Only individuals with written authorization may execute contracts on behalf of Georgia Tech. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (BOR) delegates authority to the President to enter into agreements on behalf of Georgia Tech while retaining the right to approve certain contracts. See Board of Regents Policy § 2.6.4.

Pursuant to Board of Regents policy, the President must specifically delegate authority for Georgia Tech employees to sign contracts that bind Georgia Tech. See Board of Regents Policy § 2.6.5. This delegation must be in writing and the authorized signatory cannot further delegate such authority. To verify authorized Georgia Tech signatories and their respective agreements under this delegated authority, please review the current Presidential Delegation Signature Memo available in the Resource section below.

Additionally, certain Georgia Tech units derive signature authority from other governing organizations.

For instance, Procurement & Business Services has delegated authority from the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) and the Georgia Tech President. While DOAS predominantly oversees purchasing of goods and services, Procurement & Business Services may use the President’s delegation for agreements outside DOAS’s purview.

The Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC) and Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation (GTARC) have their signature authority vested by their respective boards of trustees. Specific delegations of authority are required to sign documents on behalf of Georgia Tech, GTRC, or GTARC for research-related matters. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is the unit authorized to manage and sign research contracts and grants on behalf of Georgia Tech, GTRC, or GTARC.

Contracts not signed by authorized signatories do not legally bind Georgia Tech, GTRC or GTARC (depending on the named contractual entity). More importantly, signing a contract without proper delegated authority may result in personal liability for the contract’s obligations and costs. Thus, exercise caution when signing agreements and if uncertain, please contact Legal Affairs.

Please note contracts must first be reviewed by the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) or the relevant Georgia Tech contracting unit (e.g., Procurement & Business Services, OSP, etc.) prior to signature except for template agreements developed by Legal Affairs. For additional information on contracts, please explore our Contracts Legal Topic.

Generally, this signature authority extends to Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and Letters of Intent (LOIs), which are typically non-binding. For additional information on MOUs, please visit our MOUs Legal Topic.

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on signature authority, please see below for a list of FAQs.

For additional assistance or general signature authority inquiries, please contact Legal Affairs at Ask Legal.

For additional assistance or signature inquiries related to research proposals, contracts, grants or other research-related documents, please visit the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) website.


President Cabrera has delegated signature authority to some campus leaders for particular agreements in the Presidential Delegation Memorandum. Below are frequently asked questions and answers. Additional questions should be referred to the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).