Welcome to the LIRA Learning page! This site houses training resources for how to use Lehigh's Integrated Research Administration (LIRA) system for proposal development & submission, sponsored agreement initiation, and award administration.
The sections below offer training materials and "How-To" videos for completing functions in LIRA across the lifecycle of a sponsored project.
Conflict of Interest
The COI module in LIRA is used to collect all required disclosures per the university’s Conflict of Interest policy and the fCOI Related to Research and Sponsored Programs Policy. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about submitting COI disclosures.
Resources - Completing an Annual Disclosure:
Resources - Completing a Sponsored Program Disclosure:
- LIRA Sponsored Program fCOI Disclosure Process
- Video - LIRA Sponsored Program fCOI Disclosure Process
Virtual Office Hours:
If you have questions about using LIRA’s COI Module, please join our virtual office hours on:
- Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023: 2 - 4 pm
- Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023: 9:30 - 11:30 am
- Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023: 2 - 4 pm
- Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023: 9:30 - 11:30 am
- Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023: 2 - 4 pm
- Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023: 9:30 - 11:30 am
LIRA is available via single sign-on to all Lehigh personnel with responsibility in sponsored research. Faculty, research staff, department leadership, and ORSP all access the LIRA system and can carry out different functions depending on their assigned role(s).
|System User Roles||Module||System Responsibility|
Creates and submits Funding Proposals, Award Modification Requests, and non-funded agreements.
Note: All users in LIRA have these roles
Reviews, requests changes (if necessary), and approves a Funding Proposal before it is forwarded to ORSP for final review, approval, and submission
Manages proposals, awards, and award modifications
Note: ORSP will have this role
Additional role given to ORSP Contract and Grant Specialists that allows them to submit an SF-424
Activates and approves awards or award modifications in Final Review
Note: ORSP will have this role
Manages and Negotiates Agreements and Agreement Amendments
Note: Lehigh Faculty and Staff have LIRA system access. Lehigh students do not have access to LIRA.
After logging into LIRA, you will land on the system dashboard. The video below details how to navigate within the LIRA dashboard space.
TIP: When searching in LIRA, utlize the "wild card" function to return search results that contain your text within any part of the results' name. To use, add a "%" in front of your search term.
Actions that can be executed by a user to update a record
A record created in LIRA after a sponsor has indicated they will fund the research submitted in the Funding Proposal
Awards have separate IDs from their associated Funding Proposal record
A record created in LIRA that contains submission information for a research project that will be submitted to a sponsor for funding
Auto-generated identification number created by LIRA for each record created in the system (e.g., FP00000001, AWD00000003)
Dashboard for users that contains a "to-do" list.
Your inbox contains records that you have to take action on
A submission created within LIRA. Examples include funding proposals, awards, award modification requests, award modifications, agreements, and subawards
The Grants.gov application for federal assistance. When submitting for a federal opportunity using System-to-System (S2S) capabilities within LIRA, an electronic SF-424 is created and eventually submitted from LIRA directly to Grants.gov
A series of pages completed with information about the record (e.g., funding proposal, award, agreement, etc.)
The status of a record in LIRA
The process through which a record passes from beginning to end
This is the approval chain for a record
Contains key information associated with the record (State, Title, ID, etc.) and contains various activities a user can take on a record
LIRA SmartForms are utilized throughout the system and capture only the necessary information for a particular record. If additional information is needed, SmartForms will adjust to capture all required data. Below is a video to introduce you to LIRA SmartForms:
Creation and submission of grant proposals exists in the Grants Module of LIRA. The videos below offer an introduction to Funding Proposals in LIRA.
- How to initiate a proposal in LIRA (Quick Guide)
- LIRA Funding Proposal Reference Guide
- Proposal Basics PPT
Adding a new sponsor to a LIRA proposal
If the appropriate sponsor is not listed in LIRA, please complete the following form for them to be added to the system:
Please note: it may take up to 1-2 business days for the new sponsor to be available.
REU Supplements and Additional Proposal Types
LIRA allows for proposals to be submitted to the grant sponsor in two ways: system-to-system( S2S) and non system-to-system.
System to System (S2S)
S2S is the process for a proposal that is submitted from a submission platform (LIRA) to Grants.gov. The sponsoring agency then accesses the submitted proposal from Grants.gov.
