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E60: Sponsored Research

Revisions to the Policy Rationale, Policy Statement, and Applicability sections of this document must be approved by the full Faculty Senate.

Policy Rationale

It is the policy of the University of New Mexico (UNM) to encourage faculty members to participate in research sponsored by outside agencies when such research is consistent with the basic aims of UNM in regard to the education of students, the extension of knowledge, and the broadening of man’s horizon in the sciences, engineering, arts, and humanities. To ensure the most effective administration of UNM’s sponsored research, this policy document provides policies and procedures for the submission of proposals, approval of research contracts and grants, budgeting of facilities and administrative (F&A) expenditures, and reporting of actual F&A expenditures.

Policy Statement

The Vice President for Research (VPR) has been designated by the President as UNM’s reviewing, certifying, and negotiation coordinating officer for all main-campus and branch-campus research proposals submitted to outside agencies. The Senior Executive Officer for Finance & Administration (SEOFA), Health Sciences Center (HSC), has been designated by the President as UNM’s reviewing, certifying, and negotiation coordinating officer for all HSC research proposals submitted to outside agencies. The VPR and SEOFA HSC have also been designated the approval authority for any modifications to awards, in response to research proposals.

Final authority for accepting and signing research contracts and grants is vested in the President of UNM, and has been delegated as indicated in UAP Policy 2010, "Contracts Signature Authority and Review.'

On an annual basis the Vice President for Research shall consult with the Research Council of the UNM Faculty Senate to discuss research priorities of, and adjustments to, the F&A distribution algorithm for main-campus and branch-campus sponsored research. These discussions shall reflect input articulated to the Faculty Senate by its various committees and individual faculty members involved in sponsored research.

Similarly, on an annual basis, the HSC Vice President for Research shall consult with the HSC Council of the Faculty Senate and other HSC research committees concerning research priorities of, and adjustments to, the F&A distribution for HSC-sponsored research.

Applicability

All academic and research UNM units, including the Health Sciences Center and Branch Campuses.

Revisions to the remaining sections of this document may be amended with the approval of the Faculty Senate Policy Committee and Operations Committee in consultation with the responsible Faculty Senate Committee listed in Policy Heading.

Definitions

Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Expenditures. F&A expenditures reflect costs associated with providing and maintaining the infrastructure that supports the research enterprise (buildings and their maintenance, libraries, etc.) and which cannot easily be identified with a specific project. F&A expenditures are calculated using rates determined in conjunction with auditors from the applicable federal agency. The rate is calculated and charged as a percentage of modified total direct costs (MTDC).

Sponsored Research: Sponsored research shall be construed to include sponsored research, service, training projects, and other categories of awards for all except basic capital construction and maintenance projects.

Who should read this policy

  • Faculty and staff conducting sponsored research
  • Members of the Faculty Senate and the Research Policy Committee
  • Academic deans or other executives, department chairs, directors, and managers
  • Administrative staff responsible for sponsored research management.

Related Documents

UNM Regents’ Policy Manual

Faculty Handbook,

University Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual

Office of the Vice President for Research, "Proposal Development and Award Guide"

Contacts

Direct any questions about this policy to Office of the Vice President for Research or the Office of the HSC Vice President for Research.

Procedures

1. Faculty shall follow procedures for proposal preparation and submission as outlined, from time to time, in the procedures promulgated by the Office of the VPR, for main-campus and branch-campus sponsored research, and the HSC Vice President for Research for HSC sponsored research.

1a. Faculty Research Support Services (FRSS), under the direction of the VPR, provides assistance to non-HSC faculty and staff by:

  • Finding funding sources matching research interests and project development.
  • Developing and preparing proposals (including budget).
  • Navigating UNM's proposal process.
  • Planning, coordinating, and supporting large and complex proposal efforts requiring numerous partnerships and multidisciplinary collaborations.

FRSS also acts as liaison between the sponsor agency and the faculty when requested to do so.

1b. The Office of HSC Vice President for Research provides services similar to those described in 1a above to HSC faculty and staff.

2. The Office of the Vice President for Research will coordinate closely with the main-campus and branch-campus principal investigators and appropriate members of the Contract and Grant Accounting Office to ensure that the prior approval function, of modifying grant and contract budgets in force, is in accordance with the regulations of the sponsoring agencies or foundations. Similarly the Office of the HSC Vice President for Research will coordinate closely with the principal investigators and appropriate members of the HSC sponsored research management teams to ensure that the prior approval function, of modifying grant and contracts budgets in force, is in accordance with the regulations of the sponsoring agencies or foundations.

3. In consultation with the Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Faculty Senate Research Council, a formula (or algorithm) for the distribution of the main campus and branch campus F&A funds to units and centers, shall be developed by the Office of the Vice President for Research and posted on the Office’s website on an annual basis for main-campus sponsored research. The annual budget shall also be posted on the Office of the Vice President for Research’s website

Similarly, in consultation with the Office of the HSC Vice President for Research and the Faculty Senate HSC Council, a formula (or algorithm) for the distribution of the HSC F&A funds to units, centers, and institutes, shall be developed by the Office of the HSC Vice President for Research, approved by the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, and posted on the Office of the HSC Vice President for Research’s website on an annual basis for HSC sponsored research. The annual budget shall also be posted on the Office of the HSC Vice President for Research’s website.

4. Actual F&A distributions for main campus sponsored research, for each fiscal year shall be documented and posted on Office of the Vice President for Research’s website no later than three months after the end of the fiscal year. Similarly, actual F&A distributions shall be posted on the website no later than three (3) months after the end of the fiscal year.

5. During the regular academic year when the contract or grant calls for released time from regular UNM duties, the basic nine-month salary from the instructional budget will be reduced proportionally. The released time will be compensated from contract or grant funds at the basic salary rate.

History

  • September 2, 2022 - Updated titles of the HSC Vice President for Research and the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, per Faculty Handbook Policy A53 procedures
  • October 27, 2015—Approved by the Faculty Senate