Upon successful negotiation 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 the Univeristy's intellectual property. Delegation originates with The Regents of the University of Colorado to President Kennedy 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:

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
  • Data Transfer and Use Agreements (DTUAs)
  • Non-disclosure Agreements (NDAs)
  • Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)
  • Service Agreements

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