The authority to negotiate an award or contract on behalf of UIC has been delegated from The Board of Trustees to the Office of Research Services (ORS). ORS works in conjunction with the Principal Investigator (PI) and, when applicable, the Office of General Counsel (OUC) and the Office of Technology Management (OTM), to negotiate an award or contract that is acceptable to UIC, the PI and sponsor.

In no case should any agreement or award be accepted or signed by a staff or faculty member, department chair or dean.