What do I do now?
- Contact research services to confirm they know of your grant or contract funding.
Some organizations do not notify research services of your award, so make sure you are in communication with Research Services to ensure they are working to receive the funds and set up an account (AKA "fund").
- Find out whether or not you need to have a MOU/MOA signed by the University's Board of Governors. Some contracts (especially those with shared funding arrangements with other universities) require a Memorandum of Understanding or a Memorandum of Agreement to be signed by the Board of Governors. This will require reviewing by Contracts Unit.
- Start the ethics application process, if you haven't already. Funds will not be released until a copy of your approved REB application is in the hands of Research Services. This process will require varying amounts of time, depending on the nature of your research. More information is available on this website under the Ethics; also see the University's Research Ethics Office's webpage.
- Read the following for Information about opening research accounts.
- If your proposal for funding was not reviewed by Research Services prior to submission, fill out the following Research Fund Request Form
- Read the following for Guidelines for the administration of research funds.
- Check policies/ guidelines of the sponsoring agency to determine if overhead is applicable to your grant or contract. More information is available from Research Services' website: http://www.usask.ca/research/research_services/grant_overhead.php.
- If you have co-investigators from other universities and need to transfer out funds, contact a Grants Officer (see below) to initiate the transfer. Transfer of funds from one institution to another requires a sub-transfer agreement to be signed by both researchers and their institutions.
In a workshop at the 2008 Canadian Association of Research Administrators conference in Halifax, Sally Gray (Wilfred Laurier University) and Robert Dirstein (Ryerson University) compared grants and contracts in the following ways:
|Usually does not include stipend for PI||
Often allows PI to supplement salary
|More flexibility re: research direction||Research tasks clearly delineated|
|No restrictions on publications||Publication can be delayed|
|IP generally not tied to sponsor||Sponsor may have IP rights|
|Payment independent of milestone reporting||Funds often released once reporting is done|
See the following link for an overview of a research grant path at the UofS: http://www.usask.ca/research/research_services/grant_path.php
See the following link for an overview of a research contract path at the UofS: http://www.usask.ca/research/research_services/contract_path.php