Grants Referencing an MOU

OSF sometimes signs Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with grantees to outline a proposed partnership and to detail mutual obligations. MOUs are generally not legally binding, but they allow all parties to clearly understand one another’s expectations. An MOU may state that OSF intends to provide a grant or grants. When the legally binding grant agreement is drawn up, it may include a sentence like “As outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding dated ____”. It is generally not a good idea to repeat any of the other terms from the MOU in the grant agreement, because they may then be transformed from intentions to legal obligations. Check with Legal in all cases of referencing an MOU in a grant agreement.

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