The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) working with the Principal Investigator (PI) will negotiate the terms and conditions of the sponsored agreement. The time required to negotiate the agreement depends on the complexity of the agreement, the responsiveness of the agency, the amount of support required from other university departments, and the type of award anticipated. As a general rule, negotiating contracts with private industry takes more time than grants from the federal government.
The PI is required to write the statement of work and budget. OSP will keep the PI informed on the progress of the negotiations with the sponsor. If appropriate, the PI will be invited to participate in the discussions.
Under no circumstances should the PI sign a sponsored agreement or give the impression that he/she is negotiating on behalf of the University.
During the course of a sponsored agreement, there may be a need to change or modify the terms and conditions of the award. As with the initial negotiations, OSP will conduct these negotiations, keeping the PI informed.