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Frequently Asked Questions for Principal Investigators


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Finding Funding Sources

  • I need help finding a potential sponsor for my research- whom do I contact?

  • I have a manuscript almost ready for publication. Can your office provide me with any assistance?
  • I am just about ready to seek external funding for research that I am currently conducting. Are there any internal funding sources to help me complete the final phase of my preparation?
  • Is there a way to get announcements of funding opportunities automatically?

Submitting Proposals

  • Whom do I contact for help with submitting a grant/contract proposal?

  • I want to apply for a program that limits the number of applicants from a single institution. How does that work?
  • Who is eligible to serve as a Principal Investigator on a proposal?
  • Can there be more than one Principal Investigator on a proposal?
  • Who is designated as the authorized institutional representative for purposes of signing grant proposals and awards?
  • How many copies of my proposal do I need to make?
  • What can I do to expedite the proposal process for myself?
  • What approvals are required for proposal submission?
  • What is a PTAP?
  • On the PTAP form there is a question about conflict of interest. What happens if I check that I do have a conflict of interest?
  • How do I get a password for National Science Foundation (NSF) FastLane?
  • How do I sign up with the NIH eRA Commons?
  • I plan to submit an LOI (Letter of Intent) to a sponsor. Do I need to go through ORS?


  • Where do I locate proposal budget information on Facilities and Administration (F&A) costs, fringe benefit rates, etc.?

  • Can I request funds for secretarial salary on a proposal to a federal agency?
  • What are the guidelines for overload pay on a grant/contract?
  • What are F&A (facilities and administrative) costs (sometimes called indirect costs or overhead)?
  • Do I need to put F&A costs in my budget even if the sponsor doesn’t allow these?
  • How do I request approval to use a lower F&A rate on my sponsored project?
  • Should I budget for tuition for Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs)?
  • What is the difference between cost sharing and matching?
  • What is the difference between a subcontractor, a consultant, and a vendor?

Administering Awards

Complying with Rules for Human Subjects, Lab Animals, Biohazards

Creating and Protecting Intellectual Property

Have a question that we didn’t answer? Please write to us at ors@luc.edu.

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Office of Research Services
6439 N. Sheridan Road, Suite 400 · Chicago, IL 60626-5309
Phone: 773.508.2471 · Fax: 773.508.8942 · E-mail:ors@luc.edu

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