UW Research


Funds awarded for a specific investigator-initiated project with minimal programmatic involvement from the grantor (sponsor). 

Grant Characteristics:

  • Intent is to support the sponsor’s mission, advance knowledge and/or provide public good
  • Typically requires programmatic reports
  • Includes terms & conditions for use of the funds such as budgetary restrictions
  • Will state programmatic objectives
  • Awardees work towards achieving broad programmatic objectives
  • There is usually some flexibility to adapt project or adjust scope, budget etc. (though may require sponsor approval)

When choosing a Project Type on an eGC1 in SAGE the following are also considered “grants”:

  • WA State Agency Interagency agreements (unless originating funding is a federal contract)
  • IPA, JPA, Staff Assignments

Federal Grants

  • Federal assistance funding authorized by law
    • Specifies a Catalog of Federal Assistance (CFDA) number in award document
  • Subawards where the originating funding is a federal grant
    • Subawards from Pass Through Entities should include the CFDA number in the subaward agreement.

Non-Federal Grants

Non-repayable funds disbursed by one party (grant makers), often a corporation, foundation or trust, to a recipient, often (but not always) a nonprofit entity, educational institution, business or an individual.