Research Administration Policy & Guidelines

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The purpose of the Research Administration Policy is to establish general principles and procedures for the development, approval, and administration of research projects conducted at the University of Toronto (U of T). The policy describes the way in which the University interacts with research sponsors on behalf of those who are eligible to be Principal Investigators (PI) at U of T.

For example, the policy defines the roles and responsibilities of the Principal Investigator (PI), the Administering Unit, and those in research administration, including the Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI). Research administration processes include the submission of proposals for sponsored research, the negotiation and signature of research agreements, and the full cost recovery of indirect costs.

The Research Administration Guideline helps individuals distinguish the research activities that fall within the scope of the Research Administration Policy from other contractual engagements. The guideline specifically defines which research activities are to be administered through restricted research funds, those to be administered through donations in support of research, and those to be administered through service contracts.

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  • Provide guidance and support for researchers in determining how research activities are to be administered at the University

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