When a sponsor has approved an award for a sponsored project, a notice of award or an award letter is sent to the Tufts Central Pre-Award office. The notice of award is a legally binding document that notifies Tufts University and the Principal Investigator (PI) that an award has been made, contains or references terms and conditions of the award, and documents the obligation of funds and the period of performance. (If an award notice is received directly by the PI, it must be forwarded to Pre-Award as soon as possible).
Pre-Award has a responsibility to negotiate and accept sponsored awards on behalf of the University. In this NCURA training, Central Pre-Award research administrators can learn best practices for award negotiation and acceptance.