Authorized Organizational Representatives
For the purposes of external grants for sponsored programs and research, the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) of Saint Anselm College is the Chief Financial Officer of the College, who has the authority to bind the institution in formal agreements. The Chief Financial Officer signs all formal award documents, indicating acceptance of the award. Individual faculty, staff, or students are not authorized to bind the college in formal agreements.
At the proposal submission stage, many sponsors require the sign-off of the AOR indicating the institution's willingness to put forward the application on behalf of the Principal Investigator of the proposed project, and in some instances, to provide institutional Certifications and Assurances required by the program. This may involve an actual signature on a form, or a "digital" signature through an electronic submission system. For efficiency in operations, the Director of Sponsored Programs and Research serves as the college's delegate during the proposal submission process, signing on her/his behalf and providing the required Certifications and Assurances for the grant proposal.
The Director of Sponsored Programs and Research invokes this authority only after the proposal has undergone the Routing/Approval process adopted by the college, including the signature of the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Appropriate Vice President, the Vice President of Finance and the Director of Sponsored Programs and Research on the internal Proposal Review Form. In the event of the absence from campus of a key individual whose signature is required, his/her designee shall sign.
Saint Anselm College community members are reminded that all grant proposals for sponsored programs and research are to be submitted via Sponsored Programs and Research, who will submit the proposal to the sponsor on your behalf after all internal approvals have been secured. The college reserves the right to withdraw any application that has not been institutionally approved at the proposal stage, or to decline awards emanating from unapproved submissions.