There have been misunderstandings in the past that grant agreements are not really contracts at all and therefore, require no legal review. Grant agreements are not exempt from legal review. There is one exception to this rule; federal monetary grants made directly to a university. This exception exists because highly expedited execution of paperwork is often tied to the acceptance of such awards. Direct federal grants are different from so called “pass through” grant agreements (where the funds flow from the federal government to some other entity, then to the university). Pass through agreements must still be submitted for legal review (i.e. Federal grant money flowing to the universities through third parties requires legal review, as do agreements for equipment donation).