Tuesday, June 28, 2011

University professors- your input needed!

Today, NIH released a Request for Information seeking advice on reducing administrative burden and costs associated with compliance requirements for federal grants to educational institutions. They are looking for ways to address issues and reduce time spent on meeting all of the grant requirements.

One area that should be examined is effort reporting. It is often confusing, difficult to track, and no clear system exists that is publicly accessible and allows for monitoring of effort. The creation of an effort repository would help to make sure that no scientist is budgeted for more than 12 months effort per year on their total projects, while saving valuable time spent tracking down effort reporting data. I shudder to think of the hours of my time wasted in tracking down effort information to include in JIT requests or progress reports!

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