RAIN Notes – February 2022

 Training Requirements

Research Administrators who manage 5 or more sponsored projects or at least $100,000 of active awards should complete the Basics for Departmental Research Administrators (BDRA) training at https://go.ecu.edu/BDRA.

For additional information, see – Required Training for Departmental Administrators.

Individuals subject to this requirement should have already received direct notification from CMSI.

Foreign Influence on Research

Federal research agencies such as the NIH and the NSF have issued additional guidance intended to facilitate “implementation of research security policy will make it more difficult for individuals to conceal materially important support, obligations, conflicts of interest, and/or relationships that, when concealed, could lead to Federal research agencies (“research agencies”) making inadequately informed funding decisions.”

For more information on this guidance, see the links below:

NIH FAQ on Other Support and Foreign Components​


NSF FAQ on Current and Pending Support​


UNC-CH Guidance (Multiple Pages)


Minnesota Guidance (One Pager on NIH)


Free Online Professional Development – Research Administration Demonstration (RAD) Series

Hosted by New York University, the goal of RAD is to provide information/knowledge sharing for all research administrators. New research administrators could utilize RAD as part of their new employee onboarding, while veteran research administrators could utilize RAD for their continued learning (or refresher).

All RAD sessions are taught by national-level, expert presenters.  All RAD sessions are free ($0 cost).

For more information, see – https://wp.nyu.edu/nyuresearchrad/

ECU ACH Payment Information

Requests by outside entities to send electronic payments to ECU should be forwarded to the Office of Research Administration (ora@ecu.edu). 

Send to the attention of Sidney Ashby.

NCURA Webinars (Free) – Federal Updates – 17 March

On 17 March, NCURA will host webinars with updates from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), National Science Foundation (NSF), and National Institutes of Health (NIH). If you work with one of these agencies, this is a “can’t miss” webinar!

  • OMB – 11:00 – 12:15 – Presented by Gilbert Tran
  • NSF – 2:00 – 3:15 – Presented by Jean Feldman
  • NIH – 3:45 – 4:45 – Presented by Michelle Bulls

E-mail cmsi@ecu.edu for your free login!

February RAIN Meeting – 23 February

RAIN meetings take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month. This meeting may already be on your calendar. If not, contact CMSI to be added.

The Research Administrator’s Information Network (RAIN) is an open forum for ECU personnel interested in research administration issues. There are monthly RAIN meetings, a Microsoft Team, Grant Alerts, and these monthly issues e-mail. If you would like to be included in RAIN meetings and receive additional RAIN information, click here.