Skip to content Skip to navigation

Intergovernmental & Joint Personnel Agreements (IPA & JPA)

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA)

An Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) is a contract by which the Veterans Affairs (VA) provides salary support for a specific Stanford University employee on research projects.

  • The employee must perform research activities only.
  • A fully executed IPA (three signatures: the Stanford employee, the Stanford Official, and the VA Official) is needed in order to establish an active award in Oracle.
  • Only Stanford salary and benefits are allowable costs on an IPA.
  • The Stanford employee must work directly with the VA to become “WOC” approved (“without compensation” is the VA-appointment needed to work at the VA under an IPA), per VA HR.

NOTE: This process takes roughly three months and does not administratively involve Stanford University.

  • Once the VA WOC appointment is established, the IPA process can begin. Execution of an IPA can take up to 60 days, so please start the IPA process early to avoid any issues with the proposed start date.

For IPAs from other government agencies, please contact your OSR Contract and Grant Associate (CGA)

IPA Workflow & Additional Resources

Joint Personnel Agreement (JPA)

A Joint Personnel Agreement (JPA) is a contract by which the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) provides salary support for a specific Stanford University employee on research projects.

  • The employee must perform research activities only.
  • A fully executed JPA (4 signatures, unless Stanford employee is the PAVIR PI: Stanford employee, PAVIR PI, Stanford Official, & PAVIR Official) is needed in order to establish an active award in Oracle.
  • The Stanford employee must work directly with the PAVIR to become “WOC” approved (“without compensation” is the government-appointment needed to work at PAVIR under a JPA), per PAVIR HR.

NOTE: This process takes roughly three months and does not administratively involve Stanford University.

  • Once the PAVIR WOC appointment is established, the JPA process can begin. Execution of a JPA can take up to 45 days, so please start the JPA process early to avoid any issues with the proposed start date.

JPA Workflow & Additional Resources