On behalf of the Office of Research Services, I want to thank you for your overwhelming support for the recently expanded review and approval process. The recent ORS survey indicated that more than 80 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the new two-day deadline.
So that was good news. The bad news: many of you were irritated by the $100 late fee we implemented in an effort to discourage late applications. While the fee helped to drop the number of late submissions from 30% to 10% (since January), we believe the resulting frustration is just too high a price to pay. Effective immediately we will no longer charge a late fee.
To be clear, that does not mean we are willing and able to accommodate late submissions. If your submission is late, we will not be able to carry out the usual administrative review, and the responsibility for ensuring successful upload will be entirely yours.
The Office of Research Services identifies problems in one out of every 10 submissions-problems that could potentially cause failed uploads/submissions.
ORS review helps to catch and rectify such issues, which is a very real value for time-stressed researchers. In these days of zero tolerance at the tri-agencies, there is no room for re-submission after agency deadlines.
We are here to help. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in helping us to serve you better.
Martin Kirk PhD – Director, ORS
John Hepburn, VP Research & International