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Current FDP Projects

Troublesome Clauses System
Contracts Task Force

Alex McKeown, Johns Hopkins University

An online database where FDP members can enter and access information about terms & conditions placed in research grants and contracts that are difficult to accept. The database tracks the negotiation of the clause, the resolution and any alternate language that was agreed upon. FDP members can use this tool to see how specific agencies have negotiated specific clauses previously and use that information in their negotiations.

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Project Certification Demonstration
Finance/Costing/Audit Committee

Debbie Rafi, Office of Naval Research

A demonstration with 4 universities and 2 federal agencies to demonstrate a new method for reporting time and effort information on federally sponsored research grants.

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Expanded Clearinghouse / Subrecipient Monitoring
Research Administration Committee

Pamela Webb, University of Minnesota
Lynette Arias, University of Washington
Jennifer Barron, John Hopkins University

The goal of the  Expanded Clearinghouse / Subrecipient Monitoring Workgroup is to develop one single web based repository  for all FDP entities (and potentially others) to enter, upload, maintain and update all entity related information about their organization.  This centralized online repository of entity information can then be utilized to enable Pass-Through Entities to obtain and review all necessary sub-recipient entity information and conduct sub-recipient monitoring and risk assessment activities in a timely and streamlined fashion without requiring time and resources to send and collect various forms to obtain information.  The workgroup will be proposing a new FDP Demonstration to develop this clearinghouse to demonstrate how creating a “one-stop shop” for information needed to comply with Uniform Guidance Subrecipient Monitoring requirements is feasible, reduces administrative burden and supports the request for a Safe Harbor.

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JAD Team
eRA Committee

Debbie Nixon, Duke University

The Joint Application Design (JAD) Team is a group of individuals with different roles in the grants application process that work with to address issues in the system and streamline the process of using to submit grant applications. They look at both the PDF forms submission process and the system-to-system submission process.

eRA Committee

Lori Ann M. Schultz, University of Arizona

In collaboration with NIH & NSF, the FDP is exploring how a central repository of researcher profiles might be implemented in the United States. They are looking at systems that have been implemented on other countries as well as gathering input from stakeholders in the community.

Family Worklife Balance Project
Faculty Committee

Michelle Masucci, Temple University

A collaboration with NIH & NSF, this project is looking into best practices, policies and guidance on a federal and institutional level to help researchers achieve a good balance between their home life and work life.

Faculty Workload Survey
Faculty Committee

Sandy Schneider, University of South Florida

The FDP has conducted its second Faculty Workload Survey. With over 15,000 respondents, the analysis will be able to be much more detailed that in the previous survey. The results have been compiled and presented at the January 2013 FDP meeting with the final written report expected by May.

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IRB Exempt Wizard
IRB Subcommittee

Jane McCutcheon, New Yourk University

The IRB Exempt Wizard is a proof of concept pilot that will allow investigators to enter information about the human subjects protocol into an online decision support system in order to determine if their protocol needs to be reviewed by a full IRB committee or if it exempt from such review.

IRB Practical Guide
IRB Subcommittee

Lois Brako, University of Michigan

The goal is to provide a set of tools that will allow institutions to reduce administrative burdens and maintain superior standards of human subject protection while adhering to federal regulations. These tools are based on the suggestions of our forward-thinking colleagues, particularly the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), and on our own experiences with successful demonstration projects.

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Subaward Forms
Subaward Task Force

Jim Becker, Indiana University
Jennifer Barron, Johns Hopkins University

The subaward form is an ongoing project that has produced a subaward template for institutions to use when processing Subawards. The goal is the creation of a common contract that all parties can use without changing the language. This reduces the time needed to review each contract and streamlines the subaward process.

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