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Chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

To access a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), search for it either with a general search engine, such as Google, or use of the specific manufacturer’s or SDS service websites listed below. Specific instructions for each website are listed in the table below.

COMPANY SITE INSTRUCTIONS
Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc. Enter the search criteria: SDS + product name + manufacturer (if known) and SEARCH button to bring up link to SDS.
3M Under Search, down arrow until you find “with Product Name/Number” and under the search (magnifying glass) type in the product you are searching for and on the magnifying glass.
Acros Organics Type in the product name in the “Product Code” box and “Go”.
Avantor Performance Materials, Inc “Certificate/SDS search” and type product name in the “text search” box under SDS and “SDS Search”.
Bio-Rad Laboratories Got to “Literature Library” – Check mark “SDS” and type product name in the search box and press “Search Documents”.
Certol International, LLC Click on whether medical/dental/industrial then on products located in the middle of the page and find the product name and “Safety Data Sheets”.
Eastman Kodak Company Enter product name and search for SDS.
ECOLAB Type in product name and search for SDS.
Fisher Scientific Type in SDS product you are searching for SDS
GC America Inc. Look for product name you are searching for SDS.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Search by typing in product you are looking for and scroll down to find the SDS.
Ivoclar Vivadent Search for product you are looking for. Click on product and to get information.
Lang Dental Manufacturing Company, Inc. Search by product name for SDS.
Promega Search by product name under “Search SDS”.
Pharmco-Aaper Find the product name to get SDS.
Sigma-Aldrich Under “Data Specific Search” search by “Product Name” and under “Search Term” enter product name and click “Search”.  Find the phenol description you are looking for and find “SDS” (next to Pricing) with and click on download arrow.
Sterilex Find product name, “Learn More” and “Resources” to get SDS.
Steris Corporation Search by product name, product number, document title, or key word and “Search SDS”.
Temrex Corporation Click on product name for SDS.

New England University Collaboration on Renewable and Sustainable Energy (NEUCORSE)

Purpose

UConn’s NEUCORSE initiative is designed to catalyze collaboration among universities in New England to address our nation’s urgent need for renewable and sustainable energy.  Building on UConn’s existing strengths in clean energy engineering, this program seeks to support the development of cross-institutional teams with the expertise and capacity to successfully tackle the most challenging scientific and technical problems in this area.  NEUCORSE awards should be thought of as planning grants that will provide seed funding and support team development activities to prepare teams for larger-scale activities in the future.   We welcome proposals focusing on any topic that is relevant to the larger goal of developing renewable and sustainable energy solutions and that can be best addressed through sustained, interdisciplinary efforts within New England.  It is expected that proposed teams be diverse, including investigators from underrepresented groups and a mixture of early-career and more senior investigators.  It is also expected that the planning activities proposed include activities that prepare for future work that will have significant broader impacts, including workforce development.

For more information, please visit the program’s website here.

HCRAC Newsletter

We are happy to introduce our new Health Center Research Advisory Council newsletter. Under the leadership of the Office of the Vice President for Research, the members of HCRAC are working hard to support the research mission at UConn Health. HCRAC plans to release a newsletter twice a year that will highlight our excellent research core facilities, as well as you make you aware of the resources offered. These resources include: Emergency bridge grants, travel support for students and postdocs, and Equipment programs.

Research Development Services (RDS): Proposal Development Services Overview

Overview

As a University, we’ve committed to work together to substantially grow UConn/UConn Health’s capacity for high-level research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.  As part of its Research Development (RD) efforts, the Office of the Vice President for Research now offers proposal development services to increase the competitiveness of proposals UConn/UConn Health investigators submit to funders.  The services offered include consultation, brief and in depth proposal reviews, and large and complex proposal support.

Proposal development services build on the success of OVPR RD initiatives such as grantwriting training and seed funding programs by providing grantwriting support, including grantsmanship reviews, proposal editing, and project management support for large and complex proposals.  These services are designed to ensure that high-quality science and scholarship proposed by UConn investigators can be as competitive as possible.

