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Re: internal approvals Peter J. Dolce 05 May 1998 11:18 EST

Ditto for everything John Czaja said about approving the budget before
the entire proposal is ready.  For years I resisted accepting the budget
before the entire application was ready because I feared it would teach
PIs that "They only look at the budget."  That hasn't happened, and we
even win some points from PIs: when we have their budgets on spreadsheet
templates of agency forms, we can enter changes with a few keystrokes as
the deadline nears.  This is especially helpful to us and to PIs when
the project involves subcontracts or subprojects: handling 10 or 12
coordinated budgets is routine for us, but a monster task for most PIs.
It's been one of those rare cases when our obligation to "facilitate"
work for faculty meshes with our obligation to protect the institution.

Peter J. Dolce, Ph.D., Director
Office of Research Support Services
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN  37208
P (615) 327 6703
F (615) 327 6716