Sponsored Programs Basics

What Is a Sponsored Project?

A sponsored project is defined as an activity that is sponsored, or funded, by an external organization, such as a federal, state, or private organization or agency.

The characteristics of a sponsored project include:

  • Specific scope of work or set of specific aims
  • Financial accountability and/or reporting; the funds must be separately budgeted and accounted for
  • Specific period of performance
  • Deliverables, including a final technical report
  • Disposition of property

Classification of Sponsored Projects

Sponsored projects are classified into one of three categories of University functions; these categories affect the calculation of MIT’s Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rate:

  • Organized Research
  • Instruction or Sponsored Instruction
  • Other Sponsored Activities

Types of Sponsored Awards

Sponsored awards may be made by using a variety of mechanisms, each with varying levels of expectation and involvement on the part of the sponsor.

How Are Sponsored Projects Generated?

MIT Policy and Federal Regulations

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