Overview of Sponsored Projects Administration
3.2 What is a Sponsored Project?
A Sponsored project is awarded (or potentially awarded) to the University by external sources in support of research, instruction, training, testing, service, or other scholarly activities under an agreement where one of the following conditions apply:
- The proposal and/or award instrumentation requires institutional endorsement
- The project obligates the PI to a line of scholarly or scientific inquiry that typically follows a plan, provides for orderly testing or evaluation, or seeks to meet stated performance goals.
- The project establishes an understanding of how funds will be used or includes a line item budget that identifies expenses by activity, function, or project period.
- The project requires fiscal accountability as evidenced by the submission of financial reports to the sponsor, an audit provision, or the return of unexpended funds at the conclusion of the project.
- The agreement obligates the PI to report project results or convey rights to tangible (i.e. equipment, reports, etc.) or intangible properties (i.e. data, copyright or inventions) resulting from the project.
- The agreement requires considerations such as indemnification or imposes other terms of legal accountability.
Sponsored projects are generally charged indirect costs, whether identified in the award or not. See section details on facilities and administration (F&A) rates.