Process & Documentation

Based on the results of our internal communications audit which identified the need to reduce the amount of technology tools we use coupled with the need to reduce our financial obligations, Cluster Connect will be taken offline on Friday, May 10.

To submit a proposal for cluster project funding for this semester, you can download and complete the proposal and budget forms linked below and email them to Note that there is limited additional funding available at this time and the Provost makes final decisions. A new process will be put in place for FY2019-2020.

Cluster Connect is available to complete your project closeout forms until May 10. After that deadline, a Word document will be made available for any final project closeouts to satisfy our Fiscal Year reporting requirements. If there are files and information you would like to retrieve from Cluster Connect, please do so before May 10.

Information Technology Services is investigating current applications that may serve our needs and fulfill some of the Cluster Connect functionality. Questions? Email Ross Humer –

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Project Completion Report Template

This online form captures highlights of activities, outcomes, and the lessons have learned through this experience. We also are interested in archiving and sharing photos, videos, and other documents with internal colleagues and selectively with external audiences.

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.