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1 Coordination and Management of Federal Contracts Stephen Kimmel, MD, MSCE Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

2 What is a Contract? Contract vs. Grant (per NIH): – Grant: Financial assistance mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity. – Contract: An award of financial assistance used to acquire property or services for the federal government’s direct benefit

3 Deeper Meaning Grants used when NIH “anticipates no substantial programmatic involvement with the recipient during performance of the financially assisted activities.” “Contract performance is monitored closely by the NIH staff to ensure accomplishment of the research goals”

4 Cooperative Agreements “If the NIH Institute or Center anticipates substantial federal scientific or programmatic involvement—meaning scientific or program staff will assist, guide, coordinate, or participate—in the supported activity, the agency uses a cooperative agreement mechanism. Cooperative agreements are similar to grants in that they are awarded to assist and support research and related activities.”

5 An Even Closer Look

6 Running a Contract-Sponsored Project Think of yourself as a contractor – Responsibilities to your sponsor – Oversight of your subcontractors The science – The same The collaborations – The same Except see first bullet above

7 Running a Contract-Sponsored Project Responsibilities to your sponsor – Milestones – Administrative duties (paperwork) – Follow their rules – But… To be a good contractor – Need to be, first and foremost » loyal to the science » protective of the patients in your study » ethical Conflicts will arise

8 Running a Contract-Sponsored Project Oversight of your subcontractors – They will sign contracts with you to perform duties and meet milestones Will occasionally have to crack the whip But… – Remain true to the science, patients, and ethics – They are often still your colleagues and collaborators

9 Some Lessons Learned (So Far) 1.There is always something new to learn 2.Sponsor has hired you 3.You will do all of the work

10 Is It Worth It? Absolutely – assuming it’s a question you really want to answer Funding levels are (can be) much higher – to do things you couldn’t otherwise do A good learning experience – How to work as a contractor and thus work with other contractors – How to manage large groups, each with their own agenda

11 Biggest Piece of Advice Don’t try this at home Requires a team effort with expertise in – Science – Contracts – Budgeting – Negotiating

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