Pre-Award Administration

Sources of Research Funding

Emory University receives sponsored funding from many different funding sources. Sponsored funding may arrive in the form of grants, cooperative agreements, memoranda of understanding, and contracts from both federal and non-federal sponsors.

Federal Sponsors

Federal sponsors are those from any branch of the U.S. government. All funding from federal sponsors is subject to applicable federal regulations with respect to administration of grants and contracts, as well as principles of cost allowability and management. Emory University’s primary federal funding agency is the National Institutes of Health (within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), though Emory also receives significant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Science Foundation, among other federal agencies.

Non-Federal Sponsors

Emory University also receives sponsored funding from non-federal sponsors, including foundations, city, state, and county governments, and commercial or industry sponsors.  Both foundation sponsors and non-federal governmental sponsors may have their own terms and requirements related to their sponsored funding. PI’s and administrators should familiarize themselves with those requirements prior to submitting a grant or contract proposal to these agencies. Foundations often award sponsored funds to Emory in the form of grants. Non-federal government agencies (city, county, or state) often award Emory sponsored funds in the form of contracts. However, the reverse can also occur.