Research and Scholarship FAQs

Signature Authority

Proposal Applications, Awards, & Non-Financial Official Documents related to Sponsored Programs

The authorization to sign proposal applications, awards, and non-financial official documents (related to sponsored programs) is vested with staff within USF's Department of Sponsored Research (DSR). Researchers/Investors do not have signature authority. 

More specifically, proposal applications that require Signature Authority (i.e., applications submitted via should be submitted for signature to:

Eric Kern, M.B.A.
Director of Sponsored Research
Office of Research & Innovation
University of South Florida
4019 E. Fowler Ave., Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33617-2008
Phone: 813-974-2897
Fax: 813-974-4962