Federal science agencies vary in their requirements. Here’s how researchers can follow the rules.

Recent criminal cases against scientists at the University of Kansas, Harvard University, and Emory University who allegedly did not follow the rules for the disclosure of relationships with foreign entities have prompted an important examination within the scientific community to ensure researchers are abiding by the law.

Posted 2/18/20

Kuali Research online resources are available to help assist in navigating the system. Please view the guides & documentation, frequently asked questions, and official Kuali Knowledge Base.

Need further help? Submit a ticket through the Kuali Help Desk.

MIT recently alerted its campus of possible visits from federal immigration officials. As a reminder, please review the guidance issued by our University General Counsel in July 2019 which addresses outreach by federal officials and other recommendations.

Posted 1/22/20

Monthly Sponsored Activity Reports. Did you know that each month we post summaries of sponsored activity for proposals and awards by department and sponsor to our site?

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an update to the salary cap restriction for agencies such as NIH, AHRQ, and HRSA. The new “NIH salary cap” increased to $197,300, effective January 5, 2020.

Announcement here:

Foreign Influence Disclosure Guidance. View campus updates and contacts that are available to provide guidance to researchers involved in international collaborations.

SciENcv Biosketch Now Accepted by NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is designating SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) an NSF-approved template and encouraging faculty to use SciENcv to prepare biographical sketches for inclusion in NSF proposals. NSF will continue to accept other NSF-approved biographical sketch formats not prepared using SciENcv.

Click here for a guide for using SciENcv

Revised NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Now Available for Comment

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a revised version of the PAPPG, which details the NSF proposal and award process. NSF anticipates the new guidance to go into effect in January 2020. Comments on the revised PAPPG may be directed to

Revised NIH Application Forms

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a summary of changes for FORMS-F, an updated version of the NIH application package. FORMS-F will replace the current application package, FORMS-E, for proposals due on or after May 25, 2020. Please see NOT-OD-20-033 for updates related to Training, Fellowship, and Career Development applications. Please see this PDF document for a summary of all proposed changes.

NIH Seeks Comment on Draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking public comments on a DRAFT NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental DRAFT guidance. The purpose of this DRAFT Policy and supplemental DRAFT guidance is to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing to further NIH's commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public.

Comments may be submitted online at:

The U.S. Government continues to express growing concerns regarding the influence of foreign governments and entities over federally-funded research. In particular, the federal government is focused on the failure or alleged failure of some federally-funded researchers to adequately disclose their relationships with foreign entities. Failure to adequately disclose these relationships may jeopardize a researcher’s eligibility to obtain future funding.1

The university recognizes that theft of ideas and intellectual property is a national concern. We also recognize the critical importance of the collaborative process in advancing new knowledge and discovery. Protecting that process is contingent upon our historical commitment to both academic freedom and ensuring the success and well-being of every member of our community regardless of group identity.

To balance both governmental concerns and our institutional commitment to ensuring a collaborative research environment, the Office of Research and Engagement conducts thorough compliance and training programs and has implemented an administrative system to manage sponsored research programs, and protect against foreign interference, influence, and theft of research and the resulting discoveries.

Consistent with these existing compliance protocols, researchers are encouraged to communicate with the Office of Research Compliance to disclose any relationships with foreign entities. By ensuring our research enterprise remains transparent and meets all applicable requirements, university officials are positioned to protect our institutional commitment to academic freedom, research collaboration, and knowledge advancement and discovery.


1 From Memo: Chief Research Officers, Andrew Karberg, University of Massachusetts, Associate Counsel, July 12, 2019 RE: Foreign Influence Disclosure Guidance for Federally Funded Research.

Posted 12/5/19

For more, see: Foreign Influence Disclosure Guidance

Core Facilities at UMass Amherst. Access and receive training on a huge array of equipment in 30 Core Facilities from A (AddFab) to X (X-ray). Use these facilities and expert Core Facility directors to address key R&D questions and make your work more competitive.

Fastlane and will be unavailable from Friday, November 8 at 8 p.m. until Tuesday, November 12 at 6 a.m. See full notice.

The importance of Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs). The MTA governs the usage of material used in your research and any intellectual property rights attached to it.

