After a grant or contract award is received, the CA team is responsible
for negotiating award terms and securing institutional approval for award
acceptance. A contract is a legally binding document that serves as a
procurement mechanism to acquire property or services for the direct benefit or
use of the sponsor. Contracts entail
specific obligations and define specific details of the legal relationship
between both the sponsor and recipient.
- Negotiating contracts can be time-consuming.
- Generally, the negotiation of an award takes
about five to ten business days; however, this process may take longer if
conditions of the contract must be further negotiated between parties.
- During the
negotiation process, the CA team may consult with the UNF General Counsel,
Environmental Health and Safety, and other UNF departments regarding terms and
conditions of the grant or contract agreement.
- Individual faculty and staff are not authorized to provide
signatures for grants and contracts.
- ORSP has approved Delegation of Authority to
sign grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements on behalf of the University.
- Only an authorized representative can sign certain
documents on behalf of the University. Click here to see who is an authorized representative to sign grants and contracts.
- Contracts and grants that are for more than $1,000,000 must
be approved and executed by the University President.
- Grants and contracts are submitted and negotiated in the
University's name, University of North Florida Board of Trustees.
- Only those persons authorized to sign grants and contracts
can provide a legal binding signature.
- A contract or grant
will be awarded after it is fully executed (i.e., once all required signatures
by both parties have been secured).
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