When a proposal is submitted for any sponsored activity, the PI must complete an Internal Sponsored Coordination Form. This form authorizes the proposal submission with the signatures of the project’s principal investigator (PI) or project director (PD), co-investigators, the department chair or director, and the appropriate dean. It is a form to collect data for Tufts’ management purposes.
This form, including signatures required, must accompany all applications for sponsored research funding, including full proposals, pre-proposals, competing renewals, resubmission, supplement, and transfer-in applications. This form seeks to facilitate the coordination of proposals to be consistent with Tufts’ academic and research policies and obligations to external sponsors. Please note that when the application is sent to the Office of Research Administration for review and processing, a faxed or scanned copy of the form may be submitted in lieu of the original.
Signatures must be obtained in the order listed on the form. By this acknowledgment, the principal investigator, program director and other program participants, where appropriate, assure:
The PI certifies that he/she and all key personnel have read the Tufts University Conflict of Interest Policy and attest that they complied with all required disclosures, that they are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from current transactions by a federal department or agency, and that they have not and will not lobby any federal agency on behalf of this award. Additionally, for NIH submissions, the PI certifies that he/she is in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. This includes submission to PubMed Central (PMC), upon acceptance for publication, an electronic version of peer-reviewed, original research publications, resulting from research supported in whole or in part with direct costs from NIH.
The form has several purposes:
“For multi-account proposals the investigators’ signatures indicate approval of budget distribution and agree to this distribution at time of award.”
Internal Sponsored Coordination Form:
Many of the major funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, have specific forms and submission requirements.
NSF proposals may be submitted via FastLane or Grants.gov. The Office of Research Administration recommends FastLane as this is direct to the agency. If you have not used FastLane before, please read the Quick FastLane Tutorial.
When applying to other funding sources, visit their website to find out what forms or guidelines they have for applicants.
Remember, even direct electronic submissions to granting agencies must be processed through the Office of Research Administration.