Who Signs Research Grants and Contracts?

Official authorized to sign grants:

Deborah L. Smith, Ed.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Office of Research Administration
UT Health Science Center
910 Madison, Suite 823
Memphis, TN 38163
(901)448-5587
FAX: (901)448-7600
EMAIL: dsmith@uthsc.edu

Alternate:
Anthony A. Ferrara
Vice Chancellor for Finance & Operations
UT Health Science Center
62 S. Dunlap, Suite 300
Memphis, TN 38163
(901) 448-5523
EMAIL: gbussell@uthsc.edu

Note: For e-SNAP NIH submission, choose Gerri Bussell for the "AO" and Debbie Smith as the "SO", then route it to Ginny Geer.

Fiscal officer (for those documents which require signature of fiscal officer):

Anthony A. Ferrara
Vice Chancellor for Finance & Operations
UT Health Science Center
62 S. Dunlap, Suite 300
Memphis, TN 38163
(901) 448-5523
EMAIL: gbussell@uthsc.edu

Official authorized to sign contracts:

Most UT Health Science Center research contracts are now designated for local signature. Authorized signatories are the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, Chief of Staff, and the Chancellor. Most contracts will be signed by the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, Anthony A. Ferrara.

Contracts with foreign entities and procurement subcontracts over $50,000 still require review and signature by officials in Knoxville.

Please note that faculty, staff, department heads and deans are NOT authorized to sign research agreements on behalf of UT. All research contracts (including confidentiality agreements and material transfer agreements) must be routed through Research Administration for official signature. Please leave the signature block blank, and it will be completed at the time of signature.