Q. Who is my RSO/Team Lead? A. Go to the People Finder function on the ERSO website which allows a PI to find their Research Support Team Lead and Research Support Officer.
Q. How do I request a NCE (No Cost Extension)? A. For those awards that require prior approval by the agency a request for a no cost extension must be submitted to SPO in writing (not Email), signed by the PI. SPO will endorse the request and forward to the sponsor. Full instructions can be found at http://controller.berkeley.edu/efa/policy/nocost.htm
Q. How much lead time is needed for a proposal? A. SPO requests that proposals be delivered to their office at least 5 days prior to an agency deadline. Keep in mind that there will be processing time at ERSO as well, so contact your RSO as early in the proposal development cycle as possible so he/she can advise you on appropriate timeframes.
Q. I have a gift check, where do I submit it? A. Give the check to your RSO with any supporting documentation and s/he will process it.
Q. How do I review my financial reports? A. Financial Reports are uploaded to the ERSO Intranet monthly. Go to https://www.erso.berkeley.edu to view your reports. If you need assistance in using the Intranet, please consult the User’s Guide which can be found at https://www.erso.berkeley.edu .
Q. If an auditor contacts me, what should I do? A. Advise the auditor that audit questions are normally handled through the ERSO Executive Director, Cathy Jen, who can be reached at ckj@erso.
Q. What is the difference between a grant, contract, and a gift? A. A Contract is a mechanism for procurement of a product or service with specific obligations for both sponsor and recipient. A Grant is a type of financial assistance awarded to an organization for the conduct of research or other program as specified in an approved proposal. Gifts are awards given with few or no conditions specified.
Q. How much does it cost to support a GSR? A. ERSO maintains a table of GSR rates by Department which can be found at the here.