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27th Annual CSU Research Symposium

(posted 10/29/12): The 27th Annual CSU Research Symposium will be held May 10-11, 2013 at Cal State Polytechnic University Pomona.

Training on Datawarehouse Reporting System Tied to Peoplesoft Conversion

(posted 10/11/12): To help PI's and grant and contract account holders run their own reports and to capitalize upon the new reporting features offered through the Data Warehouse system we have scheduled training sessions on the following dates and times.

Day Date Time
Friday 10/19 10:00-Noon
Monday 10/22 1:30-3:30pm
Tuesday 10/23 1:30-3:30pm
Friday 10/26 1:30-3:30pm
Wednesday 10/31 8:30-10:30am

The workshop will be held in the ITS Training room BH-180D. Please register for the CFS Data Warehouse Training workshop online.

Capacity is limited to 15 attendees so please register early to avoid disappointment. Additional workshops will be scheduled if needed. Training videos and printed guidelines will also be made available on the Foundation and ORSP websites.

All PIs must complete both a Finance Authority Agreement and a Security Application in order to access reports of their accounts through the Data Warehouse. In particular, we ask that workshop attendees complete and submit their forms prior to the workshop so that they can access their accounts during the training session. The forms are available on line at:

Instructions on Completing Finance Authority Application Form

Attached is a quick guide which identifies in yellow the fields that need to be completed.

  1. Applicant information. The account holders Department Identification (Dept. Id.) See attached excel spreadsheet if you an unsure of your PeopleSoft Department code
  2. In section "Business Units" - Check the Business Unit needed – LBFDN for Research Foundation; LB49R for 49R Foundation
  3. In the section "General Access" – Check CFSCSU_FS_DWReporting_01 (4th line)
  4. In the section "Data Warehouse Security access" – Enter the Dept. id's for which you are authorized and need reports
  5. At the bottom of the form – sign as employee; get Dean to sign as Administrator – Level 3 or higher
  6. Forward the completed forms to FMIS Security administrator – Brotman Hall 155. They can also scan the forms and attach them to an e-mail to

Changes in NSF Reporting

(posted 10/10/12): In early 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will completely transfer all project reporting from FastLane to Once fully implemented, Principal Investigators (PIs) and co-PIs will use to meet all NSF project reporting requirements, including submission of Annual, Final and Interim Project Reports and the Project Outcomes Report. NSF is hosting a Project Reports Webinar on October 12th, and invites you to participate to learn more about the coming changes.

To register, please follow the directions included on the following link: Register for Webinar

Internal Competition for NSF Major Instrumentation (MRI) Program Guidelines

(posted 10/9/12): PI's who wish to submit a NSF MRI proposal for the 3013 competition are required to submit a pre-proposal for internal review. View guidelines for the application process. To conform to NSF guidelines only two proposals for instrument acquisition and one for instrument development will be selected for submission.

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

(posted 10/9/12): A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 13-1) has been issued. The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process and consists of the:
(a) Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and
(b) Award & Administration Guide (AAG) to guide, manage, and monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation.

This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Significant changes that PI's should be aware of include:

  • Revisions to the NSF Merit Review Criteria which implement the National Science Board's (NSB) recommendations. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected;
  • Revision of the Biographical Sketch(es) instructions to rename the "Publications" section to "Products" and amend terminology and instructions accordingly;
  • Clarification on indirect costs specifying that, except as noted in the PAPPG or a program solicitation, organizations must use the applicable negotiated indirect cost rate;
  • Modification of Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of proposals to assist proposers in complying with the NSF cost sharing policy.