Ask an ORCS
Hi, I'm L. Scott Mills, Associate Vice President of Research for Global Change and Sustainability, and also a long-time Wildlife Biology Professor. Over the years I’ve dealt with a bunch of funding agencies, interdisciplinary collaborations, and weird research projects as a PI, and now I’m in ORCS (Office of Research and Creative Scholarship). So my goal with this column is to help bridge the gap for PIs to succeed in their Research and Creative Scholarship (RCS) initiatives.
Of course, when you feel befuddled about a RCS issue, your first step should be to search that topic on the UM website. The ORCS website has great links, as do various offices within ORCS, such as Office of Sponsored Programs (ORSP - a lifecycle office from proposal development to proposal submission/negotiation, award management and closeout, and audit resolution), Broader Impacts Group, Environmental Health and Risk Management (EHRM), etc. Next, of course, you will talk to your Departmental Research Administrator (DRA) if you have one, and your pre/post award person in ORSP. Then, if you’re a new faculty member, check with a more senior faculty member to see if they can resolve your questions.
But even after you’ve done your homework and gone through those steps and contacts for clarification, there will still be issues that puzzle and, yes, frustrate.
That’s when it is time to Ask an ORCS
Below I’ve listed some topics that I’ll be addressing soon (with hot links for those that are complete).
- Topic 1 - Paying Fees/Health Insurance for a graduate student from a grant
- Topic 2 - Research and Creative Scholarship accomplishment metrics
- Topic 3 - What is the difference between ORCS and ORSP?
- Topic 4 - How do I use an “OPAS” form to be able to begin spending when I’ve been told I received an award but the official paperwork has not officially arrived?
- Topic 5 - How much can I / should I pay graduate students?
- Topic 6 - What’s up with PostDoc Fringe rates?
- Topic 7 - When do I need to re-budget a grant?
- Topic 8 - How does an out-of-state graduate student qualify for reduced tuition? (all about “TARA”, etc.)
- Topic 9 - What is F&A (Facilities and Administration) (previously known as “Indirect”)?
- Topic 10 - What is the difference between Centers and Institutes?