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Types of Awards

Find out what types of awards UCSD receives and who to contact for assistance in pre- and post-award administration.

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Gift

A gift is a donation to the University of cash or other assets (materials, property) made with charitable intent. It can be restricted for certain purposes but cannot obligate the University to provide any services or resources in return. A gift is awarded irrevocably.

Fellowship

A fellowship is a formal commitment to provide monetary assistance to an individual, usually to support advanced study and training.

Contract

A contract is a legally binding agreement between the University and an external entity, such as a private corporation or a federal agency.A contract sets forth terms, conditions, and costs of research, services, or resources to be delivered by the University to the entity for the entity's direct use or benefit.

  • For awards for academic, scholarly, or research endeavors from private, federal, state, and local government,
    Pre-award, contact: Post-award, contact:
  • For clinical trial agreements,
    Pre-award, contact: Post-award, contact:
  • For other contracts, agreements, and incoming purchase orders for services,
    Pre-award, contact: Post-award, contact:
  • For assistance on agreements for professional medical, patient care, or clinical services, contact UCSD Healthcare Medical Group & Medical Center, (619) 294-3794.

Grant

A grant is a legally binding agreement between the University and an external entity, such as a private corporation, non-profit foundation, or federal agency. A grant sets forth terms and conditions by which the external entity assists, supports, or stimulates University research and/ or provides services or other resources. The external entity receives no direct use or benefit of the research, service, or resource. A grant contains restrictions on how the funds are to be used by the University.

Service agreement

A service agreement is a legally binding agreement between the University and an external entity, such as a private corporation or federal agency. A service agreement sets forth the terms and conditions pertaining to specific goods or services to be provided by the University.

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