Progress Reports

The PI is responsible for promptly submitting technical progress reports that are part of the sponsor's deliverables/reporting requirements. Continued funding is often tied to the sponsor's receipt and approval of these reports. PIs and departments are responsible for covering payments not received when technical reports are not appropriately submitted.

The sponsor's award notice or the agreement will specify the required frequency of any reports and the dates the sponsor expects them. Inform the sponsor promptly of any delays. Before drafting a report, the investigator should review the award terms and sponsor policies to see if a specific report form or style is required. The PI should give a copy of all progress reports to Research Affairs - Post Award for the official project file.

NIH Non-Competing Continuation Awards

The National Institutes of Health usually requires progress reports to be submitted annually (but sometimes more frequently) as part of the non-competing continuation award process. The notice of award will specify whether an award is subject to the streamlined non-competing award process (SNAP), which requires the submission of only limited portions of the progress report. Late submissions or receipt of an incomplete grant progress report will delay the issuance and funding of the non-competing continuation award and may result in a reduced award amount.

Continuing Review for the Responsible Conduct of Research

For a comprehensive list of issues that may need continuing review, visit the Responsible Conduct of Research page.

Manage the Technology

For more information on how to manage the new technology/inventions arising from your research and protecting your intellectual property rights, visit the main Technology Transfer page.

Availability of Research Results

Sponsors such as NIH and NSF strongly advocate the open communication of research data and results. This includes expectations that the PI will:

  • share data and materials created with sponsored funds with other members of the research community;
  • make research results available to both the research community and the public at large via timely publications and/or other forms of communications; and
  • commercialize sponsor-funded inventions, while ensuring that inventions are used in a manner that promotes free competition and enterprise without encumbering future research and discovery.

Loma Linda University endorses these tenets in the LLUAHSC policy & procedure (H-10): Open Access to Research Results. More specific issues related to availability of research are described in the following:

When the PI Leaves the Institution

Please see the following policies and guidelines: