An Unfunded Agreement (or UFA -- pronounced "OOOfah") is a record n the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system (like a PAF or an AWD) that represents a non-financial agreement with a sponsor, such as a Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA), Data Use Agreement (DUA), Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), or Cooperative Research Agreement. This process is completed using the PI Sign UFA activity in the UFA workspace and must be "signed" in the system by the principal investigator (PI) in advance of ORSP review.
Contracts and agreements are processed as "unfunded agreements" or UFAs because there is no external funding support associated with them. UFAs are integrated into the eResearch Proposal Management system (eRPM) to create a record of the agreement in the university system and to allow the research community to more easily link corresponding agreements, monitor the status of UFAs, and communicate with administrative home and central offices.
- eResearch Quick Reference Card - Unfunded Agreements (UFAs) PI/Project Team This is a quick reference card created by U-M Information Technology Services (ITS) for use on the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system.
- Proposal Management Website: PI Sign UFA Reference Guide (ITS eResearch Documentation) Before the final agreement can be executed, the Contact PI must “sign” the UFA and a corresponding Conflict of Interest Statement before routing to ORSP. This process is completed using the Sign UFA activity in the UFA workspace and, again, this must be signed by the PI in advance of ORSP review.
- Unfunded Agreement (UFA) Types
- What does ORSP Support?