Non-federal sponsors include nonprofits, industry partners, healthcare institutes and hospitals, international institutions, foreign governments, associations, local and state governmental entities. Non-federal sponsors also include other institutions of higher education.
Regardless of whether or not it is a sponsor requirement, it is required for SPA to review and approve proposals before submission to agency.
Some sponsor systems are used strictly to submit proposals and others are for pre-award and post-award management of the application and award. Some industry sponsors have separate foundations that provide grants or fellowships which may have special guidelines. SPA will verify foundation non-profit status.
PIs must create their own proposal CENTRAL accounts. The PI must give SPA access, and SPA submits the application on behalf of UTHealth. This system is used by many non-profit organizations including:
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010.
Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.
PCORI Online is a “one-stop shop” for all aspects of the award lifecycle: from proposal submission to reporting and management.
CPRIT grants are state funds from the state agency created when voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2007 establishing the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and authorized the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas.
CPRIT’s goal is to expedite innovation and commercialization in the area of cancer research and to enhance access to evidence-based prevention programs and services throughout the state. All CPRIT-funded research will be conducted in state by Texas-based scientists and reflect CPRIT’s mission to attract and expand the state’s research capabilities and create high quality new jobs in Texas.
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Application Receipt System (CPRIT ARS).
Limit preliminary discussions with prospective funding sources to the scientific aspects of the work. Full proposal documentation requires SPA approval.
There are many situations that may require a separate agreement between the UTHealth and the collaborators prior to the funding agreement.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs
SBIR is a federal program to provide research and development funding to small business concerns to stimulate innovation with a potential for commercialization. The small business entity partners is encouraged to work with an institution of higher education.
STTR is a federal program to facilitate cooperation between a small business concern and an institution of higher education, with the results having potential commercial value.
Both programs typically have three phases: Feasibility study, R&D, and commercialization.
Applicants to an SBIR or STTR program are the for-profit entities. In order for UTHealth to participate, the small business includes the UTHealth proposal within its proposal to the federal agency. If awarded, the small business issues a subaward to UTHealth.
More information about SBIR and STTR is available from the U.S. Small Business Association.