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“Micro-purchase threshold” means $3,500, except it means—

(1) For acquisitions of construction subject to 40 U.S.C. chapter 31, subchapter IV, Wage Rate Requirements (Construction), $2,000; 
(2) For acquisitions of services subject to 41 U.S.C. chapter 67, Service Contract Labor Standards, $2,500; and 
(3) For acquisitions of supplies or services that, as determined by the head of the agency, are to be used to support a contingency operation or to facilitate defense against or recovery from nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological attack as described in 13.201(g) (1), except for construction subject to 40 U.S.C. chapter 31, subchapter IV, Wage Rate Requirements (Construction) (41 U.S.C. 1903)-- 

$20,000 in the case of any contract to be awarded and performed, or purchase to be made, inside the United States; and

$30,000 in the case of any contract to be awarded and performed, or purchase to be made outside the United States.
 

Reference:  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 2.101 – Definitions

As defined in the FAR at 2.101, a micro-purchase is an acquisition of supplies or services using simplified acquisition procedures, the aggregate (total) amount of which does not exceed the micro-purchase threshold.

6-1.1: Click Update for each animal that will be administered LPS

--Provide the requested information regarding dosage and routes of administration.

--Note that animals administered LPS may be housed at ABSL1.

6.1: Each type of animal that you will be administering LPS to must have an entry in this list. Add entries, if needed, and be sure to provide the following information in the detail questions:

--Q5: Answer “yes” here.

--Q8: Answer “yes” here as well.

--Q8.1: Select LPS from the list. (If you do not see LPS in this list, check your response to Q13 of the detail questions for LPS in Section 4-2: it must be “yes”.)

Q4.2: Answer “yes” here.

Q4.3: Be sure to include in this response a description of your work with LPS.

4-2.1: Create an entry for LPS in this table

--Q12: Note that work involving LPS requires BSL2 containment/handling.

--Q13: If you will be administering LPS to your animals, answer “yes” here.

Be sure to answer "yes" to the option for Infectious Agents/Biological Toxins.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept résumés and applications for graduate programs or research opportunities. Find application materials on the Rackham graduate programs website or follow the employment application procedures on the University of Michigan careers/job postings site. Do check the eligibility requirements for any programs you see. Many summer research opportunities are only available to U.S. Citizens.

Your first point of contact should be your department's research administrator. You can find that person here: Find a Research Administrator (Blue Pages).

Jobs and internships are arranged through the academic department or posted on http://careers.umich.edu.

We do not keep research publications for loan or purchase. If published, it may be available via the National Institutes of Health PubMed Central or our U-M library. For citations, please use standard citation methods.

Your first point of contact should be your department's research administrator. You can find that person here: Find a Research Administrator (Blue Pages) You can use our Project Representative lookup table here. 

Our international partnerships and UMOR-hosted internal funding opportunities reside on our Find Funding page. There you can also find a listing of our Faculty Grants and Awards with deadlines and contact information.  

Check the U-M Library's http://funding.research.umich.edu for funding databases. There, you can arrange a consultation with a librarian who can help you with resources. If applying for funding, your next point-of-contact should be your department's research administrator. You can find that person here: Find a Research Administrator (Blue Pages)

Research and internship opportunities are available for enrolled students. You can find graduate program application materials on the Rackham website (http://rackham.umich.edu). For undergraduate admissions go to http://admissions.umich.edu.

Media may contact Rick Fitzgerald (rickfitz@umich.edu) in U-M Public Affairs or David Lampe (drlampe@umich.edu), Executive Director for Strategic Communications.

Yes! We publish a newsletter on RAP Funding Opportunities on a monthly basis, and it reaches a number of our faculty and research administrators from various units around campus who have opted-in to receive our communications as it impacts their work.  Because our readers want to know about events, funding opportunities, and news that impact or support sponsored research, we can sometimes consider requests to include or promote content. Here are some parameters to follow when asking us to consider your content for inclusion,

If you would like to submit a short article for RAP Funding Opportunities (sent every month) please provide the following to orsp-communications@umich.edu within 5 days of the end of the month:
•    A logo or image (or department logo)
•    About 300-500 characters of copy or bullets that clearly address:

  • -Research areas
  • -Amount offered (or opportunity offered)
  • -Who is eligible
  • -Deadlines
  • -A URL to link to so readers can get more details. (So you need to host a landing page if you are not already, to provide more detail as we cannot include attachments).

Yes, but only for human subjects protections regulatory training.  The commonly accepted equivalents are:

The equivalent training must have been completed within the past 3 years and cover content similar to PEERRS content.  Certifications from CITI must include the following, at a minium:

For PEERRS credit in: Complete the following CITI modules:
Human Subjects - Biomedical
  • History & Ethical Principles 
  • Basic IRB Regulations and Review Process
  • Informed Consent
  • Research with Protected Populations - Vulnerable Subjects
Human Subjects - Social-Behavioral
  • History & Ehtical Principles
  • Defining Research with Human Subjects
  • The Regulations
  • Assessing Risk
  • Informed Consent
  • Privacy and Confidentiality

 

U-M may accept other human subjects protections training equivalents upon ad-hoc review.  To submit a certificate for a training equivalent and obtain PEERRS credit, complete the Request a PEERRS Human Subjects Certification Waiver webform.

