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Division of Research and Graduate Studies

CSU Fresno Foundation Overview

Foundation Financial Services provides post-award administration and support services for sponsored programs (grants and contracts) awarded to the University when the Foundation is the award recipient. In most instances, contracts and proposals for sponsored programs are developed by individual faculty members in conjunction with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). Those sponsored programs awarded in the name of the Foundation are then administered by Foundation Financial Services staff in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the award and Foundation policies and procedures.

In addition to the direct costs of the sponsored program, most awards also include indirect costs (or overhead), which is used for supporting post award administration expenses incurred by the University and the Foundation. Any surplus generated by indirect is transferred to Academic Affairs for distribution to the College/Schools for support of sponsored activity. Additionally, Human Resources and Payroll services for sponsored programs are provided by the Auxiliary Human Resources, a unit of the California State University, Fresno Association Inc.

Additional information about Foundation Financial Services can be found in the Project Director’s Handbook.