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Administration (VA) Interagency Personnel Agreement (IPA


An IPA is a funding mechanism for the VA to provide reimbursement for a portion or all of the salary and fringe benefits of a SBU faculty or non-faculty person working on sponsored research awards funded by the VA. The goal of this type of agreement is to strengthen the relationship between SBU and the VA by the temporary assignment of SBU skilled personnel to work with the VA.

IPAs are generally made for a period of up to one (1) year and may be extended or renewed for additional time as needed. 

Please allow at least four (4) weeks from the date an IPA new proposal and pre-signed agreement is submitted to the VA for processing and execution of the agreement by the VA, and at least three (3) weeks for continuation proposals/agreements.

For NSF IPAs, click here to see related guidelines and documents needed. 

For Northport VA Medical Center agreements, there is mandated training,  and it is the PIs responsibility to notify the VA whenever a new person gets added to their study. All new employees assigned to an IPA need to be brought up to VA's HR committee agenda for review. Training will commence at that time. Early notification is critical to avoid delays in IPA and PO release.

All IPAs will be established as new awards.  

Point of contact at the VA is Joanne Toner at

Point of contact at SBU is Kristen Ford. 

Sample IPA template