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Using SIMS (Stragetic Information Management System) and Cayuse

SIMS, Penn State’s Strategic Information Management System, provides reporting capabilities for sponsored research data and proposal budgeting tools for research administrators. Learn more about SIMS.

The Office also uses Cayuse, a web application designed to simplify the creation, review, approval and electronic submission of most federal grant proposals. Learn more about Cayuse.

College of Medicine investigators submitting proposals must provide the Office of Research Affairs with a SIMS budget.

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SIMS Budget and Cayuse Tips for Grants

General Tips Expand answer
  • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome are the preferred browsers.
  • Popups must be enabled.
  • Investigators and staff must begin in a SIMS budget in order to create a Cayuse application.
SIMS Budgets Expand answer
  • Include only Penn State personnel on the budget. Information elsewhere on this page on Modular Subawards and Traditional (Detailed) Subawards provides details on adding a subaward.
  • Verify if the budget is a modular or traditional (detailed) budget when starting it.
  • All Category I – Key Personnel must be verified (blue magnifying glass).
  • For Cayuse, information must use the Object Code Mapping Guide, which may not match actual object codes used at post-award.
  • For traditional (detailed) budgets, under the Sponsor Role dropdown box, anyone listed as “Other Significant Personnel” will map to Section B – Other Personnel. To show them in Section A – Key Personnel, select “Key personnel for Sponsor role (S2S only).” Do not select “None.”
  • For investigators over the NIH salary cap, enter all salary (salary plus any incentives).
Miscellaneous Object Codes Expand answer
  • Object codes 175 and 178 (Staff/Technicians) – select “Other Significant Personnel.”
  • Object codes 176, 106 and 8003 map to secretarial/clerical – only use these if the RFA allows.
  • Object code 411 – Purchased Services and Awards to Employees – if using this, remove the wording “Awards to Employees.”
  • If awarded, BARA and charge to correct object codes.
  • For Cayuse applications:
    • Postdoctoral scholars – use 125 or 8000. If using 8000, change the fringe benefit rate to the current postdoctoral fringe rate.
    • Graduate lecturers/researchers (summer) – use 8004.
  • Hershey nurse coordinators (charge-back purchase service) – use object code 460.
Graduate Assistants - Hershey Expand answer
  • Graduate Assistants (10 months of the academic year – August through May; see Graduate Lecturer/Researcher for June and July
  • Category II, object code 164
  • Grade 14 – Half Time
  • Tuition: Full-time = Pre-comprehensive rate
  • Tuition: 601-611 = Post-comprehensive rate
  • SIMS will calculate the stipend and tuition amounts and automatically place on the budget.
  • For Grade 21 appointments, use Grade 0 as a work-around.
Graduate Lecturer/Researcher Expand answer
  • Same as Graduate Assistant, but appointed for two summer months, June and July
  • Category III, object code 124 (8004 – Cayuse)
  • For each period:
    • Manually enter 320 hours (replace the 1,920 hours)
    • Year 1, enter the salary (currently $7,380 x 1.03 = $7,601) in the “Salary or Wage” column
    • Year 2 – $7,601 x 1.03 = $7,829
    • Each year, the salary must be manually inflated by the 3 percent cost-of-living increase.
    • Tuition cost-of-living is 4 percent.
    • Note: If less than 100 percent for two summer months, must manually adjust the hours and salary accordingly.
Modular Subawards Expand answer
  • Always select object code 408.
  • Enter the consortium name in the short description.
  • For each budget period (year), in the column “Requested Direct,” enter total costs (both direct costs and indirect costs).
  • In the column “Consortium F&A,” re-enter just the F&A amount.
  • Please note: After entering the Consortium F&A, the Requested Direct column will automatically recalcuate to direct costs only. This is correct.
  • Do not change the F&A rate.
  • Enter for each year of the subaward.
  • After hitting save, the figures will automatically fill in correctly on the SIMS budget.
  • Amounts over the first $25,000 will be listed as object code 416.
Traditional (Detailed) Subawards Expand answer
  • Select object code 408.
  • Enter the consortium name in the short description.
  • In “Requested Direct” column, enter total costs (direct plus indirect costs).
  • Do not change the F&A rate.
  • Enter for each year of the subaward.
  • After hitting save, the figures will automatically fill in correctly on the SIMS budget.
  • Amounts over the first $25,000 will be listed as object code 416.
Adding R&R Senior/Key Persons Expand answer

Non-Penn State Employees

To add senior/key personnel and biosketch from other institutions (such as consultants, other significant contributors, etc.):

  • Click on the pencil icon (Add a Key Person).
  • Click on “Show All” and do a search for the name.
    • If found, highlight name and click “Add Selected Key Person.”
    • If the person is not found, click the plus, “Create Professional Profile.” Type first and last name and click “Create New Profile.”
  • Select the institution from the dropdown.
    • If the institution name is found, choose the institution; no further information is needed.
    • If the institution name is not listed, see Adding Institution.

Penn State Employees – Biosketch Only (unpaid, not on budget)

To add senior/key personnel and biosketch for unpaid Penn State employees:

  • Click on pencil icon (add a key person).
  • Select the Penn State employee or search for their name.
  • Click “Add selected key person.”
  • Close the “manage key person” screen that pops up.
  • Upon returning to the R&R Senior/Key page, choose role as “Other (specify).”
  • Under “Other Project Role,” type “OSC.” This stands for Other Significant Contributor, but type only the three letters.
Adding Institution Expand answer

If an institution is not listed in Cayuse, call Billie Burns at 717-531-7659, Sharon Olson at 717-531-5675 or Marybeth Brown at 717-531-2048 with the institution information (name, address, etc.)

Cayuse Expand answer
  • Create proposal – type in opportunity number or search.
  • “Import” the budget the first time and for each additional budget change; otherwise choose “Navigate.”
  • When importing budget, select “None” for base salary information (exception: Department of Defense).
  • If unable to delete senior/key personnel (missing the red X), re-import the budget.
Submission Expand answer

After final ORA review, email the grant officer and indicate when the principal investigator approves to submit through Cayuse.

SIMS Assistance Expand answer

In SIMS, there is a help button (question mark) that may provide answers. However, please contact the appropriate Office of Research Affairs personnel before contacting SIMS Admin.

Contacts for Cayuse or SIMS Budget Questions

Assistance with SF424

For SF424 assistance, see NIH SF424 information and application guides.