Research - Subawards

Research projects that involve subawards to non-UW institutions or organizations require certain documents as part of the main proposal submission.

What is a Subaward?

Federal code defines a subaward as "an award of financial assistance in the form of money, or property in lieu of money, made under an award by a recipient to an eligible subrecipient or by a subrecipient to a lower tier subrecipient." When funds (most often) are awarded by one entity to another to conduct aspects of a research project, an agreement must be established with that organization to outline the terms of the funding, the scope of work to be completed, etc.

Subaward vs Consultant vs Vendor

The PI should carefully consider whether an organization or individual is participating in a project as a subrecipient, a vendor, or a consultant.

SubawardVendorConsultant
Intellectually significant portion of programmatic effortGoods and Services provided within normal business operationsService provided within normal business operation
Responsible for programmatic decision makingNo programmatic decision makingProvides an expert opinion
Work performed by the subrecipient's personnel, using their personnel at their facilitiesOperates in a competitive environmentNo programmatic decision making, but uses knowledge and expertise in field
Responsible for same regulatory and compliance requirements as prime recipientFee for ServiceNo stake in outcome of project

Required Subaward Documents for a Proposal

Any organization participating in an extramural proposal as a subawardee must provide certain proposal documents two weeks prior to the proposal deadline, including:

Additional Resources

RSP Outgoing Subaward Resources Page

Subrecipient Proposal Checklist

Subrecipient Proposal Request Email (Sample)

Letter of Intent (LOI) Template

Research - Budget and Proposal Forms & Templates