Supporting Instructions for Project Processes
Faculty and Staff, known in Cluster Connect as “Project Leaders”, will submit their proposals, participate in the Review and Approval process, engage with their project teams, and will create a project completion report. Supporting documents of some of the new functionality in Cluster Connect is shown as follows:
- Project Proposal Process Submittal Instructions
- Project Leader Instructions for Project Proposal Review and Approval Process
- Project Completion Report Instructions
With the Clusters, designated Project Reviewers participate in the Review and Approval process. Documentation supporting those roles is provided below:
- Project Reviewer Instructions for Project Proposal Review and Approval Process
Additionally, to support offline project and budget proposals, the documents below may prove helpful in preparing a proposal request:
Conflict of Interest
To complete a Project Proposal, project leaders are asked to agree to the statement, “I have reviewed and will comply with PSU’s Conflict of Interest policies with respect to this project. I understand that project funding may not be approved and that no reimbursements are possible prior to approval. Further, I understand it is my personal responsibility for any expenses incurred prior to approval.” For policies regarding Conflict of Interest, please visit USNH Personnel Policies and the PSU Faculty Handbook.
Institutional Review Board
All PSU research activities proposing to involve human participants must be reviewed and receive written, unconditional approval from the IRB before commencing. The Federal Government has specific regulations, 45 CFR 46, regarding the use of human participants in research and requires such activity to be reviewed by an Institutional Review Board prior to any data being collected. . In 45 CFR§46.102 research is defined as “(d) … a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” This definition has been routinely interpreted as activities intended for presentation outside a classroom/educational setting. Any activities involving human participants that are intended to contribute to the “generalizable knowledge” must be reviewed by the PSU IRB without exception (this includes thesis, dissertations, research studies (quantitative/qualitative), independent studies, etc.). Visit PSU’s Institutional Review Board website to learn more.
Preparing a Successful Project
During Summer of 2017, a group of dedicated faculty read the entire portfolio of Cluster Projects available at that time. Their thoughtful analysis and recommendations presented in this Guidebook are valuable to both a new Project Leader or to those who have sponsored a successful project in the past.