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Looking Back at FY2019...

Research Contract & Grant Highlights

  • $1.35B in new sponsored research awards and gifts
  • #7 in the nation for research expenditures (HERD 2017)
  • Surpassed $1B for 10 consecutive years
  • 6-7% yearly increase in the past 5 years
  • 40% effective submission success rate
  • $25M increase in Multidisciplinary Research from FY18
  • and more!

For all highlights download FY2019 Research Contract & Grant Highlights (pdf).

Upcoming Events

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Policy Updates

2019 Jan - New NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has come out with a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) effective January 28, 2019.

For a detailed summary go to Significant Changes & Clarifications on the NSF page.

2018 Nov - NSF BIO Directorate lifts restrictions on submissions

BIO lifted all PI or co-PI restrictions on proposal submission for FY 2019, as of November 15, 2018.

In August 2018, the BIO directorate of NSF had released new solicitations to its proposal submission process to eliminate deadlines and limit the number of proposals that could be submitted to a given division annually by a PI or co-PI.

As a result of serious concern about this policy and low rate of submission, the policy was reevaluated within months of the August 2018 release.

BIO announced the lifting of the restriction on their BIO BUZZ blog article, Statement from the Acting Assistant Director for Biological Sciences on Proposal Submission Limits.

2018 Jul - Enter Fellowships into EPD

Effective July 2, 2018, all Fellowships need to be entered into EPD.

For more information, visit the new Fellowships Blink page.

2018 May - IDC Rate Agreement Finalized

UC San Diego's Financial Analysis Office has completed negotiations with DHHS (cognizant agency) resulting in multi-year increases to the on-campus research and other sponsored activities indirect cost rates from FY 2018 to FY 2022.

2018 Jan - NIH Salary Cap increase

The Executive Level II salary increased to $189,600 effective January 7, 2018 through September 30, 2018.

For more information, go to Salary Cap Summary (FY 1990 - Present)

2017 Oct - NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS)

The NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) is a document that governs award administration and applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements.

NIH has renewed their 2016 NIH Grants Policy Statement for projects with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2017: 

This is a reminder that the 2015 NIH Grants Policy Statement is still in effect for projects with budget period beginning on or before December 26, 2014:

  • NIH Grants Policy Statement ( Revised March 31, 2015. This document applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements for budget periods beginning on or after December 26, 2014 and awards that received supplemental funding on or after December 26, 2014.

2017 Sep - NIH Clinical Trial Policy Initiatives (2017-2018)

NIH is launching a series of initiatives that are rolling out in 2017-2018 to enhance the accountability and transparency of clinical research. For updates, go to: 

Clinical Trial Requirements for Grants and Contracts (

Understanding the new NIH Clinical Trial Requirements: 

2017 Jul - Fringe benefit rates updated

The fringe benefit rates for use in proposals have been updated by the Campus Budget Office, effective July 1, 2017.

See Budgets - Direct Costs for updated rates.

Under certain circumstances, the use of composite benefit rates may understate actual costs for employee benefits (e.g., when the majority belong to family dental and health plans). In those situations, or when a more precise measurement of fringe benefit costs is desirable, budgeting the actual fringe benefit costs, expressed as a percentage of salary, would be warranted in proposal budgets rather than the use of composite rates. Should this approach be used, it should be applied consistently to all named employees ("to be named" employees will still require the use of composite rates).

2017 Apr - C&G Officer Assignment Model

C&G Officer Assignment Model

Effective April 25, 2017, the Office of Contract and Grant Administration implemented a Division/ Department assignment model, where a specialized team supports all proposal and award activity for a given Division/ Department.

Go to the Staff Assignments page to find your assigned team.

2016 Jan - Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) on NSF proposals/awards

The January 25, 2016 PAPPG implements the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC).

For more information go to Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) section on the NSF page.

2015 Oct - New Tuition Remission Rates for 2015 Graduate Student Researchers

Effective immediately, Graduate Student Research Tuition-and-Fee (GSRTF) Remission rates for use in proposals for extramural support have been updated by the Office of Graduate Studies for the October 1, 2015 time frame.

View the new Tuition Remission rates.

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