Sponsored Projects Symposium

The SPA Sponsored Projects Symposium encourages community and informal dialogue as well as an opportunity to learn more on key topics impacting our community. The event is funded by the Research and Innovation Office, so there is no cost for attendees. 

Symposium XV 

The 2022 Sponsored Projects Symposium XV was hosted as a virtual event, including six sessions, from February 22 to March 10. One CA credit, per session, was available for Sessions 2,3,5, and 6.

Session 1: MN-GEMS Update

February 22, 2022
Presented by April Coon and Kristen Bening
This session provided an update about the progress of the MN-GEMS project, a sneak peak at what the basic system looks like, and next steps.

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Session 2: Effort and Payroll Management

February 24, 2022
Presented by Lucas Lynch, Chris Larson, Liz Hinske, Carolyn O'Grady, and Peggy Rademacher
In this interactive session, audience participants and SME’s from central and departmental levels discussed, tackled questions, and shared experiences on a number of best practices on effort and payroll management. Topics included tools, processes, and reports for managing effort commitments and overcomittments, proactive management of payroll and payroll distributions, and approaches for effective communication within units and with faculty and PIs. 

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Session 3: Program Project Management

March 1, 2022
Presented by Nicole Pilman, Norrie Zier, Kylie Zhao, and Shawn Jarvis
Department representatives shared best practices for effectively and proactively managing sponsored awards. 

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Session 4: Other Support & Biosketches for NIH

March 3, 2022
Presented by Frances Spalding, Kristi Hendricksen, and Shannon Kasperson
A presentation on the new NIH Biosketch and Other Support changes, focusing in on what you need to know from the sponsor’s materials and resources and share current experience from your peers as they are gearing up to meet these new requirements.

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Session 5: Best Practices for Sticky Situations Cost Transfers

March 8, 2022
Presented by Nicole Pilman and Mollie Viola
This session involved discussing various scenarios involving cost transfers with the audience so that perspectives on how these scenarios could more appropriately be handled are shared.

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Session 6: Hot Topics (Including Foreign Influence)

March 10, 2022
Presented by Pamela Webb
This session focused on the recent, past, and near future to discuss planned and actual changes in external and internal research administration regulations, policies, procedures, and requirements. Topics included foreign influnece, SPECTRUM updates, SPA staffing updates, and more.

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