To learn more about the role and mission of our Research Development Services team, the services we offer, and to submit requests for service, please visit this link.

Proposal Development, Review, and Submission Timeline

Full Business Days Before Submission Deadline

>6 days: PI provides application components to local grants administrator (or Faculty Services)

5 days: Complete application (plus draft scientific components) and IPR submitted to SPS

5-2 days: SPS reviews proposal and provides feedback

2 days: Corrections made and all approvals in place

Noon day before deadline: Final proposal and PI authorization to submit to sponsor provided to SPS

1-0 days before deadline: Proposal submitted

 

Important Notice on Proposal Submission Policy

Revision Date: March 8, 2021 – revisions in italics

As an applicant organization, UConn/UConn Health has an institutional responsibility to verify the accuracy, validity, conformity, and eligibility of all applications submitted to a sponsor on behalf of the University. We have been exploring how to ensure the best delivery of services, meet sponsor and institutional policy requirements that were highlighted in the recent NSF audit, and to ensure that the University has sufficient time to review and certify proposals and increase the number of successful applications. To that end, we have conducted a survey of all faculty who submitted grant proposals within the last two years, listened to the research community’s comments at town halls, and solicited input from the President, Provost, deans, associate deans for research, the President’s Research Advisory Council, University Senate, and other faculty groups.

This listening process revealed that one of the main challenges for both investigators and staff is the bottleneck that occurs immediately prior to proposal submission. In recent years, nearly two-thirds of proposals submitted (with all components ready) are received by Sponsored Program Services (SPS) within one working day or less of the sponsor deadline.

Numerous proposals are being submitted just barely in time, meaning there is little time for a thorough review. Additionally, proposals that have been submitted to SPS far in advance also routinely lack a timely and thorough review because other proposals with an earlier deadline came in and “cut the line.”

To begin to remedy the proposal submission bottleneck, beginning May 5, 2021, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will implement the current policy on internal deadlines for the review and submission of sponsored project proposals. The process change aims to reduce last day proposal submissions and will prioritize proposals as received. Once the policy is implemented, final administrative components of a proposal must be received by SPS Pre-Award at least five full business days in advance of the submission due date (along with a draft of the scientific components). The final submission ready proposal is due to SPS no later than noon the day before the sponsor deadline.

Exceptions include short turnaround RFPs, last minute sponsor requests, or a last minute opportunity to join a proposal under submission by another institution. Also, each UConn investigator will be given one pass to use in the event they are not able to meet the internal five-day deadline. As is the current practice, SPS Pre-Award will make every effort to submit these proposals when possible. Please visit the OVPR website for additional information and FAQs regarding the internal deadline policy.

To increase faculty support related to proposal preparation, the OVPR will be taking the following additional steps:

  • The OVPR is working to address situations where investigators do not have dedicated administrative support for the preparation of a proposal; we will continue to increase staff training opportunities, extend faculty service offerings, and work to simplify the submission process.
  • The OVPR will implement a dashboard to increase transparency and provide information on the status and order of review.
  • The OVPR will provide additional research development services, such as grant editing and proofreading, proposal review, large and complex grant support, and research funding consultation. Further information regarding these services and how to request them is available on the OVPR Research Development section of this website.
  • The OVPR will continue to work with and incorporate feedback from faculty working groups.  Upon recommendation of the University Senate, the President formed a sponsored projects working group to identify impediments to the expeditious review of sponsored project proposals in advance of deadlines.  The group’s report is available on the University Senate website.

Development, review, and submission timeline:

Full Business Days Before Submission Deadline

>6 days: PI provides application components to local grants administrator (or Faculty Services)

5 days: Complete application (plus draft scientific components) and IPR submitted to SPS

5-2 days: SPS reviews proposal and provides feedback

2 days: Corrections made and all approvals in place

Noon day before deadline: Final proposal and PI authorization to submit to sponsor provided to SPS

1-0 days before deadline: Proposal submitted

SPS is responsible for ensuring that applications are compliant and that institutional and sponsor guidelines are met including administrative, management, and scientific information. Please contact Paul Hudobenko (hudobenko@uchc.edu/UConn Health) or Mark Reeves (mark.reeves@uconn.edu/Storrs and Regionals) with questions as we move to a consistent and sustainable process.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in our collaborative efforts to advance UConn’s mission through innovative research, scholarship, and creative pursuits.

