Use this section to indicate whether EH&S agents or activities are going to be used during the project. Responses to the EH&S section provide additional guidance on regulations and approvals needed to perform the work. Contact Environmental Health & Safety with questions.
As with other eGC1 pages, you can partially complete your entries and save the eGC1. You must complete the required fields before you route your eGC1 for approval.
Select Start Section to open the section initially, and then Edit Section to add or update existing data.
EHS-1. Will this project involve any of the following?
Answer: Check all that apply
Select Agents and Toxins
Chemical Thresholds (toxic, unstable, explosive)
None of the Above
You must make at least one selection. If “None of the Above” is selected, the system will clear any other boxes that were checked.
Additional information will display when a box is selected.
Biohazards: Biological Use Authorization from the UW Institutional Biosafety Committee is required as defined on the EH&S webpage. Please note that some categories of research require BUA prior to initiation. The BUA application submission deadlines are also posted on this website.
Select Agents and Toxins: EH&S will work with the PI to obtain necessary federal clearances, approvals, and training. Documentation of due diligence is required for any transfer of Select Toxins in any amount. Some Select Agent and Select Toxin research is subject to review by the Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) Institutional Review Entity (IRE). See the EH&S website for information about Select Agents and Select Toxins, Select Toxin Due Diligence, and DURC.
Radioactive Materials: Approval of this application will be contingent on whether or not a Radiation Use Authorization (RUA), issued to the Principal Investigator (PI), sufficiently covers the proposed radioactive material work.
SCUBA Diving: Anyone diving under the University of Washington’s auspices must have current certification as a University of Washington Scientific Diver and adhere to the standards set forth in the UW’s Diving Safety Manual. EH&S will contact you to assist in meeting Diving Safety Program requirements prior to diving. For more information, please see: https://www.ehs.washington.edu/research-lab/diving-safety-program
Chemical Thresholds (toxic, unstable, explosive): EH&S will contact you for planning assistance as fire department requirements may not allow these quantities in your space or may require building modifications.
Campus research teams and related central offices use the SAGE Suite electronic research administration system to manage application proposals and related items. The suite is comprised of three components that access the shared SAGE Suite database.
SAGE: System to Administer Grants Electronically – used by campus researchers and administrators
SPAERC: Sponsored Projects Administration & Electronic Research Compliance – used by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
SERA: System for Electronic Research Accounting – used by Grants and Contract Accounting (GCA)
FIDS: Financial Interest Disclosure System – used by researchers designated as investigators and integrates with SAGE
The following set of tables gives a high-level overview of who uses each of the different components, and describes the possible actions and the why and/or when.
SAGE: System to Administer Grants Electronically
WHO: Campus research administrators, Principal Investigators, campus reviewers, compliance reviewers
WHY / WHEN
Create SAGE Budgets
Centralizes data gathering for salaries, benefits, F&A rates. It can be connected to an application, which automatically populates the eGC1 budget data on the Budget & Fiscal Compliance page. Any changes to the budget will update in real time when the eGC1 Budget & Fiscal Compliance page is viewed.
In addition, if your eGC1 is a Grant Runner application using the RR Detailed Budget form, your budget data will be mapped into the form.
Create applications (standard or Grant Runner)
Required for all sponsored research. The standard eGC1 pages of the application are, in effect, an approvals routing cover letter for the proposal. It is used only by the UW and does not go to the sponsor.
A Grant Runner application includes, in addition to the standard eGC1 pages, the sponsor forms for NIH. It is submitted system-to-system by OSP.
Approve routing applications
Used by the Principal Investigator, Multiple-PI, Application PI, academic reviewers (division, department, dean) and compliance reviewers (human subjects, animal use, EH&S, etc.) to view and approve the application. At each approval, a PDF snapshot of the application is captured and attached to the eGC1 on the Approvals History & Comments page. Copies of the attachments are also captured.
Administrators and reviewers have the option to return the application to the research team for changes. They can also add other reviewers (as individuals or a group) to the approval flow. These are referred to as “ad hoc” reviewers (approvers or watchers).
Request an advance budget number for awards
Used when the research proposal is being awarded by the sponsor, but the actual award has not yet arrived. It requests GCA to set up a budget account in the financial system so the research team can start spending the anticipated award money. The preparer completes the request in SAGE, then GCA processes it in SERA.
