Office of Research and Graduate Education

Research Grant

What is a Research Grant?

Research Grants and contracts are written agreements with external sponsors. UC Davis provides research, training, public service, or non-standardized testing or other services. Research grants and contracts include agricultural marketing board orders. Research grants and contract agreements contain one or more of the following provisions:

  • A research protocol or other statement of work.
  • A designated principal investigator(s).
  • A designated period of performance.
  • A budget.
  • An obligation to account for costs incurred and to return unspent funds.
  • Disposition of intellectual property rights.

UC Policies and Information on Research Grants and Proposals
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) reviews and signs off on all funding requests before submission to the funding agency.

Types of Research Grants

UC definition of equipment

There are cases where both the State and the Federal regulations apply. For example, if the University received funding from a corporate entity that was using a prime award from the NSF to fund the project, both the Form 700-U and the Federal financial disclosure forms would be required.  UC indirect cost rate exception request

Federal Requirements for F&A (Indirect) Costs
Office of Management and Budget circulars

Indirect Costs
Summary of UCD indirect cost rates

Interim or Bridge Funding
Bridge funding is a UC Davis program funded by the Vice Chancellor for Research designed to assist principal investigators who are between grants so as to help maintain continuity in their research programs. Interim funding is authorized to expend funds on a project to a specified limit before the award document has been received from the sponsor.

Modular Grant Applications
About modular grants

New (unsolicited; solicited)

A formal request to a sponsor for funds to support a new project. A solicited proposal is submitted to a sponsor in response to an RFA, RFP, RFQ or PA. An unsolicited proposal is one that is not in response to a published request.

NIH guidelines

No-Cost Time Extension
An extension of the period of performance beyond the expiration date to allow the principal investigator to complete a project at no additional cost to the sponsor.

Non-competing continuation grants
Non-competing continuation grants are submitted when a project has been guaranteed funding for multiple years. A continuation application is submitted annually after the first year, for each subsequent year of the project. For the NIH, a non-competing continuation application uses the PHS-2590 application kit. The applicant is required to provide a progress report and note any changes in the personnel budget. The initial Notice of Award received by the PI should state if the NIH Streamlined Non-competing Continuation Procedures (SNAP) can be followed.

NSF Fastlane Help

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Salary and Benefits UC academic salary scales
School of Veterinary Medicine - Faculty - Ladder Ranks: Strict Full Time (SFT) Salary Scales. It is mandatory that the following SFT statement be included in all budgets relating to contract, grant and business agreement activities for faculty in the Strict Full-Time Salary Plan:"In accordance with the School of Veterinary Medicine Strict Full-Time Salary Plan, the amount of faculty effort applied to research activities, i.e., contracts, grants, etc., must be charged to the project."
NIH salary limitation on grants and contracts
UC Davis staff salary scales

A renewal application or proposal is a competitively reviewed proposal which builds upon the original work performed. It generally extends the scope of the original work, extends the time period, and includes a request for additional funds.

A revision proposal is a modified and resubmitted request for funding (proposal) for a project that was previously not funded either because it was denied by the sponsor or withdrawn by the principal investigator.

A document written under the authority of, and consistent with the terms and conditions of an award (a grant, contract or cooperative agreement), that transfers a portion of a project to another institution or organization.

Supplemental Proposal
A supplemental proposal is a request to the sponsor for additional funds for an ongoing project during the approved performance period. A supplemental proposal may result from increased costs, modifications in design, or a desire to add a closely related component to the ongoing project. Some sponsors also offer supplemental programs which are designed to fund the hiring of minority or undergraduate students.

How do I process a Research Grant Proposal?

First Step - Prepare Proposal
Next Step - Submit complete proposal for review & approval to Rowena Banks,at, SVM Office of Research
Next Step - Campus Approval and Signature through OVCR
Last Step - Make Your Copies - Mail Your Proposal

How Do I Prepare a Research Grant Proposal?
Are you eligible to be a principal investigator?

Request for exception to policy on eligibility to submit proposals

Common Proposal Components

Sponsored Research Manual instructions

Disclosure of Financial Interest

PI disclosure of financial interest

UC policy on disclosure of financial interest

Federal agencies disclosure of financial interest form

Form 700 U, Private Agency Disclosure of Financial Interest
Instructions for completing Form 700 U

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Animals in Research

UCD Center for Laboratory Animal Science/Animal Resources Service

UCD Animal Use and Care Administrative Advisory Committee

UCD animal use protocols

UC - Center for Animal Alternatives