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Office of Sponsored Programs

Policies, Procedures and Definitions

Definitions

  • Awarded irrevocably
  • Given in spirit of "Disinterested Generosity" (IRS Term)
  • No contractual obligations or deliverables
  • No formal fiscal accountability beyond periodic progress reports of expenditures that might be thought of as good stewardship - not characterized as contractual obligations or "deliverables"
  • No intellectual property rights

  • Generally must return unobligated balance
  • Specific scope of work
  • Specified performance period
  • Required financial reports
  • Detailed technical/progress report
  • The right to audit
  • Other contractual obligations (e.g., patent rights or deliverables)
  • Payments contingent upon progress
  • Prior approval for deviations

  • Not based on the existence go a single characteristic
  • Award must be evaluated "in toto"
  • Final determination rests with University, not the award maker
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