Applications are initially considered ineligible for an advance, by default. The eGC1 preparer must use the Advanced Budget Eligibility tool to request that OSP mark the application as eligible so that an advance request can be created.
Create subaward requests for awarded applications
Used when a research proposal has been awarded and part of the award needs to go to the subrecipients (subcontractors) that the UW research team will be collaborating with. For a new award, a “new” subaward request (SA) is created along with its parent subaward (SC). For an ongoing award, a “modification” request would be created within the existing subaward (SC).
SPAERC: Sponsored Projects Administration & Electronic Research Compliance
WHO: Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
WHY / WHEN
Review and approve applications
OSP reviews the information on the eGC1, such as the sponsor proposal information and compliance questions, after all campus reviewers have approved. When OSP approves the application, they place it into a new or existing Cycle.
Add Approved applications to a Cycle
A Cycle holds a “competing segment” for a research team/project/sponsor combination. It’s a container to keep applications, their related advances, funding actions, admin actions, and subawards together. One cycle can be “related” to another, so that more than one segment is associated.
A Cycle is automatically deleted when the last item in it is removed.
Create various types of Administrative Actions as needed
Administrative Actions document various related agreements, adjustments and/or changes, and the finalization of a research project. These actions all appear in the project’s cycle, associated to their appropriate parent item.
Note that all actions (including Funding Actions) start as “unidentified” ones, with a prefix of AA. They are then converted to the specific type needed.
Non-Award Agreement (NAA) records a generic agreement not pertaining to funding.
Pre-Award Notification (PAN) records a change to the proposed project before the sponsor awards funding.
Post-Award Change (PAC) records changes to the project after the sponsor awards the funding.
Close Out (CO) records the tracked activities to terminate a project upon completion of the research.
Create Funding Actions (FA) for awards
When an application is awarded by the sponsor, OSP creates a Funding Action as a child of the application. Depending on answers to certain compliance questions, there may be automatic “holds” applied.
Once the FA is completed (and all holds are cleared), it is trasmitted to SERA for GCA to establish a budget in the financial system (if not already done via Advance Request).
OSP reviews the subaward requests, and negotiates the contract with the subrecipient. The request moves through several statuses until, when the agreement is “fully executed” the request becomes Active. It is automatically “Expired” once the End Date is passed.
SCs and FAs can have a many-to-many relationship. The system enforces that all related FAs and SCs must be within the same cycle.
SERA: System for Electronic Research Accounting
WHO: Grant & Contract Accounting (GCA)
WHY / WHEN
Process Advance Budget Number Requests
Received from the research team, this allows the team to spend award money before the actual award arrives. GCA adds a budget number to the ADV and sets up that budget in the financial system. As part of completing the ADV, the system sends a notification to the requesters.
Process Funding Actions
Received from OSP. GCA adds a budget number, if needed, and sets up the budget in UW financial system. As part of completing the FA, the system sends a notification to the requesters, and the first-level reviewers for the organization code receiving funding.
Process Post-Award Changes
Received from OSP. Not all types of PACs are sent on to GCA. As part of completing the PAC, the system sends a notification to the requesters.
Create “Other” items
Created as needed for various budgetary processes. These items only appear in SERA.
FIDS: Financial Interest Disclosure System
WHO: Any research personnel designated as an “Investigator” on the PI, Personnel, & Organizations page of the eGC1.
WHY / WHEN
Create a Financial Interest Disclosure for an eGC1
A disclosure for a CoMotion tech transfer agreement or IRB approval
Complete an Annual Update disclosure
Investigators are required to disclose any significant financial interests (SFI) such as salary, equity, sponsored travel, etc., that might, or might appear to, bias their research.
An investigator must complete a disclosure for each eGC1, whether or not there are SFI that apply, before the proposal can be marked as Ready-to-Submit = Yes.
The disclosures are reviewed by the SFI Reviewer, in the central Office of Research, who determines if there is a potential for a Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI). The review occurs at the time of award (just-in-time).
Annual Updates: All investigators are required to review and update their SFI at least once a year. The “year” is calculated from the date of the last disclosure created. Investigators are notified by email 45 days prior, and again at 15 days prior, to the end of that year’s time.
Full details on using FIDS can be found in its User Guide.
