1.0 Overview

The Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC), a non-profit educational and research corporation affiliated with Georgia Institute of Technology, serves as the contracting entity for Resident Instruction colleges of Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation (GTARC), also a non-profit research and education affiliate of Georgia Tech, acts as the contracting entity for the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Both corporations serve Georgia Tech in the financial administration of externally funded research programs and related research activities. All proposals for external funding must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) or the Office of Industry Engagement (IE) for official submission to the sponsoring agency in the name of GTRC or GTARC as appropriate.

OSP verifies the proposed budget and handles all contractual or grant administrative matters relating to the submission and subsequent funding of proposals. OSP or Industry Engagement is responsible for negotiating the terms of research and related contracts. GTRC or GTARC is the recipient of the award and the contracting party while research is performed, per formal agreement, by Georgia Institute of Technology faculty, staff, and students under the direction of the Principal Investigator who shall be a member of the General Faculty and under the oversight and control of the school chair and dean, laboratory director, or other designated senior administrative official of the units in which the research is conducted.

1.1 Offices Involved with Sponsored Projects

Throughout the life-cycle of research projects, a number of Institute offices and affiliated organizations that serve as contracting entities for the institute have the responsibility for stewardship of funds, resources, results, and intellectual property.

1.1.1 Office of Sponsored Programs

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The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides progressive and responsive assistance in several areas of research administration including specialized educational, informational, and technological support to research administrators and faculty.

1.1.2 Grants and Contracts Accounting

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The Office of Grants & Contracts Accounting is part of Financial Services within the Division of Institute Planning and Resource Management.

1.1.3 Georgia Tech Research Corporation

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The Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC) advances research and technological development at Georgia Tech as it continually seeks to advance society and the global competitiveness of Georgia and the nation.

1.1.4 Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation

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The mission of the Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation (GTARC) is to provide efficient and effective contracting, grant, and research administration services for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), a non-profit research arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

1.1.5 Office of Research Integrity Assurance

The Office of Research Integrity Assurance works with faculty oversight committees and boards to promote the ethical and responsible conduct of research and to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements relating to research involving human and vertebrate animal subjects, and rDNA.

1.1.6 Industry Engagement

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At Industry Engagement, we work together with campus innovators and industry partners to move new technologies and discoveries out of Georgia Tech and into the mainstream of the U.S. economy. As a public university, Georgia Tech has a responsibility to ensure its research results benefit the general public.

1.1.7 Office of Legal Affairs

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The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) supports the academic and research mission of the Georgia Institute of Technology through development of solutions designed to minimize Georgia Tech's legal exposure, while advancing the goals and programs of Georgia Tech within the bounds of the law.

1.1.8 GT Global and International Affiliated Organizations

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Georgia Tech's vision is to define the technological research university of the 21st century and educate the leaders of a technologically driven world. In a global context.

1.1.9 Office of Conflict of Interest Management

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1.2 Signature Authority

The Board of Regents for the State of Georgia delegates signature authority to the President of the Institute who then delegates in writing that authority to other individuals and offices.

Signature authorities for GTRC and GTARC are delegated by their respective boards of trustees.

Only individuals with specific delegations of authority may sign any documents for Georgia Tech, GTRC, or GTARC in any matter related to research. Consult the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Industry Engagement (IE), the Office of Research Integrity Assurance (ORIA), or the Office of Legal Affairs for information or to obtain signatures on proposals, agreements, or other documents.

See also Policy 2.4.