October 15, 2019 - The Kuali Research Protocols module is now available for human subjects (IRB) and animal subjects (IACUC). The Kuali login link  is located at:

Guides & Documentation - Training guides are available for both Human Subjects - IRB and Animal Subjects - IACUC on our Kuali Guides & Documentation page.

Need Help? For help with anything Kuali related, please submit a help desk ticket.

To allow for data migration neither e-Protocol nor Kuali Research (Protocols module) will be available until October 15, 2019. Starting October 15, 2019 all protocols for human subjects (IRB) and animal subjects (IACUC) will be submitted in Kuali.

The Office of Project Management & Training will offer study groups and support for those interested in becoming a nationally accredited Certified Research Administrator (CRA). If interested, email

Sponsor registration and submission guidelines are now posted for DOD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Follow us at to see important updates and announcements from the Office of Research & Engagement.

Redcap is available to UMass Amherst faculty through the UMass Med School. REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Access request form.

Over the spring and summer, we have been communicating regarding the U.S. government’s recent focus on faculty compliance with disclosure requirements, including disclosure of foreign engagements related to federally-funded research.

In addition to the guidance issued by our University General Counsel we’d like to call your attention to some other helpful resources:

  1. NIH Frequently Asked Questions about Other Support and Foreign Components – updated 8/6/2019
  2. NIH Notice of Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components
  3. NSF Dear Colleague Letter on Research Protection
  4. AAU/APLU “institutional best practices” PDF document dated 4/22/2019
  5. Penn State website
  6. UMass contacts who can assist

Best practices for faculty engaging in international activities and collaborations include:

  1. Properly securing prior approval for all outside activities in accordance with university policy; ensuring any outside activity that includes an effort commitment does not overlap/conflict with Federal or university effort obligations.
  2. Fully and completely disclosing in your proposal any foreign collaboration or engagement overlapping with or contributing to a federally-funded research project, whether you expect to use Federal funds to support it or not; for NIH, checking “yes” to foreign component question on forms.
  3. Ensuring disclosure of any and all financial resources (e.g., cash, in-kind, foreign research support to collaborators, fellowship funds) related to a proposed scope of work submitted to a Federal sponsor; using “Other Support,” “Equipment, Facilities & Other Resources,” or “Current & Pending Support” sections to fulsomely describe the foreign resources.
  4. Including any and all foreign faculty appointments, employment or consulting on a public-facing version of your curriculum vitae.
  5. Ensuring up-to-date financial conflict of interest (COI) disclosures are submitted in the Kuali COI module, including for reimbursed travel, honorarium payments, speaking fees, etc.
  6. Fully disclosing all activities, affiliations, and relationships in accordance with the policies of outside organizations such as scientific journals and professional societies when speaking, publishing, or teaching.

For any questions, please contact the Office of Research Compliance (413-545-5283, or the appropriate contact identified in the contacts list linked above.

Posted: 9/11/19

The transition of e-Protocol for both human subjects (IRB) and animal subjects (IACUC) to Kuali Research has been rescheduled to address a technical matter related to loading students as protocol personnel or protocol directors. Kuali will be available for IRB & IACUC starting Tuesday, October 15, 2019 (previously September 9th). Transition details are below.

Human Subjects - IRB:

  • September 30, 2019: Last day to submit all new protocols, revisions, or renewals in e-Protocol for the October 8th IRB meeting. Please note: the IRB office will not accept any submissions in e-protocol beginning October 1, 2019. 
  • September 30, 2019 5:00 p.m. until Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 8:00 a.m.: To allow for data migration neither e-Protocol nor Kuali Research eRA system (IRB module) will be available during this time period.
  • October 15, 2019, 8:00 a.m.: Kuali Research eRA system will be available for IRB submissions.

For questions, please email

Animal Subjects – IACUC:

  • September 27, 2019: Last day to submit all cloned protocols and major amendments.
  • October 4, 2019: Last day to submit all renewals and minor amendments.
  • October 4, 2019 5:00 p.m. until Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 8:00 a.m.: To allow for data migration neither e-Protocol nor Kuali Research eRA system (IACUC module) will be available during this time period.
  • October 15, 2019, 8:00 a.m.: Kuali Research eRA system will be available for IACUC submissions.

For questions, please email or