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Frequently Asked Questions | Grants & Research

  1. What is the first step for submitting a grant through MSU Extension?

  2. Where can I find definitions to common acronyms used in grant proposals?

  3. What are Facilities and Administrative Costs (IDC%)?

  4. How do I know if my Extension project needs IRB review?

  5. How can I check if I have my HRPP/IRB Certification?


What is the first step for submitting a grant through MSU Extension?

The first step is to contact your Institute Director (ID), Associate ID, and District Coordinator (if applicable) and Ann Smith regarding your intended application as soon as possible. In your email include the following information:

  • Funding agency, F & A costs (IDC%)
  • Funding Solicitation (number/title/web address)
  • Project Title
  • Start and End Date
  • Estimated Costs of the Proposal
  • Proposal Deadline.

Most of this information will be in the funding solicitation, so read carefully. Approval by MSU Extension leadership is required prior to submission of a grant application.

Watch this short video and print out the accompanying PDF to gain understand of deadlines you need to immediately be aware of.

 

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Where can I find definitions to common acronyms used in grant proposals?

This five-minute video by Bill Humphreys, research Coordinator with College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, provides a wonderful overview of terminology.

For future reference, here is a printable reference of commonly used abbreviations and terms.

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What are Facilities and Administrative Costs (IDC%)

The KC budget training will better prepare you for using the budget templates available to apply for funding. If you would like a conceptual overview that defines Facilities and Administrative (F & A) Costs or if you are looking for understanding why F & A costs are charged to grants to support the university’s infrastructure, watch this five-minute video prepared by the MSU AgBioResearch Office of Research Support:

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How do I know if my Extension project needs IRB review? 

Submitting project activities and data collection protocols to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a necessary step in conducting research at MSU. Key questions and a formal process determines if activities are considered research, therefore requiring IRB approval. This 20 minute video covers what kind of evaluation projects require IRB applications, types of IRB reviews, and information about the Determination of Human Subjects Research process for projects you are not certain are considered research by the university.

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How can I check if I have my HRPP/IRB Certification?

Principal investigators (PIs) and individuals engaged in human research overseen by MSU must complete and maintain current Human Research Protection training prior to engaging in human subject research. You must receive Human Research Protection Certification (HRPP/IRB Certification) through the Saba training system by completing both the “Overview of Human Research Protection at MSU” and “Ethical and Regulatory Considerations” online modules. MSU individuals who previously completed MSU IRB training (i.e. MSU IRB Initial Tutorial or CITI Renewal) will only be required to complete the “Overview of Human Research Protection at MSU” module.  The CITI Program is no longer used for required MSU IRB training.  Individuals who previously completed MSU IRB required training (i.e. MSU IRB Initial Tutorial or CITI Renewal) will maintain the expiration date assigned as part of that training completion. They will need to complete the new MSU HRPP/IRB Certification prior to that expiration date.  

Access to IRB Training Records. IRB training records can be accessed at any time through the Saba training system. There will no longer be an “expired on” date for your HRPP/IRB certification.

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