Upon successful negotion of award terms and conditions, designated Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) staff have the authority to sign the award on behalf of the University.

Signature authority delegations at CU Boulder are designed to protect academic freedoms, including a faculty member’s right to publish, and faculty’s intellectual property. Delegation originates with The Regents of the University of Colorado to President Benson then to named individuals within the University.

The Office of Contracts and Grants holds the delegation of signature authority for University research contracts and grants, and official sponsored project correspondence over the life of an award (e.g., requests to the sponsor for no-cost extensions, budget deviations, prior approval authorizations and other modifications to the terms).

In addition, OCG holds the delegation of signature authority for other research related awards including:

  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Service Agreements
  • Data Agreements (Transfer, Access or Use)

OCG can assist PIs with questions about agreements and signature authority. View the Signature Authority Delegations fact sheet for more information.