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 Streamlined Agreement Acceptance

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Beginning Monday, agreements needing prior approval will be easier to manage. They will be accepted or signed off in the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) by a new activity instead of by a posted comment.

This affects the acceptance of awards and unfunded agreements that involve such items such:

  • publication restrictions
  • cost sharing
  • indirect costs (IDC)
  • budget changes of +/- 20%
  • items initiated by the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) or the Office of Technology Transfer

How is Agreement Acceptance currently handled?

Currently a "posted comment" is the way to communicate prior approval of any agreement requiring acceptance. The ORSP Project Representative prepares the request and the project team Posts a Comment in eRPM to ORSP. 

A Department Chair and Dean must approve when routing to ORSP.

What will be different?

Beginning Monday, the process handled via email will now be system-managed and in eRPM work queues, so you don't have to use the Posted Comment option. Our website and standard operating procedures will be updated to reflect this modification.

What will be the same?

ORSP project representatives will still initiate requests, provide input and advice in the preparation of requests and will also provide a written description of the publication restriction and the negotiation efforts to remove it. Final approval will still rest with department chairs or the Vice President of Research, as required.

Look for an eResearch update on this and other great updates on Monday with step-by-step instructions.

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