Yes, if you are working on a U-M human subjects study.  

If you have completed an equivalent human subjects protections training course (e.g., from CITI or NIH) at your institution within the past three years, submit the training certificate to PEERRS to obtain a training waiver.  See Request a PEERRS Human Subjects Training Waiver for instructions.  

If you have not completed an equivalent training course:

  1. Establish a U-M Friend Account using your current email address.  This email address will be your login ID for PEERRS/My LINC.
  2. Request PEERRS access.  See the PEERRS Access Request Form for instructions.
  3. Upon confirmation that PEERRS access has been granted, select the applicable Human Subjects Protections course from the PEERRS website and log into My LINC to complete the course.

To receive PEERRS credit, the email address used for your U-M Friend Account must be the same email address used in the U-M IRB Application (HUM).

If you are the Principal Investigator on an award funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), you are responsible for having and carrying out a training plan with undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral trainees working on the project.  This training plan must:

As the PI, you may choose to use PEERRS course as RCR pre-requisites, but per NSF regulations, online instruction (such as PEERRS) cannot be the sole method for RCR training.

Yes. It is not a requirement to hold PEERRS certification prior to sumbmitting a research transaction (e.g., PAF, HUM, TCP) for review by a U-M central office (e.g., ORSP, IRB Offices).  However, the required training must be completed before that transaction can be awarded or approved.

To receive PEERRS course credit, you must read every page in the course and pass/complete the certifaction test/activity.

Before you start

  1. My LINC works best with Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers.
  2. Turn off your web browser pop-up blocker to ensure that a course launches in a separate window.  Certification instructions also appear in pop-up boxes in My LINC.

When taking a course

  1. Click the NEXT button in the navigation bar to advance the course.
  2. Click NEXT twice, then OK after completing the certification test/activity.  Do not close the course until you see the Learning Activity Progress Detail page (3 clicks).
Who at U-M When Where
Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) Prior to processing new awards and incremental funding (existing awards) eResearch Proposal Approval Form (PAF)
Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) Prior to approving human subjects studies eResearch IRB application (HUM) or IRB amendment (AME)
Export Controls Office (ECO) Prior to approving research activity using controlled technology or data eResearch Technology Control Plan (TCP) or TCP amendment

 

Other U-M offices may check PEERRS certification status as part of audit or misconduct investigations, including: University Audits, the Office of Research Compliance Review, and the UMOR Research Integrity program.  School/colleges may check student and trainee certification status if utilizing PEERRS courses as a part of their unit-based Responsible Conduct of Research curriculum. 

Topics covered each day of the course can be found on the Modules Map.
 

The Call for Intent to Submit process relates to the many Limited Submission funding opportunities that exist. There are at least 250 funding opportunities each year from various sponsors that are limited. We don't need to reserve competition dates for each opportunity if interest does not exist. So we prepare a weekly communication listing opportunities and asking for a show of hands to determine interest.  If interest exceeds the sponsor's institutional limit, the U-M Office of Research may hold an internal Limited Submissions Competition and announce it at a later date. 

We now communicate both the Calls for Intent to Submit and the Limited Submissions in a single communication.

To be informed of the opportunities we have identified, you can sign up for our Weekly Call for Intent and Limited Submission communication.  

Interested parties declare their interest for a Call for Intent to Submit and/or submit competition materials for a Limited Submission competition, through our InfoReady website.  

For questions, contact umorlimitedsubmissions@umich.edu.

A Limited Submission is a funding opportunity in which the sponsor sets an institutional limit for the number of proposals it will accept. The sponsor limits the number of proposals accepted per institution (e.g. only one proposal from the University of Michigan).

In order to participate, the University must organize to submit our most competitive proposal. This requires an internal competition. The process is critical extra submissions can result in the rejection by the sponsor.

To be informed of the opportunities we have identified, you can sign up for our Weekly Call for Intent and Limited Submission communication.  We now communicate both the Calls for Intent to Submit and the Limited Submissions in a single communication.

Interested parties declare their interest for a Call for Intent to Submit and/or submit competition materials for a Limited Submission competition, through our InfoReady Limited Submissions website.   For questions, contact umorlimitedsubmissions@umich.edu.

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Your Unit Administrator takes care of that through eResearch. Our Blue Pages pull from the eResearch data warehouse so the work is seamless for us and reflects your updates. If you are that individual and don't know how to do this, you can call 4-HELP  and touch 3 to get open a ticket and get instructions on how to make the changes. 

If so, then be sure to select the option on this page for research involving human-derived substances. Note that BSL2 containment/practices is required for all work involving human-derived substances.

 

 

If your IACUC protocols include EITHER transgenic animals, OR administration of rDNA, infectious agents, biological toxins, or human- or certain animal-derived substances to any kind of animals, be sure to select those options on this page. That work must be represented in your application.

If you are no longer conducting work that is described in a currently approved IACUC protocol, let us know when you submit your new IBC application. Otherwise, we will contact you for clarification before assigning your application for review.

