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The Latest Research, Innovation & Impact News
UArizona will develop and test balloon-borne payloads at new Mission Integration Lab
Construction has begun on a tall, hangar-like "high bay" facility, where researchers can build and test hardware for experiments and missions designed to fly at extremely high altitudes sometimes referred to as the "edge of space."
Support for Researchers
Link: Thursday, March 31, 2022
The NIH’s new Data Management and Sharing Policy will go into effect January 2023. This is an entirely new policy that will apply to all NIH-funded projects that generate scientific data. As a PI on a current NIH award (or an active applicant for NIH funding), we want to make you aware of this coming change and encourage you to begin preparing for it. University Libraries and Research, Innovation & Impact are actively developing resources to support you in this endeavor.
Please review existing resources and preliminary guidance to prepare your current NIH grant(s) and any new proposals for the policy change.
Under the new NIH policy, researchers are required to include detailed plans on how data will be managed and shared during the entire funded period, including:
- Data storage
- Access policies and procedures
- Metadata standards and distribution approaches
You must submit a Data Management and Sharing Plan to comply with the new policy. Compliance with the submitted DMS plan will become a term of condition during the award funding period.
For more information, please review the NIH DMS Policy resource webpage. For questions or to request a consult, email the Library Data Management team. We will provide ongoing updates to assist researchers and research assistants with this transition.
Link: Friday, March 25, 2022
With the recent update to the face covering guidance and FAQ, we will transition to Phase 6 of the Research Restart Plan. Under this final phase of the plan, all types of on-site research are allowed. It is important, however, that we all remain vigilant in protecting the University community and continue to follow campus recommendations for testing, vaccination, and work arrangements.
Face Covering Guidance
The Research Restart Plan follows University's face covering guidance. Based on current public health conditions and aligned with CDC guidance, masks are recommended, but not required, in most indoor spaces including classrooms.
We will continue to require that surgical masks or higher-grade masks be worn:
- in any building/facility that is operated by or affiliated with the University where patients or human research subjects participating in clinical research are seen in person;
- in locations where personal protective equipment (including masks) has always been required to maintain safety protocols for situations with high hazards, such as areas where regulated chemicals are used or stored and other laboratory settings; and
- inside a Cat Tran shuttle or any other public transportation provided by the University, as recommended by the CDC and TSA.
Surgical masks are three-ply disposable masks. Higher grade masks include KN95 or KF94 masks.
Locations and/or environments that require the use of respiratory protection (N95) must be enrolled in the University Respiratory Protection Program. Researchers are responsible for ensuring their staff – including employees, students and DCCs – and visitors use the appropriate face coverings and/or PPE for the setting.
Voluntary use of N95 Respiratory Protection
Use of self-supplied N95 respirators continues to be allowed, but individuals choosing to use an N95 must follow the UArizona Voluntary Use of Respiratory Protection During COVID-19 guidelines.
Although employees voluntarily choosing to wear an N95 mask are not required to have their N95 mask fit tested, the University will offer N95 fit testing for faculty, staff or students who voluntarily choose to provide and wear their own N95 respirator. Contact Risk Management Services at 520-621-1790 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request an N95 fit test.
RII will continue to monitor conditions and changes to University protocols and communicate the most updated information to this group. I am grateful for your thoughtful approach to continuing research as we mark the two-year anniversary of navigating the pandemic response.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell
Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation
UAccess Research (UAR) has been updated and is now available for proposal routing, and other sponsored project modules. Thank you to the campus research community for all the cooperation and patience in completing three major system implementation projects in close succession! Thank you, especially, to the UAR Campus Experience Advisors for diligently representing the campus user perspective and providing support for campus users along with volunteer Campus Ambassadors.
For information on using UAR, please consult the following resources:
Video demos, instructional materials, and support contacts: See the Resource page for the UAccess Research Update (NetId required).
Training and office hours: See UAR Update Training (registration required).
