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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)