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Grants & You: Winter 2022-23: Scholarly Innovation & Grant Resources

ATSU Publication Reimbursement for Community Health & Health Systems Focused Publications

The purpose of this special initiative funding opportunity is to support Theme II of the ATSU strategic plan by expanding mission-focused scholarship that relates to community health, health systems, and underserved care systems and populations. Requests for publication support must align with this theme. Reimbursement is considered for manuscripts published in journals that belong to the PLOS family of journals or which are indexed on Medline/PubMed, or listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). This special reimbursement opportunity is available for a limited time only, or until internal funds are exhausted. Authorized reimbursements must be submitted immediately upon approval.  Please use the ATSU Publication Reimbursement Request: Community Health and Health Systems Focused Publications Request Form for reimbursement requests. This special initiative is available for ATSU faculty (i.e., full-time, part-time, adjunct) and staff, which includes publications that are collaborations and co-authored by faculty and students. A.T. Still University must be listed as a primary affiliation on the publication.

These added publication funds are intended to help faculty, staff, and students achieve more mission-focused scholarly outcomes. Please direct questions and submit requests for publication reimbursement to: 

ATSU Sponsored Programs

Making Sure Your Grant Costs Are Allowable,
Reasonable, and Allocable 

Hello ATSU Grants Community! Sponsored Programs, in conjunction with the Finance Office, will be delivering a series of grants management coaching memos, directives, and updates to support project directors, principal investigators, project teams, ATSU operations teams, faculty, and staff in fiscal management of grants awarded to ATSU. Initial coaching memos will focus on factors affecting the allowability of costs charged to grants.

Topic: Allowable Expenditures

Detailed Information: According to the White House - Office of Management & Budget (OMB), an expenditure is considered allowable if it is reasonable, allocable to the project, and necessary to carry out the objectives of the project. Allowable costs are treated consistently with the use of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in alignment with the requirements of the Uniform Administrative Guidance.

Allowable: Expenditure allowability is set by the approved budget and funding agency guidelines:

  • expenditures must meet all institutional and funder requirements (or whichever is most restrictive)

  • expenditures must follow all institutional policies consistent with any non-grant expense (subject to the same policies, approvals, oversights, and monitoring activities as institutional funds)

Reasonable: An expenditure must be based on current market value:

  • must withstand public scrutiny

  • objective individuals not affiliated with the institution should concur a cost is appropriate to a sponsored award

Allocable: An expenditure must provide an allocable benefit to the project:

  • an expenditure must be evaluated for allocability to determine if it supports or advances work of the project 

  • allocability considers the process of assigning a cost or a group of costs to one or more objectives and if the cost is in reasonable and realistic proportion to the benefit provided

  • more simply stated as charging the appropriate share of the cost to the appropriate party

Summary Conclusion: All grant expenditures must meet the standards of allowable (as approved in your grant budget), reasonable, allocable (easily assigned to the grant objectives) and necessary to complete the project.

ATSU Departments Who Can Help: Please check in with Sponsored Programs or the Finance Office if, during the implementation of your project, you encounter a grant expense that may not meet one of the tests mentioned above.

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

Small Research Projects to Advance the Science of Primary Care (R03) (AHRQ)

AHRQ has announced a new funding opportunity that aims to support small research projects that advance the understanding of the role and capacity of primary care to increase the value and quality of care and improve patient outcomes and population health by delivering person-centered care. AHRQ is interested in applications that will address salient questions related to primary care health services research. Robust primary care (including the elements of access, coordination, comprehensiveness, and continuity) is particularly important for patients with multiple chronic conditions (MCC), a burgeoning problem with an expanding older population, whose higher risks for severe disease compound the existing burdens of their underlying conditions. Similarly, access to high quality primary care for socially disadvantaged populations is critically important in advancing health equity. AHRQ is thus particularly interested in applications that target the specific needs and challenges of disadvantaged populations and people living with MCC, and that improve their access, quality, and outcomes of care.

The R03 grant mechanism supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. It supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.