Project applications to all foundations require clearance through the
Office of Institutional Advancement (Development Office) of Fisk
University. Researchers and others seeking funding for execution of
specific projects are encouraged to pursue many sources for support. If
one source is not appropriate at a particular time, help will be given
to find other sponsors. The OSP will help secure approval from the
Institutional Advancement Office before proposals are submitted to
foundations or corporate foundations.
Space Changes (Use, Additional Need, Alterations) Policy
Requests for space changes should be forwarded through your Department
Chair, Division Director, Chief Financial Officer and Provost.
Resolution and agreement for space utilization requests must be
accomplished prior to submitting the application to the OSP for
institutional signatures. Absence of required signatures may result in
refusal to process the application. Conditional signature pending
approval of the space request, is risky, and not advised.
Safety and Environmental Health
University investigators using or dealing with hazardous materials,
hazardous waste, radioactive materials and biohazards are required to
become familiar with government regulations concerning appropriate
safety measures, handling and disposal of these materials.
Investigators are also required to acquaint any employees, students or
other workers under their control who deal with handling or disposal of
these materials, with these same regulations.
It is imperative that any hazardous conditions, or potentially
hazardous conditions be promptly reported. Any accidents involving
these materials, spills or disappearance of hazardous materials, must
be reported immediately to the Director of Buildings and Grounds,
followed by a written report of the circumstances.
Fisk University will revise its hazardous waste policies as
necessary to remain in compliance with state and federal regulations.
New policies and procedures, as they are developed, will be provided to
all investigators and other employees with pertinent responsibilities
OSP Standard Practices
officially submitted by Fisk University and must be approved by several
University officials before being mailed. The OSP will obtain these
approvals for you and copy and mail proposals (usually by courier, so
they may be tracked). Pick up an approval form in the OSP to fill out.
The OSP however, will assume responsibility for prompt mailing of
proposals ONLY if they are received by our office 10 working days in
advance of the agency deadline.
Only COMPLETE proposals will be accepted by the OSP for the
approval process and this means that the proposal must be signed by the
PR or project director (or submitter), all corrections and changes
made, and all appendices must be included. It will NOT be possible to
make changes or substitutions to the proposal after submission to the
OSP, unless corrections are requested by the individuals giving
approval. All appendices and attachments must be included at the time
of submission to the OSP and in the correct order for submission to the
agency. The number of copies required and address of the recipient must
be provided at this time. These practices will help to assure that
complete and accurate proposals are promptly submitted to potential