Award Types

We manage several types of Awards

Research and Sponsored Programs maintains a list of Award Types.

Gifts (233 funds)

5 Criteria to define a Gift (Must meet all 5 criteria)

  • Must provide support for broadly defined activities, such as professorships, scholarships, building projects, fellowships, research and instructional programs. The donor may restrict the use of funds to a specific program area or purpose.
  • No detailed technical or fiscal reports are required as a condition of the gift.
  • No patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights that result from activities supported by the gift are claimed by the donor.
  • The gift contains no restrictive provisions, such as delays or advance notice concerning publication or dissemination of data and information derived from activities supported by the gift.
  • The gift is irrevocable by the donor.

Revenue Producing Facilities (136 funds)

  • In general, sales of goods or services sold at a fixed rate. Some examples are copy centers, registration fees for conferences, Animal Care, NMR, BIF, Storeroom, and TEM.
  • Rate determined by incorporating all direct and indirect costs associated with providing goods/services.

UW Policies on 136 accounts are found here: Auxiliary Operations (136 funds)

Grants (144 funds; 135 funds WARF Sponsored)

  • Project conceived by PI.
  • PI defines details and retains scientific freedom.
  • Usually fundamental research or institutional research and training.
  • A grant is distinguished from a contract in that a grant does not constitute the procurement of goods and services by the grantor. The grant is a unilateral act.


  • Project conceived by agency.
  • Agency procures service.
  • Agency exercises direction or control.
  • Agency closely monitors.
  • Usually developmental research rather than fundamental.

Contracts can be fixed price contracts or cost-reimbursement contracts.

  • A fixed price contract is a contract in which the agency sets a price in advance and pays that price for the research. It places minimal administrative burden on the contracting parties.
  • A cost-reimbursable contract is a contract in which allowable and reasonable costs incurred by a contractor in the performance of a contract are reimbursed in accordance with the terms of the contract.

Cooperative Agreement

  • Similar to Contracts, but typically conceived jointly.
  • An agreement is used in lieu of a grant when the sponsor anticipates substantial programmatic involvement with the recipient during performance of the project.

Gifts in Kind

  • A gift-in kind is a contribution of personal or real property which requires annual reporting by the institution.