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Graduate Research Assistant effort

  • 1.  Graduate Research Assistant effort

    Posted 09-18-2019 18:08
    In budgeting Graduate Research Assistant/s on sponsored projects does your institution reflect a 20-hour/week effort commitment as .5 FTE or 1.0 FTE, and in the budget justification is the 20-hour/week commitment referenced as 50% or 100% effort?

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    Carla McGuire
    University of North Texas
    Denton, TX
    Carla.McGuire@...
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  • 2.  RE: Graduate Research Assistant effort

    Posted 09-19-2019 10:06
    I always budget it as 100% effort if that is the only grant their stipend comes from because the commitment as a GRA is for FTE as per our graduate school.

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    Kelly Andringa
    Program Director, Division of Nephrology
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    andringa@...
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  • 3.  RE: Graduate Research Assistant effort

    Posted 09-19-2019 12:14
    I've seen GRA's budgeting and justified in multiple ways. The important thing is that the justification is clear on the time commitment and that GRAs are part-time positions  at 20 hours per week at 100% effort.​

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    Tricia Callahan
    Senior Research Education and Information Officer
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO
    (970) 491-1602
    callahtl@...
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  • 4.  RE: Graduate Research Assistant effort

    Posted 09-19-2019 20:25
    We budget GRAs at 50% as this is the max effort on sponsored projects that we are allowed to budget for them.  However, during the federally mandated effort certification we reflect their committed effort on sponsored projects at 100% even if the grant only paid 50% of their salary. (Committed effort can exceed paid effort but not the other way around.)

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    Marianna Gurtovnik
    Director, Management Operations
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    Houston, TX
    (832) 786-0456
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