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