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Year End Planning and Deadlines

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday Sponsored Programs (SP) and Post Award Financial Operations (PAFO) will be will be closed starting 5pm Wednesday November 25, 2020, re-opening 9am Monday November 30, 2020. Beginning 2pm Wednesday November 25, 2020 there will only be a skeleton staff available to cover emergency items.  Should you have proposals or any […]

Is your flight compliant with the Fly America Act?

When booking airfare and charging to sponsored awards, travelers must comply with the Fly America Act which requires travelers to use: A U.S. Flag air carrier (an airline owned by an American company); or A foreign carrier that operates under a U.S. Flag air carrier code-sharing agreement and identifies the U.S. ag air carrier’s designator […]

Join ACRA’s LinkedIn Group

Boston University’s Advisory Council for Research Administration (ACRA) was established in 2016 to help build streamlined, simplified, and compliant ways to support the Boston University research enterprise. ACRA brings together representatives from across the research-intensive schools and related central offices to create an engaged and impactful BU research administration community.  We invite BU’s broader research […]

NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences Implements Full Proposal Submission through for “No Deadline” Program Solicitations

As part of NSF’s ongoing IT modernization effort The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) will be implementing a requirement for submission of full proposals via or for a number of program solicitations representing the set of BIO solicitations that accept proposal submission at any time (i.e. have no deadlines), effective in calendar year 2020. The […]

NSF Updates to the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) – Effective October 5th

Effective October 5, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will enhance the Project Reporting System in to implement the revised Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). The RPPR is a uniform format for reporting performance progress on Federally funded research projects and research-related activities. NSF awardees use the RPPR to prepare and submit annual and […]

NSF Proposal Preparation & Award Administration FAQs related to the PAPPG (NSF 20-1)

The NSF has issued of a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on proposal preparation and award administration related to NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1). Some of the topics addressed in the FAQs include conference proposals, cost sharing, deadline dates, indirect costs, international activities/considerations and participant support. Subscribe

The Blog has a new name!

Sponsored Programs and Post Award Financial Operations (PAFO) are collaborating to generate important announcements for the BU Research Community.  While the blog name will change to be called the “Research Admin Blog”, the content, structure and approach for communicating this information will remain the same.  Please continue to subscribe and let us know if there […]

The New School NYC RAD Sessions 2020-2021

The New School’s NYC Research Administration Demonstration is offering a free professional development series for all higher education administrators – see notice below. Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to invite you to a free professional development series for all higher education administrators, organized as part of The New School’s NYC Research Administration Demonstration (RAD) Series. […]

NIH Policy on Use of Hypertext in NIH Grant Applications

See NIH Notice NOT-OD-20-174 as a reminder of NIH guidance that restricts the use of hypertext (e.g., hyperlinks and URLs) in NIH applications and the multiple concerns raised by the increasing use of unallowable hypertext.  There is no change in the NIH policy on the use of hyperlinks, that policy as articulated in the NIH SF424 (R&R) Application Guide reads: […]