NOTE: To enable improved collaboration, you can send a direct link to the PI and Reviewers
From any standard eGC1 page (excluding Grant Runner forms), the URL is now a direct link that you can copy and share with others who have access to that eGC1. This will be particularly useful when collaborating with the PI on completing the Non-Fiscal Compliance page.
Non-Fiscal Compliance Overview
Use this page to provide details related to non-fiscal compliance information. These details will
Identify special considerations in this application and bring them to the attention of reviewers
Provide information necessary for the UW approval process
Provide information that may help campus unit and central office approvers review your application quickly
Facilitate proposal review and central office review at time of award
There are five sections on this summary page and each is covered in more detail in its own article.
Human Subjects (questions HS-1 and HS-2, and conditionally HS-1A and HS-1B)
Data & Technology (question D-1, D-2, D-3, D-4, and conditionally D-1A, D-2A, and T-1)
NOTE: If you are viewing an older application, you will see the questions you answered at that time, displayed in read-only mode and organized into the sections listed above.
On this summary page, select “Start Section” to open a section for data entry.
Once you have started a section, when you return to the summary page, you will see a link to Edit Section. In addition, an Expand + link will display on the right of the section. Select it to open the section and view the data in read-only mode. The link will change to Collapse – when the section is expanded.
This page also has Expand All and Collapse All links above the first section, on the right side of the page. Use the Expand All link to open all of the sections in read-only mode. Collapse All will close all of the sections.
In the following image, the second section, Animal Use, shows the Edit Section link. The third section, Environmental Health & Safety, shows a section in the expanded, read-only view.
Occasionally, there could be a difference in the eGC1 PI and the PI on the sponsor’s application, for example, in the case of career development applications.
To designate an Application PI, select that role for the person after adding them to the PI, Personnel, & Organizations page. For additional information on research team roles, review the UW Research Personnel page.
If the Application PI is a UW person, SAGE will add the Application PI to the Approval Flow and send an approval required email notification at the appropriate time. If the person selected does not already have an ASTRA role for SAGE, a warning message of “no access: ASTRA permissions required” will display in red once you select the Application PI role. You will need to give them access, so that they can approve the application. There are two non-PI researcher ASTRA roles that could be used.
As part of the approval process, the UW Application PIs are required to certify the PI Assurance Statement which appears in the approval dialog.
The statement reads:
Principal Investigator/Program Director Assurance: I certify that the statements in this eGC1 and the related sponsor application are true, complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I am aware that any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or claims may subject me to criminal, civil, or administrative penalties. I agree to accept responsibility for the scientific conduct of the project and to provide the required progress reports if a grant is awarded as a result of this application.
The approval/agreement reads:
I am the PI and I have read and agree with the PI Assurance Statement. I understand that approving this eGC1 electronically is equivalent to my signature.
The following image shows the assurance statement in the approval dialog.
For Grant Runner applications, the person designated as the Application PI will appear as the PD/PI on the SF 424 and Key Person Expanded forms.
Non-UW Application PI Assurance Statement Instructions
If the Application PI is a non-UW person (an affiliate), SAGE will not add them to the approval graph. Since they have a NetID, they could be given access to SAGE and added as an ad hoc approver to the graph. The eGC1 PI is responsible for securing assurance statements for those non-UW Application PIs. The following steps describe the paper process.
New Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form
Grant Runner now includes the new PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form. You will have the option of completing the form in its entirety directly in Grant Runner, or importing a completed PDF version of the form into Grant Runner. Due to the length of this form, it is recommended that you preview the form in Grant Runner or in PDF format, early in the proposal development process to plan appropriately for the information collection involved.
Subrecipient Re-Certification Status and Form
When completing the subaward request in SAGE, a prompt will display below the subrecipient’s name if their certification status is in an expired state and needs re-certification. This prompt will have a link to the Subrecipient Certification PDF form that can be uploaded in the Attachments section of the Subaward Request once completed. Attachment of the Subrecipient Certification form is not required prior to submission of the subaward request. This status prompt and link will also display in the Subaward Overview Summary section.
Non-Award Agreement Application Types
SAGE now provides a dedicated, streamlined eGC1 format for submitting Non-Award Agreements to OSP by requiring only the set of fields necessary for these application types. You will now select Application Types “Non-Award Agreement (new)” or “Non-Award Agreement (continuation)” for the following types of agreement:
Data Use Agreement
Memorandum of Understanding
Unfunded Collaborative Agreement
Unfunded Research Agreement
Material Transfer Agreement
Note that you should select “Non-Award Agreement (continuation)” to extend an existing agreement beyond the initial term.
