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Sponsored Programs (Awards) Defined

A sponsored program is defined as any externally funded research or scholarly activity
that has a defined scope of work and/or set of objectives, which provides a basis for
sponsor expectations. The sponsored program can be either a grant or a contract and is
referred to generically as an award.

The sponsored project will require some use of university resources and the
sponsor will receive some benefit (which could range from a single technical and
financial report through extensive material benefits). For more information, please
see Policy FI0205.

Sponsored Programs vs. Gifts

A sponsored program is a grant or contractual agreement that:

  • contains a specific statement of work with a detailed, line item budget;
  • addresses intellectual property rights; OR
  • includes other requirements such as deliverables, financial accounting reports, etc.

A gift is funds or property voluntarily given to the university without expectation of return or compensation on the part of the donor.

Sponsored Programs vs. University Contracts

There is often confusion as to which contracts should be reviewed and processed by
the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) in the Office of Research and which should go
through the University Contract Administration office. The Contract Routing document
provides some guidance to assist with that determination.

Sponsored awards are made to the University on behalf of the principal
investigator (PI), who is primarily responsible for carrying out the requirements
of the award. The PI may also be referred to as the project director.

More Info About Awards

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