Manuals and Forms
Pre-Award and Grants Management and Compliance Handbooks
The Pre-Award Grants Handbook is being created by the Grants Office to assist faculty, staff, and administrators
in the identification, pursuit, award, and management of external grants. This manual
focuses on the processes and procedures for pre-award services offered by the Grants
Office to potential grant project directors (sometimes called Principal Investigators
or PIs) and project teams interested in transforming their ideas into grant-funded
This handbook includes internal procedures and guidelines to facilitate the development
of externally funded projects from ideation to new grant initiation. This guide is
not intended as a substitute for the policies and guidelines required by funding agencies.
These procedures are intended to address the distinct roles of Project Director, the
Grants Office, and the Budget Office.
The Grants Management and Compliance Handbook provides a foundation for meeting basic post-award grant management requirements
and standards to help effectively manage your grant. The handbook was created to increase
project success, while minimizing any problems that may arise. As good stewards of
grant resources, grantees are expected to understand and adhere to programmatic, administrative,
and fiscal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures to most effectively implement
and manage grant projects.
This handbook outlines the steps to follow as grant projects are implemented and provides
information related to working with the Grants Office, Budget Office, and other College
departments and partners; ensuring audit readiness; requesting Institutional Review
Board approval prior to conducting research at Harper, as applicable; and a variety
of other pertinent topics. It is important to note that the activities undertaken in the first few weeks of project
implementation are crucial to the overall success of the project
Remember, the Grants Office is here to support and ensure the success of your project.
These are forms maintained by the Grants Office. Download the form and open with Adobe
to complete and obtain electronic signatures.