Activity Locations Survey
We want your feedback on the new look and feel of the Activity Locations page. Click the “Give Feedback” link at the top of that page and let us know what you do/don’t like about the design as we evaluate updates to other parts of SAGE.
This form is required for all NIH applications using Grant Runner.
Select PHS Human Subjects & Clinical Trials from the left navigation menu to open the form. The form consists of several sections:
Human Subjects Section with responses from R&R Other Project Info Form
Human Specimens section
If Yes to Human Subjects section, conditionally displays
Other Requested Info
Responses from R&R Other Project Info Form
This section displays the answers to the Other Project Info form’s Human Subjects questions.
Use of Human Specimens and/or Data
In this section, you must indicate if your research will involve human specimens or data.
If you answer “Yes” then a link to add an attachment will display. Attach a PDF formatted file explaining any use of human specimens and/or data not considered to be human subjects research. See your funding opportunity announcement and agency-specific instructions for additional guidance.
If Yes to Human Subjects
If you answered “Yes” to Are Human Subjects Involved on the Other Project Info form, this section will display.
Add a record for each proposed Human Subject study by selecting Add New Full Study or Add New Delayed Onset Study. There is also an option to import a study. For specific details on the steps involved, please see the Adding HSCT Studies article.
Other Requested Info
Attach any other relevant documents as requested by the sponsor. The attachment should be a PDF formatted file. See your funding opportunity announcement and agency-specific instructions for additional guidance.
Select an answer for the question “Will this project involve any new construction or renovation of existing facilities?”
If you select “Yes” additional fields display. You must complete the “Who provided approval?” field.
The optional fields are:
Where is the space
The following image shows the question answered Yes and the fields displayed.
Use the “Back to Activity Locations Summary” link at the bottom of the page to return to the main Activity Locations page. The section will now a link to “Edit Section” if needed, and a Expand + link. Expand displays the data entered, and switches to Collapse when used. The following image shows the section expanded with some sample data.
Item F1a will display: Attach GIM 13 waiver in the Documents for OSP section of the attachments page, or provide documentation of sponsor F&A policy (e.g. RFP, application documents, or website URL)
Use the text box to enter your documentation, or upload an attachment on the Attached Documents page.
Note: for RRF applications, the answer to this question must be No.
Question F2: Will administrative or clerical support be included in the budget as direct costs? (see GIM 23)
NIH grants do not allow administrative or clerical personnel costs unless they meet the criteria in GIM 23.
If you answer Yes:
Explain how administrative or clerical personnel will be used in the proposed project, following the criteria in GIM 23 Appendix A (Examples of Direct Costs). This must be appropriately justified in the sponsor application, following sponsor guidelines.
Question F3: Does this application commit funds for cost sharing or matching?
Cost Sharing, Matching or Continuation occurs when an application promises to deliver a support or service for which the research grant does not pay.
Cost Sharing may be mandatory (required by sponsor) or voluntary (a contribution of effort or other costs offered by the Principal Investigator which the sponsor does not require as condition of the award). Cost sharing occurs when an application commits allowable expenses (i.e., personnel, tuition, equipment or services) for which the research grant will not pay. You must charge these costs to an alternate source (UW or third party). You need to identify all sources and they must agree (via the eGC1 approval process) to commit the necessary funds. For more information, see the GCA Cost Sharing Overview page or GIM 21: Cost Share on Sponsored Programs.
Matching funds occur when proposal funding is contingent on a unit’s agreement to commit a matching amount of funding ($) to a project. Matching funds may come in the form of a gift or a grant.
Continuation funding takes three forms:
(a) it provides funding from a secondary source for ongoing support of a project after the original funding is depleted
(b) continuation funds may also be granted if the project is unable to be completed by the original time line and the sponsor has agreed to provide supplemental funding to see the project through to completion
(c) continuation funding also occurs when a portion of the original funding commitment is continued and the remaining budget must be found in grant money.
If you answer Yes:
Identify whether you are including cost sharing, matching or program continuation.
Provide a brief explanation in the text box and attach the completed Addendum form on the Attached Documents page. (On the Addendum, complete all fields including faculty effort, budget number and third party contribution.)
