Faculty, researchers, and students do not have the authority to sign (or accept funds to enter into) external research agreements that commit university resources, including the use of space, personnel, equipment, and services.
As a U-M researcher, you can propose research activity with external sponsors / collaborators, but you do not have the authority to negotiate and approve the legal aspects of any research agreement on behalf of U-M.
Only specific individuals have been granted by the university the authority to sign on its behalf. Internal forms researchers may typically sign include:
- Proposal Approval Form (PAF)
- Human Resources (HR) documents
- Financial project reports
- Subcontract invoices
However, training, research, grants, and contracts may need to be signed by an authorized ORSP representative.
- U-M Business, Contracts, and Signature Authority
- U-M Standard Practice Guide (SPG) 601.24: Delegation of Authority to Bind the University to External Agreements on Business and Financial Matters
- U-M Procurement Website - Authority Delegations pursuant to SPG 601.24 (see pages 50-62)
- Proposal Approval Form Information