Research & Economic Development

Office of the Vice Chancellor

Determine If You Need to Subcontract

When work on your project is to be done by an entitity outside of UMKC, first determine if you will be dealing with a subcontract, consultant, or a vendor. 

A subcontractor is an organization, not an individual, that will make a significant contribution to the design and conduct of your research project.

A consultant is an individual who is hired to give professional advice or services for a fee.

A vendor provides goods and services within normal business operations and to many different purchasers.

The Pre-Award Office prepares and administers subcontracts to corporations, other universities, nonprofits, and other organizations. If you require services from an individual—e.g., for consulting services—you will need to work with the Office of Business Services to create a consulting agreement for that individual.