Anything submitted from LIRA to Grants.gov is considered a S2S submission and will include an SF424 Forms package. Please review the video below for instructions on how to manage an SF424 application package:
Most federal grant opportunities are available to be submitted via Grants.gov and, subsequently, system-to-system. The following are common exceptions applicable to Lehigh:
- NSF Collaborative Proposals
- NIH Multi Component Proposals
- Certain award modifications and supplements - please reach out to your Contract and Grant Specialist with questions about what award modifications can be processed S2S
Non System-to-System (non-S2S)
Non-S2S is the method of submission for all non-federal proposals that will be submitted. Below are common proposal submissions that will be submitted non-system-to-system:
- Incoming Subawards (Proposals where Lehigh is the sub) - Tip: Reivew the Incoming Sub Award Quick Guide
- Foundation Grants
- Professional Affiliation Awards
- State Grants
- Select Federal Grants
Uploading Proposal Documents to LIRA
Proposals submitted non-S2S should include all sponsor-required documents in the "Attachments" tab of the LIRA workspace:
For non-S2S submissions that must be submitted via a sponsor portal (e.g. American Heart Association, Collaborative NSF proposals submitted through research.gov), study staff are responsible for initiating their proposals in the applicable portal. For any questions about this process, please reach out to your assigned Contract and Grant Specialist.
Proposals in LIRA are required to go through two review states within the funding proposal workflow in LIRA - Department Review and Specialist Reivew. Ancillary review is conditionally required.
To understand what is required of the PI/Study staff at each stage of review, please reference the Proposal Workflow Checklist
Department Review is conducted by the chair and/or their delegates of the responsible department. To learn how to submit a proposal for department review, please review the video below:
Note: For Lehigh's process, the SF-424 section of the proposal does not need to be completed before submitting for department review, it only needs to be created.
Departments are required to review the following elements of a funding proposal:
- Space/Location where research will be performed
- PI Effort
- Cost Share
For a step-by-step guide of completing a Department Review, please see the instructions below:
Specialist Reivew is conducted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. A proposal enters the Specialist Review state after being approved by the department level review. Your Contract and Grant Specialists in ORSP will then review the full proposal and submit to the sponsor.
Ancillary Review is required for proposals that include key personnel from outside of the submitting PI's department. In these instances, an ancillary review should be assigned to the chairs of the additional departments.
Review the following resources to understand how to submit and respond to an ancillary review:
- How to Submit an Ancillary Review (Video)
- How to respond to an Ancillary Review (Video)
- Ancillary Review Training (PPT)
Responding to Requested Revisions
As a proposal routes through the review process, both department and specialist reviewers can request revisions to the proposal:
When a reviewer requests changes, automated notifications will be sent via email to the PI of the proposal record.
Review the video below for information on how to respond to requested revisions:
Grant opportunities will sometimes require submission of documentation prior to a full proposal submission. These submissions– be it a concept paper, a letter of intent, etc– are all pre-proposal submissions.See the guide below to understand how to manage a pre-proposal submission in LIRA:
After a proposal has been submitted to a sponsor, PIs will often be notified when the sponsor needs additional information before an award can be issued.
For NIH, this process is called Just-in-Time (JIT). In LIRA, there are actions modeled after the JIT process that Lehigh ORSP will use for all changes or updates requested by the sponsor in between proposal submission and award stage.
Post-Submission: Notification of Requested Documents/Information
After a proposal has been submitted to the sponsor, the FP record in LIRA will be in a “Pending Sponsor Review” state.
Upon receipt of requested information or documents from the sponsor, notify your ORSP representative with the “Send Grants Status Update” action from within the LIRA FP record:
Include a copy of the sponsor request in the documents field of this pop-up.
Provide JIT documentation
Once notified, your ORSP representative will coordinate with study staff on the proposal to provide the required documentation for the JIT request.
JIT documentation often includes Current and Pending Support, compliance information, and budget revisions.
ORSP will submit the JIT information and update the FP record once everything has been submitted to the sponsor.
Notification of Funding Decision
After a proposal has been submitted, any updates to the funding status should be reflected in LIRA.
If you receive a notification from the sponsor that a proposal has not been funded (or any other update about the status of the proposal), utilize the Send Grants Status Update action in the proposal workspace of LIRA:
A pop-up will appear for you to provide a copy of the correspondence received from the sponsor, where applicable, and a comment box to communicate the needed update.
Once notified, your ORSP representative will take action to update the LIRA record.
