Research Related Payments


Boston University faculty and staff carrying out research regularly collaborate with individuals who are not Boston University employees but are experts in their field that work at other institutions. The process to use when entering into an agreement for services depends on the nature of the services, and the size and duration of the engagement.

When an individual is being engaged, the first question to answer is whether the individual will qualify as an independent contractor, or must be hired as an employee.

The questionnaire is based on federal and state regulations. If the individual meets federal and state criteria for independent contractor status, they can be engaged and paid through Accounts Payable following the appropriate BU process. If Accounts Payable determines that the individual must be paid as an employee, we will contact the hiring department to review this determination, and provide guidance on how to hire the individual through Human Resources.