Delayed Awards from NIH

This Notice is to inform National Institutes of Health (NIH) applicants and grantees that NIH’s ability to issue competing and non-competing awards may be delayed for two weeks from May 19, 2015 until June 3, 2015. During this time, a series of software upgrades will be made to NIH accounting and business systems that have wide-reaching impacts across the NIH.  These also connect to NIH grant-making systems, and while every effort will be made to minimize the expected downtime, it may take up to two weeks to complete all the work.

NSF Issues FAQ’s for Uniform Guidance

National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Foundation’s implementation of 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).  These FAQs are available on the DIAS/Policy Office website. The FAQs will be updated periodically as additional questions arise.

If you have any questions, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by email to

Updated Uniform Guidance PI Quick Guide

An updated TAMUS Uniform Guidance PI Quick Guide has been added.

Please check this page for all future updates regarding the new OMB Uniform Guidance.

Uniform Guidance Cost Principles Reference Guide Now Available

The Texas A&M University System Uniform Guidance Cost Principles Reference Guide is now available.

New OMB Uniform Guidance Tools

SRS has posted two new OMB Uniform Guidance Tools for PIs:

TAMUS Uniform Guidance PI Quick Guide

TAMUS Uniform Guidance PI FAQ’s

Please check this page for all future updates regarding the new OMB Uniform Guidance

Resource Links for FDP and COGR

For your reference, resource links for Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) meetings and Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) have been added to the SRS website.

NSF Ebola Virus Research Opportunity

Click here for the NSF Dear Colleague Letter on the Ebola Virus.

Updates/Announcements Regarding OMB Uniform Guidance

SRS has created a resource on our website for updates and announcements regarding the new OMB Uniform Guidance.

Improvements in Post Award Processes

On Monday, April 7, 2014 Texas A&M System Sponsored Research Services (SRS) started using the new Project Module within Maestro that brings significant upgrades and enhancements for comprehensive post award functionality. With this change we will be able to streamline and introduce consistency in our post award processes. The immediate impact on our research community is:

  • Researchers will receive reminders to complete their technical deliverables, with the option to upload their deliverables and set it as completed in Maestro.
  • Compliance authorization (IRB, IACUC, etc.) will be associated with active research projects.  Reminders will be sent 90/60/30 days before authorization expiration.
  • When there are any changes related to project compliance requirements, researchers will have the option to recertify their Compliance Statement in Maestro.
  • Member Compliance Officers are able to maintain status of compliance items.
  • Researchers and system member administration will receive a Maestro automated Sponsor Project Summary report (Award Notice/Project Establishment Notice).
  • Contract negotiations will continue to be tracked under the Projects tab (the Negotiation tab will be removed).
  • Project records will show more information than the Negotiation module previously displayed, including all action records, project terms and conditions extracted from the contract, links between proposals, project and financial accounts, and anticipated funding.

Documentation regarding functionality enhancements has been prepared for the system member Maestro trainers and their training will take place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Report from SRS Survey

In the fall of 2013, Texas A&M System Sponsored Research Services (SRS) contracted with Texas A&M University’s Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) to conduct an assessment of researcher and administrator attitudes towards SRS.  Beginning in November 2013, researchers and departmental administrators were surveyed on their perception of service levels provided by SRS.  PPRI has completed their analysis of the survey responses and provided the final report.

SRS Survey Report