What is a Subaward?

A Subaward transfers a portion of sponsored award to another entity for the purpose of programmatic effort on the project.

Key characteristics of a subaward include:

  • The subrecipient’s performance is measured against whether the objectives of the overall sponsored program are met (subrecipient carries out a portion of the programmatic effort of the project).
  • The subrecipient is responsible for programmatic decision-making relative to the subrecipient’s portion of the work.
  • The subrecipient must adhere to sponsored compliance requirements (IRB, IACUC, rebudgeting restrictions, publication, IP rights).
  • The subrecipient must use the sponsored funds awarded under the subaward to carry out their portion of the programmatic effort of the project.