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Account Requirements

Please request SIMS access from your college research administration office. SIMS users can log in via their Penn State Access account.

Support

If you experience problems or have any questions in regard to SIMS, please contact SIMS Administration.

SIMS Quick Reference PDF
SIMS Users' Manual PDF
SIMS SIMSbudgetsWeb-Based Data Entry Manual PDF
SIMS Negotiation Manager Agreement Types PDF
SIMS Negotiation Manager Actions PDF

SIMS Wiki
Tips & Help

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
To connect to SIMS from a network outside of the PSU network you must use the PSU VPN service. More information can be at the PSU VPN site.

Pop-up Blockers
SIMS makes use of pop-up windows for reporting. Please disable any pop-up blockers when using SIMS.

Browser Version
SIMS has been tested running Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome and Safari. It is always recommended you use the latest versions available.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
SIMS uses encrypted sockets layer to ensure secure data transfers. The SIMS "Certificate" should be accepted.

Browser Cache
Browser Cache setting should be set to renew "Every time" (Windows instructions) If weird things are happening, this is often the problem.

Cookies
Accepting a "cookie" should be enabled.

Java & JavaScirpt
Java & JavaScript should be enabled.

Viewer Plugins
SIMS may need certain plugins in order to complete requested functions. The following plugins are utilized throughout:

If you experience a problem downloading images from the SIMS secure site and are running IE, do the following:

  • From IE: Tools > Internet Options or from
    Windows Start menu: Settings > Control Panel > Internet Options
  • Click "Advanced" tab
  • Scroll way down to "Security" section
  • Clear the option for "Do not save encrypted pages to disk"
  • Click "OK"

If you experience a problem viewing PDF images using Firefox, disable the built-in PDF veiwer:

  • From Firefox: Click on the "Firefox" menu button (top left) and select "Options"
  • Select "Applicatons" tab
  • Find "Portable Document Format (PDF)" in the list and click to select
  • Click on the drop-down arrow in the "Action" column for the above entry and select the PDF viewer you wish to use (Adobe Reader recommended)
  • Click "OK"

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