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Sponsored Agreements Tracking information available on VT Research Portal

The Virginia Tech Agreements Tracking system is available for faculty researchers and department and center business managers to view.

Please log in to the My VT portal and click on the Research tab. The Agreements Tracking link appears in the Tools and Applications section and is marked as *NEW* so it stands out.

As an alternative, you can go to www.research.vt.edu/era to access the system and also see the supporting material, such as the Frequently Asked Questions and a short instructional video.

Agreements Tracking is a system that was developed at Virginia Tech to track new sponsored awards through the contract negotiation and setup phase. Faculty who are waiting for a new PAN can now view the status of their awards as OSP works on them.  Business managers can see all awards in their department or center.

New awards are logged in the system, then assigned to a team or an individual administrator. Secondary assignments track things that run through legal review, compliance offices, or are waiting for a response from the sponsor. An activity log shows these concurrent assignments along with changes in status or any notes entered along the way. Documents are attached and shared. Faculty can monitor the progress of the contract negotiation on their new awards. Central office managers have dashboards with metrics on staff workloads, volume of activity, and time to completion. The system also tracks many kinds of non-funded agreements such as non-disclosure, facilities use, master agreements, material transfer, data use, MOU, etc. In many cases a non-funded agreement will be attached within the system, so it serves a repository for those documents.

Next time you or your faculty are wondering “Where’s my PAN?”, please go to this new system and have a look. Hopefully it will answer some questions quicker than a series of phone calls, or at least tell you who to call to get the latest information.

Please give it a try, and show your faculty how to use it. Faculty will automatically be directed to a list of their own agreements under active negotiation. From there it should be fairly self-explanatory.

Please contact rassupport@vt.edu with any questions or comments. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions as well.

— Matt Swift, Director of Research Administration Systems

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Have you checked out the VCE Success site yet?

Screen-Shot-2013-05-02-at-9.05.35-AMEvery day, VCE agents and specialists lead outstanding educational programs that impact the lives Virginia’s citizens. Please share these stories on the VCE Success site.

These stories will be used by faculty and staff members to share on VCE websites, social media sites, in publications, and with stakeholders and donors.

To get started, go to the bottom right on the homepage to create an account. Once you have created an account and it is approved, you can share your stories.  Along with your story, you will be able to load up to five pictures and provide a video for consideration.  Stories will be reviewed and approved by the appropriate associate director.

A quarterly story winner will be selected in each program area. Each winner will receive a $200 programming support award and a certificate. In addition, one winning photo from all stories will be selected and the person entering the photo will receive a $200 programming support /travel award and certificate. Annually, an overall winning story and an overall winning photo will be selected. The overall winner will receive a $500 programming support/travel award and a plaque.

If you have any questions about the site or difficulty adding your stories, please contact Melissa Breen msbreen@vt.edu.

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New Innovations now online

CALS-235v3-1If you’ve missed the print version of the Volume 2, Issue 1 of Innovations,
you can read all the stories online. Be sure to check it out!

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Now available online: Innovations Volume 1, Issue 2

The online version of the newest issue of Innovations is now available online. You can view the print version in a digital flipbook or download a PDF.

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From the Dean — October 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Alan Grant

Alan Grant, dean

Among the many events and activities that took place in September was the final development stages of our college strategic planning process. The final version of our long-awaited 2012-2018 Strategic Plan was recently submitted to the Office of the Provost, completing a process that began many months ago and involved numerous stakeholders. I encourage you to peruse our new plan on the CALS website as we begin steps to implement the strategies and actions.

In addition to new mission and vision statements, the plan includes a list of values, emphasis areas, and four major goals with a number of strategies and high-priority action items. We also included a section that illustrates how our college plan is aligned and linked with the vision, goals, and objectives of the university’s Continue reading

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What’s new online? Website updates from the Office of Communications and Marketing

The Office of Communications and Marketing works with clients in the college, the Virginia Agricultural and Experiment Station, and Virginia Cooperative Extension to develop websites that follow Virginia Tech’s identity standards.

The Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Entomology are currently in the process of working with the Office of Communications to update and move their sites into Ensemble, the content management system (CMS).

Websites of the college, Virginia Agriculture Experiment Station, the ARECs, and VCE are currently in Ensemble and continue to be updated and improved as needed. The communications office also includes two web liaisons: Constance Moulder, who helps VCE unit offices with website updates and continuous improvement of the VCE web presence; and Susan Gill, who works with the ARECs for website updates and improvements.

Be sure to check out our new video page on the CALS site.

Updates of other website projects will be featured in future issues of Insights.

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Social media overview and updates

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension have seen tremendous fan growth and follower participation on Facebook and Twitter over the past few months. Our Pinterest page continues to grow, and we’re enjoying seeing what pins our followers share. We love our fans! Make sure you’re following us for current news, updates, and event information.




Remember, if you have anything you’d like to share with alumni, students, and friends of the college and Extension in the social media community, please post on the pages above or send to susangill@vt.edu. Great things to share are awards, photos, “shout outs,” events, activities, etc.

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New website: Communicating public value

Impact Communication: Telling the VCE Story” is a new internal website developed to help Virginia Cooperative Extension teams when creating impact reports. In addition to several pages of reference resources, the site offers a blogging feature where team members across the state can easily communicate with one another.

The site is linked through the VCE Intranet.

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New website launched

The Office of Communications and Marketing is pleased to share a new website detialing the construction of the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1. Take a look around!

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Introducing Innovations online

A companion to the print edition — hitting mailboxes soon — the Office of Communications and Marketing has launched an online version of Innovations. The site will be updated as new issues are published.

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