Because institutional awards for sponsored and creative work are made to the University of Montana and not to individuals, proposals and agreements require an institutional signature.
As Chief Executive Officer, signature authority resides with the President. For sponsored activities, the President delegates this authority to the Vice President for Research, who in turn officially delegates this responsibility to the Director and others in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Additionally, ORSP personnel who electronically submit proposals or Financial Status Reports are officially delegated authority to do so.
When any proposal or award paperwork requires a signature, it is that of an Institutional Authorirzed Official (AO) and is secured from ORSP. A sponsored agreement signed by an unauthorized individual will be deemed null and void.