August 21, 1989
There have been sponsoring agencies, primarily State of Indiana agencies, soliciting proposals directly from project directors. In some instances, the proposals have been sent directly to the agency bypassing University routing procedures. Contracts and claim vouchers have also been sent to principal investigators for signature. These documents have no legal basis.
William E. Farquhar is the University official designated to accept grants or contracts. If the project director signs the award document it is not a legally binding agreement upon the University. Vouchers requesting payment such as state claim vouchers must also be signed by William E. Farquhar. If these documents do not receive proper handling it often leads to confusion and delays.
Please remember that the advance routing of proposals provides internal information as well as facilitates the award processing.