If you answer ‘Yes’ to ONE OR MORE of the following questions, then the funding is sponsored research and should be processed through the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). Consult the official UNC System Policy.

1. Does the funding agency expect you to provide deliverable(s)?

If yes, then contact OSR.


  • Stewardship entails providing:
    • Names of scholarship recipients
    • Summary of how the funds were expended
    • Brief report evaluating program outcomes
  • Deliverable entails providing:
    • Product
    • Service
    • Technical or scientific report(s)
    • Intellectual property rights
    • Fiscal reports (including invoices) and audits

2. Does the funding agency expect you to enter into a written agreement that is legally enforceable?

If yes, then contact OSR.

A written agreement may have . . .

  • Administrative terms and conditions for use of the funds
  • Provisions for intellectual property
  • Provisions for reporting
  • Provisions for publication rights
  • Any other legal provision

3. Is there a specific and expected return in exchange for the funding?

If yes, then contact OSR.

Failure to deliver could result in unfavorable consequences to UNC-Chapel Hill.