Responsibilities Associated with Grants and Contracts

Persons interested in grants and contract activities must understand the associated responsibilities. The following policies will assist individuals.

  • If the required products of the grant or contract are not completed within the award period, the funds of the grant/contract may be delayed or withheld, and future awards from the agency jeopardized. The primary investigator or project director for the project, in consultation with the department chair or director, will be held responsible for the successful completion of the grant/contract while assuming his or her regular duties.
  • If the required products of the grant/contract are not completed within the award period, the primary investigator or project director must request, in writing, an extension. The primary investigator or project director must be in consultation with the department chair or director and inform the Accounting Office of the revised arrangements. The Office of Sponsored Programs will remain the contact point for the granting agency, and all paperwork for the extension will flow through the Office of Sponsored Programs.
  • If the required products are not delivered, and Western has incurred expenses (including salary) which will not be reimbursed by the granting/contracting agency, the Primary Investigator or project director may be held responsible and be required to reimburse the entire amount to Western.
  • The granting/contracting agency has the final word if a grant is successfully completed.