Operational Excellence



The quality of administrative services provided by the Research Office is critical to creating an efficient and effective research environment at the University. Our goals during this initiative are to:

  • Improve service to faculty who participate in sponsored research
  • Increase process efficiency via enhanced policies, procedures, tools, and systems
  • Bolster institutional compliance with federal and sponsor requirements
  • Implement performance metrics to continuously review administrative effectiveness



We will be engaging the broader research community and sharing our progress throughout this transformation effort. Ongoing communications and status updates can be viewed in the announcement section below.


1. UPDATE: Provisional F&A Rate Agreement (Tuesday, June 29, 2021)

June 29, 2021

Dear Colleagues,  

The University of Delaware’s new Negotiated Rate Agreement is now available, which includes FY22-FY25 Facilities & Administrative (F&A) Rates and FY22 Fringe Benefit rates. The new rate agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services is located on the Research Office (RO) website for your reference. You will also find the new rates on the RO website in the UD Proposal Development Guide (see Budgets & Rates).

Effective immediately, all new proposals will use the fixed fringe and predetermined F&A rates, which have been programmed into PeopleSoft. The FY22 fixed fringe rates will be applied to existing awards. Existing awards will continue at the F&A rates at which they were awarded, unless there are competing segments.

Several job aids have been revised for use by the research community regarding the F&A and fringe rates:

  1. Please find an updated FY21-22 Salary Reference Sheet
  2. The Research Office has modified the budget template found on our website under Frequently Asked Questions, Getting Started, “How do I construct a budget?” to include the updated rates.
  3. The Research Office has also updated the budget justification template found on our website under Budgets & Rates, Budget Justification Template.
  4. Please find an updated excel F&A rate chart for FY20 to FY25 found on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact your Contract & Grant Analyst.


Jeffrey Friedland
Associate Vice President,
Research Administration

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jeffrey Friedland
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2. NIH – Transition to Electronic Submission (Monday, October 1, 2012)

NIH has also announced its plans to transition to electronic submission of Multi-Project Applications. More information regarding this transition may be found in notice NOT-OD-12-161.

3. AFOSR – Pre-Award Cost Policy (Friday, June 1, 2012)

AFOSR has changed its requirements regarding pre-award costs up to 90 calendar days prior to the award.

4. UD – Compliance Hotline (Saturday, April 28, 2012)

Please visit the UD Compliance site for Hotline and Compliance related information.

5. UD – Travel and Compliance (Saturday, April 28, 2012)

UD Travel with or Transportation of Research Related Data MEMO FROM – Dr. Charles (Charlie) Riordan, Vice Provost for Research: The purpose of this memo is to remind and inform all University of Delaware employees of the laws, policies and procedures that may impact the transportation of University of Delaware property, including research-related materials, software, data, biological materials and equipment. These laws, policies and procedures apply whether the materials, software or data are hand-carried during travel or shipped commercially. The laws, policies and procedures apply to our international visitors as well.

6. NSF – UD Grant Management Service (Wednesday, February 1, 2012)

Information Technologies now offers University researchers a streamlined way to log in to NSF’s Research.gov site for grant management services including FastLane.

7. NIH – Notice of Salary Limitations (Friday, January 20, 2012)

Notice Number NOT-OD-14-043 provides information regarding the salary limitation for NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards (referred to as grants). Executive Level II salary has increased by 1 percent from $179,700 to $181,500 by Executive Order 13655.

8. AFOSR – No-Cost Extension Guidelines (Sunday, January 1, 2012)

According to AFOSR, there has been a new development for the administrative guidelines dealing with no-cost extension of continuing grants. As mentioned quite a while ago, all unspent funds sitting at the university accounts are becoming a potential target for congressional budget scrutiny and an excuse for reshuffling of the budget within the same agency. On top of this situation, the reduction of supporting personnel in the Government agencies creates major delay in the procurement process. As a consequence, all requests for no-cost extension of the grants beyond the designated expiration date will go through the Office of AFOSR Director. Please be conscious of this new rule making no-cost extension virtually impossible and try to find a way of spending the allocated budget on schedule. If the funds are not spent within the original timeframe, there is the potential to lose the funds.

9. UD – Cayuse (Monday, January 31, 2011)

Cayuse Proposal Development and Grants Submission Tools

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