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I. PREFACE

This manual has been prepared by the Office of Research Services (ORS), Coastal Carolina University, to help faculty and staff in the preparation and submission of grant proposals and the administration of grant awards.  Material contained in this manual is relevant to any kind of project or granting agency.

ORS assist Coastal Carolina University faculty and staff in the development of proposals to support research, public service, training, and equipment acquisition as well as institutional and departmental activities.

A sponsored project is defined by any or all of the following criteria: the proposed project binds the University to a specific scope of work as evidenced by required progress, technical or final reports or other deliverables; the project has a specified performance period or completion date; a report of expenditures or billing is required.

ORS is responsible for the final review of all proposals to make certain they conform to the current regulations of the University, the State and the sponsoring agency before they are signed by a signatory officer of the University and submitted to the proposed sponsor.  No proposal is considered official without such a signature and the University may, at its discretion, refuse any awards made for proposals that do not follow this submission procedure.  In such a case the faculty member may be held personally liable for any financial obligations made on behalf of the University.  Official and binding pre-award and post-award negotiations with sponsors must also be performed through ORS.

Upon receipt of an award from a funding agency, ORS initiates the internal paperwork to establish a University account and works jointly with the Principal Investigator (PI), University administrative offices, and the sponsor to complete the project in conformance with all contractual terms and agreements.  ORS monitors the project until its competition and the submission of final technical and fiscal reports.

The contents of this manual are also available on the World Wide Web at the Office of Research Services' home page http://www.coastal.edu/administriation/research.  The most current information such as fringe benefit rates will be posted to this site as soon as they become available and may be downloaded to keep your manual up-to-date.  The site also includes other grant related information as well as grant funding opportunities and links to other universities and funding agencies.  If you choose to print this manual from the Web Site, be aware that it includes links, which you will need to ignore in the printed version.

The staff of ORS is pleased to have an active role in working with faculty and staff in the complex process of proposal preparation, submission and award and strive to provide the best possible service to the Coastal Carolina University community.