Research

Boston University Sargent College actively encourages its faculty and students to pursue external funding sources for research and training activities. The College believes that external funding provides unique opportunities to advance and expand our mission.

Policy on Principal Investigator (PI) Status

The University policy on Principal Investigator (PI) status explains who has automatic PI status, who can receive PI status with the appropriate approvals, and those who are ineligible for PI status.

BU Policy on Principal Investigator (PI) Status

Grant Processing Deadlines

Research Administrators should be notified of grant proposals at least three weeks before the sponsor’s due date. For detailed information about grant processing procedures and policies, review the University’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) proposal preparation guidelines.

To place an order

Please use this form to place an order for research related purchases. If you have not placed an order before, please contact the senior staff coordinator for grants administration at 617-358-7117.

Request for Reduction/Waiver of F&A

To request a reduction or waiver of the F&A rate below the maximum allowed by the sponsor, please complete and submit this form to OSP five business days before the internal processing of your proposal. The University provides cost-sharing only when necessary. If cost-sharing is not a requirement, do not volunteer it.  Prior approval by Chair, Dean, and the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research is required for ALL cost-share expenses.

Policy for Submitting Proposals

Please notify your Research Administrator of a grant proposal at least three weeks before the sponsor’s due date. For more detailed information of the application process, please review The Grant Process at Sargent College.

Guidelines for Determining Independent Contractor vs. Employee Status for External Service Providers

Before any services are performed or payment requests processed, a worker classification questionnaire must be completed to determine whether individuals should be considered employees or independent contractors. Accounts Payable will review the questionnaire and decide which designation is most appropriate. If classified as an independent contractor, the PI and the Research Administrator will complete a Research-Related Consulting Agreement to be submitted to the Sourcing & Procurement office.

Guidelines for Determining Independent Contractor vs. Employee Status for External Service Providers Performing Services within the United States

Research Resources

University Offices

Review Committee

Fellowships

Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund

Internal funding opportunities for doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty are available through the Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund.

Policy & Procedures