Q: Who can sign my award?

A: Reminder: Don’t sign the agreement!

Each system member has provided a delegation of signatures authority that allows designees authority to sign the agreement and bind the system member to the agreement. Individuals not specifically delegated to sign specific types of contracts are not authorized to sign on behalf of any Texas A&M System Member. If in doubt, please contact your contract negotiator!

Q: Is it a Gift or Grant?

A: A grant is typically given by an organization for a particular purpose. A specific performance is requested by the grantor and if conditions are not met the grant may be terminated. A grant will usually require a reporting mechanism to disseminate the research results. Grants usually have a specific period of performance and unexpended funds shall be returned to the grantor. A grant will be managed by Texas A&M University Sponsored Research Services.

A gift is provided by a donor and no obligations to return the unspent funds is required. A gift does not impose contractual obligations and the donor may not require the sharing of data results. The donor relinquishes all right to the gifted funds and is sometime referred to as “unrestricted cash gift.” Gifts are managed by Texas A&M Foundation.

For additional information:

TAMUS 21.05 Gifts, Donations, Grants and Endowments


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