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What is the difference between grants and contracts?

A grant is an agreement for investigative research to be performed within a specific time period.

A contract is an agreement for the procurement of goods or services.

What is a gift?

A gift is money given to the university whereby there is no expectation of anything given in return, such as data or results.

What is the difference between direct and indirect costs? 

Direct costs are the expenditures directly related to the particular research project.

Indirect costs, also called Facilities and Administrative (F&A’s) costs, are incurred for the necessary support and service functions related to sponsored research but not directly attributable to that project.

What is cost sharing?  

Cost sharing is the University sharing in the cost of the research project. Sources of cost sharing are: cash, contributed effort of faculty and other researchers, graduate student tuition, equipment, materials and supplies, and in-kind and third party contributions.

What is the purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

The mission of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of research subjects by evaluating the ethics of research studies.

What is the purpose of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)?

The IACUC oversees and evaluates the university’s animal program, procedures, and facilities to ensure that they are consistent with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.


What is the proper procedure for paying a student when he or she is being paid from a grant? 

First, the student must complete pay sheets for the pay period and have the Principal Investigator for the grant he or she is working on sign the pay sheets. Next, the student must take them to Denise Phillips in Financial Services, located in Sadler Hall 105, for approval. The paysheets must be to Denise Phillips by Thursday 4PM of the pay period ending date. Financial Services will forward the pay sheets to Payroll for payment.

Does the Office of Sponsored Programs handle gifts to support individual fellowships?

Yes.  We strongly encourage you to take advantage of submission support services offered.  While individual fellowship proposals are usually made to an individual rather than the institution, often there are institutional commitments or professional leaves involved.  We expect individual fellowship applications will be routed to the department chair, college dean and provost to encourage coordination, communication and recognition of individual fellowships.