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Internal Academic Approval of Sponsored Programs

Form 10 – Proposal Routing and Approval Form

NFA Form - Non-Financial Agreements Routing and Approval Form

The Form 10 and the NFA Form are the internal academic approval forms for sponsored programs. Form 10 should be completed and submitted with all proposals. The NFA Form should be completed and submitted with all non-financial agreements – Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) Data Use Agreements (DUAs – also known as RADS) and other non-financial agreements.

Both forms are designed to be completed electronically. Approvals must be provided in one of the following ways:

  1. Digital signatures
  2. Images of signatures inserted on the form
  3. Click and draw signatures
  4. Ink signatures manually signed on the form, scanned and sent to OSP
  5. Email acknowledgement(s) from all required approvers with the completed form attached to the email.

Unit administrators should collect and collate all required approvals in one document and send to OSP:

To find the Grant & Contract Officer responsible for your project:

Who is my GCO?
Form 10 and related proposal documents should be sent to the proposal mailbox at:
NFA Form and related agreement documents should be sent to: (for MTAs) (for NDAs) (for DUAs) (other)

The current versions of each form are indicated below. If you are using a previous version, please download the form below. Chrome is not a recommended browser for downloading these forms (see bottom of page for more information on download behavior in various browsers)

Non-Financial Agreement (NFA) Form - Required Approvals

The NFA Form must include the signature of the PI prior to submission to OSP. OSP will accept digital signatures, scanned PDFs, and email acknoledgements in lieu of original signatures. In the case of email acknowledgement, attach the completed NFA Form to the email and indicate, "I approve" in the body of the email.

Who signs Form 10?

  • The Principal Investigator and all co-PIs
  • Department Chair or Director or delegate
  • College Dean or delegate if required by College
  • If the PI and co-PIs are in different academic units, all respective Department Chairs and/or Directors and/or Deans or delegates
  • If the Department/Center administering the project is different from the PI’s home department, signatures are required from both academic units
  • College of Arts and Sciences - If the proposed project includes course buy-out, faculty leave, reduced F&A (less than Cornell's full rate), cost-sharing, or any of the resources included in the "Other Resources" section, the Form 10 must also be routed, in advance of submission to OSP, to the Director of Finance in the College for review and approval at the College Dean's level. Any of these circumstances should be discussed with the PI's Department Chair and Senior Associate Dean well in advance of the proposal deadline.

Who signs the NFA Form?

  • The Principal Investigator and all co-PIs

Why does OSP Require a Form 10 and a NFA Form?

  • The Form 10 provides OSP with information on when and where to submit the proposal and key information about the proposed project (duration, amount requested, etc.).
  • Both forms provide the university's compliance units with certification data (e.g., animal use, conflict of interest, etc.).
  • The Form 10 allows Departments and Colleges to review and approve, by signing, commitments of resources made by their investigators.
  • Both forms contain an acknowledgment by the PI that represents his/her commitment to take responsibility for the project.

When does OSP Require a Form 10?

  • For all new proposals
  • For supplemental funding requests

When does OSP Require an NFA Form?

  • To enter into a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)*, Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), Data Use Agreement (DUA) or any other non-financial agreement

*Note: the NFA form is not required for Addgene MTAs. Please see for more information.

When does OSP Require a revised Form 10?

  • For any change in PI
  • For any significant increase or decrease to the awarded budget that impacts the scope of work (please work with your Grant and Contract Officer to determine whether a revised Form 10 is required)
  • For any change to F&A or cost-share
  • For any changes in compliances, including those no longer applicable (OSP will also accept an email confirmation in place of a Form 10 for changes to compliances)

Changes to PDF download behavior:

Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer (Recommended)

Depending on what browser you use, when clicking on the file you wish to download, you will be prompted to either open, save the PDF file, or the PDF will automatically download and open for you. If you chose to open the file when prompted, it will open in your default PDF viewer on your machine. If you choose to save the file, it will download and save in your downloads folder for your browser of choice.

Google Chrome (Not recommended)

When Google Chrome downloads the PDF file, it will send the file to your downloads folder. If you click on the downloaded file in the Google Chrome download bar, it will open in the browser and will not display correctly. In order for the PDF to display correctly, you must navigate to your downloads folder and open the file from there.

If you continue to have issues opening the forms after trying these steps, please contact OSP