Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are "Sponsored Programs"?
Q. How can I find out about funding opportunities?
Q. Should I contact OSP or the Development Office to apply for funding from foundations?
Q. How do I distinguish between private consulting agreements and university agreements?
Q. How do I begin developing a proposal?
Q. What are the AUC indirect cost and fringe benefit rates?
Q. What is AUC's cost sharing policy?
Q. Whom do I contact when my proposal involves the use of human subjects in research?
Q. When I write a proposal to do sponsored research, who should sign and submit the proposal to the sponsor?
QWhen I receive an agreement from a sponsor for signature, who should sign it?

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A. What are "Sponsored Programs"?

See Definition of Sponsored Programs.

A. How can I find out about funding opportunities?

See Pre-Proposal.

A. Should I contact the Office of Sponsored Programs or the Development Office to apply for funding from foundations or companies?

Both OSP and the Development Office assist members of the AUC community in obtaining financial support from foundations and companies. OSP handles all grants and contracts, and Development handles gifts.

A. How do I distinguish between private consulting agreements and university agreements?

Here are some useful indicators: 
If the draft agreement lists AUC’s name or the department’s name as a party, then it is an AUC agreement.
If the work being done will use AUC facilities and/or space, then it is an AUC agreement.
If you intend to involve AUC students or employees, then it is an AUC agreement. But if you will perform the work individually then it may be a private consulting agreement.

A. How do I begin developing a proposal?

See Pre-Proposal and Proposal.

A.  What are the AUC indirect cost and fringe benefit rates?

See Indirect Cost and Fringe Benefit Rates.

A. What is AUC's cost sharing policy?

AUC's policy is that sponsored research programs should normally recover their full share of direct and indirect costs from the sponsor.

Sometimes sponsors require that AUC subsidize ("cost share") a portion of the costs, or sponsors may decline to support certain types of costs (such as indirect costs). In other cases, AUC offers to subsidize a share of the cost in order to make a proposal more attractive.

In any of these situations, the researcher must identify a source for the subsidy, such as the Department, School, Center, or the University. Requests for Department, School, or Center subsidies must be discussed with the appropriate Department Chair, Dean, or Center Director. Requests for University subsidies are considered by the Vice President for Finance and the Provost.

A. Whom do I contact when my proposal involves the use of human subjects?

Refer to AUC research policies.

A.  When I write a proposal to do sponsored research, who should sign and submit the proposal to the sponsor?

Only the Provost is authorized to approve proposals. The Office of Sponsored Programs will submit the proposal to the sponsor. For more information on the proposal process, see Proposal.

 When I receive an agreement from a sponsor for signature, who should sign it?

The Board of Trustees has authorized the President and the Provost to sign contracts that legally bind the university.  Faculty members, department chairs, center directors, and deans are not authorized to sign unless they have a specific written delegation from the President.   Please be careful that you do not accidentally sign a legal document unless you are authorized and required to do so. OSP will ensure that proper signatures are in place for you.