Special Considerations and Required Approvers
Addition of Space, Staff, or Equipment: Krissy Day
Principal Investigators developing external funding requests that involve the addition of new staff positions and associated necessary office space or the purchase of major equipment with special space needs must consult with the Director of Business Operations to ensure appropriate resource and space planning considerations.
Cost Sharing: Dean Kleifgen
The University policy on Cost Sharing can be found here and specifies that voluntary committed cost sharing must not be included as part of a proposal submission. Generally, the Friedman School does not support applications with mandatory cost sharing requirements. Any case for proposed cost share must be discussed at least eight (8) weeks in advance of the submission deadline with and approved by the Friedman School Executive Administrative Dean.
PI Eligibility Waiver: Dean Saltzman & Dean Kleifgen
Principal investigator (PI) privileges confer the ability to submit research proposals for extramural funding and to conduct funded research. PI privileges are typically conferred by the Friedman School for unmodified professorial faculty and research faculty at the time of appointment. For other faculty ranks and titles, PI privileges may be granted at the time of appointment or may be subsequently requested by the process described below. Only in rare and extenuating circumstances will approval for PI privileges be considered for faculty who hold faculty titles modified by adjunct, clinical or visiting. Emerita/emeritus faculty may not serve as PI and must request an additional staff or faculty appointment for this purpose.
Staff employed by the Friedman School are never provided with PI privileges automatically at the time or hire or promotion. Staff must request PI privileges by the process described below.
Faculty and staff may request PI privileges if the conditions of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) policy on the Role and Eligibility of Principal Investigators are met. Specifics for requesting a PI Eligibility Waiver within the Friedman School can be reviewed here.
International Operations: Seedang Simonin
Principal Investigators developing external funding requests that involve in-country research activities of any size in a foreign country should allow for additional time to consult with the Friedman School Director of Research Administration as well as, if applicable, Tufts Global Operations to ensure adequate planning for financial and administrative operations, local employment regulation, and other complex, high risk issues. Please also see Proposal Templates & Tools for an international project risk and capacity assessment.
Involvement of Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)
Proposals involving HNRCA researchers require an approved Letter of Intent from the USDA. Please plan up to six weeks for this approval process. The HNRCA researcher will partner with the HNRCA Research Administrator (RA) Core Unit on required approval processes and requested proposal documents. The HNRCA RA Core portfolios can be viewed here.
Reduced Indirect Cost Rates and Ancillary costs in lieu of Indirect Costs: Seedang Simonin & Dean Kleifgen
See the School’s policy on ancillary costs here.