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Latest Updates

Grants.gov Extended Downtime for September 2022

Announcement: Grants.gov will be unavailable for an extended period due to a planned cloud migration.  The Grants.gov Production System will be offline during the following period: Production System will

NSF Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) Program

Please see the important message below regarding the upcoming NSF Engines Proposal Submission. **************************************************************************************** USC’s Office of Research has been coordinating a USC-led proposal that

NIH to Host Two Webinars on Data Management

Announcement: The National Institutes of Health Office of Science Policy (OSP) and the Office of Extramural Research (OER) will be hosting two online webinars that will focus

Updated F&A Rate Agreement

Announcement: The University has negotiated a new Federal Rate Agreement. The latest agreement can be found on DCG’s Rates at a Glance page. Please begin utilizing the new rate agreement in

Updated Fringe Benefit Rates

Announcement: The University has received updated federal and non-federal post-doc fringe benefit rates (highlighted below). Please begin using the new federal fringe rates in proposals to

New Office of Research Zumberge Seed Grant Program

Announcement: The Office of Research is proud to announce the launching of a new Zumberge grant program! The Zumberge Research Coordination & Team Building (RCTB) award provides opportunities to foster

NSF Research.gov Memo

Announcement: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently shared an article entitled NSF Research.gov Proposal Submission System: Modern, Agile and Tailored. The article discusses useful webinars and demonstrations as

Updated F&A Rate Agreement

Announcement: The University has negotiated a new Federal Rate Agreement, effective March 9, 2022. The latest agreement can be found on DCG’s Rates at a Glance page and adjusts the FY22 fringe benefit

New Department of Contracts and Grants Website!

Announcement: The Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG) is happy to announce the launch of our new website! Found at dcg.usc.edu, the updated website contains new materials

Increase to NIH Salary Cap

Announcement: Since 1990, Congress has legislatively mandated a limitation on direct salary for individuals under NIH awards. The mandate appears in the annual appropriation act that

Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS)

Announcement: On December 17, 2021, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ​issued a revised Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) that represents an update to the April 2021 version

Research Training Finder

Please see the below memo from the Office of Culture, Ethics, and Compliance.********************************************************************* Dear Colleagues, The Office of Culture, Ethics, and Compliance (OCEC) is collecting data on the use

Winter Recess (Office Closure)

The Department of Contracts and Grants would like to wish you and your families a Happy Holiday season. To prepare for the Holiday season and

Revision of NSF Award Terms and Conditions

Announcement: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that the following sets of NSF Award Terms and Conditions have been revised: NSF Agency Specific Requirements to the

Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Replacing DUNS

Announcement: ​ The federal government is transitioning from using the DUNS number to a “Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)”. The University of Southern California’s UEI has

DCG Training Program Update

Announcement: The Department of Contracts & Grants will be updating The Cardinal & Gold Curriculum and Grants Management Training for Staff program this Friday, September

Voiding Old Proposal Records in Kuali Coeus

Announcement: In preparation for the migration of proposal records from Kuali Coeus (KC) to Cayuse SP, all non-routed proposal development documents that were created from

Effort Certification Schedule

Announcement: ​ Please see the below memo from the Office of Financial Analysis. Good afternoon, As you are aware, the University is moving away from

Postdoc Mentoring Narrative for NSF Proposals

Mentoring Postdoctoral Scholars at USC Text for use in NSF proposals December, 2011 Rationale For grant proposals that include funding to support postdoctoral researchers, the

Creating a BioSketch in SciENcv

Federal Regulatory Checks 1. Create Your Account in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) System: Go to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sciencv/ Register with either your USC or

Minimum Salary for Postdoctoral Scholars

Effective January 1, 2020, the State of California’s minimum salary increased to $54,080 annually. The California minimum salary will continue to increase in 2021 and

An Introduction to Cayuse SP

Announcement: ​As July 1st approaches, the Department of Contracts and Grants is excited to announce the release of our first training video introducing Cayuse Sponsored

Late Proposals

Announcement: Last minute and same-day proposal submissions do not allow enough lead time to conduct a proper review of proposals and can jeopardize the ability

Trojan Learn Technical Update

Announcement: ​ In the past year, web browsers have taken an aggressive stance on protecting web browsing privacy and reducing security threats. Unfortunately, this has

IMAGINE Virtual Conference Sessions

Reminder: The IMAGINE Virtual Conference is next week! The conference is a direct response to feedback from the USC finance community and an opportunity to

Increase to NIH Salary Cap (2021)

Announcement: Since 1990, Congress has legislatively mandated a limitation on direct salary for individuals under NIH awards. The mandate appears in the Consolidated Appropriations Act,

Research Grant Application Deadlines (2021)

Announcement: Please see the below important message from the IMAGINE Team regarding the Cayuse SP implementation. After a thoughtful and thorough review of the schedule,

Winter Recess

UPDATE:The below Newsflash has been updated to reflect the additional week of Winter Recess announced yesterday by President Folt. The Department of Contracts and Grants

DCG Customer Service Feedback

Announcement: The Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG) is pleased to announce the release of a new Feedback Form that allows faculty and research administrators

Research.gov Implementation Update

Please see the below memo from Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation. “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has been at the forefront in the

Updated Fringe Benefit Rates

Announcement: The University has negotiated a new Federal Rate Agreement. Effective today, July 1, 2020: The University’s current F&A rates have been extended through June

NSF CAREER Program Deadline

Announcement: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that they are extending the upcoming proposal deadline for the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) until

Please RSVP – Project Restart Webinars

Dear Colleagues, Please join me for updates on Project Restart this Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5 with representatives from the Research, Graduate, Clinical,

NIH COVID-19 Funding and Funding Opportunities

Announcement: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is devoting significant resources to COVID-19. In addition to dedicating regularly appropriated funds, to date NIH has received

New CIRM Salary Cap (Effective 7-1-2020)

Announcement: The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has announced that their salary cap, which specifies the maximum amount of an individual’s salary that can

COGR NIH-Specific FAQ Regarding COVID-19

Announcement: The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) has released a NIH specific FAQ (attached) regarding COVID-19 and it’s impact on NIH grants. The FAQ covers

Minimum Level of Effort for NCI-Funded Awards

Announcement: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) released a notice requiring a minimum level of effort for funding consideration for NCI-funded grants. In addition to previously

NSF COVID-19 Website, FAQs and Other Materials

Announcement: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has developed a website dedicated to providing detailed guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on NSF researchers.

NSF Releases FAQ Regarding COVID-19

Announcement: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released FAQs related to COVID-19. Included are the below general recommendations: Contact your Program Officer (PO) regarding any

Increase to NIH Salary Cap

Announcement: Since 1990, Congress has legislatively mandated a limitation on direct salary for individuals under NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards. The mandate appears in

Launching DCG Training (Adobe Flash Update)

Announcement: The Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG) has three major training programs aimed at research administrators and faculty: Grants Management Training for Faculty Grants