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Nonprofit Sponsors

Find links to information about working with nonprofit sponsors.

  • Coordinate with OCGA on the proposal submission 
  • Funding Classification: Nonprofit agencies generally provide funding as a grant. However, they may also have programs that are classified by UCSD as Contracts, Fellowships, or Gifts. Your OCGA analyst can provide assistance with how such funding would be classified by UCSD.
  • Budget Requirements: Your specific funding announcement will have information on budget guidelines, formatting requirements, method of submission, etc. Read the budget requirements closely as they may differ from standard federal budget requirements (e.g. tuition remission, indirect costs, etc.).
  • Conflict of Interest: Refer to the COI website to confirm if a 700U or other conflict of interest form is required.
  • Limited Submissions Offices: When a sponsor limits the number of applications that can be submitted by an organization, please visit the UC San Diego Internal Funding & Limited Submissions InfoReady page or contact the Office of Research Affairs for information on the internal selection process.

Indirect costs

Nonprofit agencies may have their own indirect cost (IDC) policy, please be sure to read the sponsors solicitation or website for their IDC policy. Nonprofit agencies may use different bases for the indirect cost calculation than the federally negotiated rate. For example, the agency may not allow any exclusions from the IDC base (i.e., IDC on total direct costs).

Please note that any IDC rates that differ from the federally negotiated rates require an IDC exception. Exceptions are only approved for nonprofit agencies who have explicit and verified written policies. Exception requests are submitted solely by your Contract and Grant Officer to the Assistant Vice Chancellor/Director of the Office of Contract and Grant Administration for review and approval via the a UC sponsored reporting system. Consideration of any proposed reduction in IDC recovery must balance the University's interests in performing the work of an extramural award and the resources the campus must use to cover the unrecovered costs.

If there is no IDC rate mentioned in the proposal guidance and the agency has no written IDC policy, please contact your OCGA Contract and Grant Officer for guidance.

Tax exempt/ tax status letters

When preparing a proposal in response to a nonprofit agency's funding-application instructions, sometimes proof of the University's tax status is required. In these cases, official letters are available for your use.

Tax Exempt Status with the Internal Revenue Service:

The University of California has been recognized by the Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a tax exempt institution as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This is verified via a letter dated 9/8/82 from the Department of the Treasury/IRS to The Regents of the University of California, Office of General Counsel. This letter also indicates that the University is not required to file a Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax). IRS letter (PDF)

Tax Exempt Status with the State of California:

The University of California has been recognized by the State of California Franchise Tax Board (under identification Corporate Number 1227477) as a tax exempt institution as described in Section 23701d of the Revenue and Tax Code. This is verified via a letter dated 4/3/84 from the Franchise Tax Board to The Regents of the University of California. State of California letter (PDF)

Private Foundation Status:

The University of California has been classified by the Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as an organization that is not a private foundation as described in Section 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. This is verified via a letter dated 11/23/73 from the Exempt Organizations Branch of the Internal Revenue Service to The Regents of the University of California. Private Foundation letter (PDF)


Many nonprofit sponsors use proposalCENTRAL for proposal submission. Check the proposal instructions for information on the correct mode of submission.

If it is your first time using proposalCENTRAL, you will need to set up an account:

  1. Click the REGISTER button and follow the instructions.
  2. Set up your account and log in.
  3. Add the institution and contact information:
    1.  Click Add next to 1) Institution & Contact Info.
    2. When submitting applications through OCGA (non-HSSPPO, non-SIO), select The Regents of the University of California, San Diego (Institution Status: Confirmed).

When your proposal is ready for review, grant your OCGA analyst access to the proposal.

Nonprofit agency tips

American Heart Association: AHA does not pay NGN or Graduate Student Tuition Remission (GSTR)

Funding opportunities

For more information, contact Trevor Johnson.