The terms and conditions of an award should identify the date of all deliverables including the final technical, financial, and property reports and invention statements. Final Technical Reports are the responsibility of the PI. If an award requires Sponsored Research endorsement, it should be routed through ESPR. Questions related to final financial and property reports should be directed to ASRSP. For information about submitting final invention statements in eRA Commons, click here.
Award Transfers and Relinquishment
Awards are made to institutions, not directly to PIs. Therefore, the relinquishing institution must agree to transfer awards if/when its PI moves to another institution. One of the services provided by OSR includes assistance in transferring awards to Northwestern from other institutions (when a PI is arriving at Northwestern) or from Northwestern to other institutions or entities (when a PI is leaving Northwestern).
Transfers of grants and contracts can be quite complex, especially those involving subcontracts, graduate students who are continuing their education at the original institution, awards having co-PIs, or awards ending within a six month window. In all cases, it is recommended that a PI and their departmental administrator consult with OSR staff at least ninety days in advance of the transfer date to ensure a smooth transition. Rules and regulations on grant transfers vary widely from funding agency to funding agency. OSR staff will determine whether the terms of an award allow it to be transferred and then will work with their counterparts at the relinquishing institution (or, in the case of departing PIs, the new institution), as well as agency personnel to effect the transfer. In general, it is expected that equipment purchased on an ongoing grant will move with the PI to the new institution. Transfer of items of equipment purchased on previous grants and/or using institutional funds are subject to negotiation between the PI and his/her department chair.
For more information on transferring an NIH grant to another institution, see NIH Grants Policy Statement, Part 18.104.22.168 (Change of Grantee Organization).
Initiating a Transfer
To initiate an award transfer FROM Northwestern (or initiate a relinquishment), submit a change request via InfoEd.
To initiate an award transfer TO Northwestern, provide OSR with a list of each award to be transferred and all pending grant proposals, annotated to show the budget period and project period begin and end dates; the name of the agency(ies); award number(s); and the names and phone numbers of the agency program officers and grants management staff. In the case of incoming grant transfers, it is also helpful to include copies of the actual award notices, including award terms and conditions, a copy of the most recent monthly financial statement, and, if known, the name and phone number of the grants administrator in the grants office of the other institution.