the composition and review of large grant application. Please contact the office by email mshriver@som.umaryland.edu, jprasad@som.umaryland.edu or msmith@som.umaryland.edu. All requests for assistance must be made at least 2 months prior to the grant deadline.

Is there an internal deadline for routing a proposal?

Please see the attached document regarding Policies and Procedures for Grant Routing and Submissions‌

What is the procedure for a limited submission opportunity at the University?

Please see the attached document regarding Policies and Procedures for Grant Routing and Submissions

What are the new NIH requirement for rigor and reproducibility?

Please see the attached document which highlights the NIH’s requirements for addressing rigor and reproducibilty in a research proposal.