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A new initiative for the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and departments to work together is under way. The objective of Proposal and Award Communication Teamwork (PACT) is to create a strong partnership that is centered around effective communication between the department and the central office to support Research Administration at UNC. The key guidelines of PACT are to:

  • Provide guidance on critical topics
  • Increase transparency and support around critical elements of the award lifecycle through structured discussions
  • Build on best practices through regular occurring discussions


  • Department and OSR Sponsored Project Specialist (SPS) and/or Sponsored Programs Office schedule an initial meeting
  • Department and SPS work together to complete the PACT, committing to a specific plan and determining frequency of future meetings
  • PACT form is saved by both OSR and the department
  • PACT form is reviewed and updated on the agreed-upon timeline

Your department’s Sponsored Projects Specialist (SPS) will contact you to schedule a time to begin the PACT discussion. For questions regarding this communication, please email

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