The Proposal Sign-Off Process
A process in obtaining required University approval before submitting the proposal to the sponsor.
The Proposal Sign-off Sheet is an internal form for documentation of the University's official approval of the plans and commitments contained in proposals to external sponsors. This form should be completed for all external sponsors.
It should be completed and routed along with the complete proposal guidelines, narrative, budget, and budget narrative to all appropriate officials [i.e. Department Head(s), Dean(s)/Vice President(s), and the Office of Sponsored Programs (or appropriate designees)] before the proposal is submitted to an external sponsor.
Project Directors are reminded that each office which signs the Proposal Sign-off Sheet requires time to review the proposal and other documents.
Research Definitions and Classifications
Definitions according to the National Science Foundation:
Basic Research: Research undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge without any particular application or use in mind.
Applied Research: Research conducted to gain the knowledge or understanding to meet a specific, recognized need.
Developmental: The systematic use of the knowledge or understanding gained from research directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods, including the design and development of prototypes and processes.
Interdisciplinary Research and Development: A mode of R&D by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of R&D practice.
Collaboration: Collaborative awards with other academic institutions involve two or more higher education institutions, where each institution receives funding directly from the prime source, excluding subrecipient awards—for example, awards for which your institution was a subrecipient of funds or passed funds through to another institution.
International: A project involving international collaboration/collaborators, students, travel,
or direct/indirect international reach.
Tips for determining if your project is affiliated with a university center:
If your project cannot be completed without the use of a university center or a center is necessary to accomplish the scope of work outlined in a project, then please indicate the center on the sign-off sheet. If your project is not affiliated with a university center, please mark N/A on the sign-off sheet. Please remember to complete center affiliation information for all PI's and Co-PI's on the project. For additional guidance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of centers can be found at: http://www.wku.edu/artp/centers.php.
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