Proposal Submission Policy & Due Dates

The purpose of this website is to provide information, guidance and answer FAQs on the proposal processes that will go into effect on May 5, 2021 consistent with our current Proposal Submission Policy.  Over the next three months, the OVPR will be collaborating with a Faculty Senate working group and other faculty and staff groups to identify additional ways to improve University support for proposal preparation and submission.

Information on this webpage will be updated periodically with additions being noted in the text.

Resources:


Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question that isn’t answered here?  Send your question to kim.benoit@uconn.edu and SPS will respond to you.

Procedure Related

ARE THERE EXCEPTIONS TO POLICY REQUIRING SPS PRE-AWARD TO RECEIVE PROPOSALS 5 FULL BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE SPONSOR DUE DATE?

Potential exceptions to the 5-day due date include:

  • One pass allowed for each faculty
  • Short turnaround RFPs, last minute sponsor requests, or last minute opportunities/collaborations
  • If no other proposals are ahead in the queue

WHAT PROPOSAL DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED WHEN SUBMITTING TO SPS 5 FULL BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE SPONSOR DUE DATE?

All final proposal documents except for the scientific narrative as noted below:

  • IPR (completed and signed)
  • Final budget
  • Final budget justification
  • Solicitation/Guidelines (if there is no solicitation, please indicate this)
  • Other internal forms, completed and fully approved (cost sharing, PI eligibility, etc.), if applicable
  • Subrecipient documents, if applicable
  • Complete proposal with all documents included/uploaded
  • Narrative documents including abstract, project description, and references cited may all be in draft

HOW ARE THE 5 FULL BUSINESS DAYS CALCULATED?

The 5 full business days before the sponsor due date equate to one week prior (e.g., if the due date is Thursday, the proposal and internal documents [except final narrative] are due the Thursday prior to the due date). Weekends and holidays do not count in the calculation.   For more information and a helpful graphic, please see the Proposal Development, Review, and Submission webpage.

WHAT ARE THE SCIENTIFIC COMPONENT DOCUMENTS THAT CAN BE SUBMITTED IN DRAFT OR FINAL FORMAT 5 FULL BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE SPONSOR DUE DATE OR DAY OF SUBMISSION?

The scientific component documents include abstract, project narrative, and references cited.

 

WHEN ARE THE FINAL SCIENTIFIC COMPONENTS REQUIRED?

Final scientific components should be submitted to SPS Pre-Award 1.5 full business days prior to the sponsor due date or day of submission.

 

ARE ALL SIGNATURES ON THE IPR FORM REQUIRED 5 FULL BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE SPONSOR DUE DATE OR ON DAY OF SUBMISSION?

All signatures except for the Dean are required.

 

MY PROPOSAL INCLUDES ONE OR MORE SUBAWARDS. WHAT SUBRECIPIENT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED 5 FULL BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE SPONSOR DUE DATE OR DAY OF SUBMISSION?

The UConn/UConn Health Information and Compliance Form for Subrecipients, scope of work, budget, budget justification, and F&A Rate Agreement are required for each subrecipient.

MY PROPOSAL DOES NOT HAVE A HARD DUE DATE. WHEN WILL THE REVIEW AND SUBMISSION OCCUR?

Beginning May 5, 2021, SPS Pre-Award will review proposals in the order they are received in full.  Only exceptions such as the use of a one-time pass by an investigator or a short notice opportunity will fall outside this review order.

 

A SPONSOR REACHED OUT TO ME WITH A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY, BUT THE PROPOSAL REQUIRES SUBMISSION WITH LESS THAN 5 FULL BUSINESS DAYS’ NOTICE OR IN A TIMEFRAME WHERE I CANNOT MEET THE 5 FULL BUSINESS DAY REQUIREMENT. WILL SPS ACCEPT AND REVIEW THE PROPOSAL?

