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Gifts for Research, and Acceptance of

    Title:

    Gifts for Research, and Acceptance of

    Publication date:

    5/30/2017

    Effective date:

    5/30/2017

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    To provide access to additional funding sources, the President of the Regents of the University of California (UC Regents) has delegated authority to the Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to solicit and accept monetary and equipment gifts not exceeding $100,000. Acceptance of individual gifts exceeding $100,000 requires authorization from the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).

    Who Should Read This Policy

    Anyone involved with accepting gifts for research at Berkeley Lab

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    Contact Information

    Gift Coordinator
    gifts@lbl.gov

    Title:

    Gifts for Research, and Acceptance of

    Publication date:

    5/30/2017

    Effective date:

    5/30/2017

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to enable acceptance from donors of funds or equipment used to further the mission of Berkeley Lab and to enable the use of gifts received by the UC Regents.
    The President of the UC Regents has delegated authority to the Berkeley Lab Director to solicit and have final authorization to approve monetary or equipment gifts not exceeding $100,000. Acceptance of individual gifts exceeding $100,000 requires additional authorization from the UCOP. This delegation is subject to the following conditions:

    • Gifts are accepted in the name of, and ownership rests with, the UC Regents.
    • Gifts must be solicited, accepted, administered, documented, and reported in accordance with applicable University of California (UC) and Berkeley Lab policies and procedures.
    • Gift funds expended at Berkeley Lab are subject to the conditions set forth in the following: Contract 31 Clause P.10 and the "DA2588 — Delegation of Authority — to Solicit and Accept Gifts" letter, which sets in place policy that requires Berkeley Lab to seek direct approval from the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) for individual gifts above $5 million.

    B. Persons Affected

    Anyone involved with accepting gifts for research at Berkeley Lab

    C. Exceptions

    Not applicable

    D. Policy Statement

    General

    A gift imposes no contractual requirements and is given irrevocably. The proposed gift must support the scientific mission of Berkeley Lab. A gift from nongovernmental entities earmarked for a specific research area or for a principal investigator is subject to the financial disclosure provisions of the Political Reform Act of 1974. Questions regarding these provisions should be referred to the Laboratory Conflict of Interest Coordinator.
    All proposed projects under this policy will be reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Contracting Officer based on the following criteria:

    • The Laboratory will provide a short work scope description.
    • The work shall be on a non-interference basis with DOE directed work.
    • The work enhances the capabilities of the Laboratory to continue to perform its mission or create new capabilities consistent with the overall needs of DOE.
    • The Laboratory will not knowingly use its access to Laboratory facilities under this program to compete with the private sector.
    • The Laboratory will not use any funds pursuant to this program to augment any federally funded research.
    • The Laboratory will not knowingly pursue any projects that include facilities or equipment that would create more than a nominal future burden on DOE resources to maintain and/or operate.


    Monetary Gifts

    All monetary gifts of $100,000 or less require approvals in the following order, with final notification to the UCOP:

    1. Appropriate divisional approvals
    2. DOE's Berkeley Site Office approval
    3. Berkeley Lab Director approval
    4. UCOP notification

    All monetary gifts above $100,000 require approvals in the following order, and final approval by the UCOP:

    1. Appropriate divisional approvals
    2. DOE's Berkeley Site Office approval
    3. Berkeley Lab Director approval
    4. UCOP approval

    No charges may be incurred on monetary gifts until final approval is provided and the Gift Coordinator notes the final approval in the gift processing system in eSRA.

    All funds expended shall be under the same terms and conditions as federally expended funds and treated as institutional research and development for cost accounting purposes.


    Equipment Gifts

    All equipment gifts of $100,000 or less require approvals in the following order, with final notification to the UCOP:

    1. Appropriate divisional approvals
    2. Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) approval
    3. Berkeley Lab Director approval
    4. Notification to the UCOP

    All equipment gifts above $100,000 require approvals in the following order, with final approval by the UCOP:

    1. Appropriate divisional approvals
    2. EHS safety approval
    3. Berkeley Lab Director approval
    4. UCOP approval

    To the extent possible, equipment is to be delivered to the Receiving Department. See also Section D.13, "Property Acquired as a Gift," of the Personal Property Management Policy.

    Equipment gifts become the property of the UC Regents and should be tagged as "Property of Others" by Berkeley Lab Property Management.

    Equipment gifts cannot be delivered or brought to Berkeley Lab until the gift is officially approved/accepted and the Gift Coordinator notes the final approval in the gift processing system in eSRA.

    If Berkeley Lab has equipment on site through a loan agreement with an external organization, and the organization determines at the end of the loan agreement to allow the Laboratory to keep the equipment, the above equipment gift procedures should be followed.

