Federal Funding Proposal Review
To meet the federal government’s expectations of institutions that receive federal research funds, UCI must ensure all individuals required by the federal sponsor to submit biographical sketches and other/current & pending support are submitting complete and accurate information about their international engagements in compliance with federal agency disclosure requirements. This expectation applies to federal proposals, including subaward proposals where a federal agency is the prime sponsor (collectively referred to as federal proposals). Meeting this expectation and complying with the federal agency disclosure requirements is essential for ensuring that UCI remains eligible to receive federal research funds.
Kuali Research Proposal Development (KR PD) includes six questions regarding international engagements that all Senior/Key Personnel must answer before federal proposals are routed to Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) for institutional review, approval, and submission. International engagements include, but are not limited to, employment, appointments, consulting activities, participation in foreign talent recruitment programs, and research support/funding from foreign sponsors not received through UCI.
Please note that delays will occur if the questions are not answered. Therefore, principal investigators, their support staff, and department/unit staff should take this into consideration in planning proposal submission timelines.
If Yes, please include all current foreign employment in your biosketch submitted with this proposal, and please provide the following for each employer:
- Position title,
- Employment percentage, and
- Foreign entity name and country.
If Yes, please include all current consultancies in your biosketch submitted with this proposal, and please provide the following for each consultancy:
- Nature or purpose, and
- Foreign entity name, and country.
If Yes, please include all foreign academic appointments or affiliations in your biosketch submitted with this proposal, and please provide the following for each appointment and/or affiliation:
- Appointment title or nature/purpose of affiliation, and
- Foreign entity name and country.
If Yes, please disclose your foreign government talent recruitment program status in your biosketch and/or current and pending support forms (in accordance with the sponsor’s application requirements) submitted with this proposal, and please provide the following:
- Program name
- Foreign entity name and country, and
- participation start and end dates.
If Yes, please disclose any such proposals in your Current and Pending Support/Other Support form for this proposal, and please provide the following for each pending proposal:
- Project title,
- Foreign governmental sponsor,
- Your role on the project, and
- Project dates.
If Yes, please disclose this research funding or support in your Current and Pending Support/Other Support form for this proposal, and please provide the following for each research award:
- Project title,
- Foreign governmental sponsor,
- Your role on the project, and
- Project dates.
Foreign Entity: A foreign entity is any foreign government (including any agency or subdivision), or any corporation, business association, partnership, trust, society, or any other entity or group that is not incorporated or organized to do business in the United States.
Consultant: For the purposes of these questions, "consultant" broadly refers to an individual that provided or provides a paid or unpaid service to a foreign entity whether or not there is a written agreement for the service performed. Disclose these activities unless specifically excluded by the federal sponsor (see Federal Sponsor Disclosure Requirements).
Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program: A foreign government talent recruitment program is an effort organized, managed, or funded by a foreign government or entity to recruit science and technology professionals to promote, advance, and/or increase the prestige and global impact of that country's research enterprise.
Foreign Government Research Funding Entity: A foreign government research funding entity is any non-U.S. government (or component thereof) that supports research projects by awarding funds. For example, the foreign equivalent of the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, etc.
- Initiators are responsible for ensuring that all Senior/Key Personnel and Investigators are appropriately identified in the Personnel tab of the Kuali Research Development Proposal (KR PD) system. The Key Personnel section in the KR Proposal Development (KR PD) collects information about UCI researchers for two processes: Federal Proposal Review for Research Security & International Engagement (RSIE) and Conflict of Interest in Research for federal sponsors/prime sponsors. It is important to complete this section correctly so that the system can electronically trigger the processes as necessary. Note: Non-UCI researchers should not be included in the KR PD Personnel tab.
|Federal Proposal Review
Does the Federal sponsor/prime sponsor require a biographical sketch from this individual?
|Conflict of Interest
Is the individual an “Investigator” (responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of the project)?
|KR PD Personnel Role(s)
Which KR PD Personnel Role should be used for that individual?
|Principal Investigator, PI/Contract, PI/Multiple, Co-PI, or Key Person
|Other Significant Contrib. (Contributor) (available 2/28/24)
|Federal sponsor/prime sponsor with COI Policy (PHS, DOE, NSF, and NASA):
|Federal sponsor/prime sponsor without a COI Policy:
Do not include the individual in the KR PD Personnel tab
|Do not include the individual in the KR PD Personnel tab
- Initiators are responsible for clicking the "Notify All" button to send an auto-generated email notification to all Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors with a direct personalized link to complete their certifications. This feature can be used multiple times for follow-up emails.
- Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors are responsible for completing the certification questions in a timely manner.
- Senior/Key Personnel, Other Significant Contributors, and Initiators are responsible for knowing what information must be disclosed in a federal proposal and ensuring that the proposal in KR PD (either as an attachment or a Cayuse link) includes all required disclosures. Please see the federal agency disclosure requirements webpage for additional information.
