Defining OMB A21 functionality : A02 Organized Research vs. A03 Other Sponsored Activities

  1. Organized research (A02) means all research and development activities of an institution that are separately budgeted and accounted for. It includes:(1) Sponsored research means all research and development activities that are sponsored by Federal and non Federal agencies and organizations. This term includes activities involving the training of individuals in research techniques (commonly called research training) where such activities utilize the same facilities as other research and development activities and where such activities are not included in the instruction function.

    (2) University research means all research and development activities that are separately budgeted and accounted for by the institution under an internal application of institutional funds. University research, for purposes of this document, shall be combined with sponsored research under the function of organized research.

  2. Other sponsored activities (A03) means programs and projects financed by Federal and non Federal agencies and organizations which involve the performance of work other than instruction and organized research. Examples of such programs and projects are health service projects, and community service programs. However, when any of these activities are undertaken by the institution without outside support, they may be classified as other institutional activities.

this is based on White Office of Management and Budget, CIRCULAR A-21 Revised 05/10/04

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