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Research: Preparing Proposals

Find resources for preparing proposals.

Institutional Information

  • Institutional Codes and Information (often referred to as “Vital Information”) are codes most commonly needed on proposals (incl. Institutional Legal Name, DUNS numbers, taxpayer identification, sponsor identification codes).
  • Research Equipment Resources - A list of current research facilities that are accessible to UCSD faculty, fellows, staff, and students.

Proposal System

  • Kuali Research: Our electronic system for departments to prepare and submit contract and grant proposals to the central Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) for review.


  • Direct Costs are those costs specifically identifiable that can be charged directly to the contract or grant (incl. Salaries, Fringe Benefits, Tuition Remission, Consultants, Equipment)
  • Indirect Costs (IDC), also called Overhead or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs, are those costs not specifically identifiable for any one project or program, but which are valid expenses of conducting research, instruction, and other sponsored activities at UCSD.
  • Cost Sharing represents that portion of the total project costs (direct and/or indirect) of a sponsored agreement borne by the university, rather than by the sponsor.


  • PI Eligibility: Not all employees of the university are eligible to serve as Principal Investigator on contracts and grants. Find out which employee job titles (appointment titles) are automatically eligible and which titles are not eligible for the PI Exception request process.
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Office: IACUC oversees the university's animal care and use program and is responsible for reviewing all animal use protocols, ensuring compliance with federal regulations, inspecting animal facilities and laboratories, and overseeing training and educational programs.
  • Human Research Protections Program (HRPP): HRPP is responsible for review research protocols involving human subjects, human specimens, and related data and evaluate risk and protection against risk for subjects.
  • Export Control: Export Control identifies and manages export risks and provides export licenses in support of the research activities of university faculty, staff, and students.
  • Conflict of Interest (COI): COI ensures campus compliance with UC policy, State law and federal regulations and provides expertise to avoid conflicts of interest so that the best interest of the public and the University are served.
  • Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S): EH&S provides a number of services including resources for managing Controlled Substances and Research Safety for research and laboratories.
  • Gifts vs. Grants - Find out how to determine if an award should be considered a gift or a grant.
  • Compliance Overview - Links to research compliance offices.
  • International/Foreign research collaborations at UC San Diego: Learn about anticipating and working with foreign/international sponsors and collaborators, including federal regulations associated with such collaborations.

Strategic Proposal Guidance

  • Research Development: Helps researchers find and pursue funding opportunities, produce compelling proposals, and compete more successfully for research funding.
  • Foundation Relationsfocused on building strong, long-lasting relationships between UC San Diego investigators and the philanthropic organizations that share your vision for your field of study.

Sponsored Research Activities


  • Proposal Reports & Legacy Queries - Find more information about approved reports developed by the Electronic Research Administration Program (ERAP) and existing legacy QueryLink queries.
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