A sponsored project is an OSU activity supported by an outside organization. Sponsored projects cover a range of activities, such as research, teaching, training, or service and can be supported by a number of different sponsors, such as federal agencies, state agencies, private foundations, corporate or industry, or non-profit organizations. These sponsored project activities can be identified as a grant, contract, subgrant/subcontract/subaward, cooperative agreement, memorandum of understanding, fellowship, grant-in-aid, or a range of other words. The overall indicator that an activity is a sponsored project is that the sponsor provides support for a specific activity, and the activity delivers something back to the sponsor.

Some types of activities are not sponsored projects and do not require proposals to be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Programs. The following listing will highlight some of the common activities that involve other units or organizations.


A cash donation other than an endowment, with no legal consideration imposed by the donor, i.e., nothing is expected by the donor in return for the gift. Such funds are spent in accordance with University regulations and the stipulations of the donor and must not be overdrawn. A Gift fund earns interest or is charged interest depending on the cash balance, which is calculated monthly and posted either as a credit or a charge quarterly throughout the fiscal year. A gift may be unrestricted or restricted as to use.


These are usually agreements to pay for a clerical person, telephone, office expenses, and other costs associated with an OSU faculty member agreeing to be the managing editor of a scientific publication. This is typically for one to three years. The association reimburses for full costs (salary and/or other costs). The Office of Post-Award Administration oversees appropriate accounts for Editorships.


Normally a company pays students directly for their work in an internship, or processes a ‘scholarship’ on the student’s account through Business Affairs Student Finance or Financial Aid. However, occasionally a company wants to support a student on an internship that requires setting up a restricted fund. The Office of Post-Award Administration oversees appropriate accounts for Internships that are not paid directly to a student.


The University Fee Book contains approved fees to be charged for specific services or tests offered external to OSU. Service and testing may only be done when fees appear in the Fee Book. Business Services approves Testing Agreements.