Note: regardless of the name of the agreement, all sponsored agreements must be processed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Contract

An agreement for research work to be performed by an organization for the awarding agency. Contracts are usually specific about the objectives, direction, specifications, cost, or methods of research.

Cooperative Agreement

An assistance agreement that provides for a mutal undertaking by the awarding agency and OSU. Both parties take part in the project and are mutually interested in the aims and benefits, even though there may be a difference in the scope of the interest.

Grant

An assistance agreement that provides money, property, or materials to OSU. OSU has freedom to pursue the grant's stated purpose.

Interagency Agreement (also called an Intergovernmental Agreement)

An agreement between OSU and another agency of the State of Oregon.

 

Interagency Personnel Agreement (IPA)

These agreements, associated with a federal agency, send OSU employees to work for an agency for a specific period of time, while the person remains an OSU employee.

 

Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)

An agreement that provides for a mutual undertaking between two or more parties. All parties take part in the project and are mutually interested in the aims and benefits, even though there may be a difference in level of involvement.

 

Subaward/Subcontract/Subagreement/Subgrant

An agreement between OSU and an outside entity in which OSU is passing some of the programmatic effort to that entity. In most cases, subawards must be approved in advance by the sponsor. Subawardees should be identified in the proposal, including their budget, indirect rates, scope of work and approval from their administration to participate in the project.

 

see Sponsored Agreements Frequently Asked Questions