4NIH Cap IncreaseExecutive Level II was increased by 1 percent from $179,700 to $181,500 effective January 12, 2014Source:
5K awardsK award applicants should contact the Registrar’s Office during the following stages:Pre-award proposal andJust in Time (JIT)To avoid under-estimating salary costs, budget should include a plan to adjust salaries during the project.
6Research Access SOP Research Access SOP Access to research buildings to be requested by hiring department by submission of a Facilities work order:Under “Description of Work” provide employee ID #, name, building(s) and room #’s the individual needs access ID badge with approved access can be picked up once the individual attends orientationAccess will only be granted to individuals upon CORI clearance
7Continuation- Research Access SOP Animal Care Facilities AccessMRC: requested to Security by ACF managerOaks: access will be requested by PIAccess to ACF’s will be granted to individuals upon approval on IAUCUC protocol and completion of animal training provided by Facility Manager.
8McL Lockbox All checks should be routed to: McLean Research Finance PO BoxBoston, MAPayable to: McLean HospitalMajority of checks are directed to the lockbox which is the best practice. Research Administration should no longer handle checks to avoid delays and reduce the risk of mishandling
11Audit ScopeSelection of 34 research grants - this includes review of award documents*, PI interviews based on detailed Compliance Controls Questionnaires and SAS99 Fraud Inquiries.Compliance controls testing including -Activities Allowed or UnallowedAllowable Costs/Cost PrinciplesCash ManagementDavis-Bacon ActEffort/Cost SharingEligibilityEquipment/Real Property Acquisition and ManagementPeriod of Availability of Federal fundingProcurement including Debarment and SuspensionProgram IncomeReporting/FSRs, FFATA & ARRASubrecipient MonitoringSpecial Tests and Provisions*Includes the initial Proposal, JIT, original and current year NOA and IRB/IACUC approvals.
12Audit ScopeDirect cost selections for payroll, equipment, travel, subcontracts, supplies, consulting and patient care.Core Facility selectionsReview of the 5 year P&L trendUse of current year rates within the invoicing and revenue recognition proceduresBeginning is FY13, IHP and Cooley Dickinson rolled into the PHS consolidated report.Other Programs were not tested in FY13 but will be included in the testing for FY14.
13TravelCondition - of the 200 direct costs tested, PwC noted a $495 hotel deposit which was charged twice to a grant.Cause - the charge was prepaid with a travel card and charged to the grant. The hotel receipt was included on an expense report where the hotel deposit was not coded as a prepaid expense.Recommendation - management should review all travel expenditures incurred by the department in question to assess federal allowability and adherence to PHS travel policies. Additionally, management should emphasize the need to be diligent in entering and reviewing travel charges, to ensure individuals entering and reviewing travel expense reports are aware of the importance of properly charging travel expenses to federal grants.Corrective Action - will include 1) two levels of review of all travel charged to the PI’s federal grants and 2) evaluation of existing controls applicable to processing travel expenses including the continued use of corporate cards for travel on research funds.
14Financial ReportingCondition - of the 50 Financial Status Reports (FSRs) tested, PwC identified one instance in which $137,000 of direct and indirect expenses were reported that had not yet been incurred and therefore did not agree with the accounting records.Cause - the FSR was completed based on future commitments for purchased service agreements. The invoices were assumed to be available as of the reporting date, and the amounts reported were based on payment schedules in the agreements; however, the expenses had not been incurred, resulting in the submission of an inaccurate FSR. Recommendation - PwC recommends that management emphasize the need for standardized reconciliation processes and controls for FSR reporting across all entities. Standard reconciliation to the underlying accounting records should be clear and concise, and support for reconciling items should be readily available. Management should emphasize that expenses should only be included in the FSR if the expenses have been incurred.Corrective Action - management will reinforce the reporting standards outlined in the PHS Financial Reporting policy and related SOP.
15Current Status of Prior Year Findings Management’s corrective actions in response to prior year findings from fiscal year 2012 were fully implemented during fiscal year 2013.There were no exceptions noted in the current year testing of equipment inventories, Davis-Bacon, period of availability of funds or FFATA reporting.In fiscal 2011, Partners HealthCare identified a small subset of research and development federal awards at The General Hospital where it was unclear whether the on-site or off-site indirect cost rate applied because the research occurred in multiple sites. Management has undertaken an extensive review of these grants. In fiscal 2013, in consultation with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the General Hospital returned a portion of indirect cost reimbursement at the on-site rate for research performed prior to fiscal 2011.
16Filing Status PwC issued the report February 20, 2014 Data Collection Form and Clearinghouse upload must be completed and certified within 30 days of the PwC issue date. Results will be available for Federal Agency review in March.Report will be available through the Partners Home PageLook for the announcement in the next RM Message.
18Chanda Robe Pre-Award Grant Administrator February 25, 2014 Pre-Award UpdatesChanda RobePre-Award Grant AdministratorFebruary 25, 2014
19Updates in Process McLean Hospital Research Internet Institutional Facts Webpage- working with the IT teamMcLean Hospital- Full name and AddressSigning Official (Person to be contacted on SF424)- Pre-Award Grant Administrator, Chanda RobeAuthorized Representative- Raquel I. Espinosa, Director Research Administration
20Updates Statement of Intent/Statement of Work Revised with noticeable changes.PDF document, includes a line for the Duns and Congressional district number.Statement of Work ExampleCompares a good statement of work against a bad statement of work.More details the better.
21InfoEd Proposal Development (PD) Partners CoversheetInternal form is no longer required for progress reports or grant proposals because PD eliminated the need of these paper forms.Uploading DocumentsOptional to uploadRequired to uploadParent AnnouncementRFA, RFP, Foundation & unique opportunity numbersPartners Budget TemplateProposal (one pdf file)Statement of Intent/Work (if applicable)PI Eligibility (if applicable)Chief Scientific Officer’s Approval for proposals that are routed past the 10 business day internal deadline (if applicable)
22Electronic Conflict of Interest (eCOI) Generated for Primary Mentors within Partners.List personnel, $0 salary and 1% effort.How to check and see if it did generate. If not, then contact the InfoEd helpdeskWhy do we do this?Workaround, because without the primary mentor then the project wouldn’t be possible. This identifies them as part of the design, conduct and reporting of research (DCR).
23Institutional Support Letter Signed by Dr. Joe Coyle, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)Direct requests to :Debbie Johnson, ext. 2101Template- Letter will be placed on McLean Research Internet.If Letter isn’t available a direct can be sent to Debbie providing the following information:Title of Project/GrantJob Title/Rank at Harvard Medical SchoolJob Title/Rank at McLean HospitalMcLean’s Internal DeadlineSponsors (External) Deadline (ie. NARSAD, NIH)
24Successful Grant Submissions February DeadlinesGrant MechanismsSubmissionsR01s13Ks2Progress Reports8R21s, R21/R33, R01, R0314Foundations, subcontracts, JIT, NARSADs24Total61
25Partners Research Management ConclusionsPartners Research ManagementAttending Pre-Award Team meetings lead by Susan Roudebush and David WaldronValuable resource.Adopt more of the pre-award practices.Reviewing grant applications- attaching the initial draft corrections to the InfoEd record, uploading final era commons converted application, using the InfoEd activity log.
26Helpful Links eCOI for Department Administrators eCOI for Principal InvestigatorsMcLean Research InternetReferencesAccessed 2/24/2014Any questions please contact:Chanda RobePre-Award Grant Administrator