As discussed in the Research Town Hall this week, the Office of Research Administration (ORA) will be closed the week of June 15 to accommodate a five-day furlough of ORA staff to help address the FY20 budget gap. VCRI leadership has determined that closing for a week will have less operational impact on proposal and award management activities than operating short-handed for an extended period. The week of June 15th was chosen because it had the fewest number of external deadlines for which our researchers have communicated intent to submit. Internal due dates and submission dates will be adjusted to accommodate the closure, and faculty should contact ORA as soon as possible regarding proposal submission plans.
Proposals due the week of 6/15 will be submitted to the sponsors one week earlier. For example, if you plan to submit an NIH R03 or R21 due on 6/16, your proposal will be submitted to NIH on 6/9. Internal deadlines will be adjusted accordingly, e.g.: for a proposal due on 6/16, the draft budget and approved subcontractor documents are due to ORA on 5/26, the final budget and draft of application are due 6/2, and the final application is due 6/4.
Proposals due 6/22–6/24 will be submitted on 6/12. Internal deadlines will be adjusted, as follows: draft budget and approved subcontractor documents are due to ORA on 5/29; the final budget and draft of application are due 6/5; and the final application is due 6/9/2020.
Please note that ORA staff will not be working while on furlough, therefore you should not expect any actions or responses from them during the week of June 15. There will likely be delays in ORA response time upon reopening June 22 as staff address deadline-driven and urgent matters that come in during the closure. We thank you for your patience as we try to minimize the impact of staff furloughs on the research enterprise.
Information on similar ORI, OTC, and CRF closures in June will be posted on the uml.edu/research website