Grants Compliance / Manual
A comprehensive post-award standard operating procedures was created to assist projects in successful launch, implementation, deployment and compliant completion of outcomes for awarded grants.
- CSCC Grants Manual Cover and TOC
- CSCC Grants Pre-Award Manual
- CSCC Grants Post-Award Manual
- Full CSCC Grants Manual
Principal Investigator/Project Coordinator Orientation and Training Guide
Principal investigators' responsibilities include directing grant funded projects and managing financial aspects of the project in compliance with CSCC policy, federal and state laws, and agency requirements. For many large projects, a Project Coordinator or Project Manager is hired as the team leader who is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the project operations are done according to the grant proposal. Training to support this is available, and in some cases it is required. Principal investigators are responsible for ensuring they, their students, and staff meet compliance training requirements. The PI/PC Orientation and Training Guide can be obtained by contacting the Grant Management Coordinator.
Conflict of Interest Policy
A conflict of interest is a situation in which persons affiliated with a project funded by federal sources may have the opportunity to influence the project's business decisions in ways that could lead to personal gain or give improper advantage to themselves, their spouses, business partners, or immediate family.
In accordance with federal conflict of interest regulations, Columbus State has a policy that requires all principal investigators and co-PIs, prior to submitting proposals, to certify they have no conflicts, or, if they have conflicts, to complete a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form. For more information, please see the College's Policy 3-20 Conflict of Interest /Nepotism.
Responsible Conduct in Research
The federal government now requires that grantees and sub grantees of their funds receive training in Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR). The National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Resources are the first to comply with all other federal agencies to follow. CITI Program’s RCR series consists of a basic course, complemented with a set of additional modules of interest, and a refresher course.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
All institutions applying for federal funds must have Institutional Review Boards
(IRBs) with clearly defined policies and procedures to ensure that grant-funded research
activities protect human subjects. Principal investigators submitting proposals involving
research and human subjects must complete required forms and submit the project for
IRB review prior to submission.