Hi PIs,

Welcome to a new listserv of all current PIs (well current as of a few months 
ago when we created this list). I plan on using this direct email to 
communicate some information about grants from time to time (rather than 
going through your chairs!).

I would like to thank all of you for the great job you did certifing your effort 
for last fall. Thanks to all of you the auditors will find that we are compliant 
with federal regulations (i.e., timely certifications). I know you will be doing 
the same during this period.

We will be changing to a new financial system (Spectrum is being upgraded to 
an entirely new web-based system--Spectrum+) and a new payroll system 
(ADP) as of July 1. This means a couple of things for PIs.

First, it is extremely important to make sure spring payroll is accurate for all 
grant-supported personnel NOW. Any changes to spring payroll is complicated 
so they need to be initiated immediately.

Second, even more than is typical at year end, charges to grants will be 
difficult in June so if there is something that needs to be purchased do it now 
instead of waiting.

Third, the new Spectrum+ will look very different from Spectrum. The team is 
hoping to have a report available July 1 that looks like the reports we use for 
expenditure review. However, looking at your budget and expenditures in the 
new Spectrum+ system will be different. We will offer classes this summer, 
once the system becomes available.

Finally, I want to let everyone know that we have put up a new spreadsheet 
on our proposal development webpage which should be helpful when you're 
building your budgets. 

If you have any questions or comments about URSA send them my way!

Thanks

Amy

Amy R. Lederberg, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research
University Research Services & Administration
Ph 404-413-3505; Fax 404-413-3504
In person: 218 Alumni Hall 30 Courtland Street