Clarke University actively supports and encourages grant seeking to increase external funding sources which support quality educational and program needs that advance the mission, goals, and strategic plan of the university. The Institutional Advancement (IA) Office is responsible for coordinating the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and, therefore, oversees all fundraising including grants from federal, state and local government, corporate and private foundation funding sources.
The Grant Writer’s role is to research, develop and author grant proposals to corporations, private foundations and federal agencies, and to support and encourage other faculty/staff in seeking grants that support educational and program needs of the university.
All departments are encouraged to participate in preparing grant proposals, in cooperation with Institutional Advancement, to develop projects that are within the scope and mission of the department and the university, and that support the Strategic Plan. The Grants Office responsibilities include:
- Disseminating grant opportunities
- Researching grant opportunities
- Serving as the first step in the central administration process of grant approval prior to submission to outside sponsors
- Providing grant advice and expertise to faculty and staff
- Submitting grants to federal agencies via Grants.gov or by agency specific methods
- Serving as the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) for federal grants.
- Ensuring institutional compliance involving human subjects or animal care research, responsible conduct for research and more.
Proposal Procedures and Policies
Grants are awards that bind the university to a scope of work that is specified to a substantial level of detail; financial reports/budgets are required and may be audited; a period of performance is specified or the agreement provides for the disposition of tangible or intangible properties (equipment, copyright, patents, etc.)
Grants are written to support the mission of Clarke University, to support the Strategic Plan and, department plans as set forth in program reviews. Grant proposals are reviewed by the Grant Writing Office to ensure they are in accordance with the university’s priorities and goals. Proposals requiring matching funds, in-kind services or utilization of campus space must be approved at the cabinet level, therefore a Prior Approval Form should be completed before fully developing a proposal.
These procedures do not apply to faculty independent research that is performed off campus or to student research grants that do not have a budgetary effect on the University.