Proposal Preparation & University Facts

Before the appropriate ORSP grant administrator reviews your proposal, here are the steps you need to take.

Consult with your Department Chair and Dean

Approval of your Department Chair and/or Dean is required before you begin work on a proposal for external funds. Your Department Chair or Dean may be able to fund your proposal internally.They may suggest potential collaborations within your department, the school, or the University, and recommend key partners for further conversation. Ultimately, your department chair and your dean will need to approve any requests for external funding [PDF] so their participation early in the process will serve your project well.

Complete the Grant Summary and Approval Form

After you have received approval from your Department Chair and/or Dean to submit a proposal you will need to complete the Grant Summary and Approval Form. After completing the form and obtaining approval signatures from your Department Chair and your College Research Coordinator (CAS: Krisanne Bursik, SBS: TBA, Law: Patrick Shin) the form should be forwarded to Kate McCormick in ORSP.

Contact ORSP

ORSP’s pre-award grant administrators are available to assist you with your proposal application as soon you have received approval from your Department Chair and your College Research Coordinator. The pre-award grant administrators will assist you in reviewing the terms and conditions specified in the funding solicitation or announcement, developing your proposal budget, obtaining required signatures, and ensuring the timely submission of your application to the sponsor.

Should your proposal be funded, the sponsor will send an official notification to ORSP.

A pre-award grant administrator will review the award notice’s terms and conditions to ensure that the grant's terms and conditions are consistent with university policies. You will receive a notification of your award from ORSP along with a copy of the official notification of the award.

University Facts

Suffolk University
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

Chief Executive Officer: Marisa Kelly, President

Authorizing Institutional Official/Fiscal Agent: Laura Sander, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, & Treasurer

Tax Status: 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution

IRS Employer ID Number: 04-2133255

The University’s Federal Wide Assurance Number (FWA): FWA00007700
DUNS Number: 076577709
Congressional District/County: Boston-8th, Suffolk County

Fringe Benefit Rates Academic Year Summer
Faculty 32% 32%
Student Employees 0% 8%
Staff (21 hours per week or greater) 32% 32%
Staff (Less than 21 hours per week) 8% 8%
Lecturers **see below **see below

** Please contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (617) 725-4145 to determine what fringe benefit rate should be used when budgeting time for Lecturers.

Federally Negotiated F&A Rate Period: 7/1/18 to 6/30/21

Federal Indirect Cost Rate (F&A):
63% of total direct costs (on campus rate)
23% of total direct costs (off campus rate)

Number of Faculty/Staff: 399 faculty members (non-adjunct) and 687 staff (687 full-time)
54% of FTE Faculty have tenure (236)

Number of Alumni: 80,825

Number of Board Members: 21 + 1 Trustee Emeriti

Annual Operating Budget: $319,549,400 (FY2014)

Carnegie Classification: Master’s College and Universities I

Suffolk University Profile