New to Sponsored Research Administration - A Primer
Sponsored research projects at FSU, and at other universities, follow a fairly standard lifecycle. In the early stages of the lifecycle a researcher, or Principal Investigator (PI) generates an idea for a project. The researcher will then search for various funding opportunities which align with their interests, and submit a proposal to a funding agency. This is what's known as the "pre-award" portion of the lifecycle.
If the researcher receives the award, the lifecycle moves into the "post-award" phase. In this phase a central office at FSU (either Sponsored Research, or the FSU Research Foundation) will work with the PI and the department to setup the award. Next, the PI and the department will enter the project management phase as the research is being conducted. This process could last for months, or even years depending on the complexity of the project. At the end of the project the central office will work with the PI/department to close the award.
The research administrator's role throughout this process will vary depending on the department. Click through the lifecycle steps below for an overview of the processes the research administrator might assist with at each step.
Introduction to the Office of Research - Video
A short video describing the Office of Research, its makeup, and overall function at FSU.
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Research Administration Manual (RAM)
The Research Administration Manual (RAM) is your go-to source for FSU’s procedures for proposing and managing sponsored projects. It contains information and resources separated by pre-award and post-award activities.