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General Information

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The General Information section of the Proposal Record contains fields related to broad areas of the proposal including the project start and end dates and the type of award mechanism, proposal type, and activity type.

Each field in this section requires the user to complete this tab.

Project Title:
The title of the proposed project as reflected on the proposal being submitted to the Sponsor.

Proposal Types: 

Pre-Proposal: Represents a preliminary proposal submitted to the sponsor in order to determine whether a full proposal should be subsequently submitted or to help the sponsor organize a full proposal review.

New: Represents an original funding request made to a sponsor for a proposed project. No prior proposal has been submitted to the sponsor for the proposed project and the sponsor has not previously made an award to support the proposed project.

Revision: Represents a request to modify a proposal that is pending or is otherwise unfunded, but not officially declined by the sponsor.

Resubmission: Represents an application that was previously submitted, but was not funded, and is now being resubmitted for new consideration. A resubmission is generally submitted to make a significant change (e.g., scope of work, budget, facilities, subawards) to a previously submitted proposal not yet funded by the sponsor.

Renewal: Represents a request for additional funding that is intended to extend, or results in the extension of, a project beyond the originally approved project period.

Continuation: Represents a non-competing application for an additional budget period within a previously approved project period. This proposal type is typically used when the sponsor commits to funding the entire project period but requires the submission of a continuation or progress report to monitor progress.

Supplement: Represents a request for additional funds to support an existing project during the same project period.

Project Start Date:
The anticipated date the project will begin.

Project End Date:
The anticipated date the project will end.

Activity Type:
Clinical Trial: The controlled, clinical testing of investigational and/or approved drugs, devices, treatments or diagnostics in human subjects where such testing is performed under a sponsor or investigator-developed protocol covered by an IND or IDE from the FDA. Note: If you select the Activity Type “Clinical Trial”, an entire new “Clinical Trials” section will appear on the proposal form and need to be completed.

Collaboration: Unfunded activity with the intent to work together to submit a proposal and/or achieve a common goal.

Conference: Supports the costs of a meeting or meetings.

Data Use: The sharing of data and an agreement that establishes the ways in which the information in a limited data set may be used and how it is protected.

Equipment: The acquisition of equipment, including grants of equipment or full or partial funding to enable the purchase of equipment and where the title to such equipment vests with USC.

Fellowship: Training or subsistence during training to either graduate students or post-doctoral candidates training in research techniques.

Instruction: The development or enhancement of a curriculum.

Other: Serves as the catchall for activities not reflected in the rest of the list.

Public Service: Scholarly or professional training or services to individuals or sponsor-designated recipient groups, where such groups are external to the University

Research (Applied): The systematic use and practical application of findings/theories in studies involving useful products, where such studies are designed to test and/or evaluate practical application of proposed solutions

Research (Basic): Directed toward research that increases knowledge of the subject being studied. This includes activities that seek to increase the understanding of fundamental phenomena.

Research (Clinical): Research in which people, or data or samples of tissue from people, are studied to understand health and disease.

Research (Development): Normally follows basic research and attempts to expand the potentialities of new discoveries.

Service: Providing consulting or other services, including business services, testing (re-charge centers); work-for-hire; independent contractor agreements.

Training: Scholarly, professional, or occupational instruction primarily for graduate students or University employees (including post docs) and includes training awards made to USC that provide for selection of student recipients by academic units.

Award Type:

Collaborative Agreement: An agreement involving USC and additional parties who plan to combine resources to work together to submit a proposal and/or achieve a common goal.

Contract: An agreement to procure research services or other services from USC. Activities performed under contract are more closely controlled by the sponsor than those performed under a grant.

Cooperative Agreement: An award of financial assistance in which the sponsor may be actively involved in defining the scope of work or program and/or anticipates having substantial involvement in the performance of the project.

Data Use Agreement: An agreement that governs the sharing of data. It establishes the ways in which the information in a limited data set may be used and how it is protected.

Equipment Agreement: An agreement to provide equipment and/or funding to purchase equipment.

Grant: Award of financial assistance with PI-defined work scope.

IDIQ Master Agreement: (Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity) A type of contract issued when a sponsor has identified a need for services, but does not know precisely how or when these services will be required. The terms and conditions of the IDIQ Master Agreement are negotiated and accepted by both parties, but it does not contain a statement of work or provide any funding.

Incoming Subaward: 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 the research or substantive effort of the prime award to USC.

Master Agreement: An agreement that embodies established terms and conditions of a basic relationship between USC and a sponsor. A Master Agreement typically covers publication, confidentiality, intellectual property, indemnification, publicity, notice and access to information, but it does not contain a specific statement of work or provide funding

Service Agreement: This agreement is used when a Principal Investigator uses pre-existing protocols, models, methods, or software to analyze, test, opine, or draw conclusions using the collected data.

Please Note: Only Service Agreements funded by government agencies are submitted via Cayuse SP.