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Roles and Responsibilities

This page contains the essential information on "Who Does What" in each phase of the research project lifecycle, in a collection of "Roles and Responsibilities" documents.

 The resources and documents listed here help define the roles and responsibilities of:

  • the Principal Investigator (PI)
  • the unit administrator (or research administrator or RA)
  • the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP)
  • the Finance - Sponsored Programs office
  • and Other groups involved in the identification, assembly, and submission of proposals; and the acceptance, management, and closeout of awards related to sponsored projects. This could be BEC, COI, FR, HRPP, HR, IBC, OSEH, Tech Transfer, etc.)

The Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC) Process Subcommittee has so far defined the following Roles and Responsibilities documents according to the research project lifecycle.

Roles and Responsibilities (All)

Develop Proposal

Proposal Development (September 2015)

Route & Submit

Proposal Review, Approval & Processing (September 2015)

Set Up Project

Award Negotiation and Acceptance (September 2016)

Manage Project

Financial Management of Awards (June 2017)
Non-Financial Management (July 2018)

Close-Out Project

Award Close-Out (July 2019)


RASCI Defined

  • R - Responsible for the correct and thorough completion of the work to achieve the task
  • A - Accountable for the correct and thorough completion of the task, typically delegating the work to those 
  • S - Support for those who are responsible or accountable
  • C - Consulted as needed in order to complete the task (two-way communication)
  • I - Informed that task is underway/completed (one-way communication)

If you are unfamiliar with the RASCI system, you may view a brief, online YouTube tutorial.