Representations and certifications are written guarantees made by institutions to sponsoring agencies.  

  • representation is an account or statement of fact concerning the capabilities of an offerer (i.e., an applicant of a grant or contract) about its abilities to perform.
  • A certification is the submission of documents that serve as guarantees that an applicant meets certain standards or will comply with certain governmental acts.

The System for Award Management (SAM) is utilized annually to communicate the University's compliance with selected representations and certifications applicable to all federal agencies. However, federal agencies also include additional representations and certifications for specific programs in their application packages (i.e., proposal forms). The formal proposal review process should incorporate a detailed analysis of these additional representations and certifications in order to verify campus compliance. 

Contact: Michael Kusiak at or (510) 987-0659.