- After all Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors complete the certification questions and the proposal is otherwise ready, it may be routed to Sponsored Projects Administration, where Contracts & Grants Officers (CGOs) will review the KR PD responses and the proposal to identify any discrepancies. If a discrepancy is found, the CGO will notify the KR Initiator/department administrator (or other unit personnel, as appropriate) to resolve the discrepancy. After all discrepancies are resolved and the CGO has completed the institutional review, the CGO will submit the proposal to the sponsor.
As part of UCI’s research security due diligence process, when a certification question response is “yes”, the Research Security & International Engagement (RSIE) team will review the certification question(s) as part of a risk analysis to determine if the foreign engagement is high risk and requires further review. If so, RSIE will collect additional information to develop recommendations on next steps for the REC Director's consideration. As part of its review, if RSIE finds any new discrepancies, they will notify the researcher and work with them to resolve it, which may include submitting corrected information to the federal sponsor.
KR PD Personnel Tab Roles
Roles: Principal Investigator, PI/Contact, PI/Multiple, Co-PI, Key Person
This UCI individual will be sent an email with a custom link to the RSIE questionnaire they need to complete prior to the proposal being submitted to workflow. In addition, if the federal sponsor/prime sponsor has a conflict of interest policy (PHS/NSF/DOE/NASA), they also must have a current KR COI Annual Disclosure on file prior to proposal submission.
Other Significant Contrib. (Contributor)- available 2/28/24
Role: Other Significant Contrib. (Contributor)
Use this KR PD Personnel role when an UCI individual is required by the federal sponsor to submit a biographical sketch and other/current & pending support but does not meet the COI definition of an Investigator. This individual will be sent an email with a custom link to the RSIE questionnaire they need to complete prior to the proposal being submitted to workflow. No COI disclosure requirements.
This UCI individual is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of a research project with a federal sponsor or prime sponsor with a conflict of interest policy (PHS/NSF/DOE/NASA) but was not required by the federal sponsor to submit a biographical sketch or other/current & pending support. These UCI individuals must have a current KR COI Annual Disclosure on file prior to proposal submission. No RSIE questionnaire required.
- Initiators should input Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors in the KR PD proposal as early as possible, then click the “Notify All” button to send the certification questions. Sending the Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors a reminder that they will receive an email from email@example.com with a link to the certification questions from the Initiator’s email may also be helpful.
- Also, make sure the KR PD list of Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors matches the list in the proposal application.
- If the Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors are having trouble accessing the questionnaire off-campus or on the UCIMC network, we recommend to log into the VPN and then trying to access the questionnaire again through the email notification.
- If Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors respond "yes" to any certification question, they should check to make sure their certification responses match their biographical sketches and current & pending (other) support to avoid delays and additional work.
- Please note that any discrepancies between the proposal and the responses to the certification questions must be resolved before the CGO can submit the proposal to the federal sponsor.
- Please remember to include the locations and names of entities/organizations affiliated with each relationship/position/affiliation.
- Department/unit staff who support Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors should encourage them to maintain an up-to date list of all foreign affiliations, relationships, activities as a personal reference, as well as encouraging them (and/or assisting them) to regularly update their biographical sketches and current & pending (other) support information.
- If Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors are unsure whether to disclose an international engagement, it is best to disclose. The federal sponsor will either include it or exclude it in their review as appropriate and consistent with their established procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
To meet the federal government’s expectations of institutions that receive federal research funds, UCI must ensure all individuals required by the federal sponsor to submit biographical sketches and other/current & pending support are submitting complete and accurate information about their international engagements in compliance with federal agency disclosure requirements. Meeting this expectation and ensuring that proposals are accurate and complete is important to maintaining UCI’s ability to continue receiving federal research funding.
No, if the certifications are not complete or there is an unresolved discrepancy, the proposal will not be submitted to the sponsor.
This is a requirement, so all researchers should submit their certification responses early in the process. ERA does not have superuser access to bypass these questions.
If there are any concerns with meeting the federal deadline for a specific proposal application, share that information with your Contracts & Grants Officer for guidance.
Yes. The main purpose of this new review process is to improve the accuracy and completeness of all of our researchers' disclosures to the federal sponsors.
No. Our expectation is that those other institutions will be taking appropriate steps to ensure the accuracy of their researchers' disclosures.
Only include the disclosures required by the federal agency at the time of proposal submission. Please refer to Federal Sponsored Projects and sponsor's proposal instructions.
Note: If a draft proposal will be submitted for institutional proposal review, all required disclosures (biosketches and if applicable, current & pending support) must be in final form.
No. When a proposal is copied, the system generates a new link to the certification questions for each Senior/Key Person to complete.
This will be requested by the Contracts & Grants Officer as part of the Institutional Proposal Review process. If edits need to be made, the proposal will be returned for revisions.
Yes, by navigating to KR PD for that proposal and click "Summary/Submit," "Personnel," the "(view)" links under Proposal Person Certification for those who have "complete" statuses.
Yes, Initiators who send the notification through KR PD will be copied on that email.