Policy on Multiple Credit Sharing
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University Research Centers have the important function of promoting collaborative efforts between researchers from different academic disciplines. When credit is given only to an academic unit OR to a research center, a potential disincentive to participate in such efforts is presented in addition to creating competition between the centers and the academic units.

This policy outlines a multiple credit system for sharing credit between academic units and research centers for promoting collaborations. If the academic unit AND the research center receive credit, then the academic units and the research centers will benefit from their joint efforts. This policy, however, requires dual accounting systems, one for academic sponsored project activities and the other one for research centers.

In the multiple credit system, proposal, award, and expenditure amounts for each project are credited to both academic units and research centers. For example, if $1000 was spent on a project, then the appropriate academic unit(s) will receive $1000 credit for the research, as will the research center. Therefore, the totals for academic and research units will be equal.

(1) Allocation among investigators. Academic credit for multiple investigator projects is allocated among the principal investigator (PI) and co-principal investigators based on their relative contributions to the project, as specified by the investigators on the transmittal form. In order to receive a credit, the investigator’s name must be among the project’s list of Co-PIs. This allocation may be based on any criteria the investigators deem appropriate. If no allocation is specified by the investigators, then a default allocation is made so that the PI gets 10% more than each of the co-principal investigators (i.e., 90% of the credit is divided equally among all investigators, including the PI, and the remaining 10% is added to the PI’s share). For example, suppose $1000 was spent on a project with two investigators, Smith and Jones, who chose to share the credit equally. Smith and Jones would each receive $500 credit.

(2) Allocation of investigators share based on ACADEMIC appointments. Each investigator’s share of a project is assigned to academic units according to the investigator’s academic appointment(s).
  • If the investigator had more than one academic appointment, then the total is allocated proportionately. For example, if Joe Smith has a 50-50% split appointment between Psychology and Health Promotion Departments, then both departments split the credit.
  • If an investigator has an academic appointment and an appointment with a research center/unit, the credit is allocated 100% to the academic unit, provided that the investigator’s budgeted effort in the academic unit is greater than 25%.

This policy has been modeled after similar policies from the University of Kansas.

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