Sponsored Programs Closed September 9th, 2019 - Entire Business Day

Sponsored Programs will be closed on September 9, 2019 for an all day event and will not be available for consultation or proposal submission. If you have a proposal due that day, it will need to be submitted prior to September 9th. Please contact your Sponsored Programs manager for coordination and assistance. You can identify your manager here:Departmental Assignments. For urgent questions, please contact Kate Hoffman at 828.262.7459 or hoffmankm@appstate.edu.

About Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research provides support for the research, creative, and scholarly endeavors of Appalachian faculty, staff, and students. As part of the Office of Research, Sponsored Progams provides the authorized institutional signature for submissions to and awards from external sponsors, negotiates terms and conditions of all externally funded project, service, or research agreements, and more.

Gift vs. Grant

Please find below the difference between a gift versus a grant, and the parties responsible for their management.


  1. The funding agency expects you to provide deliverable(s)
    (i.e., product, service, scientific report, fiscal reports, or audits).
  2. The funding agency expects you to enter into a written agreement that is legally enforceable (i.e. administrative terms and conditions for use of funds, provisions for intellectual property, provisions for reporting or publication rights, or any other legal provisions).
  3. Failing to provide a deliverable will result in the sponsor taking actions against the University.

Gift characteristics include:

  1. Irrevocable transfer of funds or other valuable articles
  2. Unrestricted use of funds
  3. No donor-imposed time limits
  4. No deliverables or benefits expected by the donor

For more information, visit: UNC Guideline Document 1.0 - Defining Sponsored Programs (DOCX)