Contract Processing

The Office of Sponsored Programs-Contracts Management (OSP-CM) finalizes hundreds of contracts annually, including Clinical Trial Agreements, Federal Subcontracts , Confidentiality Agreements, Data Use Agreements and a vast array of professional and medical services agreements with state and local governments as well as private industry.

OSP-CM's staff is organized into teams. There are two Industry Teams and two General Teams. Each team consists of Contract Analysts, Senior Contract Analysts and a Team Leader. The Associate Director reports directly to the OCM Director. OCM reports to Dr. Gordon Bernard, Executive Vice President for Research.

100% of our contract intake is done through the PEER system.  When a new project is submitted in PEER,it is checked for completeness. If complete, the file is assigned to a Contract Analyst within 24 hours and an email message is sent notifying the department (Administrative Officer and Principal Investigator) of the assignment. The Contract Analyst will review the agreement and send the required revisions to the sponsor or contracting party within 8 -10 business days. Our goal is to promote and protect the interests of VUMC and our faculty, as well as to safeguard against unacceptable risk.

Evaluation of Contract Analyst performance includes regular assessment of two main timelines during the negotiation process: (1) days to initial review of a new contract and (2) days to the finalization of the contract.


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Click on one of the links below for more information about specific contract types.


Research Agreements:

Clinical Trial Agreements

Industry (Non-Clinical)

Federal Contracts/Subcontracts


Other Agreements:

Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreements (CDAs)

Data Use Agreements (DUAs)

State and Metro Agreements

Medical and Professional Services

Education Agreements

Business Associate Agreements

VA Interpersonnel Agreements (IPAs)

GME Visiting Resident/Away Rotation Agreements

VU Billing Agreements


Agreements OSP-CM Does Not Process