Award Review and Acceptance
The Office of Research and the Division of Finance are here to support UNC project directors in the full range of pre- and post-award contract and grant activity. Contact Sarah Smith, the Director of Sponsored Programs as soon as you receive notice that your contract or grant application has been approved. The Director will review the award documents and coordinate the negotiation of the terms and conditions, if needed, prior to UNC's acceptance of the award. To assure a timely review, please provide the Director a copy of the award package and any documents bearing original signatures. The Director will secure the approval of the Authorized Signatory and serve as the primary liaison to the sponsor for administrative matters.
The UNC Authorized Signatory is authorized to accept awards on behalf of UNC General Administration. Authorized Signatories include the Vice President for Research, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Finance, and the President. Award instruments such as letters of agreement and/or contracts must be signed by an Authorized Signatory to be considered legal and binding. Financial account numbers will be provided once the Director of Sponsored Programs has conducted a pre-audit review of the project proposal and award, and has conducted a new award meeting with the Project Director.