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POLICY TITLE: Research Proposals at Carnegie Mellon: Government, Corporations and Foundations

DATE OF ISSUANCE: This policy was originally issued to campus vice presidents, deans, directors and department heads on 12/1/90 as a presidential policy memo.

ACCOUNTABLE DEPARTMENT/UNIT: Office of Sponsored Research. Questions on policy content should be directed to Tom Eagan, manager, office of sponsored research, x85835.

For the list of persons authorized to sign contracts for Carnegie Mellon see Authorized Signatures.

ABSTRACT: All proposals, contracts and agreements related to research activities must be reviewed centrally to ensure compliance with government regulations and university policies.


Research Proposals: Government, Corporations and Foundations

Sponsored research is an important part of the mission of the university and accounts for a significant portion of the university's expenditures in a given year. The large amount of research that is supported by government, industry and foundations brings with it a myriad of constantly changing legal, financial and administrative requirements which must be taken into account. Because of the complexity of all these factors, it is important that all proposals, contracts and agreements related to research activities be reviewed centrally to ensure compliance with government regulations and university policies.

Signatures and Approvals

In general, research proposals require two sets of signatures: those required by the funding organization and those required by Carnegie Mellon. No proposal should be sent out of the university without the appropriate signatures.

All research proposals to the government and to corporations should be circulated internally and should be accompanied by a Carnegie Mellon Proposal Routing and Sign-off Sheet. The sign-off sheet ensures that everyone involved in the process has had the opportunity to review the proposal.

The following signatures are required on the sign-off sheet:

Research proposals to foundations - whether initiated within the college or the Development Office - must also be reviewed and signed by the Provost's Office.

Negotiation of the Award

After an award is made to the university, the Office of Sponsored Research will enter into sponsored research or contract negotiations. The principal investigator will be responsible for negotiating technical aspects of the agreement. The remainder of the negotiations will be the responsibility of the Office of Sponsored Research or the Office of the Associate Provost for Research and Academic Administration. All research agreements must be signed by either the provost or the associate provost for research and academic administration. No other personnel are authorized to commit the university to a research agreement.



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