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Subawards

The following is intended to be a brief overview of Boise State University’s (“University”) subaward negotiation, acceptance and monitoring process for sponsored projects. The University Office of Sponsored Programs (“OSP”) recognizes that each subaward has its unique challenges and opportunities, so this process will be adapted as necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. If you have any questions about this subject matter, please contact an OSP Contracting Officer (“CO”).

Steps for Subaward Negotiation and Acceptance

  1. During the Award Negotiation & Acceptance process, the CO reviews the Subrecipients’ Risk Assessments in Section 8 of the Proposal Data Sheet (i.e., Part I of Frevvo) and further evaluates their risk in Section 15 of the Award Review Checklist (i.e., Part II of Frevvo).
  2. After the Award Negotiation & Acceptance process, the CO who reviewed the award also reviews the information Subrecipients provided with their Subrecipient Commitment Forms (e.g., Statements of Work, Budgets, Budget Justifications, F&A Rate Agreements, Single Audits).  If necessary, the CO works with the PI and Subrecipients to obtain additional required information.
  3. The CO prepares the draft Subawards.  The terms and conditions of Subawards may vary between Subrecipients depending on factors such as OSP’s Risk Assessments (e.g., 2 CFR 200.331(b)), Subrecipients’ legal statuses (e.g., State entities, colleges/universities, non-profits, for-profits) and which regulations are applicable (e.g., Uniform Guidance in 2 CFR Part 200, Federal Acquisition Regulation System in Title 48 of the CFR).
  4. The CO requests the PI’s approval via email to send the draft Subawards to the Subrecipients for their review. This review process may also require the assistance of other offices, colleges, departments and centers on campus.  The length of time to complete this step varies due to differing priorities, work schedules and the complexity of issues. 
  5. The CO sends the draft Subawards to the Subrecipients.  Once the final terms and conditions have been negotiated, the CO seeks the PI’s approval via email to issue the Subawards.
  6. After the PI provides her/his approval via email, OSP coordinates with the Subrecipients to obtain fully signed Subawards.  Depending on Subrecipients’ availability, it could take several weeks or longer to receive fully signed Subawards.
  7. OSP notifies the PI via email that the Subawards have been signed.
  8. After signature, the Subrecipients, PI and the PI’s college and departmental personnel will primarily coordinate with the assigned OSP Sponsored Project Administrator (“SPA”) on matters such as Subrecipient performance, invoices and payments.  If there are Subrecipient performance concerns or disputes, the PI should also notify an OSP Contract Officer.

University's Approach to Subrecipient Monitoring

  1. The University monitors Subawards and Subrecipients in accordance with 2 CFR § 200.331, Subpart F to 2 CFR Part 200, Sections 2.3.4 and 2.2.10 of the Frevvo User Guide, Articles VIII, IX, X and XI of the Federal Subrecipient Monitoring Guidelines, applicable Award terms and other guidance.  The Federal Subrecipient Monitoring Guidelines cover a number of monitoring requirements, including the Subaward invoice submission, approval and payment.

Subaward and Subcontract Templates

  1. Visit the Forms & Templates page to search for and view the University’s Subaward and Subcontract templates (hint: search for “Subaward”).