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Who Signs Research Grants and Contracts?

Officially authorized to sign grants

Sarah J. White, MA, Ed.M
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Office of Sponsored Programs
UT Health Science Center
910 Madison, Suite 823
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.2359
Fax: 901.448.7775
swhite82@uthsc.edu

Brenda Murrell, MBA, CICA
Director, Proposal and Award Management
Office of Sponsored Programs
UT Health Science Center 
910 Madison, Suite 823
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.5571
Fax: 901.448.7775 
bmurrell@uthsc.edu

For all research related contracts and documents

Research contracts are designated for local signature.  Authorized signatories are the Vice Chancellor for Research, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Vice Chancellor for Finance, Operations, Chief of Staff, and the Chancellor.  

Most research related contracts will be signed by the Vice Chancellor for Research, Steven R. Goodman, PhD.

Contracts with foreign entities require review and signature by officials in the University of Tennessee Systems Office in Knoxville and are signed by David L. Miller, Chief Financial Officer.

Steven R. Goodman, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research
UT Health Science Center
910 Madison, Suite 823
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.4823
sgoodma5@uthsc.edu

Steven L. Youngentob, PhD
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
UT Health Science Center
910 Madison, Suite 823
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.4823
syoungen@uthsc.edu

Confidentiality Agreements, Materials Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements and Related Documents

Sarah J. White, Ed.M
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Office of Sponsored Programs
UT Health Science Center
910 Madison, Suite 823
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.2359
Fax: 901.448.7775
swhite82@uthsc.edu

Research Progress Related Reports

Choose Brenda Murrell or Sarah White for the "AO" and the "SO", then route it to Claire Ashbrook, Ginny Geer or Michelle Lester.

Fiscal officer (for those documents which require signature of fiscal officer of the institution)

Anthony A. Ferrara
Vice Chancellor for Finance & Operations
UT Health Science Center
62 S. Dunlap, Suite 300
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.5523
spa@uthsc.edu

Contracts signing authority for the University of Tennessee

https://procurement.tennessee.edu/contracts/

Please note that faculty, staff, department heads and deans are NOT authorized to sign research agreements on behalf of UT. All research contracts (including confidentiality agreements and material transfer agreements) must be routed through Cayuse for official signature. 

Last Published: Nov 20, 2019