Page Updated: April 16th, 2018
Award and agreement negotiation of sponsored research projects on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus is generally handled by Research and Sponsored Programs. The Contract Negotiation Team within Research and Sponsored Programs is composed of several teams that review awards and agreements from a wide range of sponsors, including industry sponsors, non-profit organizations, state governments, the federal government, and foreign entities.
The Contract Negotiation Team at RSP is composed of twelve members who work together to promote and facilitate the extramurally supported research, education and outreach missions of the University through the review and negotiation of the terms and conditions of agreements. In reviewing award agreements, each team member works to ensure that the terms and conditions of the award documentation fit with federal law, state law, University of Wisconsin-Madison policies, Research and Sponsored Programs Policies, and the needs of the researchers here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Information on the negotiation process is as follows:
The Contract Negotiation Team reviews both funded and non-funded agreements that support sponsored research. Agreement types include contracts, data use agreements, subawards (both incoming and outgoing), visiting scientist agreements, outgoing service agreements, material transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements, confidentiality agreements, and grants and/or cooperative agreements with special terms and conditions. We also conduct proposal review when the proposal includes terms in advance to ensure that, if the award is funded, we can navigate the terms associated with the award.
Prior to the Contract Negotiation Team conducting a review, the document needs to be uploaded to WISPER and routed through your Dean's Office. Your Dean's Office will then review the documentation and project for submission through WISPER for processing. From there, the award will be processed and/or negotiated by the appropriate RSP Team.
Once RSP receives the documents for review, the Contract Negotiation Team begins the review and negotiation process. As part of this process, we are looking to ensure that the terms of the proposal or agreement match with the requirements of the laws and policies applicable to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Specifically, we want to make sure that academic freedom is preserved, protecting rights in areas such as intellectual property, publication and data ownership, as well as ensuring that state restrictions are not exceeded in areas such as insurance and indemnification. In negotiation, the Contract Negotiation Team takes different approaches depending on the how the terms come in. These include:
For more information on award terms or university policies, please see our Awards Terms and University Policies pages.
After negotiation of the agreement by the RSP Contracts Team, an authorized official of the University will sign the agreement. After signing, the RSP Contracts Team forwards the agreement to the RSP Awards Team for final project setup.