Correct classification can be very complex. Rather than focusing on any individual characteristic, each award must be looked at in its totality. The table below summarizes a few of the criteria that are reviewed when making this determination.

Gift Grant Contract License
Agreement
Primary Intent:

  • Charitable intent
  • No expectation of economic benefit or quid pro quo
Primary Intent:
Public Good
Primary Intent:
Economic Benefit or specific benefit to Sponsor
Primary Intent:
Economic Benefit or specific benefit to Sponsor
Source of funding:
Individual
Private
Non-governmental
Source of Funding:
All
Source of Funding:
All
Source of Funding:
All
Purpose:
General.
Doesn’t direct specific scientific inquiry.
May be restricted to a particular purpose such as professorship or scholarship.
Purpose:
Semi-Directed with broad, programmatic objective.
Result of submitting proposal driven by outcome.
Purpose:
Specific purpose, service or objective.
Result of submitting proposal driven by outcome.
Purpose:
Specific purpose, service or objective relating to USU Intellectual Property (IP)
Terms:
General or non-restrictive
Irrevocable
Terms:
Semi Restrictive
Revocable
Intellectual Property (IP) issues
Typically must return unexpended funds
Payments contingent on progress
Specific period of performance
Specific financial accountability
Sponsor approval may be required for deviations
Terms:
Restrictive
Revocable
Intellectual Property/Ownership issues
Data or Publication restrictions (even review and/or approval language)
Payments may be contingent on progress
Specific period of performance
Specific financial accountability
Sponsor approval required for deviations
Terms:
Restrictive
Revocable
IP/Ownership terms
Data or Publication restrictions (even review and/or approval language)
Payments may be contingent on progress
Specific period of performance or license term
Specific financial accountability
Sponsor approval required for deviations
Reporting/Deliverables:
Minimal reporting
Stewardship vs. contractual obligation
Reporting/Deliverables:
Required
Regular financial and progress report required
Final financial and Final technical Reports standard
Reporting/Deliverables:
Required
Regular financial and progress reports required
Reporting/Deliverables:
Required
Regular financial and progress reports required.
Final financial and Final Technical Reports.
Managing USU Office:
Development
(435) 797-1320
Managing USU Office:
Sponsored Programs
(435) 797-1226
Managing USU Office:
Sponsored Programs
(435) 797-1226
Managing USU Office:
Technology Commercialization
(435) 797-9607

View the full, approved document defining gifts, grants and contracts.

Classifying Gifts, Grants and Contracts