All student fellowship proposals should be submitted and routed through LIRA by the student's mentor and/or the supporting department. Specifics on what is required for fellowship proposal in LIRA can be found in our Fellowship Proposal Process Guide:
The LIRA budget module serves as a budget of record on a sponsored project. It includes capabilities to include cost-share budgets and subaward budgets.
When developing grant proposals, please utilize Lehigh's internal budget spreadsheet. Once finalized, the internal spreadsheet will need to be uploaded to the LIRA record. The final budget numbers will then be entered into the LIRA budget workspace by the PIs and/or Department Study Staff prior to submitting the proposal for Department Review. ORSP is available to advise on the budget as needed.
As an introduction to the budget workspace in LIRA, please review the budget navigation video below:
Budget Development Tool
- LIRA Proposal Budget Development (Training PPT)
The following section includes important budget information to help guide the budget devleopment process in LIRA.
Below is a video that offers a demonstration of completing a budget in the LIRA module.
For each budget category, the LIRA budget module includes a tab in the SmartForm for the costs as well as a cost definitions.
Use the cost definition tab to:
- Provide a description of the include cost
- Create sub-categories
- Provide a base dollar value
Use the costs tab to:
- Modify the base dollar value included in the cost definition tab across different years of the project
The General Information section of the budget SmartForm captures information about your budget. Review the Budget Checklist for information about how to answer the questions on this tab of the SmartForm:
The personnel costs section of the LIRA budget module should account for all Lehigh personnel with measurable effort on the project.
Subaward key personnel should be listed separately from the budget workspace in the Proposal SmartForm. Other external individuals, like consultants, should be listed in the General Costs tab further down the SmartForm.
When entering personnel information, note that both effort and salary should be annualized in LIRA:
Annualization is the reporting of effort and salary for an entire calendar year rather than in academic or summer terms. To this point, the appointment period in the budget personnel profiles should always be selected for “12 months''. The appointment period is located within the Personnel Costs Definition tab of the budget workspace, which is described in the “Entering Personnel Information” section of this page below.
Percentage of annual effort is expressed as a percentage of months dedicated to the project out of months in a year (12):
1 month effort = (1/12)*100=8.33%
In the LIRA budget module for personnel costs, effort and requested salary should always be congruent unless there is personnel cost-share (See cost share section below).
To annualize salary, use the Lehigh budget spreadsheet. The spreadsheet has an embedded annualization tool. For questions about how to annualize salary, reach out to your ORSP representative.
Entering Personnel Information
To better understand how to enter personnel information, please review the video below starting at the timestamp 3:48:
The following Lehigh-specific practices should also be observed:
Personnel without the designation of “key personnel” should be listed as To Be Determined.
Graduate students are the only exception for listing a 12-month appointment length in LIRA. Grad students should be listed consistently with their academic appointment:
|Graduate Student - Summer Only||3 - month appointment in LIRA|
|Graduate Student - Academic Year Only||9 - month appointment in LIRA|
|Full Year (12) month Graduate Student||
Enter twice in LIRA
This is to appropriately capture Summer FICA
The travel costs tab becomes active when Question 4 of the General Information tab of the budget SmartForm is answered “yes”.
As with other categories, there is a travel costs page and a travel cost definition page:
Use the travel cost definition page to:
- Detail the cost per person for each type of travel
- Provide a description of the travel costs
- Create multiple entries of travel for trips that have different base costs
Use the travel cost page to:
- Modify the number of personnel on each trip
- Modify the number of trips per year
- Modify the years in which each type of travel is needed
Use the general cost definition page to:
- Sub-categorize budget categories
- Provide detail of the expense
Use the general cost page to:
- Modify the cost per year for each budget category
Please see the guidance below for common general cost categories that require additional attention:
Trainee Costs are synonymous with participant support costs. These costs include stipends and other training costs for participants of a training program. Trainee costs are only allowable if specified by the funding opportunity announcement for the program.
Tuition for grad students must be labeled “Other” from the drop down list of categories in the cost definition page.
In the description for the cost, list “Graduate Student Tuition” and select “no” on Question 4 for applying inflation costs.
Cost-Share in LIRA
Cost share is the term applied to any cost on a sponsored project that is not directly paid for by the sponsor of the project. It can also be referred to as cost matching.
