While much of SP administrative responsibilities relate to the conduct of research at SVSU, it is involved with all sponsored projects. Examples include: research, training, workshops, curriculum development, scholarly work, public services, fellowships, art exhibitions, contractual agreements, and equipment awards.
Sponsors of these activities include the federal government, state and local governments, foundations, international organizations, research institutes, and corporations. These organizations fund sponsored projects through a variety of mechanisms such as contracts, grants, letter agreements, purchase orders, cooperative agreements, and a variety of awards that fall under the heading of subcontracts.
SP does not involve itself with gifts or other unrestricted funds that fall within the purview of the SVSU Foundation. The following definition of a sponsored project is pertinent to clarifying the distinction between the types of funding handled by SP and the SVSU Foundation.