FAQ about Sponsored Research
 

What is sponsored research?
When should I start the grant process with CMC?
Where can I find available grant opportunities?
Do I have to have CMC approval to apply for a government grant?
Where can I get the information I need to complete a grant application?
Does the College return any of the indirect costs it receives to the Principal Investigator (PI)?
Can I submit the grant directly on my own?
If the grant application is denied funding should I resubmit?
What if I am unable to complete the project before the time period of the grant runs out?
What if I run out of grant funds before the project is completed?


1. What is sponsored research?
At CMC, sponsored research refers to any project that is funded through U.S. government sources, regardless of the agency and including both grants and contracts. CMC also supports applications for corporate and foundation grants. For more information on these private funding options, please contact the Office of Foundations and Corporate Relations http://www.cmc.edu/foundations/default.php.

2. When should I start the grant process with CMC?
The sooner the better! As soon as you have identified a potential grant opportunity, please notify the Office of Sponsored Research. This allows OSR to review the program announcement, help you mitigate any potential issues that could impact your success, and to assist with budget preparation. The more time you have put into your proposal, the better the odds of funding. Generally speaking, OSR appreciates being notified about proposals one month prior to the submission deadline.

3. Where can I find available grant opportunities?
In addition to speaking with staff in the Offices of Sponsored Research and Foundation and Corporate Relations, the following on-line sources are very helpful.

www.grants.gov provides an excellent search engine that allows anyone to search for grant opportunities via funding opportunity number, keyword, agency, etc.  Stay informed regarding new and updated opportunities by subscribing to email notifications.
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/ search for funding opportunities with the National Science Foundation via keywords
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm search for funding opportunities with the National Institutes of Health via keywords
http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html grant opportunities with the National Endowment for the Humanities are listed in alphabetical order

4. Do I have to have CMC approval to apply for a government grant?
Yes.  You must notify the Office of Sponsored Research that you intend to submit a grant application.  Prior to submission of the grant, a CMC Federal Grants Proposal Review Form (PRF) must be completed including the signatures of the Dean of the Faculty, the Director of Budgeting and Grants Administration, etc.  If the grant will include release time, you must have your departmental chair’s approval and the approval of the Dean of the Faculty prior to submission of the grant.
      
5. Where can I get the information I need to complete a grant application?
The Office of Sponsored Research can provide the institutional information you will need.  The Director of Budgeting and Grants Administration in the Office of the Treasurer can provide any additional financial and/or budgetary information you may need.
      
6. Does the College return any of the overhead support it receives to the Principal Investigator (PI)?
Yes.  The College returns 25% of the indirect costs it receives to the PI.  It may be used for the grant or for other professional related expenses.

7. Can I submit the grant directly on my own?
No.  All government grants must be submitted electronically by the College, normally through the Office of Sponsored Research.  Non-government grants are normally submitted by the Office of Foundations and Corporate Relations.

8. If the grant application is denied funding should I resubmit?
Yes.  Do not be discouraged if you are denied funding.  You should review the comments you received from the agency’s reviewers, try to incorporate them into a revised proposal, and resubmit.  We have several examples of proposals being funded after more than one resubmission.

9. What if I am unable to complete the project before the time period of the grant runs out?
You can apply for a no-cost extension from the granting agency.  Normally, these are approved without question for an additional year.

10. What if I run out of grant funds before the project is completed?
It is possible to apply for an additional period with additional funding.