Required signatories on agreements
The president and university treasurer are authorized signatories on agreements for partnerships and cross-border activities. Office of the Vice President for International Affairs staff will secure the signature of either the president or the university treasurer once the agreement terms have been finalized and approved by IU General Counsel.
The vice president for international affairs also signs all agreements for partnerships and cross-border activities. Deans and other representatives of IU academic programs or offices may sign agreements as they deem appropriate.
Contract and grant activities
For contract and grant activities, signature authority resides with the associate vice president for research administration, including when the granting agency or subcontract agreement is with a foreign entity. Such activities require a separate online application to the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs only when they involve delivery of IU academic programs abroad (either onsite or via distance) or the establishment of an IU legal presence abroad.
Establishing an IU legal presence may involve any of the following:
- Registration as a legal entity in the foreign country
- Payment of taxes to a foreign government
- Opening of project bank accounts abroad
- Hiring of direct employees or independent contractors in the foreign country for a period greater than 90 days
- Long-term lease or purchase of housing or a vehicle in the foreign country
Because of the significant risks that some projects may pose to IU, units that are interested in pursuing external funding for international projects should contact international partnerships staff before proceeding with a proposal.