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Research Related Agreements

The Office of Grants and Contracts and the Office of Research Protections are both responsible for reviewing, negotiating and executing both funded research agreements (sponsored research contracts, sub-awards); unfunded research agreements (non-disclosure agreements, data use agreements, collaboration agreements, material transfer agreements and more); as well as Institutional Review Board (IRB) related agreements relevant to their purview.

Negotiations of terms and conditions of any research agreement should always involve either OG&C or ORP. These offices will consult with the principal investigator, and, other administrative offices such as General Counsel, Risk Management and Procurement as necessary. The negotiation process can range from a few days to several months. Please allow time for negotiation, approval and signature in your anticipated project timeline.

The Director of the Office and Grants and Contracts or the Director of the Office of Research Protections are authorized signatories for for all research agreements related to their purview.

Overview of Research Related Agreements


Type of Agreement  Description

Sponsored Research Agreement

A Sponsored Research Agreement is a contract between Villanova and a sponsor for the purposes of funding and conducting research. The sponsor may be a for-profit (e.g., private industry) or non-profit (e.g., state or federal government, foundations, etc.)

Sub-award Agreement

Villanova issues a sub-award agreement when another institution is performing part of a project awarded to Villanova. Villanova could also be the recipient of a sub-award agreement from another institution.

How do I get started?

  • Funded Agreements: Any agreement involving outside funding should be entered into Cayuse SP and routed for institutional approvals. OG&C will review the agreement terms and conditions and will negotiate as necessary.
  • Unfunded Agreements & IRB/Human Subjects Related Agreements: Contact: to get started.