Yes. Contact SPS Pre-Award as soon as you learn of the opportunity to coordinate review, certification, and submission of the proposal. Best efforts will be made to complete and submit the proposal on time.

Exception Pass

HOW DO I REQUEST AND USE THE PASS?

Faculty should request that the pass be used in the email when providing the proposal documents to SPS Pre-Award.

HOW DOES THE PASS WORK?

Each faculty member has one exception pass that may be used to advance a proposal for review by SPS when the proposal misses the required 5 full business day internal due date. Any investigator on the proposal may use their pass and only one pass per proposal will be needed. A pass is used when an investigator tells SPS that they wish to use their pass. SPS will approve and track the use of a faculty pass and document its use over email. Approval of passes will be contingent upon proposal volume and ability to provide timely and thorough reviews prior to sponsor due dates.

HOW MANY PASSES WILL EACH FACULTY MEMBER GET?

Each faculty member has one exception pass that may be used to advance a proposal for review by SPS when the proposal misses the required 5 full business day internal due date.  Once used, no more passes will be issued. (Passes are not issued annually - this is a once in a lifetime pass.)

Other Questions

HOW DO OTHER INSTITUTIONS HANDLE INTERNAL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DUE DATES? WHAT ARE BEST PRACTICES?

An internal proposal due date is a best practice at many peer institutions. Many have policies and procedures that are like UConn/UCH's. One key difference is that most also include hard due dates for science whereas UConn/UCH allows for the science to be submitted 1.5 days in advance to ensure a successful submission.

WHAT ARE THE SUCCESS RATES OF PROPOSALS THAT ARE SUBMITTED LATE?

At UConn/UConn Health as well as many other institutions, junior faculty proposal submissions fare worse when they are received close to the submission due date. Senior faculty proposals fare about the same and in some cases better (those serving on panels may submit late, for instance).

IS THERE A PLAN TO SCALE UP SPS SERVICES GIVEN THE UNIVERSITY GOAL TO DOUBLE RESEARCH FUNDING?

SPS has been working diligently to address staffing levels against growing research volume and to improve tools available to investigators and staff. The internal proposal due dates will allow for higher quality and timely review and certification of proposals.

The OVPR is working to implement additional research development and proposal support services such as editing, large/complex proposal support, and consultation to assist investigators to develop the best possible proposals.

WHAT DOES RECENT DATA ON PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS SHOW?

Nearly two-thirds of proposals are completed with all sections submitted to SPS within 24 hours of the sponsor due date. The data is based on when SPS Pre-Award receives the complete proposal for submission - it does not include the time of a local administrator (Department, Center, School, or Faculty Services) in preparing the proposal.

IS THE PROPOSAL BOTTLENECK DUE TO THE PANDEMIC?

No. The bottleneck preceded the pandemic.

HOW MANY LAST-MINUTE GRANTS WERE COVID-19 PROPOSALS?

Reviewing all submissions since March 2020, COVID-19 research grants represented only 8.5% of last minute submissions at Storrs and 11.9% of last-minute submissions at UConn Health.

Guidance for Fall 2020 Lab, Field, and Human Subjects Research

To the UConn Research Community:

As we approach the beginning of another unprecedented time in UConn’s history, my team and I have provided guidance on several topics related to the continued resumption of research. Since May, researchers have shown that with proper procedures, adherence to guidelines, and community commitment, it was possible to return to the critically important research projects happening throughout UConn. Throughout this process, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has adhered to President Katsouleas’ message that in order to educate our students in a pandemic, we must all work together and to provide a safe learning environment. Students returning to UConn campuses must also commit to the “UConn Promise” to help keep the UConn community safe, including strictly abiding by rules that require a campus quarantine to start the semester, face mask usage at all times, and keeping physical distance from one another. Similar requirements of masking and distancing are mandated by the state for off-campus residents, as well as quarantines for those from most outside states. These guidelines will not only help to keep our students in the classroom, they will help to keep researchers in the lab, field, and clinic.

