Prior to Budget Setup
First, you will get a notification from the Office of Sponsored Programs that your award has been received. A copy of the award will be attached to the notification and you will be asked to review the award and confirm that:
- It corresponds to your work plan and budgets
- You agree to the required reporting/deliverables and the time frame for those reports/deliverables
- You understand all agency restrictions and guidelines
Once OSP receives this confirmation, then any contract review and negotiations can begin.
Contract negotiations only occur on non-grant awards. The Office of Sponsored Programs Contract Review Unit will work with the sponsoring agency to negotiate any issues identified by you in the routing memo, or any other issues that put the university at risk or run counter to university policy. Once any issues have been resolved and the fully executed (signed by both parties) agreement is on file, you can set up your budget and begin work, unless there are compliance protocol or any other issues.
If you indicated on your proposal, or it was subsequently determined, that the scope of work would involve high-risk items such as use of vertebrate animals, work with human subjects, biohazards or recombinant DNA, access to a BSL-3 lab, or potential export control issues, protocols or assurances need to be in place before your work can begin in order to comply with federal and university regulations.
Contacts for assistance with compliance protocols are:
If you need the Office of Sponsored Programs to set up a preliminary budget pending the official agency award, there is a form to request an early budget setup.
The rules on these requests are as follows:
- Any required compliance protocols or assurances must be in place.
- If possible, please provide the anticipated start date. Agencies who issue contracts or agreements effective with the date of the final signature are not eligible for early setup.
- A guarantee budget in the event that the funding does not come through must be provided and the person responsible for the guarantee budget must sign his or her approval for the guarantee.
- Standard procedure is to set up the budget for a maximum of $10,000 or half of the anticipated award, whichever is less, and for 90 days from the start date. Other budget amounts and time frames must be negotiated with the Office of Sponsored Programs.