 

If so, then be aware that creating an application is NOT the same as amending your registration.

Once your IBC application is approved, your current IBC registration will be withdrawn:  be sure that your new application includes any work from your current registration for which you wish to maintain approval.

What if I’m no longer working with the recombinant DNA that is described in my current registration?

If you are no longer conducting work that is described in your current IBC registration, let us know when you submit your new IBC application. Otherwise, we will contact you for clarification before assigning your application for committee review.

For questions on the Award Managment System project, please contact AWDMGT-CoreProjectTeam@umich.edu or 734-936-1284.

Phase 1 is targeted to launch in April 2018.

The Award Management Project Team has been assembled to define and launch a new Award Management System.

The U-M Office of Research maintains a list of publications and news sources. All U-M faculty and staff receive Michigan Research. If you know of other newsletters that we should list, please contact orsp-communications@umich.edu

The University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR) coordinates the U-M Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) with collaboration from the following offices and more:

For a complete list, see the HRPP Operations Manual, Part 2 - Organization

AAHARP is interested in your awareness of and knowledge about key concepts and policies, including, but not limited to:

  • Human Subject Regulations such as, the Common Rule (45 CFR 46), FDA regulations, the Belmont Report, and Conflict of Interest policies
  • Human subject protections and the procedures you use to implement them such as elements of informed consent, strategies for minimizing risk, adverse event and unanticipated problems
  • The strength and effectiveness of the HRPP, including education and training, adequacy of resources for researchers, researcher accountability, HRPP structure, and perceptions of the HRPP

The specific questions the AAHRPP site visitors ask will depend upon your role within the U-M HRPP.  Review the interview guide for your role to prepare for the AAHRPP site visit.

The site visitors are peer reviewers assembled by AAHRPP based on their expertise and experience in a similar research setting.  See the list of site visitors for 2016. We will share site visitor biographies with the selected interviewees upon AAHRPP confirmation.

AAHRPP, the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., is an independent organization that reviews and accredits institutions engaged in human subjects research to protect the rights and welfare of the research participants.

AAHRPP accreditation bolsters the university’s reputation as a leader in human subjects research.  Research sponsors and other research partners increasingly consider AAHRPP accreditation before pursuing collaborations, or providing funding, for research.

U.S. export control regulations also identify certain countries that are subject to a comprehensive embargo or targeted sanctions.  

Definitions: 

  • Comprehensive embargoes prohibit all exports/imports and other transactions without a license or other U.S. government authorization.  
  • Targeted sanctions are prohibitions on trade in specified goods, technologies, and services with specific organizations (including foriegn governments) and persons.

Resources:

The list of countries per regulation (i.e.,  ITAR, EAR, and OFAC) and the sanctions change.  Use the following links to the federal resources to obtain the most current information.

The software U-M uses for the Restricted Party Screening process simultaneously searches the following restricted party lists, which are also combined in the U.S. government Consolidated Screening List.  The links below go to the federal web pages that further explain the purpose for each list and contain links to download the list.

Department of State (ITAR):

  • Nonproliferation Sanctions - Parties that have been sanctioned under various statutes regarding weapons proliferation. Note:  the Federal Register is the only official and complete listing for nonproliferation sanctions determinations
  • AECA Debarred List - Entities and individuals prohibited from participating directly or indirectly in the export of defense articles, including technical data, and defense services

Department of Commerce (EAR):

  • Denied Persons List - Individuals and entities that have been denied export privileges. Any dealings with a party on this list that violate the terms of denial are prohibited.
  • Unverified List - Individuals and entities who the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has been unable to verify in prior transactions. The presence of a party on this list does not necessarily mean that the transaction cannot go forward, but it is a "red flag" that must be resolved prior to proceeding with the export. 
  • Entity List - Parties whose presence in a transaction can trigger a license requirement supplemental to those elsewhere in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The individual listing specifies the requirements and policy for each party.

Department of Treasury (OFAC):

  • Sanctioned Program and Country InformationDetails the export controls restrictions (e.g., embargoes, targeted sanctions) to specific individuals, organizations, and countries
  • Specially Designated Nationals ListDetails individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, sanctioned countries. It also lists individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under OFAC sanction programs that are not country-specific.  Export Adminstration Regulations (EAR) require a license for exports or re-exports to any party on this list whose entry contains the following suffixes:  SDGT, SDT, FTO, IRAQ2, or NPWND.

Any interaction with foreign persons or entities should undergo Restricted Party Screening (RPS).  For example:

  • Sponsored Research - When accepting funding from an international entity or when working on an export-controlled research project (screening conducted by ORSP or U-M Export Controls, initiated with the PAF)
  • Visitors to U-M - Visiting scholars and corporate relations visitors prior to coming to U-M (screening conducted by your department or by U-M Export Controls, upon request)
  • International Travel - When meeting potential foreign collaborators or speaking at a foreign university or institute (screening requested by you, conducted by U-M Export Controls)
  • International Shipping - Sending equipment overseas for fieldwork or sending samples or data to international recipients (screening requested by you, conducted by U-M Export Controls, or by OTT when initiated by an outgoing Materials Transfer Agreement)

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