As previously announced, an upgrade to the PeopleSoft Financial System (COMPASS) will occur in November.  Compass includes the Emory Proposal Express (EPEX) Proposal Routing System.  This will have a direct impact on proposal routing in November.  Users will not be able to access Compass or EPEX from Thursday, November 10, 2016 until noon on Monday, November 14, 2016.

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When preparing budgets for NIH grant proposals which include post docs with any proposed activity occurring 12/1/16 or later, the stipend levels should be budgeted at an annual rate of $47,476 (or higher if current stipend level is higher).  NIH has provided guidance that this budgeting practice is now appropriate and an increase in post doc stipends is anticipated.  Unfortunately, additional guidance about any new stipend levels has not been provided to date.  

**Please note that, as with all budgeted expenses, the levels at which we will be able to spend is dependent upon sponsor approval and any other guidelines that are yet to be issued by NIH.  While we do not have any written guidance from NIH, we have been verbally advised by NIH that the best action, at this point, is to budget at the higher level.

For currently active awards, NIH has not provided written guidance about their intentions to provide additional funding.  Emory University, like its peer research institutions, is awaiting further guidance and is currently evaluating how to best handle these additional costs.  As decisions are made, additional guidance will be provided.

Kerry Peluso, CPA
Associate Vice President
Office of Research Administration

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