Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is responsible for reviewing, negotiating, and accepting research and other agreements (grants and contracts) on behalf of the University. ORSP also ensures that the University Authorized Official signs the agreements, which is required by University and most sponsoring agency policy. It is important to note that principal investigators/project directors do not have the authority to sign these binding agreements.
When a sponsoring agency or other collaborator indicates that an agreement such as a Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA), Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA), Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA), subcontract, or other project-related agreement is required, ORSP will provide suggested formats if needed, review terms and conditions, obtain legal or other necessary reviews, and obtain the University Authorized Official’s signature.
After receipt of the award notification and completion of any additional negotiations or approvals, ORSP will prepare the documentation needed for award setup and send it to the University’s grant accountants. The grant accountants will set up the index number and work with the project director or principal investigator to facilitate proper award management. Please see the Controller’s Office Grants website for the information needed to manage awards. Once an index number is set up, project directors and principal investigators will work with the grant accountants for most award-related activities.
ORSP also provides some non-financial post-award assistance. For example, the office can act as a liaison with other University offices and help principal investigators and project directors determine which offices they need to work with to facilitate successful completion of their projects, as well as help faculty and staff with completion of technical progress reports. Note that the grant accountants prepare and submit the required financial reports; if the sponsor requires the technical report to be submitted with the financial reports, the principal investigator will need to provide his/ her grants accountant with a copy of the technical report.