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CDU FY21/22 Fringe Benefit Rate Notification

DHHS Negotiated Rate Agreement Issued Date 05/13/2021


CDU Invests in Cayuse to Bolster Research Growth, Advancement, and Community Support

Portland, OR, March 21, 2022 – Cayuse, a global provider of the market-leading research administration cloud platform, is now serving Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), a Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI) and Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) located in South Los Angeles, California. CDU is a private, non-profit, student-centered university that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations. This technology partnership, which includes Sponsored Projects, Proposals S2S, and the Cayuse Platform from the Cayuse Research Suite, will advance the university’s mission for cultivating diverse health professionals through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement.

Proposals and awards were manually processed at CDU prior to Cayuse, resulting in increased workloads, with growing demands by the school’s faculty. The university needed a solution that could offer not only streamlined processes and automation, but also easier reporting capabilities and cloud-based access for easy collaboration across stakeholders.

Some team members at the university had prior experience with Cayuse at other institutions, so when the time came to evaluate a new solution, Cayuse was a clear choice to consider. “Cayuse is all I knew in research administration,” Montel Rudolph, Pre-Award Contracts and Grants Analyst at Charles R. Drew University said. “I knew it would relieve so much administrative burden on us.”

During the evaluation process, the team prioritized solutions that were not only cloud-based with a focus on data management, but that were easy to use, supported integrations with existing systems, and provided real-time reporting. The team conducted a thorough evaluation and assessment of available options and when they took a closer look at Cayuse, they found that not only could their needs be met today, but that Cayuse could support the expansive growth of the university programs in the pursuit of extramural funding. 

“Cayuse came to us at the perfect time,” Perrilla Johnson-Woodard, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects at Charles R. Drew University shared. “An efficient eRA system gives our faculty more time to spend with students which ultimately improves student and faculty satisfaction and engagement, and improves the health of our programs overall. Investment in an eRA system further aligns with the university FY 2021-2026 Strategic Plan—Strategic Goal 3, ‘to secure and deploy resources commensurate with the pace of CDU’s transformation growth’ and Strategic Goal 4, ‘Structure and strengthen internal processes to optimize productivity and efficiency.’ We are excited to begin this journey with Cayuse.”

About Cayuse

Cayuse empowers organizations to conduct globally connected research and modernize research administration. Our industry-leading cloud-based research platform powers a suite of applications that maximizes researcher success, improves collaboration and simplifies work across the entire research lifecycle including commercialization and tracking of research outcomes. The Cayuse global community includes academic institutions, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and health systems, government agencies, independent research institutions, and non-profit organizations.


Kelly Ellis

Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. December 2021) for Fiscal Year 2022

The NIH has revised its Grants Policy Statement for fiscal year 2022.  Please see link for full notice NOT-OD-22-050: Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. December 2021) for Fiscal Year 2022.

Enhancements to the Proposal Submission System, NSF Public Access Repository, and Award Search

Effective November 22, 2021, the National Science Foundation (NSF) enhanced the Proposal Submission System, NSF Public Access Repository, and the Award Search. Please see attached PDF for full notice.osp/announcements/NSF-Enhancements-November-20211.pdf

NIH Updates and Reminders 

  • eRA Commons Two-Factor Authentication via  Users of eRA modules (eRA Commons, ASSIST, Commons Mobile, and Internet Assisted Review) will need to access these modules via, which replaces logging in with an eRA account username and password.  Setting up a account should be completed for all investigators and other account holders now, if this has not already been completed.  Steps for initial set-up at are included in the attached document (2FA_flyer).  For more information and instructions, please visit
  • FORMS-G Grant Application Forms & Instructions - January 25,2022:  NIH applicants and recipients must use the new FORMS-G application packages for all NIH deadlines on or after January 25, 2022 (prior to that date, the FORMS-F package must be used).  See NOT-OD-21-169 for more information.  Your OSP Grant Officer will work with you to ensure correct forms are used.
  • Key changes in FORMS-G include:
    • Requirement to use the updated Biographical Sketch and Other Support format pages.  See NOT-OD-21-122  for complete information.
    • Requirement that all senior and key personnel have an eRA Commons username. See NOT-OD-21-109 for more information; contact if you need a Commons username to be created.
    • The UEI (Unique Entity Identifier) will replace the DUNS number on all NIH application forms, CDU’s UEI is posted on the OSP website - CDU Institutional Data Sheet).

NIH Implementation of Changes to Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page 

Reminder: For due dates on or after May 25, 2021, NIH has implemented changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Pages. The purpose of these changes are an effort to support collaborating between Federal research agencies.

Changes for the Biographical Sketch include: 

  • Renaming Section B, 'Positions and Honors' as  ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors, for the non-Fellowship Biosketch, 
  • Section D. has been removed, for the Fellowship Biosketch,
  • Section D has been updated to remove ‘Research Support.’, and as applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A. 

Changes for the Other Support Format Page include: 

  • Re-organization of the format page to separate funded projects from in-kind contributions, 
  • Signature block added, for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted, and
  • Each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission.

For more information, please visit: & 

Publication of Revised NIH Grant Policy Statement

The NIH has published its annual revision of the Grants Policy Statement, which provides guidance/requirements for NIH applications and outlines the standard terms & conditions for NIH grants and cooperative agreements. The complete document, along with a description of significant changes, if available here. Notices of NIH Policy Changes, which supersede information in the published NIH Grants Policy Statement, is accessible here.

Reminder: eRA Commons Moving to Two-Factor Authentication via

As of September 15, 2021, all users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, and Commons Mobile will be required to use two-factor authentication via to access their accounts. Users are encouraged to make the switch before the mandatory September 21 deadline. For instructions and more information, please follow

Expanding Requirements for eRA Commons ID's

For due dates on or after January 25, 2022, any applications to NIH and AHRQ will require all Senior/Key Personnel and not just the PI to have an eRA Commons ID and to include it in the "Credential" field of the R&R Senior/Key Personnel Profile. Please see NOT-0D-21-109 for complete details. If you need an eRA Commons account established, contact Office of Sponsored Programs (


NIH Implementing New Login Method 

A new login method is rolling out for all users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR) and Commons Mobile in 2021. This secure two-factor authentication allows you to log into multiple systems using the same credentials while enhancing the security and integrity of access to data in eRA systems.

This requirement will be phased in first for reviewers, meeting by meeting, starting with review meetings effective February 1, 2021 and beyond. As reviewers are enabled for meetings, their IAR accounts will be transitioned to require

Users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile and ASSIST can switch any time to the new option; they are encouraged to begin the switchover to now, before the mandatory deadline of September 15, 2021 for all users.

For more information on making 2FA a requirement, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-21-040.



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