/ Sponsored Research and Programs

Managing Your Award

Hope College provides assistance and support to investigators with extramurally funded projects. 

Financial Management

Cameron Butler manages all post-award financial activities and will provide you with a fund number for your award. Please contact him to discuss financial matters related to your award. 

managing your relationship with the sponsor

The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs provides support for non-financial post-award management, as well as those financial matters which require sponsor prior approval.

Annual and Final Project Reports
OSRP can assist you with proofing annual and final project reports prior to submission to the sponsor. In some cases, sponsors request specific information regarding time and effort performed on the project. Requesting a review by OSRP prior to submission can alleviate the potential for errors during the reporting process. 
Changes in your Project
Contact OSRP as soon as possible if your original project scope has changed. Sponsors typically require additional details, such as a revised work plan and project budget, upon notification of a change in the original project scope of work.  
Changes in your Project Budget

Contact OSRP if your project budget will change.  In some cases, project budget modifications will require the prior approval of the sponsor before implementation. 

To initiate this process, please complete a Budget Modification Request Form and send it to Ron Fleischmann, director of Sponsored Research and Programs (fleischmann@hope.edu). 

Expense and Resource Stewardship Policy

The financial management of sponsored programs is subject to the Hope College Expense and Resource Stewardship Policy. In the event of conflicting requirements, the more restrictive requirement would apply. 

Export Controls

Federal law regulates the export of certain technologies, software and hardware to parties located outside of the United States. These restrictions typically relate to items that are related to national security, economic competitiveness, foreign policies and the creation of weapons of mass destruction. Export controls govern transactions regardless of source of funding — projects funded by internal or external funds are governed by these regulations. 

There are three sets of federal agencies and regulations governing these transactions:

Export control regulations are an institutional compliance issue, in that Hope College must comply with these regulations through the conduct of its business (for example, by issuing a subaward to a sanctioned party). However, researchers may also have personal liabilities as a result of their conduct associated with export control regulations (for example, bringing sensitive electronic files on a laptop to a foreign country).  

If you have questions related to export controls, please contact Ron Fleischmann, director of Sponsored Research and Programs (fleischmann@hope.edu), to discuss.  

Financial Conflict of Interest Reporting

Principal investigators seeking federal funds will be required to disclose their financial conflicts of interest annually in accordance with Hope College's Financial Conflict of Interest Policy and federal regulations. Disclosures will occur during the proposal preparation and submission process, the award acceptance process and/or during the annual notification of incremental funding (for multi-year projects). Investigators must disclose at least annually, even if there are no changes to their financial conflicts of interest. 

However, a principal investigator must disclose a new financial conflict of interest when it occurs — even if it is outside the annual reporting cycle. Principal investigators must complete an Annual Financial Conflict of Interest Form anytime they have a new financial conflict of interest to disclose.  

Intellectual Property
Inventions and patents arising from externally-funded sponsored projects may have specific ownership and/or reporting requirements in accordance with federal law, sponsor policy and the Hope College Invention and Patent Policy. Please contact Ron Fleischmann, director of Sponsored Research and Programs (fleischmann@hope.edu), if you have questions related to intellectual property reporting on externally-sponsored research.  
Public Access Requirements

Several sponsors require investigators to comply with specific public access requirements, including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. Additionally, Data Management Plans submitted during the proposal phase also may dictate additional access requirements for your award. 

During award acceptance, the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs will carefully review your award documents to ensure you understand the terms and conditions of your award, including public access requirements. If you have questions regarding public access requirements, please contact Ron Fleischmann (fleischmann@hope.edu) to discuss.  

Research Misconduct

Hope College expects all faculty, staff and students to maintain the highest standards of conduct in pursuing research activities. As a result, Hope College has established a Research Misconduct Policy to identify the general types of research misconduct and to establish procedures for handling research misconduct claims.

Additionally, sponsors may have additional research misconduct terms and conditions within their awards. Please review your award terms and conditions for sponsor-specific award terms and conditions.

Research with Human Subjects and Animals

Projects which involve research with human subjects and animals will require documentation from the appropriate institutional committee (Human Subjects Review Board or Animal Care and Use Committee) that the protocol associated with the project has been reviewed and approved. In addition, some sponsors will also require that we provide the approval letter prior to issuance of an award.  

For projects involving delayed onset studies, please contact Ron Fleischmann, director of Sponsored Research and Programs (fleischmann@hope.edu), to discuss how to proceed with award acceptance and account set-up. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will also follow-up with principal investigators to obtain renewal documents for research protocols during active research projects. 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Two federal agencies — the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health — require Hope College to provide training to undergraduate students engaged in funded research projects on the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR). Both agencies consider RCR training critical to the preparation of future scientists and engineers.  

RCR training is handled on a department-by-department basis at Hope College. The RCR plans for each department are detailed below.  


Participation of another institution/organization in the design and conduct of research are typically handled through subawards, an agreement between the prime award recipient and the subrecipient to carry out a portion of the project.  

Principal investigators with subawards should contact Ron Fleischmann, director of Sponsored Programs and Research (fleischmann@hope.edu), if they encounter any issues with subrecipients carrying out their scope of work. 

Time and Effort Reporting

Faculty and staff involved in sponsored programs are required to report and certify the time spent on funded projects. This certification confirms to the sponsor that the personnel have worked the stated amount of time on their project, fulfilling a condition of the award.  

The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs will work with investigators to complete their Time and Effort Reports. If you have questions related to the Time and Effort Reporting process or if your sponsor has requested a copy of your Time and Effort Report, please contact Ron Fleischmann, director of Sponsored Research and Programs (fleischmann@hope.edu).  

Whistleblower Policy

As a recipient of federal funds, Hope College has a Whistleblower Policy to alert institutional officials of allegations of misconduct or violations of federal and state laws and regulations, sponsor regulations and institutional policies. While institutional processes and safeguards are intended to prevent such abuses, Hope College relies on its employees to report potential fraud and abuse.  

To initiate the process, visit the Office of Human Resources in the Anderson-Werkman Center.