The University of Iowa issues subawards when a portion of the work related to an externally funded project is to be performed by a third party. The Division of Sponsored Programs develops and negotiates the general administrative terms for subawards. The PI is responsible for determining the budget and monitoring subaward performance and payment, including monitoring the budget and scope of work for compliance with UI and sponsor policies and the terms of the prime award. Grant Accounting, Purchasing, and Accounts Payable work with the purchase order, risk assessment, invoices, and payment.
There are times when work performed by a third party (Subawardee) will not include funding from the University of Iowa prime award, but that work will require the subawardee to perform human or animal studies. These are called “Zero-Dollar” Subawards and are required in order to flow down the terms and conditions of the prime award, as well as ascertain the subawardee's compliance with the appropriate human subject and animal care regulations. To request a Zero-Dollar subaward, please complete the Zero Dollar Subaward Request Form (for New Agreements or Amendments) and either email to email@example.com or send a hardcopy to 2 GILH.
Outgoing Subaward Overview Process Flowchart
The flowcharts are an overview process for new subawards and amendments.
Outgoing Subaward Roles and Responsibilities
The following links are a description of the corresponding roles and responsibilities. Please click on the corresponding link for your role and responsibility, or on any link to view others'' roles and responsibilities.
Additional Information on Roles and Responsibilities
The following documents are required to initiate a subaward:
1. Preq. The category code on the Preq should be 99990000, which will bring up the designated Purchasing Agent for subawards. You must complete the Sole Source Justification if the subaward exceeds $25,000.
2. Subawardee Statement of Work. Send the statement of work as an attachment to the Preq, labeled with the Req ID number.
3. Subawardee Budget. F&A cost rates must be within the limit allowed by the prime sponsor for the prime award project. If the project is federally funded, confirm that the Subawardee has federally approved fringe benefit and F&A rates if those costs are included in the budget. In the event that federally negotiated F&A and/or fringe rates do not exist, a maximum of 10% MTDC, less equipment, F&A will be allowed, and supporting documentation for fringe benefits must be provided. If the prime sponsor has a lower rate, such as NIH's current 8% rate for foreign subrecipients, the lower rate must apply. If the Subawardee is required to provide cost share or matching funds, a cost share budget should also be provided. Send the budget as an attachment to the Preq, labeled with the Req ID number.
4. Audit Certification and Financial Status Questionnaire. The questionnaire is required for all new subawards issued to individuals or entities that are not U.S. accredited institutions of higher education. Send the Questionnaire as an attachment to the Preq.
5. Subrecipient Questionnaire – Conflict of Interest. Effective August 1, 2012, for all PHS-funded subawards the University is required to monitor subrecipient compliance with the PHS Financial Conflict of Interest regulations. PHS Agencies include: NIH, CDC, FDA, HRSA, AHRQ, IHS, SAMHSA, and ATSDR. The DSP Proposal Routing Form helps monitor whether the subrecipient has a PHS compliant conflict of interest policy. For subrecipients that have certified compliance through the FDP Clearinghouse, the routing form notifies you of their compliance. For subrecipients that have not certified on the FDP Clearinghouse, Form B must be completed prior to application submission and must be attached to the DSP Proposal Routing Form. For complete instructions, please see the Process Map, Form B, and the Outgoing Subaward Conflict of Interest FAQ’s below.
6. Subaward Reporting Requirements Form. The Subaward Reporting Requirements form is required for all new subawards and amendments issued under federal awards that are subject to the Uniform Guidance. Contact DSP if you have questions whether your federal award is subject to the Uniform Guidance. We recommend use of this form for all outgoing subawards. Send the Subaward Reporting Requirements form as an attachment to the Preq or Subaward Amendment Request Form.
If you have questions about outgoing subawards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 335-2123. Outgoing subawards are generally assigned to DSP staff according to the PI's college or unit. Click here for the DSP staff directory.
Outgoing Subawards: Further Reading
- Initiating a Subaward
- Advance Payments
- Revising an Existing Subaward
- Subaward, Professional Services Agreement or Fee for Service (Contractor Purchase Order)?
- Subawards and Fee for Service Agreements with Another UI Department
- Is my federal grant subject to the Uniform Guidance?
- Reporting Requirements
- Subaward Reporting Requirements- Required for all subawards under federal awards
- Audit Certification and Financial Status Questionnaire
- Subaward Amendments
- Conflict of Interest in Research (Outgoing Subaward Institution)
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