Changes to NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan requirements

On October 29, 2020, the NIH released a policy for Data Management and Sharing. This policy will become effective on January 25, 2023. To assist you in developing future NIH grant proposals, the Office of Research has provided guidance to meet the requirements for the NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan in the SMU Research…Continue Reading Changes to NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan requirements

Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Update

On April 4, 2022, UEI will replace the DUNS number as the primary means of entity identification for Federal awards government-wide. The UEI is generated as part of registration and current registrants have already been assigned their UEI and can view it in and Additional information is available on the GSA…Continue Reading Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Update

OHRP – Free introductory webinar

The Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) is offering a free introductory 3-part webinar series on the basics of the Common Rule.  These webinars will include a short live Q&A session.  This is a great opportunity to learn directly from the regulatory agency!  Click the links below to learn more and register for each separate…Continue Reading OHRP – Free introductory webinar

Elimination of Yearly Progress Report requirement for approved IACUC protocols

Recent changes to the Animal Welfare Act have eliminated the requirement for Yearly Progress Reports for IACUC-approved animal use protocols.  These protocols will be approved for a three-year period, after which a de novo application will be required in order to continue the research.  Researchers must continue to communicate with the IACUC regarding any concerns…Continue Reading Elimination of Yearly Progress Report requirement for approved IACUC protocols

Inventor Responsibility

Under the SMU Intellectual policy 10.16, “It is the responsibility of the inventor to notify the Associate Provost for Research or his or her designee in writing, including a disclosure of any discovery or invention involving probable patentable features resulting from research or invention under the inventor’s direction.” If you have a question about whether…Continue Reading Inventor Responsibility

Change in IRB Training Requirements

While the IRB is optimistic about the recent reduction in COVID-19 cases, requests to begin or resume in-person research interactions with human subjects must still be reviewed by the IRB on a case-by-case basis.  However, the IRB recently eliminated the requirement to complete two COVID-19 training courses (COVID-19: Back to Campus and Remote Contact Tracing)…Continue Reading Change in IRB Training Requirements

Unique Entity Identifier Transition beginning April 4, 2022

By April of 2022, the federal government will stop using the DUNS number to uniquely identify entities. At that point, entities doing business with the federal government will use a Unique Entity Identifier (SAM) created in They will no longer have to go to a third-party website to obtain their identifier. This transition allows…Continue Reading Unique Entity Identifier Transition beginning April 4, 2022

Slick new FCOI process

The newly-implemented Axiom Mentor system automates the initial and yearly disclosure process and simplifies the system, doing away with clunky PDF forms and duplication of disclosures.  Read more in the Research Handbook, and be on the lookout for more details via email!…Continue Reading Slick new FCOI process

Calling all inventors!

To not lose the right to protect your idea, it is recommended that you submit your invention disclosure as soon as you determine the invention may be patentable or have commercial potential. Submit online @ Wellspring Sophia –….Continue Reading Calling all inventors!