Policies for Proposals

Research Proposal and Report Sharing Policy

It is the policy of CTSG that when a request is made for a copy of a funded proposal, we ask the requester to contact the PI directly with his or her request. However, it is expected that if faced with a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), CTSG may have to provide a copy of the proposal. Progress reports of funded research projects are reviewed to assure adequate progress towards the stated goals, and are not made public. However, final reports that summarize the findings of a research project will be made public.

Funded Research: Data Sharing Policy

New NOAA regulations require that data and information collected and/or created under NOAA grants and cooperative agreements must be made visible, accessible, and independently understandable to general users, free of charge or at minimal cost, in a timely manner (typically no later than two years after the data are collected or created), except where limited by law, regulation, policy or by security requirements. The new requirement has two basic parts: (1) environmental and socio-economic data generated by a grant project must be made available after a reasonable period of exclusive use, and (2) the grant application must describe the plan to make the data available. Proposals considered for funding by CTSG need to satisfy those data sharing requirements.

CTSG No-Cost Extension Policy

No-cost extensions (NCE) may be requested by PIs who have received any CTSG-administered funding (i.e., CTSG / Northeast SG Consortium research grants, development awards, or EPA LISS research grants, etc.). The NCE must be sought at least two months prior to the grant end date and the request sent to Dr. Syma Ebbin, CTSG Research Coordinator, following the CTSG_NCE Request Guidelines, located under the tab “Resources and Forms.” A progress report must be submitted with the NCE request. After reviewing the request, CTSG may grant PIs with one no-cost extension, extending the grant time frame by a maximum of one additional year. More than one NCE request will generally not be considered. PIs shall submit a final completion report within 60 days of the NCE end date. Decisions on NCE requests will be made as soon as possible (usually within several weeks).  Requests that are incomplete, or that require further clarification or justification, will require additional time.