Negotiation & Acceptance

The goal of award negotiation and acceptance is to ensure that incoming awards are structured so that they meet State of Arizona and University of Arizona regulations, do not pose financial, technical or programmatic risk to the university and so that they give the researchers involved the best opportunity for success. This stage of the sponsored project lifecycle occurs after submission and spans through final agreement acceptance.

Sponsored Project Services, the Office of Research Contracts, and the Office of General Counsel are involved in risk assessment, contract negotiations and final acceptance. The Project Initiation page described the postaward process of setting up the award-account after it is accepted.

Grants and other unilateral awards that do not require contracting negotiation and signature, are accepted by sponsored projects and the lead unit through the award account setup and expenditure process.

Contracts and bilateral awards that require signature are routed through the Office of Research Contracting for acceptance, then sent to sponsored projects for award account setup. The Contracting Process page presents options and delineates roles and responsibilities of the internal organizations and persons involved in the contracting process. 

Agreement Types describes the different types of agreements and their implications for your sponsored project.

Some contractual clauses in awards may impose restrictions that create management difficulties. Other clauses are unacceptable. Prohibited and Problematic Clauses explains these challenging and prohibited clauses so that principal investigators are aware of them and can plan appropriately.

Just-In-Time refers to reports required by sponsors (primarily the National Institutes of Health) upon basic qualification notification but before the award is made and contract negotiations begin. Just-In-Time reporting requirements do not indicate that a sponsor has accepted a proposal but are required before the sponsor makes final award decisions. The Just-In-Time page describes these reporting requirements and shows you how to fulfill them.

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