In the postaward stage, the Grants Office receives award documentation and finalizes contracts, securing any needed signatures from College leadership, confirms that the final project plan reflects compliant stewardship of grant resources, hosts project kickoff meetings, and assists with writing and filing required reports.
Download a copy of this comprehensive how-to guide to taking your project from the idea stage through funding, performance and completion.
Project evaluation tells us definitively whether our programs are working and allows us to make mid-course corrections if needed. Are we achieving our goals? Is the program meeting a need? Is it using its resources efficiently?
An evaluation process can be performed by an internal evaluator or an external evaluator but must be planned before the project begins to ensure that all needed data is collected before the project ends.
The free Western Michigan Evaluation Center Checklists can help you develop evaluation plans.
The Online Evaluation Resource Library can also help you design, conduct, document, or review project evaluations.
EvaluATE is the evaluation hub for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.
Principal Investigators (or PIs, also known as project directors), should be familiar with the following policies and procedures, which pertain to all federal grants. Most of these policies also pertain to grant-funded activities from non-federal sources, such as public state/local funding and most private funding. Noncompliance in these areas can result in losing future grant funds, or worse, having to pay back funds that have already been spent.
In addition to the policies listed above, PIs must also be knowledgeable about purchasing policies, found on Sinclair’s Purchasing Office website, and travel policies, found on Sinclair’s General Accounting Office website.
According to federal regulations, principal investigators have an obligation to protect persons from harm by maximizing the anticipated benefits and minimizing the possible risks of harm associated with any research project involving human subjects. Therefore, principal investigators submitting research proposals involving human subjects must submit the project for IRB review prior to applying for funding.
Is your project considered research? Does your project involve human subjects? Does your project involve only minimal risk? The answers to these questions begin with some basic definitions.
The Office for Human Research Protections of the Department of Health & Human Services provides a decision tree to help PIs determine whether their research activity has to be reviewed by their institution’s IRB.
In addition, the Charter and Operating Procedures for Sinclair’s IRB contains guidelines that operationalize federal IRB requirements.
Finally, the Sinclair Grants Office will help Sinclair PIs decide whether to submit the project for IRB review prior to applying for funding, and if so, which type of review to request from the IRB.
For more information, download the Frequently Asked Questions about Human Subjects Research at Sinclair.