Financial Stewardship of Grants and Contracts

Welcome to the second module of the Mass General Brigham PI Education Series, Financial Stewardship of Grants and Contracts.

When the hospital and PI accept funds from an external sponsor, they agree to play by the sponsor’s rules.  The hospital becomes the steward not the owner of the funds entrusted to them. Management of these funds at all levels of the Mass General Brigham system must be able to withstand public scrutiny.

Sponsors, especially federal agencies, are increasingly holding PIs, not just grantee institutions, accountable for financial decisions. Thus, our goal for this module is to provide PIs with an overview of basic sponsor, federal, and Mass General Brigham policies to help them comply with all financial requirements. 

Latest Review Date: August 16, 2023


Target Audience

This activity is intended for: All Mass General Brigham Principal Investigators with active grants, contracts, and/or Research Sundry accounts

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the federal definition of Research Misconduct, what constitutes Research Misconduct, and PIs’ reporting obligations when allegations of Research Misconduct are brought to their attention.
  2. Demonstrate a culture of compliance and scientific integrity, including how to manage data responsibly.
  3. Describe basic federal, sponsor, and institutional financial policies for different federal funding instruments and their requirements as well as federal cost principals.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Mass General Brigham
United States

Heather Cosier, JD, MA
Compliance Audit & Business Integrity,
Mass General Brigham Research Compliance

Since the content of this activity is non-clinical, disclosure forms were not collected

In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Participation


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