Unwritten grant management rule #8. Know the grant management regs in detail. Don’t assume your program officer knows the regulations better than you. Know them well enough to find creative ways around a potential “no” from your program officer. If you research everything before asking your program officer to make a change, 99% of the time, your prior approval requests will get the green light. And you also want to be familiar enough with the regs to identify when your program officer is making a request of you that’s appropriate or beyond their regulatory authority.