emphasis on ensuring that all charges to
sponsored programs are allowable, necessary, reasonable, allocable and consistently
treated,” says Ken Sandel, senior director of
Sponsored Program Services and a member
of Purdue’s implementation team.
“While this creates a greater degree of
uncertainty, we are confident from past
A-133 audit results that we have the culture
of controls and systems to comply with
the Uniform Guidance with the necessary tweaks to our internal processes and
For details, see https://www.purdue.edu/
The effective dates for Purdue’s compliance with the UG is Dec. 26, 2014 for new
awards and incremental funding, July 1,
2015 for audit requirements and July 1, 2016
for procurement requirements.
“While the opportunity is available to
separately track old and new funds under
separate guidelines, we have decided to
adopt the Uniform Guidance requirements
for all existing awards as of Dec. 26, 2014,
except for procurement requirements and
agency-specific terms and conditions present in existing awards,” Sandel says.
Purdue’s implementation team continues
to meet regularly, and will update university documents, policies, procedures and
websites as needed. “Our Uniform Guidance website is the place to go to keep up
on our implementation plan and specific
information on changes,” he says. See
Limited Submission FAQs
What is a limited submission?
A limited submission is a funding opportunity in which the sponsor limits the number
of applications accepted from an individual or institution. When submissions are
limited by institution, the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships coordinates an internal competition to determine which candidate(s) may apply.
How do you notify faculty of limited submission competitions?
A list of current opportunities is available at www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/
rschdev/ lsid1.php. Limited submission opportunities are also posted in our weekly
funding emails, and are often distributed to faculty by associate deans for research,
department heads and/or center directors.
How do I pursue a limited submission proposal that is not on the website?
Contact us as soon as possible! If there is sufficient time, we will post it with other
limited opportunities. Otherwise, we will consider the first person (people) to contact
us as the authorized submitter(s).
How do I apply for a limited submission opportunity?
Follow the directions in the posting. For opportunities we expect to have broad interest, we ask for a preproposal by a stated deadline. For opportunities we believe will
have more limited interest, we typically ask that you email us by a specific deadline
stating your interest in applying; if we receive more responses than the submission
guidelines allow, we’ll let you know the next steps to take — typically a preproposal.
All preproposals and statements of interest should be sent to EVPRPlimited@
What do I include in my preproposal?
On our website, we post preproposal templates that are tailored to the same information the sponsor requests in the actual proposal.
How does the limited submission selection process work?
A standing committee, comprised of the associate deans for research from each
college, reviews the preproposals then meets to discuss which preproposals should
be recommended to move forward. Preproposal reviews are based on the same
criteria the sponsor identifies as its own review criteria. In rare instances, such as when
funding involves a new or renovated building, requires a large institutional commitment of cost share, or has other institutional-level concerns, the recommendation of the
committee may be subject to additional internal approvals. Following a review meeting,
we notify each submitter if he or she has been selected to move forward or not.
If I’m not selected, what can I do to improve my chances in future competitions?
The goal of Purdue’s limited submission process is to provide a fair and transparent
process that picks the preproposal(s) that best meet a sponsor’s criteria. Some best
practices for writing an effective internal preproposal include: 1) read the Request for
Proposal cover to cover before starting to write and highlight important information
to refer back to later; 2) think about your approach and what skills will be needed
to accomplish it; 3) identify team
members who have the necessary
and complementary skills to perform
the proposed research; 4) write in a
manner that is understandable to a
technically-diverse audience; and 5)
don’t wait until the last minute.
For more information, contact Sue
Grimes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovery Park Unveils New Video
Purdue’s Discovery Park has unveiled a new promotional video discussing how
the diverse perspectives of its interdisciplinary teams lead to new, world-changing
discoveries. Featuring interviews with key faculty researchers and administrators,
along with action-sketch animations supplied by Chicago-based Ink Factory, it’s
linked from Discovery Park’s homepage and hosted on You Tube at www.youtube.