All proposal and contractual documents that obligate Drexel University or the Drexel University College of Medicine personnel, facilities, intellectual property, or other resources through sponsored projects require an authorized University signature. This signature assures that the appropriate policies, procedures, legal requirements and risks have been addressed in order to protect the interests of the institution, faculty, students, and employees.
The Office of Research Administration (ORA) is the designated signatory for all binding contracts and agreements governing sponsored project awards at Drexel University and Drexel University’s College of Medicine. This includes, but is not limited to, documents listed in the Agreement Types section of this website.
Researchers are encouraged to discuss the proposed scope of work and general budgetary needs of a project with the sponsoring entity. However, negotiation and acceptance of the contract terms and conditions are the purview of ORA.
The Principal Investigator may be asked to sign a "read and understood" clause to indicate they understand the terms and conditions of an agreement and agree to the attached scope of work. Except as designated in the University’s Independent Contractor policy and guidelines, under no circumstances are faculty or other university administrative officials or staff authorized to sign and accept externally sponsored project awards or agreements that obligate University resources as described above.