An awards should be considered a sponsored program, when:
- The grantor is an agency of the local, state, or federal government.
- There is a provision for audits by or on behalf of the grantor.
- The grantor requires one or more detailed technical reports.
- Testing or evaluation of proprietary products is involved
- The acitivity is directed to satisfying specific grantor requirements (e.g., terms and conditions stating a precise scope of work rather than a general area of research or training)
- Copyright or patent rights are requested by the grantor.
- The project calls for administration of human subjects or animal subjects review or protection.
Sponsored Programs are administered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) (Pre-Award) and The University Corporation, Sponsored Programs (Post-Award).
An awards should be considered a gift, when:
- The donor does not impose contractual requirements.
- Funds are awarded irrevocably.
- The award has none of the features of a sponsored programs listed below and the donor states that the award is a gift.
Gifts are administered by the CSU Northridge Foundation.