Once a proposal has been reviewed and recommended for funding, the sponsor’s program official will often notify the Principal Investigator (PI) directly. Such preliminary or informal advice may precede official notification by as much as several months. Because scientific or program approval does not always guarantee funding, no work may be initiated or costs incurred until the sponsor’s official written notification is received and accepted by the University.
When you receive an award notification, it must be forwarded to Sven Stafford, Director of Development. This office is responsible for entering awards into the University financial accounting system and notifying investigators of the terms and conditions of their awards.
The acceptance of an award, once official notification has been received, represents a formal obligation by the University; therefore the PI, Development Office, and the VP for Finance must review the provisions of each offer before acceptance. The PI should ascertain that the scope of work and budget are consistent with his or her proposal and review the schedule for reporting progress or other deliverables.
Award documents that require a signature for acceptance are to be signed by an authorized University official. This is Talant Sultanov, Vice President for Finance. The PI may not make commitments on the behalf of the University.
Your grant will also be reported, as required, to the AUCA Board of Trustees. A news release will be issued per your request. The Office of Grants and Faculty Development will write an announcement for the online publication UW Oshkosh Today.
Once the award documents are signed and accepted by the authorized University official, you may begin work on your project.