Addendum: Considerations for Routing Proposals and Awards

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Factor Route Through Foundation Not a Routing Determinant Route Through SPS
Funder Intent Charitable Intent Mainly benefits the public
Funder calls it a gift or a grant
Funder benefits commercially
Source of Funding Individuals Non-Profit Organizations
Corporate Foundations
Government Agencies
Funder Requirement for Recipient 501(c)(3) Non-profit/Not for profit
501(c)(3) OR Higher Education
University/Higher Education Institution
Award Specificity May be specific or non-specific   Always has specifications
Value Exchanged Typically, no value exchanged Reporting on use of funds Exchange transaction; funder receives
deliverables, which may include research
results with commercial value to funder
University Oversight Required    
  • Human subjects
  • Hazardous materials
  • Animal use
  • Export control
  • Intellectual property/copyright issues
  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • Subawards to other institutions
  • Conflict of Interest
  For more information, please refer to 8.12 Procedures. For more information, please refer to Procedure 8.12.2 section Gift or Sponsored Award Determination Process. For more information, please visit Research, Innovation & Impact.