Enter a Subcontract in eRPM


A subcontract is required when U-M pays an external organization to work on part of a sponsored project awarded to U-M.

Important Information

  • A subcontract (SUBK) may also be referred to as a sub-award, sub-grant, consortium agreement or sub-agreement. It is not a “subaccount,” where a project award is allocated to multiple U-M departments.
  • Click the All SUBKs tab to open a list of all Subcontracts in eRPM.
    • Once you have an Award, you can see all SUBKs related to that award by clicking the Subcontracts tab on the corresponding Award record.
  • Click SUBK Summary in the Subcontract Workspace to view a summary of the information entered on the Subcontract Worksheet. This can be useful for viewing information related to a subcontract without opening the Subcontract Worksheet and/or when it is in a non-editable State e.g., OCA Review or Active.
  • The Project Team can cancel a SUBK when the PAF State is Active and the SUBK State is Pre-Submission. Once a SUBK is awarded, only the Office of Contract Administration can cancel a SUBK. The Project Team Cancel Subcontract activity is available in two locations:


This procedure details the process of adding a subcontract (SUBK) to a project:



Role: PI & Project Team > PAF Worksheet

I. PAF: Indicate that a Project Will Include a Subcontract

Note: Adding an Award ID in PAF question 1.5 If Renewal/Continuation or Supplemental Request... allows users to bypass adding SUBK records in step 2 if they already exist on a parent award.

  1. Select Yes for PAF question 2.2 if the project will include a subcontract(s).
    Note: A Yes answer enables the Subcontracts page in section 3 - Budgets.

    screenshot of PAF Question 2.2

  2. Click Create New SUBK.
    Alternatively, if this PAF is related to an existing Award and no new Subcontracts are being proposed, check the box to bypass entry of a new SUBK record, then click Continue.
    If creating a new SUBK, then go to step 3.

    screenshot of Section 3 Budgets - Subcontracts page

  3. Enter or Browse... for the Name of Subcontractor Organization.
    Note: Matching values appear upon entering text.

    screenshot of Add New Subcontract window

  4. If you are unable to find the organization, enter the vendor name in the text box.
  5. Click OK.
    Note: The Subcontract Worksheet opens. If you need help (e.g., definitions, format guidelines, etc.) completing the SUBK fields, click the field heading (e.g., Subcontract Title) to view online help in a pop-up window.

II. Subcontract Worksheet

  1. Verify or update the Subcontract Title.
    Note: The title defaults from the PAF title.

    screenshot of Subcontract Worksheet

  2. If applicable, enter the Total Authorized Amount to Date.
  3. Click Add to enter Subcontract Investigator information.
  4. Enter the First Name and Last Name of the subcontract investigator.

    screenshot of Update SUBK Investigator window

  5. Select the applicable SUBK Contact PI? radio button to indicate if the Investigator is the SUBK Contact PI.
    Note: This information is available on the Letter of Commitment or other subcontract documentation.
  6. Select the Investigator’s Role from the drop-down list.
  7. (Optional) Enter the Investigator’s contact information in the Phone and Email fields.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Add to enter Subcontract Contact information.

    screenshot of Subcontract Information section

  10. Enter the Name of the subcontract Contact.

    screenshot of Update SUBK Contact window

  11. Select the contact Role from the drop-down list.
    Note: At least one Administrative Contact must be entered. OCA requires both an Administrative Contact and an Institutional/Sponsored Programs Office Official be entered when the SUBK is submitted.
  12. Enter the contact information:
    • Address
    • Email
    • Phone
  13. Click OK.
  14. Click Add to attach documents (e.g., Letter of Commitment).
    Note: The Letter of Commitment template is on the ORSP website. Use this template when the PAF with which the subcontract is associated is for a PHS funding opportunity (direct or prime), or for a sponsor following the PHS financial conflict of interest regulation.

    screenshot of Subcontract Information section

  15. Enter or Browse... for the applicable document (completed by the subcontractor).

    screenshot of Attachments window

  16. Select a Type from the drop-down list.
  17. Click OK.
  18. Enter Notes to provide intent/commitment information.
  19. Click Continue to move to the next page in the worksheet.

    screenshot of Subcontract Worksheet

  20. Click Continue.
    • The system returns you to the PAF Worksheet.
    • Once the PAF is submitted and awarded, additional sections of the SUBK Worksheet become available.
    • Use eRPM to enter subcontract details and submit the request.

