Determining whether a proposed collaboration should be classified as a subrecipient or vendor can be challenging. The determination is based primarily on the type of work proposed, not solely on the type of entity (e.g. university, business entity, nonprofit entity). As principal investigator, you must ensure that sufficient information about the proposed arrangement is shared with the departmental administrator and the Office of Research Administration (ORA). You and your departmental administrators are strongly encouraged to consult with a grant consultant before a proposal due date if you have questions about the appropriate classification.
The information provided below will assist you and your grant consultant in determining differences.