When undertaking a research project, the Principal Investigator assumes numerous important responsibilities that extend beyond the preparation of the proposal and include compliance with appropriate assurance processes, the conduct and integrity of the scientific or other sponsored project and its close-out processes, and the subsequent dissemination of the research results.
The soundness, accuracy, and completeness of the proposal, including:
Preparation of the research or sponsored activity proposals or research fellowship applications;
Submission of these proposals through Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) with the proper scientific, statistical, departmental, and College review, and the verification of the adequacy of the resources to conduct the research, and;
Coordination of the proper review of any off-site research or other sponsored project activity.
Completion of all required trainings and certification, including those applicable to key personnel participating in the project.
The scientific, ethical, and technical aspects of any resulting research or other sponsored project, including:
Oversight of all activities in the laboratory or other space, and each study site involved;
Training and education of all individuals working on the research or other sponsored project in such areas as laboratory safety, scientific rigor, data collection and management, and scientific integrity, including, but not limited to, issues such as authorship, conflict of interest and commitment, and humans and animal subjects issues, and;
Understanding that research or other sponsored activity conducted at Buffalo State must satisfy not only the needs of the investigators but of the institution, society, and the funding agency.
The proper budgetary management of awarded funds including:
Authorizing the allocation and verifying the appropriateness of expenditures as legitimate, allowable, and correct;
Financial monitoring of accelerated expenditures, large unobligated balances, and over-expenditures;
Completion of eCRT (effort certifications) for the research or sponsored project personnel;
Working with SPA Grants Management and PreAward in a timely and accurate manner when it is necessary to re-budget funds, and;
Ensuring that program income (if any) is returned to the research or sponsored project.
Compliance with the specific terms of the award and statutes including:
Obtaining, maintaining, and adhering to all assurances such as human subjects, animal care and welfare, radiation safety, hazardous chemicals, recombinant DNA, and biological substances;
Compliance with terms including prior written approval for change in scope, foreign travel, equipment purchases and disposition, hiring, contracting, and re-budgeting, and;
Submit a copy of all progress reports and other required reports to Grants Management / SPA prior to submission to the funding organization. Each sponsor is different, so please verify with PreAward or Grants Management staff.
Adherence to other Federal regulations:
Such as those concerning proscriptions against lobbying, financial discussions with industry funding sponsors, and as specified in the Grant Terms and Conditions of the award.
Oversight of Personnel Involved in the Project
Ensure that all job postings, hiring decisions, and salary adjustments are done according the campus policy and in conjunction with the SPA Human Resources staff;
Ensure timely submission and accuracy of all required time sheets;
Comply with the requirement for annual employee evaluations and;
Notify SPA HR staff regarding any employee relations issues and work with them to resolve.
Protecting the College from legal liability related to the research or other sponsored project
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