All sponsored research/program agreements require NU-RES review and institutional approval.
Generally, grants and cooperative agreements are straightforward and provide favorable terms by nature, requiring little to no negotiation. Many times, these agreements do not require signatures and terms are “agreed to” once NU begins to draw funds. With grants and cooperative agreements, the review is mainly to note internal requirements related to reporting, compliance issues (IRB, IACUC, etc.), effort commitments, cost share, and other key data points that must be documented.
By contrast, contracts, subcontracts, and subawards are more restrictive and often require negotiation with the funding agency before terms can be agreed upon. The complexity of the agreement and the stance taken by the funding agency will dictate the level of negotiation.
The goal is to protect the interests of Northeastern University and its employees while balancing the needs of the funding agency.