When a grant proposal is first awarded, the C&F Grants Office will work with you as the project director/PI and the Business Office to set up a new restricted grant account ("cost center") in the Ellucian accounting system based upon the approved project budget. The designated grant account must be used for all grant-related expenses. You will be responsible for monitoring grant spending and following the approved budget. The C&F Grants Office and Business Office staff will meet with you at the beginning of the project implementation period to review the budget and project spending needs and will provide budget oversight support during the grant terms.
All grant-related charges must be allowable, allocable, and reasonable and made in compliance with University procedures and policies. Detailed information on financial procedures and policies is provided on the Business Office website, along with commonly used forms. http://www.stlawu.edu/business
Project Director/PI Responsibilities
As Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI), you are responsible for managing all aspects of your grant project. It is critical to maintain a positive relationship with your funder—not only to improve the likelihood of securing more support for your own work in the future, but also for your colleagues.
As PD/PI, you will need to ensure that:
- Your project meets all sponsoring agency and institutional policy guidelines;
- You implement the grant activities and work towards the outcomes as outlined in your proposal;
- You meet all deadlines for narrative and financial reports;
- Scientific research is conducted in a safe, responsible, and ethical manner;
- Student research assistants are properly trained and supervised;
- You monitor the performance of any subcontractors involved in your project; and
- You comply with all grant terms for acknowledgment, publicity, and dissemination of grant activities and outcomes.
Time and Effort Reporting
In accordance with federal regulations, St. Lawrence University requires principal investigators of federally-funded sponsored activities to periodically verify that the salaries charged to grants for which they are responsible represent a reasonable estimate of the actual time worked on the grant. For more information, please see the SLU policy statement.
Responsible Conduct of Research
The U.S. Government requires that federally-sponsored research and education grants include a plan for “appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research.” The C&F Grants Office is pleased to help faculty identify appropriate RCR training resources.
Faculty who receive federal funding to conduct research or supervise student researchers are responsible for ensuring that all work is done in compliance with St. Lawrence and governmental policies. This includes ensuring that all undergraduate students supported by funds from the National Science Foundation are given proper training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research. This training should take place during the first year of employment or, for shorter periods, before the employment end date. The student is not required to complete the tutorials in one sitting, but must complete the course before his/her employment ends.
St. Lawrence faculty mentoring federally-sponsored undergraduate research students are encouraged to use the free, online RCR training modules available through Ethics CORE. Ethics CORE is the centerpiece project of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, serving as an NSF-initiated national online ethics resource center. Ethics CORE is committed to supporting instruction in RCR as an essential aspect of career development for emerging professionals as well as practicing scholars, scientists and engineers.
The CMDITR RCR modules are a series of interactive tutorials on Responsible Conduct of Research available at no cost to groups affiliated with educational or other non-profit institutions. These tutorials were developed and originally hosted by The Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (CMDITR), a National Science Foundation funded Science and Technology Center headed at the University of Washington. All St. Lawrence employees should make sure they affiliate themselves with St. Lawrence University. St. Lawrence University is responsible for tracking and verifying completion of this training for employees. Those who have completed the RCR program should print their certification of completion and provide one copy to their faculty supervisor.