    Guidance on procedural steps can be found in the Equipment Gift Procedural Requirements.

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Role

    Responsibilities

    Gift Coordinator

    • Reviewing and monitoring gift proposals and awards to ensure compliance with UC and Berkeley Lab policies.
    • Processing all gifts in eSRA to ensure compliance with the Equipment and/or Monetary Gift Procedural Requirements described above.

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    • Ensuring that gift-funded work involving humans or animal subjects would not begin until appropriate Berkeley Lab/UC approvals have been obtained.
    • Making certain that work involving gift funds shall be on a non-interference basis with DOE related work.
    • Ensuring work involving gift funds enhances Berkeley Lab's capabilities to continue performing its mission or create new capabilities consistent with the overall needs of DOE.
    • Ensuring that Berkeley Lab will not knowingly use its access to its facilities under this gift to compete with the private sector.
    • Confirming that Berkeley Lab will not use any funds pursuant to this gift to augment any federally funded research.
    • Ensuring that Berkeley Lab will not knowingly pursue any projects with this gift that include facilities or equipment that would create more than a nominal future burden on DOE resources to maintain and/or operate.
    • Affirming that the gift is not intended to be a Strategic Partnership Project (SPP) or Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), nor will it include work related to a current or future SPP, CRADA, User Agreement, or DOE Direct Funded Project.
    • Confirming that he or she is not debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, or voluntarily excluded from current transaction by a federal agency or departments.
    • Keeping track of how this gift is used and agreeing to provide a report, if requested, to the Innovation and Partnerships Office.

    Division Director/Head

    • Ensuring that the gift is not an SPP or CRADA and will not include work that is related to an existing SPP, CRADA, User Agreement, or DOE direct funded project.
    • Determining project appropriateness to Berkeley Lab and DOE.
    • Considering the possible reassignment or termination of key personnel from Berkeley Lab's primary research programs.
    • Determining requirements for and availability of space, support, and equipment.
    • Ensuring compliance with Berkeley Lab, DOE, and University policy.
    • Evaluating the proposal in light of any conflict of interest declaration.
    • Assuring the safety of personnel and protection of the environment.

    EHS

    • Responding to notification of equipment gifts in the eSRA system.
    • Evaluating/determining safety and appropriateness of equipment gifts for acceptance by Berkeley Lab.

    Property Management

    • Responding to notification of equipment gifts in the eSRA system.
    • Placing a "Property of Others" tag on the equipment.

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    Term

    Definition

    CRADA

    Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

    eSRA

    Electronic system to support efficient preparation and administration of Berkeley Lab proposal and gift processing.

    Equipment gift

    Any donation that is not monetary and that excludes naval vessels of the following categories: battleships, cruisers, aircraft carriers, destroyers, and submarines.

    Monetary gift

    Any sum of money issued to the Berkeley Lab Gift Account via check or wire transfer (per Berkeley Lab Donor Instructions) in which no goods or services can be or will be expected or requested in return for the donation.

    SPP

    Strategic Partnership Project

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    The Gift Coordinator ensures all gift documents are in the eSRA database.

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    Title

    Type

     

    LBNL Gift Acceptance form (UDEV-100)

    Form

     

    700-U (Statement of Economic Interests for Principal Investigators)

    Form

     

    DA2588 (Delegation of Authority)

    Letter

     

    Gifts vs. Sponsored Projects

    Chart

     

    LBNL Donor Instructions

    Guide

     

    Gifts Desk Guide for eSRA

    Manual

     

    Monetary Gift Procedural Requirements

    Instructions

     

    Equipment Gift Procedural Requirements

    Instructions

    I. Contact Information

    Gift Coordinator
    gifts@lbl.gov

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    1/2/2012

    1

    M. Mock

    Reformat for wiki

    All

    Minor

    8/13/2013

    1.1

    L. Young, R. Inada

    Specify requirements for gifts that are equipment

    Procedural Reqs – 1,2,10

    Minor

    5/30/2017

    2

    J. Haemmerle

    Clarification of gift types and additional process implementation documents

    All

    Major

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Gifts for Research, and Acceptance of

    Document number

    03.04.001.000

    Revision number

    2

    Publication date:

    5/30/2017

    Effective date:

    5/30/2017

    Next review date:

    3/1/2020

    Policy Area:

    Acceptance of Gifts

    RPM Section (home)

    Conduct of Research and Development

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    none

    Functional Division

    LD/IPO

    Prior reference information (optional)

     

    Source Requirements Documents

    • Contract 31 Clause H.27
    • Contract 31 Clause P.10
    • Political Reform Act of 1974

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