While most labs have already resumed activities under the current process, which requires approval from the OVPR, some faculty and students may have questions about what is required to continue or initiate new research projects in the fall. As of August 31, 2020 when the campus reopens, obtaining written approval from the OVPR for Resuming Research Activity is no longer necessary to engage in research on any of UConn’s campuses. The following guidance outlines additional aspects of conducting research at UConn for the Fall Re-Opening.

 

Guidance for Fall 2020 Lab, Field, and Human Subjects Research

  • Approval from the OVPR for “Resuming Research Activity” will no longer be required for conducting research at any UConn campus.
  • Labs and research programs must continue to develop and maintain a written COVID-19 Research Safety Plan (Lab and Field Research COVID-19 Safety Plan or Human Subjects COVID-19 Safety Plan), but submission and approval of Research Safety Plans to the OVPR will no longer be required. Departments and administrative offices are required to perform a detailed risk assessment, set site-specific prevention protocols, and to have the resulting safety plan approved by their leadership. If your department does not already have an approved COVID-19 safety plan in place, please use the Return to Campus COVID-19 Protection Plan template to prepare to return to work on campus.
  • Research personnel must continue to be trained on the plan and documentation of the training must be maintained.
  • Research personnel must continue to complete COVID-19 Research Safety Training from the Division of Environmental Health and Safety. Documentation of completion must be retained as part of Research Safety Plan documentation.
  • Research Safety Plans may be amended as necessary. If a plan is amended, all personnel must be retrained on the amended plan and training must be documented.
  • Research Safety Plans should continue to address federal and state guidelines and requirements.
  • Lab and research personnel must follow University wide and campus specific COVID-19 requirements.
  • Research Safety Plans must allow for distancing of at least six feet, with the goal of maintaining an overall personnel density of 50% or less of the pre-COVID occupancy/density. If this is not possible then the Safety Plan must justify why and specify what measures will be put in place to minimize the potential of exposure.
  • For research involving human subjects, Research Safety Plans should follow the clinical requirements of UConn Health, even if those projects take place on another UConn campus. If this is not possible, the Research Safety Plan must justify why and specify what measures will be put in place to minimize the potential of exposure.
  • Labs and research programs should maintain a process to know when personnel are working in the labs or research areas. Labs and research programs may develop their own methods to achieve this goal. Signed daily logs will no longer be required as the only acceptable method. Other acceptable methods include key card access, electronic check-ins, or use of location-based apps. Some schools and colleges may also have processes in place for monitoring building density and access.
  • Labs and research programs should continue to have and refine plans to immediately halt or ramp down research activities, if required.
  • The summer requirements/processes for undergraduates to participate in research will no longer be required. Guidance for Fall Undergraduate Research and Independent Study Courses has been issued.

 

While we reopen UConn for academic activities, we thank you for your dedication to the health and safety of your labs and the UConn community. If you have additional questions, more information can be found on the OVPR website or by emailing ovpr@uconn.edu.

 

Add Undergraduate Students to InfoEd

The following URL, which requires NetID authentication, provides a near real-time, self-service method for adding current University of Connecticut undergraduate students to the Storrs and Health Center InfoEd systems with baseline (default) security so they can be added to a protocol personnel page within InfoEd.

https://apps.research.uconn.edu/ied/

Once logged in, simply search for the individual student by any of the following:

  • Name (Last, First, MI – case senstitive)
  • email address (firstname.lastname@uconn.edu – all lowercase)
  • NetID
  • PeopleSoft ID

When the correct individual is listed in the grid, check the box on the left hand side and hit one of the two blue “Add selected users to InfoEd” buttons located above and below the search results grid. The student will have an active (valid) account in both InfoEd systems within 20 minutes between the hours of 7AM-10:45PM, seven days per week.

Note: Only students in the current search results set can be added. To add more students, simply repeat the search, select, and add process, as necessary.

If you experience any difficulties with this website, please contact the eRA Help Desk at 860.486.7944 between the hours of 8AM-4:30PM M-F, or email era-support@uconn.edu and someone will get back to you.