MODULE 4: Award Acceptance and Project Set Up
The time between when the proposal is submitted and when the sponsor notifies the University of its decision can take nine months or more, depending upon the sponsor. If the proposal is denied, the sponsor will often provide the PI with the reviewer's comments and recommendations for how the proposal can be revised and resubmitted. If the proposal is awarded, ORPA will usually receive notice that an award has been made or a contract is being prepared. If the PI receives such a notice, s/he must contact ORPA immediately to insure that ORPA has also received the notice. ORPA cannot administratively initiate the project without formal sponsor notification. ORPA will negotiate any contractual terms of the award. Many award instruments are received which require both sponsor and University signatures before they become effective. Principal Investigators are not authorized to sign award documents on behalf of the University.