June 8-11, 2021 Virtual Meeting Agenda

Register Here for the June 2021 Virtual Meeting (COGR Members Only)

Meeting FAQs

All times listed below are in EDT.

Questions for each session may be sent in advance to Toni Russo at trusso@cogr.edu.  Be sure to indicate the session title in your email. 

Registered attendees will receive their Zoom connection information a few days in advance of the meeting start date.


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

12:30 pm – 1:30 pmNIH's Guide Notice NOT-OD-21-073 (Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page):  Institutional Perspective.  Although the new Biosketch and Other Support formats set forth in NOT-OD-21-073 will not become mandatory until January 25, 2022, institutions are underway in making the changes to processes and policies required for compliance with the new implementation requirements, such as the provision of supporting documentation to NIH and obtaining researcher certification of Other Support.  Panelists from three research universities will discuss significant notice provisions and accompanying FAQs, along with considerations in interpreting the notice and possible compliance approaches.  The panelists will also discuss several tools that institutions have developed to assist researchers and sponsored programs offices in understanding and applying the guidance.  

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm:  Agency Update on Disclosure of Current & Pending/Other Support and Biosketch Information.  Representatives from NIH and NSF will discuss the current agency requirements regarding the disclosure of Current and Pending/Other Support and the reporting of positions and appointments in Biosketches, as well as providing any updates.  The discussion will encompass NOT-OD-21-173 and NOT-OD-21-073, as well as current PAPPG provisions, and associated FAQs.  Panelists will be provided with advance questions concerning topics raised by COGR members, and there will be time for audience questions as well.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm:  Discussion Hour *:  Disclosure of Current & Pending/Other Support  led by COGR Directors Kristin West (Research Ethics & Compliance) and Jackie Bendall (Contracts & Grants Administration). 


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm:          Science & Security: Overview and Look Ahead.  Recent and pending state and federal legislation would significantly tighten and expand disclosure requirements for foreign gifts and contracts.  Lower reporting thresholds and enhanced screening are among the requirements.  Given the intense bipartisan concern of both state and federal lawmakers about foreign influence at our institutions, we may expect further actions of this kind. The new requirements will have significant impacts both for institutions and their faculty. David Norton, COGR Board Chair and Vice President of Research at the University of Florida,  will discuss the recent Florida legislation and the implications. He will be joined on the panel by Cassandra Farley, Research Integrity Officer at University of Florida, and Radenka Maric, Vice President for Research at the University of Connecticut.  Toby Smith, VP for Science Policy and Global Affairs at AAU, will discuss the federal legislative outlook.  A discussion session will follow.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pmDiscussion Hour*:  Science and Security Hot Topics led by COGR Director of Research Security and Intellectual Property Management Robert Hardy. 

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:  Guest Speaker:  University of California President, Dr. Michael V. Drake(Bio)


Thursday, June 10, 2021

11:30-12:15:  Updates from The Office of Management and Budget:  Victoria Collin and Gilbert Tran from OMB's Office of Federal Financial Management will discuss a variety of topics relevant to the Membership, including the 2 CFR 200 FAQs, an update on the President's Management Agenda, and more.

1:00 – 2:15:  Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF):  Department of Education Update and University Perspective

Part I:  1:00 - 1:30: A HEERF Update from the Department of Education (PART 1). Rich Williams, Chief of Staff from the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, will provide a federal perspective on key elements of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

 Part II:  1:30 – 2:15: HEERF and the University Perspective: Implementation, Compliance, and Audit (PART II).  This session will continue with leaders from the COGR Costing and Financial Compliance (CFC) Committee, who will provide a university perspective on key elements of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

3:00 pm – 4:30 pmData Management and Sharing:  COGR will be joined by NIH representatives to discuss updates to the NIH Final Policy on Data Management and Sharing and Purdue staff to discuss Purdue's University Research Repository (PURR) and the benefits of PURR to their faculty and staff.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm:  Costing Hot Topics Discussion Hour* led by COGR Director of Costing and Financial Compliance (CFC) David Kennedy and leaders from the CFC.  Some of the topics to be covered include NIH-PMS-recent systems concerns, COGR’s letter to NSF regarding F&A cost rate application, COGR’s April paper on the F&A Cost Rate Proposal (challenges under COVID), and as needed, a continuation of the HEERF discussion. If you have other topics of concern, contact David Kennedy at dkennedy@cogr.edu.


Friday, June 11, 2021

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm:      Association Update:  Terry Hartle, Sr. Vice President, Government Relations and Affairs at the American Council on Education, will discuss pending legislation of interest to research institutions. 

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm:            Committee Reports: COGR Committee Chairs will update the Membership on the issues being addressed by each Committee, followed by an opportunity for audience Q&A at the end of the session.


*Note:  Discussion Hours will be held in a Zoom meeting format, allowing attendees to engage directly with COGR staff and each other on issues related to meeting topics.