Who owns the grant?
A grant is awarded, and belongs, to the grantee institution which has the right to relinquish it to Cedars-Sinai or retain it and nominate a new principal investigator (PI) for sponsor approval.
Who initiates the grant transfer process?
The process is initiated by the PI. The PI should discuss the transfer with his/her department chair as appropriate, requesting approval to transfer. PI notifies the NIH grant management specialist and NIH program officer of each grant he/she is intending to transfer prior to departure from current institution. A change of grantee organization request must be made before the anticipated start date at the new organization and preferably several months in advance. Failure to provide timely notification may result in disapproval of the request or a delay in processing.
Are all sponsors' transferring guidelines the same?
Every sponsor is different and has different guidelines concerning transferring grant awards. Some are clearly stated in the terms and conditions of the award document, and others require that you check with your sponsor. Also note that some types of grants may not be eligible for transfer due to the guidelines of the specific programs under which they are awarded.