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FAQs: Research Sub Awards
How do I know when to budget as a subaward and when to budget as a vendor?
It is important to understand
the distinction between subrecipients and vendors
Provide goods and services as part of their normal business operations
Do not participate in the intellectual direction of the project and, therefore, would not be included as authors on publications.
Provide similar goods and services to many different purchasers
Operates in a competitive environment
Are not subject to compliance requirements