Award Management

Notre Dame Research Administration provides support to Notre Dame faculty and researchers, as well as staff who interact with researchers, for the management of grants and awards, including contract review and negotiation, transactional support, and more.


Notre Dame Research Administration provides support in reviewing, negotiating, and accepting research agreements on behalf of the University. In addition, Notre Dame Research Administration can generate sub-awards and research consulting agreements, as well as assist with project close out and reporting. 

Support is provided in the review and negotiation of the following types of research-related agreements:

  • Data Use Agreements (DUA)
  • Grants, Cooperative Agreements, Contracts, or Subcontracts
  • Material Transfer Agreements (MTA)
  • Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) or Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA)
  • Teaming Agreements

Notre Dame Research Administration can also ensure a University Authorizing Official signs the agreements, which is required in almost every case of agreement of a research award. It is important to note that principal investigators do not have the authority to sign these binding agreements.

Additionally, if a sponsoring agency, company, or collaborating institution suggests the establishment of an agreement such as those listed above, please email the Research Contracts Team at regarding negotiating the agreement to protect the interests of both the research program and the University.

Need More Information?

For more information on any of the agreement services, please contact the Research Contracts Team by emailing

For relevant forms, codes, and policies, please visit the Resource Library

Grants Program Management

Notre Dame Research Administration supports its researchers in making changes to budgets, no cost extensions, projections on spending, and other project changes.

In order to ensure the appropriate approvals are in place, the Grants Program Managers will correspond with the principal investigator and the sponsors. The Grants Program Management Team will also ensure all information related to the grant is entered into the University’s system of record for research administration, Cayuse, and will support the principal investigator in the following ways, as required:

  • Establishing award budgets and accounts for grant expenditures.
  • Communicating the terms of the award and requirements to the research team.
  • Conducting launch meetings with the principal investigators to identify and coordinate project business needs.
  • Developing account projections and internal financial reporting for principal investigators in order to monitor and plan for grant expenditures.

The PI Portal provides the information needed to help manage sponsored program in an easy to use format. To learn more about using the Portal, please visit

Once the project has started, advice and assistance can be provided for many of the internal Notre Dame systems for purchasing and payment, such as:

Notre Dame Research Administration can also act as a liaison to central offices, such as Human Resource and Payroll, and provide assistance with nearly every type of appointment, from postdoctoral scholars to non-tenure track faculty members.

Need More Information?

For more information on any of the budgeting and reporting services or to request one-on-one consultation for complex grants please contact the Grants Program Management team or email Frequently Asked Questions about Award Management can also be found here.