Roles and Responsibilities
The responsibilities handled locally at the departmental level and those handled at the school level vary by School/College within Emory. The individual business offices are responsible for ensuring that the required support and administrative oversight (other than that designated to the central office) is in place. An administrator should be assigned to work with the PI on the direct administration of the project. Alternatively, several administrators may be made available to assist the PI in different administrative aspects of their project(s). Collectively, these administrators are responsible for oversight and management of the administration of any sponsored projects. While the University places the prime responsibility for the conduct of the sponsored projects in all its aspects on the Principal Investigator (PI), it is the departmental (or designated school) administrator who will be the most involved in the day-to-day operations of the project. Therefore, it is imperative that the PI and the assigned administrator(s) interact closely and frequently, at least on a monthly basis, to review and discuss financial and administrative matters.
Managing a sponsored project efficiently and appropriately requires close coordination between the administrator and PI. The assigned administrator(s) must ensure the following:
- Formulating grant and contract administration policies and procedures for approval
- Assisting faculty and department/school staff in the preparation of proposals and other administrative aspects of sponsored projects as needed
- Overseeing the negotiation, execution and administration, of sponsored project grants and contracts throughout the University from inception through closeout
- Assuring timely receipt of and proper fiscal stewardship for sponsor fund
- Negotiating University-wide F&A costs and employee benefit rates
- Assuring University compliance with federal requirements such as effort reporting, cost sharing and service centers
- Maintaining liaison with sponsoring agencies concerning University organization, policies and procedures; representing the University in negotiations with sponsoring agencies to assure consistent contract and grant provisions and policies; resolving problems and settling disputes
- In cooperation with other University offices, assuring compliance with sponsor's policies, e.g., fiscal, property, intellectual property, human and animal subjects
- In cooperation with other University offices maintaining official records concerning sponsored projects including official grant and contract files
- Training of administrative staff in the policies, procedures and practices of the University and sponsors.
The Associate Vice President for Research Administration as well as the Directors, Associate Directors, and Assistant Directors of OSP have been granted signature authority to sign contracts, grants and other documents related to sponsored projects. Only these individuals are permitted to commit the University to accept a sponsored project agreement.