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The Institutional Official (IO) is an individual named by Stanford, who is authorized to act for the institution, and to assume the obligations imposed by federal, state and local laws, regulations, requirements and conditions, as well as Stanford policy that applies to a proposal and award.

The IO reviews, endorses, signs and submits proposals to the sponsor on behalf of Stanford. In signing a proposal and in accepting a corresponding award, this individual certifies that Stanford will comply with the assurances and certifications referenced in the application. 

This individual's signature further certifies that Stanford will be accountable both for appropriate use of funds awarded and performance of the sponsored project activities resulting from the application.

IO Responsibilities by Central Office


OSR (Office of Sponsored Research) 

RMG (Research Management Group)

ICO (Industrial Contracts Office)


All  Stanford University proposals except the School of MedicineSchool of Medicine proposalsNone


All awards except those handled by RMG and ICOFederal grants, federal cooperative agreements, fellowships and industry sponsored clinical trials for School of MedicineIndustry sponsored contracts except clinical trials


All, except those under industry sponsored clinical trialsIndustry sponsored clinical trialsNone
Created: 11.28.20
Updated: 04.11.22