Pre-Award and Contract Services is the typical starting point when seeking external funding.
Responsible for the overall management of the Pre-Award & Contract Services department, facilitates proposal development, negotiates and executes contracts and accepts grants and awards from sponsors.
Assists in preparing and submitting proposals, compiles reports related to proposal activity and maintains records pertinent to the Pre-Award & Contract Services department.
Pre-Award & Contract Services assists College faculty and staff in proposal preparation including the initial grant award process. This begins with searching for funding opportunities, enrolling faculty in e-mail alert services (SMARTS), and interpretation of Requests for Proposals. Supportive proposal preparation services include liaison activities among groups of faculty and/or outside agencies and community representatives; editing narrative; budget preparation; and proper completion of governmental forms. Expertise and guidance in electronic proposal submission is also provided.
As part of outreach to the campus, periodic presentations are offered upon request to faculty, staff and students on a variety of grant writing topics.
If a sponsor is considering funding a proposal, the Pre-Award & Contract Services department participates in negotiating the award budget and terms, including preparation of contractual documents. It is this office's responsibility to accept award conditions, as well as obtain proper signatory approvals.
A 1977 agreement between the State University of New York and the Research Foundation defines the type of programs which must be administered by the Research Foundation. Specifically it states that all formal applications to donors and sponsors seeking support of research and research-related programs, training programs and technical assistance activities must be submitted through the Research Foundation. This specifically includes all federal and state applications.
It is important to clarify the roles of the Research Foundation and the Buffalo State College Foundation. Typically the College Foundation solicits and administers gifts and endowments to the college which require no sponsored program activities. Sponsored programs are defined as those programs which have the following characteristics:
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