Administration of Grants
After a grant has been awarded, the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations notifies the Dean's Office, the Assistant Comptroller in the Business Office, the appropriate academic department, and the principal investigator about the reporting requirements. Periodically afterward, CFR's automated system generates updates which, when applicable, are forwarded to the reporting officer (usually the principal investigator or project director) for handling.
In most cases, we work closely with the reporting officer to draft interim and final reports and provide whatever other assistance might be necessary to meet a reporting deadline. For almost all institutional proposals, the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations drafts the interim and final reports.
Beyond helping draft reports on grant activities, the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations also tracks institutional relationships with funders by carefully monitoring grants and working directly with faculty. For instance, we like to be informed about grant activities as this information can be useful in developing future proposals and ensuring the continued good will of Carleton's benefactors.
- Information regarding the policies and activities by which Carleton will meet certain federal funders' requirements for training on the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR).
- Any proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation on or after January 18, 2011, must include a supplemental "Data Management Plan" (no more than two pages in length) which demonstrates how the principal investigator of the proposed project will fulfill the NSF’s Data Sharing Policy, as published in the NSF Award & Administration Guide (AAG), chapter VI.D.4.. CFR can help all NSF applicants develop this statement.
- To ensure compliance with regulations as research is conducted with federal funding, all investigators (i.e., principal investigators, project directors, and the like, as well as department chairs who oversee researchers in their departments) are annually asked to review three main areas of compliance and to address the action items in each category.