Gift or Sponsored Project?
How do I know if I'm receiving a gift or a sponsored project?
A sponsored project and a gift or donation often have similar attributes, so it is important to recognize the common characteristics of each to ensure that the award is properly managed.
SPA works closely with the NIU Foundation and Northern Illinois Research Foundation (NIRF) to appropriately classify external funding as a gift or sponsored project.
If the sponsor is a federal, state, or local government agency, or flow through from one of these organizations, the activity is always a sponsored project.
Key factors to differentiate between gifts and sponsored projects
|The donor may provide support for a particular activity, program area or purpose. These can include professorships, endowed chairs, scholarships, non-federal building projects, fellowships, research and instructional programs.||Sponsor requires specific deliverables (e.g. final technical report, evaluation).|
|The donor may require or request a brief summary of the results from the participant.||The sponsor requires performance of specific duties such as research, budget reports, and progress reports.|
|Donor does not require return of unspent funds at end of gift period.||The sponsor requires return of unexpended funds or written approval to spend beyond the project period or re-budget funds between line items.|
|The donor makes no claims on the patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights that may result from activities associated with the gift.||The sponsor may impose restrictions on intellectual property rights, such as prior review of publications or on use of results.|
|Managed through NIU Foundation or NIU Research Foundation.||Managed through Sponsored Programs Administration.|
Questions to help determine gift vs. sponsored project (Source)
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