Any proposal that involves research must follow the following guidelines:
- Proposals with human subjects must have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval prior to submission. If the funder allows, approval may be requested and pending. Please see the IRB website for further information
- Proposals with involving animal research must be reviewed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Please contact the IACUC chair for more information.
- Proposals involving undergraduates or post-docs in research must follow Responsible Code of Research (RCR) guidelines. Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship for more information.
National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals must meet the following requirements:
- Special Information and Supplementary Documentation (Chapter II.C.2.j, of proposal guide), contains a clarification of NSF's long standing data policy. All proposals must describe plans for data management and sharing of the products of research, or assert the absence of the need for such plans. Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Data Management Plan. The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal or both.
- Cost Sharing (Chapter II.C.2.g[xi] of proposal guide), has been revised to implement the National Science Board's recommendations regarding cost sharing. Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Awardees are informed, however, that they remain subject to the OMB A-21 Clarification memo regarding committing and tracking faculty effort. In order to assess the scope of the project, all organizational resources necessary for the project must be described in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section (II.C.2.i). The description should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information. Mandatory cost sharing will only be required when explicitly authorized by the NSF Director.