Grants 101


  • Office of Grants, Sponsored Programs, and Research

    OGSPR assists members of the Millersville University community with the identification of funding opportunities; submission of proposals for external support for research and creative, instructional, and service activities; drafting, review, negotiation and acceptance of sponsored and research-related agreements; and managing sponsored program awards.


    This Grant Basics Guide is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the principles, policies, and procedures employed by the OGSPR in support of Millersville University's pursuit and management of our sponsored program portfolio.


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  • Grant Accounting

    The accounting department is responsible for the financial management of MU's sponsored program funding, including the submission of invoices and all financial reports. Once an award has been accepted and processed by OGSPR, the award is communicated to the Grant Accounting staff for the establishment of an funding account in SAP. 

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  • What is a sponsored program?

    A sponsored program will normally have one or more of the following additional characteristics:

    • The sponsor has published guidelines, applications, and/or procedures for requesting support.
    • The use of funds awarded is restricted to support for a particular project or line of scholarly or scientific inquiry.
    • The award includes specifications for project performance and/or outcome.
    • The award provides for the disposition of rights in data, inventions, and/or other intellectual property.
    • The sponsor requires, as a condition of the award, programmatic, technical, and/or financial reports, which are subject to external audit.

    Examples of externally provided support not included in this category are:

    • Gifts or bequests to the University.
    • Student financial aid;
    • Support for student projects, unless institutional submission is required.

    Not sure if your project or funding meets the definition of a "sponsored program"? Contact the OGSPR at


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