In late 2010, Dean's Council approved a comprehensive signature guideline which provides a thorough explanation of the importance and significance of what a signature acknowledges on a grant application. This guideline supports the standardized approvals collected through the Research Management System and the legacy Application Approvals form.
The guide - What Grant Application Signatures Mean - responds to Auditor General recommendations and ensures everyone, from the Principal Investigator to the Institution, is fully aware of his or her responsibilities and helps to clarify responsibility, reduce risk and avoid duplication. The guideline details both the rationale and the commitment a signature acknowledges on an application. It also covers letters of intent, new project and renewal requests and requests made by letter, proposal or preprinted forms.
The guide applies to
- Letters of Intent
- New project funding requests; both competition-driven and self-initiated
- Requests made by letter or by written proposal, as well as those prepared on preprinted forms
- Renewal or supplemental funding request