    screenshot of End of Subcontract Worksheet page

III. PAF Workspace: Use the Subcontracts Tab to Enter Subcontract Details (post-award)

After the PAF is awarded, use eRPM to:

  • Enter the subcontract details (e.g., budget, etc.) needed for the Office of Contract Administration (OCA) to create the vendor contract
  • Execute Activities (e.g., Submit Subcontract Request)
  1. Locate and open the applicable PAF (not shown).
  2. Click the Subcontracts tab in the PAF Workspace.

    screenshot of Subcontracts tab

  3. Click the subcontract ID to open the SUBK Workspace.
  4. Click Edit SUBK Worksheet.
    • SUBK must be in the Pre-Submission State.
    • The SUBK Workspace shows SUBK Management information (if applicable), U-M personnel information, the SUBK/PAF/Award relationship, and the draft or final subcontract agreement. Information is added to this page as details are entered.

    screenshot of Subcontracts Workspace

  5. If applicable, update the Introduction information (e.g., Investigator, Contact, etc.). Refer to the Subcontract Worksheet section of this document for instructions.
  6. Click Continue or use the Jump To menu to go to Subcontract Details.

    screenshot of Subcontracts Worksheet - Jump To menu

  7. Enter or select the Subcontract Budget Start/End Date.

    screenshot of Subcontract Details page

  8. Enter or select the Subcontract Project Period Start/End Dates.
  9. Enter the Subcontract Estimated Award for Entire Project Period.
  10. Select the applicable Does this subcontract include cost sharing? radio button.
  11. Enter or Browse... for the Project/Grant.
    • Matching values appear when entering a Project Grant. Select the applicable value from the list.
    • Project Grant is either the PGN for the parent project or, if established by Sponsored Programs, for the subcontract itself.
  12. Enter the Subcontract Goals.
  13. If applicable, enter Soul Source Justification text.
    Note: You can either enter the information here or upload documentation on the next page.
  14. Click Continue.
  15. Select the applicable Does this subcontract include Clinical Research or a Phase III Clinical Trial? radio button.
    Note: If you answer Yes, answer the additional questions that display.

    screenshot of Subcontract Additional Details page

  16. If applicable, enter Notes for the Office of Contract Administration.
  17. Click Add to upload required subcontract documents.
  18. Click Continue.
  19. (Recommended) Run Hide/Show Errors to validate the SUBK data entry.

    screenshot of End of Subcontract Worksheet page

  20. Click Continue.

IV. Subcontract Workspace: Submit a Subcontract and Respond to Requested Changes

Only the UM Principal Investigator, the Primary Research Administrator, or the Primary Post-Award Administrator can submit a subcontract request.

If you see this warning in the Subcontract Workspace, you cannot submit it to OCA:
The parent PAF must be Active before this subcontract can be completed and routed to OCA.

  1. Click the Submit Subcontract Request activity.
    • If the parent PAF is not in the Active State, a yellow warning message will appear in the Subcontract Workspace.
    • The system validates completion of required fields. Any error messages must be addressed before continuing.

    screenshot of Subcontract Workspace - Activities menu

  2. If applicable, enter Comments for the Office of Contract Administration (OCA).

    screenshot of Submit Subcontract Request window

  3. Click OK.
    • This activity is logged under Recent Activity in the Subcontract Workspace.
    • For non-PHS projects, the State of the SUBK changes to OCA Review.
    • For projects that follow PHS FCOI Regulations, the State of the SUBK changes to SUBK PR Review.

Respond to Requested Changes

Once a SUBK request has been submitted, ORSP and/or OCA may request that the Project Team make changes. When this occurs:

  • The Project Team receives a system email notification.
  • The SUBK displays in the Subcontracts with Required Action list in your Home Workspace.
  • The “request change” activity is logged under Recent Activity in the Subcontract Workspace.
  • The SUBK will be in the SUBK PT Making Changes state.
  1. Read any comments for the “request change” activity in the Recent Activity log.

    screenshot of Recent Activity section

  2. To make changes:
    • Click Edit SUBK Worksheet and make appropriate changes. Then complete the Project Team Submit Changes activity.
    To decline changes:
    • Complete the Project Team Decline Changes activity.

