Research Relationships: Primary and Subaward Compliance

March 9, 2021

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Federally funded research is often conducted within a University by faculty and staff. However, a significant portion of the required work may need to be provided outside the University by a third party through a subcontract or subaward. Proposing and managing a subaward is a shared responsibility.  The goals of the relationship and nature of the parties should drive the structure, from the initial decision to establish a contractor or subrecipient relationship to the specific legal terms that are emphasized in the agreement establishing the legal relationship. 

This webinar will discuss key decision-points and key considerations in making those decisions, as well as high-risk compliance areas.  In doing so, we will address the pros and cons of standard documents such as the Federal Demonstration Partnership (“FDP”) subaward templates.  Further, we will touch upon allocation of IRB responsibilities, fundamental intellectual property considerations, and conflict of interest management.

Target Audience

  • In-House Counsel and Compliance Officers
  • Managers within Sponsored Programs and Departmental Grant Administrators
  • Principal Investigators and others involved in research

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be better able to:

  • Review pre-qualification activities for subrecipients
  • Discuss issues that may arise as you initiate and execute a subaward agreement
  • Explain roles, management, and common subaward monitoring concerns
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
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Event starts: 
03/09/2021 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
03/09/2021 - 2:00pm EST


Serving as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants, Health Law, and Litigation & Government Investigations practice groups, Kristen represents universities, non-profit and for-profit organizations facing legal actions under Federal health care and grant regulations in addition to the False Claims Act and Civil Monetary Penalties Laws. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Schwendinger served for nearly eight years as an attorney and senior counsel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG). [Full Bio]


A Partner with the firm in the Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups, Scott advises clients on matters of federal grant law, government contract law, and health care law.  Scott assists clients with the myriad requirements that apply upon acceptance of federal grant funding, including the administrative requirements and cost principles established in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars that preceded the Uniform Guidance, and program-specific statutory and regulatory funding conditions. [Full Bio]

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
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