Internal Proposal Endorsement Procedure
Middlebury's internal endorsement procedure uses the grant proposal Endorsement Form (formerly known as the “blue sheet”) to collect information about proposals for external funding and to document compliance with college and sponsor policies and federal regulations.
No work with recombinant DNA can be done at Middlebury College without either review by the College’s Institutional Biosafety Committee or a statement, signed by the PI, certifying that the rDNA used in his or her research is exempt from IBC review. This statement must cite the section(s) of the NIH Guidelines that pertain to the research and must specify why the PI believes that the research is exempt from review.
Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988
This federal certification requirement, designed to prevent individuals and institutions from receiving federal funding unless they have a drug-free workplace policy, applies to all federal grants and (with rare exceptions) to federal contracts for $25,000 or more. It applies to controlled substances as defined in 21 CFR 1308, but not to alcohol. Middlebury College must:
Delinquency on Federal Debt
This federal assurance/certification requirement, designed to prevent people and organizations from benefiting from federal programs while delinquent in repaying other federal programs, applies to all federal funding. For individuals, the assurance is usually provided by checking a box on a proposal application form. For institutional awards, the institution must certify that it is not delinquent.
If an individual or institution is found to be delinquent, funding could be withheld or reduced by the delinquent amount.
Debarment and Suspension
This federal certification requirement, designed to prevent fraudulent or improper use of government funds, applies to all grants and cooperative agreements and to most contracts. Applicants must certify that they, their principals, and their researchers:
Byrd Amendment: Lobbying
This federal certification requirement, designed to prevent lobbying to influence federal funding decisions, applies to all federal agreements. The PI must certify (by checking a box on the endorsement form) that nobody has lobbied on behalf of the proposal being submitted.
Failure to disclose lobbying activity results in the award being withheld; debarment or suspension may also result.