Similar to the Administrative Manual, you may want to consider a highly-specific research administrative handbook to help administrative and research support staff. Here is an outline to consider:

  1. Getting Started with a Grant Proposal
    1. Contact Listing
    2. Divisions Listing
    3. Overview
    4. Different Types of Funding
    5. The Lifecycle of a Grant
    6. Deadlines to Keep in Mind
    7. Day Of Submission
  2. Finding and Following the Instructions
    1. Find Opportunity and Download Application Package
    2. Your Funding Announcement
    3. Your Application Guide
  3. Tracking and Gathering Documents
    1. Folders
    2. Document Naming and Version Control
    3. Do I Have the Right Electronic Forms?
  4. Use the eSystem for Project Review
    1. Introduction
    2. Departmental Routing Cycle
    3. Instructions for Starting a New Project
    4. Preparation State
    5. Administrative and Executive Director Review
    6. Specialist Review
    7. User Manual
  5. People and Places Involved
    1. Biosketches
    2. Facilities
    3. Organizational Detail
    4. Study Team Members, Roles and Definitions
    5. Principal Investigator
    6. Co-Principal Investigator
    7. SubInvestigator (Co-Principal Investigator)
    8. Study Coordinator
    9. Sponsor
    10. Clinical Research Organization (CRO)
    11. Other Team Member(s)
  6. Institutional Information You Are Missing
    1. Research and Grants Numbers
    2. Fringe Benefits
    3. Indirect Costs
    4. Federal Wide Assurance
    5. Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee
    6. Congressional District
    7. Dunn and Bradstreet Number (Duns)
    8. Federal Entity ID Number
    9. Commercial And Government Entity (CAGE)
    10. NAICS Code
    11. Sales and Use Tax Exempt Number
    12. Vendor Number
    13. Business Start Date
    14. Date Of Original 501(C)(3) Determination
    15. National Cancer Institute Designation for COG
  7. Budgets Don’t Have to be Hard
    1. Fringe Benefit Explanation
    2. Allowable Costs
    3. Budget Justification
    4. Consultant vs. Contractor
    5. Equipment and Supplies
    6. Indirect Costs
    7. Patient Care Costs
    8. Subcontracts
  8. Research Glossary
  9. Additional Online Resources