Whether an award is a gift or a sponsored project not only impacts how a PI may spend it once received, but also how it can be budgeted and how it is routed in the pre-award phase. On the surface, definitions seem simple. However, each sponsor or donor may write solicitations and terms different from the next. This is where COE Proposal Support Team, OSRAA, and OSU Foundation can help. Below is a list of resources in order to help PIs make the initial determination.

OSU Policy Memo on Determination of Sponsored Projects and Gifts  Internal document release in 2008 with basic outline
Gift or Sponsored Project Indicator List List of characteristics in which a PI can analyze attributes of the award
Coordinating with OSU Foundation - Process Please also see "OSU Foundation" under "Route and Submit"
Working with Private Foundations List of funding resources and contact information