What is a subaward?

If you are collaborating with researchers at another institution on a proposal and IU is the lead institution, a subaward may be required.

A subaward (also referred to as a subgrant or subcontract) is financial support from a prime awardee (e.g., Indiana University) to a qualified organization for performance of a substantive portion of the programmatic effort under the prime award. Subaward agreements are negotiated between the two institutions after the prime award is received.

Proposal requirements for subawards

If your proposal includes a subaward, the Office of Research Administration will need the following from the subawardee institution:

  • Budget
  • Budget justification or budget narrative
  • Statement of work to be performed by subawardee
  • Letter of support signed by an authorizing official (usually the sponsored projects office)
  • Subawardee's F&A rate agreement (if applicable)