Indicate the cost sharing amounts and sources in the Personnel section of the eGC1’s Cost Sharing page.
Use this section to identify each location where UW research activities are taking place. You must enter at least one location. As with other eGC1 pages, you can partially complete your entries and save the eGC1. You must complete the required fields before you route your eGC1 for approval.
List performance sites where UW personnel will work on the project. Do not list:
Authorized official (OSP)/institutional mailing address
Other locations where UW personnel will not be working
Field work occurring away from the UW for less than 30 consecutive days (unless required by your Dean’s Office)
See GIM 13 Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rates for additional information on determining Activity Locations.
If some UW activity locations are “to be determined” at proposal time (for example, a Training Grant for which trainees and their projects are “to be named”), please enter all known UW Activity Locations (Harborview Medical Center, UW Health Sciences Building, and so forth).
SAGE integrates with UW’s space tracking system GeoSIMS, allowing you to search for a location by facility name, address or facility code. You can also manually enter locations not found in GeoSIMS by selecting Create a New Location.
The image below shows the section opened to add a location. Select + Add Location to open the dialog where you can search GeoSIMS location data or add a new location.
Add a Location
When you select Add Location a dialog will open. You can either search GeoSIMS for a location or add one manually. By default the search choice will display. The following image shows the dialog.
Start entering text to see search results. You can search by name, street address, or facility code. If there is no match, use the Enter Manually feature to enter your location, as described below.
Clicking on your selection from the results list will display the name and address of the location. The following image shows the information for Mary Gates Hall.
Select the blue “Next” button in the lower right corner to continue to the next step. This asks the question: How will the location be made available to the program? The choices are:
Leased by the UW
Owned by the UW
In a facility offered at no cost to the UW
Field work away from the UW for more than 30 consecutive days
The system will prepopulate the value for this location from GeoSIMS. The image below shows the modal with the “Owned by the UW” choice selected.
Use the small, blue X in the upper right corner to cancel and return to the section page. Select the blue “Next” button to the next step.
In this step you can optionally enter any additional comments or descriptions about the location.
If your location is leased, there will be an additional question in this step: Will rent be charged to sponsor as a direct cost? If you answer “No” you will need to provide an explanation. This following image shows this step.
Select the blue “Save” button in the lower right corner to complete the process.
Manually Enter a New Location
When you select Enter Manually in the initial dialog, it will display the Add Location step, where you can add the Location Name (required) and address information (optional). The address fields are:
The following image shows the input fields.
Use the small, black X in the upper right corner to cancel and return to the section page. Select the blue “Next” button in the lower right corner to continue to the next step.
You will need to answer the question “How will this location be made available to the program?” The choices are:
Leased by the UW
Owned by the UW
In a facility offered at no cost to the UW
Field work away from the UW for more than 30 consecutive days
If you select either the “no-cost” option, or “other” option, the Explanation text box appears. You will need to provide additional details. This is shown is the following image.
Note: If your department/school/college requires you to list locations for field work of less than 30 days, select “Other” and put a description in the explanation box.
Select Next to continue to the last step. If your location is leased, there will be an additional question in this step: Will rent be charged to sponsor as a direct cost? If you answer “No” you will need to provide an explanation. You must also provide a short description of the location and any justifications for its use.
Added Locations Table
The Activity Locations section will display your added locations in a table below the Create a New Location link. To expand or contract a table entry, click on the “chevron” icon on the far left, or anywhere on the entry fields. An additional row of information will display.
The table includes the following columns:
Name – location name from GeoSIMS or a newly added location
Source – GeoSIMS if searched for or Manual for a new location
Location Type – Owned or Leased
Rent Charged to Sponsor – N/A for owned; either Yes or No. If No, the Rent Explanation displays below.
Actions – displays two icons: a pencil for editing the entry and a trash can for deleting the entry
Address information appears below Name when the entry is expanded
Description comments appear below Source when the entry is expanded
Rent Explanation appears below Rent Charged to Sponsor when the entry is expanded
When you return to the Activity Locations main page, this same table will appear, along with an Edit Section link.
The image below shows the addition of two locations from GeoSIMS. Padelford Hall is a building on the Seattle campus, so there is no specific address listed. Both entries are expanded to display all of the information.