    screenshot of Subcontract Workspace - Activities menu

Subcontract Workflow by State

State Description Editable?
Pre-Submission Subcontract has been indicated on a PAF, but SUBK Worksheet is incomplete and/or Parent PAF is not in an Active State. Yes
SUBK PR Review Subcontract request has been submitted and is undergoing ORSP review (SUBKs on PHS projects or new SUBKs on awarded projects). No
SUBK PT Making Changes ORSP or OCA has requested changes to the SUBK Worksheet by the Project Team (SUBKs on PHS projects or new SUBKs on awarded projects). Yes
OCA Review Subcontract request has been submitted and is awaiting OCA review. No
OCA Processing Subcontract request is undergoing OCA review. No
SUBK PI Review Draft subcontract agreement has been created and sent for review to the Contact PI or, if assigned, the Managing PI. No
SUBK Unit Review PI has approved the draft subcontract agreement, and it has been sent for review to the Unit Reviewer or, if assigned, the Managing Department’s Unit Reviewer. Yes
OCA Processing – Unit Review PI and Unit have approved the draft subcontract agreement. OCA is completing any processing needed prior to sending the agreement to the subcontracting organization. No
Subcontractor Processing OCA has sent the approved draft subcontract agreement to the subcontracting organization for their review and approval. No
OCA Finalizing Draft subcontract agreement has been approved by the subcontracting organization and OCA is preparing to activate the SUBK. No
Active Subcontract has been approved by OCA. No
Canceled Subcontract has been canceled by Project Team or OCA No


V. Request a SUBK for PHS Projects: Upload Conflict of Interest (COI) Documents

If the subcontract is on a PAF whose sponsor follows PHS Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Regulations, the Project Team must upload the subcontracting institution’s conflict of interest documents (e.g.,FCOI reports) prior to submitting the SUBK. A subcontract request on a PHS project must first be approved by ORSP before it can be routed to OCA. Per UM business process, COI documents from the sub-recipient must be received by U-M before OCA can establish the contract.

  1. Complete the procedures in sections I – III.
  2. Click Manage SUBK Conflict of Interest Documents from the Manage Data menu in the SUBK Workspace.

    screenshot of Subcontract Workspace - Manage Data menu

  3. Click Choose File to select the file from your computer.

    screenshot of Manage SUBK Conflict of Interest Documents page

  4. (Optional) Enter a Title.
  5. Select the document Type from the drop-down list.
  6. Click Attach.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Complete the procedure to submit the SUBK request (section IV).

VI. Requesting a New SUBK for an Awarded Project

Once a PAF has been submitted and/or awarded, the PAF Worksheet is no longer editable.

  • To request a new SUBK be associated with an awarded project, complete the following procedure
  • To request a new SUBK be associated with a submitted PAF (not yet awarded), you must wait until the PAF is awarded and then complete the following procedure.
  1. Click Create New Subcontract in the applicable Award Workspace.
    Note: You can also click Create New Subcontract from the Subcontracts tab. You must have edit permission for the button to display.

    screenshot of Award Workspace

  2. Enter or select the Subcontractor Organization.
    Note: If the Subcontractor Organization is not in the list, enter their name in the field provided.

    screenshot of request new SUBK window

  3. Click OK.

The Introduction section of the SUBK Worksheet opens. Complete all required fields marked with an asterisk (*). After completing a section, click Continue to navigate to the next section. After completing the End of Subcontract Worksheet section, click Continue.


  • Refer to sections II and III for details on completing the SUBK Worksheet.
  • If the SUBK is associated with a PHS project, refer to section V for instructions on uploading COI documents.
  • After completing the SUBK Worksheet, refer to section IV for instructions on submitting the SUBK request.

VII. Request a SUBK Closeout

The Project Team uses the SUBK closeout activity to request closeout on a SUBK with a regularly scheduled end date.

The SUBK closeout activity cannot be used to request an early termination. To request an early termination, you must request a SUBK Amendment and choose the type “Early Termination of Subcontract.”

  1. Click the Request SUBK Closeout activity.

    screenshot of Subcontract Workspace - Activities menu

  2. Check the box to confirm the closing date.

    screenshot of Request SUBK Closeout window

  3. If applicable, enter Comments.
  4. Click OK.
    Note: The state of the SUBK changes to SUBK Closeout – Unit Initiated.