Cost share is required to be documented in LIRA in the following circumstances:
- Salary support is not fully covered due to a sponsor salary cap
- Unfunded effort is committed to a project as mandated by sponsor
- The sponsor requires cost share
Cost share resulting from a salary cap or unfunded effort is automatically triggered in LIRA. Any modifications to personnel costs in a cost share budget should be made on the primary budget.
To create a new cost share budget, review the video below:
Note that at timestamp 0:48, the video refers to institution specific questions. In LIRA, these questions are the same as in the example video.
Complete the remaining fields of the SmartForm as described in the budget guide with the following exceptions:
General Budget Information
- Question 3: review and confirm the auto-populated F&A allocation
- Question 4: Always select “no”
- Question 5: Always select “no”
- Question 6: Always enter “0”
General Costs Definition
When entering a general cost in a cost share budget, you must specify the type of funds and the source of the funds in the description (Question 3) of the cost definition. This text box should include a description of the cost item, the type of funds used, and a source of the funds. For instance, “Cash - Industry Partner / In-Kind - Air Products”.
Questions 4 and 5 for each itemized cost should always be answered “no”.
The following circumstances always require documentation to confirm cost share:
- Third-party funds: the third party should provide a signed letter confirming their commitment to providing the funds
- Unfunded effort for personnel not within the PI’s department: the chair or dean from the other department(s) should confirm approval for the cost share in writing. Email documentation is acceptable.
In the Attachments tab of the cost share budget, upload supporting documentation for the cost share.
TIP: To export the cost share budget to Excel, click the cost share budget within the Funding Proposal, and then click Export Budget within the cost share budget workspace. The budget will then be available in Excel format under the History tab within the cost share budget workspace.
“Outgoing subawards” refer to funds awarded to Lehigh and then dispersed to external subrecipients.
Subaward budget information should be entered within the budget workspace of the proposal. The instructional video below details how to enter a subaward budget:
For more information about outgoing subawards, including non-budget information, see the guide below:
LIRA will support Lehigh's funded award process. While the process is predominately a function of ORSP, PI/Study Staff will update the Award record with the following information to aid in the setup process:
- Building name(s) room number(s) where research will be performed
- IC Distribution %
- Authorized Signers
- Personnel with Banner Viewing Access
- Personnel with Payroll Access in Argos
This data will be captured and tracked via an Ancillary Review sent from ORSP.
When you need to request a change to an active award, LIRA supports that process through Award Modifications. You will use the system to request an award modification that will be sent to your CGS in ORSP. They will review your request and, if approved, will submit the request formally to the sponsor. ORSP will finalize the award modification in LIRA to ensure the award record is updated appropriately.
Here is a video on the Award Modificaiton Process:
LIRA is where you will initiate and manage the following Agreements types:
- Business Associate Agreement (BAA)
- Data Use Agreement (DUA)
- Outgoing Subawards
- Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)
- Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
- Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA)
- Research and Testing Agreement
- Testing Services Agreement
The chart below shows the agreement type and the associated Responsible Office who will be in charge of reviewing, negotiation, routing, and signing the agreement. If you have questions about a submitted agreement, please reach out to the following contacts from the appropriate Responsible Office:
- Tech Transfer: Rick Smith / email@example.com
- LTS: Eric Zematis / firstname.lastname@example.org
- ORSP: Contact your assigned Contract and Grant Specialist
|Acronym||Agreement Type||Agreement Initiator||Notes||Responsible Office|
|CDA||Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement||PI/Study Staff||Also known as: Non-Disclosure Agreement, Confidentiality Agreement, Confidential Disclosure Agreement, Proprietary Information Agreement, or Secrecy Agreement||Tech Transfer|
|DUA||Data Use Agreement||PI/Study Staff||Also known as: Data Trasfer and Use Agreement||LTS|
|MTA||Material Transfer Agreement||PI/Study Staff||Tech Transfer|
|BAA||Business Associate Agreement||PI/Study Staff||Dictated by HIPAA, BAAs outline the responsibility of another party when it comes to Protected Health Information (PHI)||LTS|
|SRA||Sponsored Research Agreement||ORSP||Also known as: Research Funding Agreement, Grant Funding Agreement, Grant Support Agreement||ORSP|
|SUB||Outgoing Subaward||ORSP||Also known as: Outoing subcontract, outgoing subagreement||ORSP|
|RTA||Research and Testing Agreement||PI/Study Staff||ORSP|
|TSA||Testing Services Agreement||PI/Study Staff||ORSP|
Please review the videos below on how to create and submit an Agreement in LIRA: