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Annotated with Resources
Edition of 02/21/2017

- Science and the Endless Frontier: A Report to the President by Vannevar Bush (1945)
- Allocating Federal Funds for Science and Technology - National Academy of Sciences (1995)

  1. Collection and Dissemination of Information 

    1. Marketing - Internal and External
      1. Identification of funding opportunities Identification of internal capabilities
    2. Resource Documents, Application Materials and Information
    3. Dissemination of Information/Publications
    4. Liaison
      1. Internally
      2. Funding Sources
        Federal Agencies Directory
      3. Cooperative Arrangements
        Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
        Grant or Cooperative Agreement 
        Grants/contracts what is the difference                  
    5. Public Relations
      General Overview
    6. Agency Structure and Practice
      NSF at a Glance
    7. NSF Update
    8. NSF FAQ
    9. Office of Extramural Research NIH Overview
      NIH Frequently asked questions
    10. NIH Update
  2. Proposal Development
    1. Proposal Writing
    2. Budget Preparation
    3. Documentation to Meet Sponsor Requirements
    4. Internal Proposal Processing
    5. Negotiation Techniques
    6. Contracting Basics
  3. Administration of Awards


  1. Regulations and Statutes
    1. Overview of Regulatory and Legislative Process
    2. Governmental Relations
    3. Mandated Requirements
  2. Compliance - Federal/Sponsors and General Management Practices
    1. Representations and Certifications

      a. Federal Drug Free Workplace & Drug Free Schools
      b. Federal Debt Delinquency
      c. Federal Debarment / Suspension
      d. Lobbying
      e. Conflicts of Interest
      f. Other

    2. Federal Management Requirements
    3. Institution Committees
    4. Federal Disclosure Requirements   Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
    5. Institutional and Sponsor Publication Requirements
    6. Federal Labor Standards
    7. HIPAA Health
    8. International Traffic in Arms Control (ITAR)
    9. Export Administration Regulations (EAR)


  3. Federal/Sponsor Appeal Procedures
  4. Legal Authority
    1. Delegations of Authority
    2. Authorized Organizational Representative
             Sample university policy


  1. Budgeting/Accounting
    1. Accounting Systems
    2. Management information systems
    3. Accounting Processes


  2. Costs
    1. Facilities & Administrative Costs (Indirect costs)
    2. Facilities & Administrative Costs (Indirect costs rates)
    3. Indirect cost rates
    4. Cost sharing and matching
  3. Sponsor Financial Reporting
  4. Audit
    1. Types
      Uniform guide for initial review of 133 audit Reports
    2. Internal and External Requirements
      Best Practices  
      133 Audit property Guidance


General Topics

  1. Facility Management
    1. Overview of property management
      A. Overview of Specialized Facilities
              Lab Type Definitions
    2. Property Utility and Equipment Management
    3. Safety and Health Requirements and Procedures
    4. Hazardous and Nonhazardous Materials
    5. Security
    6. Renovation and Construction
    7. Biohazards
    8. Other  
  2. Contracts and Purchasing
    1. Basic Legal Concepts
    2. Management of Contracts and Purchasing
    3. Termination and Appeals
  3. Records Management
  4. Human Resource Management
    1. Overview
    2. Employee / Labor Relations
    3. Career Development Training
    4. Staffing

      Performance, Accountability and Human Resources

    5. Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity

Glossary of Research Terms and Other Helpful Resources: 

Glossary of Funding & Policy Terms & Acronyms National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

OMB Intergovernmental Review (EO 12372)

DHHS GrantsNet – contains several useful urls

Grant reform OMB PL 106-107

US Government Agencies & Organizations



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