- Zoom training followed by virtual office hours: Days and times vary through Feb. 4
- In-person office hours: Mondays from 10-11 a.m., Feb. 7 through Mar. 28
- In-person office hours: Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m., Feb. 9 through Mar. 30
- Zoom office hours: Alternating days and times, February through March
As always, please check with your individual department and college Research Administration team for additional guidance and support.
How will the UAR update affect you?
- New UAR location: The UAccess portal will be updated with the new UAR system at 9 a.m. on Jan. 25. To access the system now or update saved browser bookmarks, use the new URL: https://arizona.kuali.co/dashboard.
- Fully re-route proposals in the new UAR system by 5 p.m. on March 4 if the temporary Smartsheet proposal routing tool was used for approval and sponsor submission during UAR system conversion.
- Immediate updates: The University will receive security updates and new system features on a continuous basis.
- No more VPN: Say goodbye to your VPN woes. You will be able to log in with your UA NetID, password, and NetID+ authentication without having to connect through VPN. This is great for traveling faculty or those places where VPN access is blocked.
- Fewer routing stops: Lead unit pre-approval will no longer be required. Proposals will route simultaneously and immediately to investigators and department approvers.
- Convenient dashboard: The new dashboard will increase transparency by providing greater visibility to work in progress. The “proposals not routing” feature enables reviewers / approvers to see which proposals include them in the route path and will be routed to them, whether they are the Lead Unit or not.
- Search everything: Searching for what you need just got a whole lot more flexible. The dynamic Search Records feature scours all available fields for your specified words or numbers.
The public domain exclusion applies to information that is published and that is generally accessible or available to the public through:
- sales at newsstands and bookstores;
- subscriptions which are available without restriction to any individual who desires to obtain or purchase the published information;
- libraries open to the public or from which the public can obtain documents;
- patents available at any patent office;
- unlimited distribution at a conference, meeting, seminar, trade show or exhibition, generally accessible to the public, in the United States;
- public release (i.e., unlimited distribution) in any form (e.g., not necessarily in published form) after approval by the cognizant U.S. government department or agency.
Export Control Exclusions and Implications
This data point will help campus units more accurately calculate proposal success or win rates. Units want to know what percentage of proposals that are reviewed and competitively scored against others for an open funding opportunity are ultimately funded.
Answer 'Yes' if the proposed project...
- is an incoming subaward which is part of a proposal submission going in for review with the prime proposal at another institution
- will be reviewed and might or may not be awarded based on merit or a competition
Answer 'No' if the proposed project...
- if UArizona knows in advance that funding will be awarded, a funding decision has already been made and UArizona employs a certain person with unique expertise to accomplish project goals
- is a subaward from another institution that already received a prime award and UArizona is being asked to complete part of the work afterward
- will definitely be funded because UArizona has particular professional expertise
- is an administrative supplement that requires an application but funding is pre-approved
You will be able to look up Negotations by department in the current version of UAccess Research (v. 5.2.1) until Thursday, January 20th before 5pm. After that, the old system will go dark. During system conversion, all negotiation records will be transferred over to the updated UAccess Research system. You will be able to look up Negotiations by department in the updated version of UAccess Research (Kuali SaaS) after go-live on Tuesday, January 25 after 8am.
To search for Negotiations by department in the updated version of UAccess Research, click on the Common Tasks button in the left-hand navigation panel. Find the Negotiation card and click Search Negotiation. Enter the Unit Number in the appropriate field and click search. You will only be able to open a Negotiation if you are provisioned to be able to do so for that unit.
UAccess Research Update
Centers and Institutes
Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry
The Confluencenter is a research incubator for the arts, humanities, and social sciences, dedicated to fostering collaboration across disciplines.
Arizona Space Institute
The University of Arizona Space Institute (UASI) leverages the expertise of the university’s large space science community, advancing areas including space exploration, astrobiology, space situational awareness, and planetary defense.
France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges
The University of Arizona and the French National Centre for Scientific Research signed a research collaboration in April 2021 to establish the France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges, focused on the environment, space science, data science and global climate change.
Imaging Cores - Electron (Life Sciences North)
Translational Bioimaging Resource – High-Resolution Ultrasound Facility
Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource