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This unit serves as the official institutional signatory for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements, and negotiates and administers agreements on behalf of the University. This unit reviews and authorizes proposal submissions as well. Responsibilities include monitoring institutional compliance with terms and conditions of grants and contracts, as well as compliance with Federal and State regulations, budgeting of expenditures, seeking sponsor approval for revisions to awards, and issuance of subcontracts.

As part of Research Administration, the Office of Industry Contracting (OIC) is responsible for reviewing and executing sponsored research agreements with private industry, including sponsored research agreements, clinical trial agreements, and subcontracts, among others. OIC also negotiates and executes all (industry, federal, or other parties) Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs and NDAs) and Data Use Agreements for the entire UNC-CH campus. The OIC mission is focused on streamlining support for industry-funded sponsored projects, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations, and helping make Carolina a better partner to industry.