Research contract review and negotiation is a specialized area of expertise that poses a significant degree of risk for the university because of the specific nature of the award terms and conditions and the potential fiscal consequence of non-compliance or not understanding the sometimes stylized and arcane presentation of much contract verbiage and federal government contract clauses such as the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Export controls is another specialized area of knowledge and skill sets that shares many things in common with contract review in that both activities rely heavily on federal regulation, and its interpretation, as a significant main element.
Primary functions of the Contracts Review and Export Controls are:
- contract review and negotiation for agreements such as sponsor contracts/NDAs/CDAs/MTAs and Teaming Agreements,
- subject matter expert in matters such as FARs/DFARs/EDARs/DEARs and HHSARs,
- export control matters such as obtaining licenses when needed and implementation of Technology Control Plans, when needed,
- sponsor interface for matters such as contract negotiation; and,
- training and education for both OSP staff and the research community.
Questions regarding any of these activities should be directed to the OSP’s Contract Review and Export Controls. Steve Berhang is the Director and can be reached at 201.216.3464 or at email@example.com.