RA Basics Job Aid - Proposal and Activity Types


Proposal and Activity Types Job Aid

It can be easy to confuse proposal type with activity type and award type.

Proposal Type

TypeDescription
ContinuationA non-competitive proposal for the next funding increment of a current project usually submitted annually, if required by the agency.
NewA proposal for any funding new to UCSD, regardless of how the proposal was submitted
New—Changed/corrected
*S2S Only.
A “new” proposal previously submitted to an agency that is being funded but needs to be revised to incorporate changes requested by the funding agency (dollars or research). For example, there is a ‘New’ KR & IP Record that in the course of JIT or other pre-award negotiations has an informal revision that does not require formal submission of a ‘Revised Application’ to the agency. The KR and IP records stay as original.
Pre-ProposalAbbreviated proposals that are submitted at the request or requirement of the sponsor in order to select projects to be submitted as full proposals for competitive review and funding. Entering the record in KR allows for department and SPO awareness as well as tracking. Pre-Proposals should NOT be routed. The record will be used for both the pre-proposal and full proposal if invited, unless there are significant special circumstances.
SupplementA proposal requesting supplemental funds for a current project and which may or may not compete with other proposals for available funding.
RenewalAn application requesting additional funding for a new project period subsequent to that provided by a current award. Must be allowed by Sponsor guidelines.
RevisionA proposal application that proposes a change in the Federal Government's financial obligations or contingent liability from an existing obligation/award. For example, NIH requires that requests for supplements to their grant awards be submitted using the proposal type ‘revision’. A revision in this context is always a change to an existing award.
Resubmission*NIH-specific* A competitive proposal that was previously submitted but was not funded and is being amended for resubmission.

Activity Type

Activity Description
Basic ResearchResearch which is directed toward increased knowledge in science wherein the primary aim of the investigator is fuller knowledge or understanding of the subject under study, rather than a clear or direct practical application thereof.
Basic Research, Marine Physical LabScripps Institution of Oceanography ship and ship technician use.
Instruction/TrainingProjects that involve the scholarly, professional, or occupational instruction for matriculated students or University employees in forms such as classes, seminars, workshops, conferences, etc. This also includes agency sponsorship of students or employees who are "in training" primarily, but not exclusively, at the graduate and postgraduate levels. The scope of this also includes sponsored training awards made to the University which provide for selection of student recipients by academic departments and the institutional support which is either included in the training grant or is applied for and awarded separately.
Intergovernmental Personnel AgreementAn Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement is a payment mechanism that allows a UC San Diego employee to remain on our payroll and benefits while providing service to a government agency.
Clinical Research
Research with human subjects that is patient-oriented. Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual. It includes research into the mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, development of new technologies, epidemiological and behavioral studies, outcomes research and health services research.

Studies falling under 45 CFR part 46.101(b) (4) (Exemption 4) are not considered clinical research by this definition. For more detailed information, contact the Office of Clinical Trials Administration (OCTA).
Other Sponsored ActivitiesTo be used only if a research project cannot be classified as basic, applied, developmental, or clinical research. **Select this Activity Type for an Unfunded Agreement**