Proposal Approvals

Each person who approves a proposal certifies different items.

The Principal Investigator's (PI) approval certifies:

  • An agreement to direct and manage all work as proposed;
  • Whether there are any significant disclosed or undisclosed conflicts of interest (financial or other);
  • An agreement to abide by all applicable regulations, policies and procedures related to the project including responsibility that all co-investigators, research assistants, students, or other staff abide by all applicable regulations, policies and procedures;
  • An agreement to accept responsibility for the scientific (or service or training), financial and ethical conduct of the project;
  • An assurance that the contents of this proposal have not been fabricated, falsified or plagiarized; and
  • An agreement to complete all necessary documentation, deliverables and reports for work once completed.

The Co-Investigator's (Co-I/Co-PI) approval certifies:

  • An agreement to do all work as proposed;
  • Whether there are significant disclosed or undisclosed conflicts of interest (financial or other);
  • An agreement to abide by all applicable regulations, policies and procedures related to the project;
  • An agreement to accept responsibility for the scientific and ethical conduct of his/her portion of the project; and
  • An assurance that the contents of this proposal have not been fabricated, falsified or plagiarized.

The Dean's/Director's/Department Chair’s approval certifies:

  • That PI and Co-I/Co-PI proposed effort do not exceed 100% of committed effort and, if funded, the faculty will be allowed time to complete the project as proposed;
  • That unit resources are available and allocated;
  • That proposed matching/cost share commitments are authorized and committed; and
  • That all space considerations in the project have been accounted for.

The Finance Director’s (if applicable) approval certifies:

  • That the proposal budget is in compliance with school/unit and university policies, regulations and standards; and
  • That proposed matching/cost share commitments are properly authorized and committed.

The Sponsored Projects Administrator’s approval certifies:

  • That the proposal review was conducted in accordance with GW and sponsor policies and procedures; and
  • That the proposal passes that review sufficiently to receive institutional approval.

The Authorized Organizational Representative's (AOR) approval certifies:

  • That GW has the appropriate facilities, resources and systems in place to administer and monitor the award in compliance with sponsor/agency, state, federal and university policies, regulations and standards;
  • That the submitted proposal is a properly authorized submission on behalf of the university; and
  • That the university has accepted all presented award terms and conditions of the expected award.