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GIM 13 Supplement: Types of Institutional Activity

The major functions of an institution, as defined in Federal Uniform Guidance, include instruction, organized research, other sponsored activities and other institutional activities. These are defined as follows:

Explanation of Activity Types
Organized Research: All research & development activities sponsored by federal or non-federal agencies & organizations.
Research: Basic

Systematic study directed toward fuller knowledge or understanding of fundamental aspects of phenomena & of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or productions in mind.

Examples: NIH R01, R03, R21; SBIR and STTR Phase I, K99/R00

Research: Applied

Systematic study to gain knowledge or understanding to meet a specific recognized need.

Examples: NIH R01, R21, SBIR, STTR, Phase II

Development

Systematic use of knowledge or understanding gained from research directed toward production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods, including design & development of prototypes & processes.

Examples: SBIR, STTR, Phase III (can include Phase II if FOA specifies for development stage)

Fellowship: Research Undergraduate

Undergraduate and graduate fellowships focused on training in research techniques. Examples: NIH, HRSA, AHA Individual Fellowships (F series)

Example: NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Fellowship: Research Graduate/ Professional Undergraduate and graduate fellowships focused on training in research techniques. Examples: NIH, HRSA, AHA Individual Fellowships (F series)
Other Training: Research

Activities involving training of individuals in research techniques where training is in the same facility as other research & development. Examples: NIH Research Training Grants (T series)

Example: NIH Research Training Grants (T series)

Clinical Trial, Federal

A clinical trial is a human subjects research study, the primary purpose of which is to assess the safety and/or efficacy in humans of a drug, device, diagnostic, treatment, preventive measure, or similar intervention through testing of the intervention on patients in a clinical setting.

Examples: Investigator-initiated Extended Clinical Trial, Exploratory Clinical Trials, Multi-Site Trials

Instruction: Specific instructional or training activity established by grant, contract, or cooperative agreement.
Training and Development (UW internal)

Non-research related instruction including conferences & workshops, where primary purpose is training & development of UW students and/or personnel.

Examples:

  • Curriculum development for UW students and faculty
  • Educational conference grants for a primary audience of UW students or staff (including faculty)
  • Activity generally takes place in a classroom setting and not in a lab
  • Examples include activity codes such as: D24 Nurse Practitioners Training Programs, D37 Allied Health Special Projects Grants, T15 Continuing Education Training Program, K 30 Clinical Research Curriculum Award, and R13 Conference grants with the audience predominantly UW faculty and students.
Fellowship: Non-Research Undergraduate Undergraduate fellowships not focused on training in research techniques Sponsored internships, apprenticeships and instructional fellowships.
Fellowship: Non-Research Graduate/ Professional Graduate fellowships not focused on training in research techniques. Sponsored internships, apprenticeships and instructional fellowships.
Other Sponsored Activities (OSA): Sponsored programs and projects funded by federal and non-federal agencies and organizations which involve the performance of work other than instruction and organized research. 
Professional Development/Public Service (UW external)

Non-research related instruction, including conferences & workshops, where primary purpose is training & development of non-UW students & personnel.

Examples:

  • Conference, workshops & symposiums with primary audience of non-UW students/staff including faculty
  • Fellowships for public services/outreach activities
  • Curriculum development for non-UW students & faculty for “training courses”.
  • NIH R13 Conference grants with primary audience of non-UW faculty & students
  • Professional development
Construction

Construction of new buildings or the modernization of, or completion of space in existing buildings.

Examples:

  • NIH C06 Research Facilities Construction Grants,
  • Includes expansion, new construction, or activities that would change the "footprint" of an existing facility
Equipment

An article of tangible nonexpendable personal property that has a useful life of more than 1 year and an acquisition cost per unit that equals or exceeds $5,000 or the capitalization threshold established by the organization, whichever is less.

Examples:

  • NSF MRI Awards
  • NIH S10 Awards
Clinical Trial, Non-Federal

A clinical trial is a human subjects research study, the primary purpose of which is to assess the safety and/or efficacy in humans of a drug, device, diagnostic, treatment, preventive measure, or similar intervention through testing of the intervention on patients in a clinical setting.

Includes: Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials

IPA/JPA/Staff Assignment

Inter-personnel Agreements, Joint Personnel Agreements and Staff Assignments in which employees work on site at another entity and UW is reimbursed for the salary and associated expenses.

Examples:

  • IPA Agreements with VA or other federal agencies
  • Staff assignments with FHCRC, SCRI, and Group Health
Other Sponsored Activity (OSA)

Sponsored programs and projects which involve the performance of work other than instruction and organized research and not otherwise specified above as a sub-category under the Major Function of OSA.

Examples:

  • Studies involving only the collection of data for entry into a registry
  • Funding for clinical care activities such as treating patients in rural communities
  • Awards to develop programs to integrate clinical and preventative health care services, research, community outreach and professional education and training
  • Curriculum development (including software) for early childhood, compulsory, and higher education.
  • Sponsorship of museums, arts, dance, music programs

If organized research has a component of instruction or other sponsored activity, the rate for organized research shall be applied to the entire project.

Questions on how to characterize sponsored activity? Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs, (206) 543-4043 or osp@uw.edu.

Questions on how activities are allocated to facilities and space? Contact Management Accounting and Analysis.