- Award Negotiations
- Who Can Negotiate the Award?
- Changes to the Scope of Work and/or Budget
- Grants and Cooperative Agreements
- Industry Contracts
- Federal/State Contracts
- Signature Authority
Award NegotiationsAward negotiations, as defined in this section, means the scope of activities between proposal submission and the acceptance of an award by UNL. During this period, the award mechanism (grant, cooperative agreement or contract) and the sponsor will largely determine the length and complexity of the negotiation process. The end result of award negotiations is a mutually agreeable set of terms under which UNL will conduct the proposed project.
As a public, non-profit educational institution, UNL is bound by certain policies and regulations regarding what it can and cannot accept in an agreement. These policies are designed to foster UNL’s basic mission of teaching, research and public service and to ensure the academic freedom of our faculty. Because for-profit private sponsors are motivated by different forces, they sometimes do not understand the ideals and principles behind our policies. Consequently, negotiations can take additional time while OSP works with the sponsor to arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement.
Whenever possible, UNL tries to negotiate an agreement using the appropriate standard UNL contract language for the activity proposed. These standard agreements address key concepts required by UNL policy. When a private sponsor prepares an agreement or insists on controlling the preparation of an agreement, these concepts may or may not be addressed and can lead to protracted negotiations.
Contract negotiations with private sponsors can be difficult and complex because the agreements must address a large number of issues such as budget, scope of work, intellectual property rights, publication rights, indemnification, termination and confidentiality.
Principal Investigators should discuss all aspects of the proposed project with OSP prior to the start of negotiations. In particular, OSP needs to know whether graduate students will be involved in the project and whether existing UNL or sponsor-owned intellectual property will be used in conducting the project.
OSP's senior contract negotiator also can assist you with preparing or negotiating Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)
The terms and conditions of the award are usually fixed by law or regulation. However, it is important to make sure that the terms and conditions imposed by the agency are appropriate for the work proposed and applicable to UNL.
For contracts up to $100,000: Jeanne Wicks
Contracts over $100,000: Business and Finance, University of Nebraska. Please bring agreements to OSP. Telephone: 402-472-3171
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