Here you will find a repository of news and announcements related to research at the University of Delaware from 2011 to the present.
1. Tagging COVID-19 Research Costs (Wednesday, June 17, 2020)
COVID-19 Research Costs
Tagging COVID-19 research costs will make it easier to identify, review, and clean-up costs as sponsor guidance continues to evolve. Monitoring COVID-19 costs will also allow leadership to gauge the potential financial impact to the institution and its research portfolio. While there is no commitment to cover these costs with institutional funds, UD continues to advocate with sponsors for cost extensions during the pandemic.
The tagging includes costs that are allocated to extramural funding due to sponsor-issued administrative relief temporarily allowing costs that are not normally chargeable to awards, as well as other costs associated with loss of operations. The primary examples include:
Personnel costs for individuals that may be unable to work as a result of or related to the effects of COVID-19.
Non-refundable costs associated with the cancellation of events, travel, or other activities necessary and reasonable for the performance of the award.
Costs associated with ramping down research efforts (ex. abandoned experiments, etc.).
Costs associated with ramping up research efforts when the time comes (ex. replacement supplies for abandoned experiments, etc.).
Costs of PPE donated (including PPE prepared) by researchers to support local response efforts. Due to the public health emergency, some agencies may provide flexibilities in spending and consider these “other costs” that may potentially be allowable. As a specific example, NIH COVID-19 FAQ Section 4, Part D, No. 6 indicates recipients may donate PPE and other lab supplies in support of COVID-19 efforts.
While the specific period for tagging costs may vary by sponsor, the general timeframe should be considered as March 2020 onward, through the expiration of the sponsored-issued administrative relief and if applicable the ramping up of research efforts.
The Provost’s Office has issued guidance that personnel costs should be tagged with Userfield “CV19-COMP”. Please note that the Userfield is titled “UD Chartfield” in the LAM.
The Research Office recommends that units tag non-personnel costs that are allocated to sponsored programs with Userfield “CV19-RSCH”.