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Institutional Eligibility

Last updated: 05/20/2021 - 4:40pm

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Institutional Eligibility

What you need to know

As per WI-DO-10, opportunities should be screened to ensure that ASU is eligible to apply as either the lead applicant or as a partner to another institution.  Many of the most common eligibility criteria are outlined in the following table:

Criteria ASU is: ASU is not:
Institution Type

• a political subdivision of the State of Arizona
• an accredited institution of higher education (IHE)
• a public institution of higher education
• an academic institution
• an Affirmative Action compliant institution
• a Civil Rights compliant institution 

• an American Indian and Alaska Native-Serving Institution

• an institution serving underserved health disparity population and underrepresented students (ISUPS) per the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) requirements


• a state governmental agency
• a state education agency (SEA)
• a local education agency (LEA)
• a corporation
• a land grant institution
• a minority-serving institution (MSI) -- see note below*
• an historically black college or university (HBCU)
• an Hispanic-serving institution (HSI)*
• a Native Hawaiian-serving institution
• an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution (AANAPISI)
• a tribally-controlled university
• a for-profit organization
• a faith-based organization
• a community-based organization
• under any of the Federal set-aside codes for procurement
• a nontraditional defense contractor (for DARPA Other Transactions-OTs for Prototypes)

IRS Status • a tax-exempt institution per 26 U.S.C. 115
• a grantee whose awards can be claimed by sponsors in the same manner as if it were a 501(c)(3) -- see note below**
• tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
• a private foundation [as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code]
Geography/Location • included in the Lower Colorado Region for the Bureau of Reclamation
• included in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9
• included in the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Colorado Plateau
• eligible on riparian/river watershed issues
• in Congressional Districts:
   9 (Tempe Campus)
   5 (Polytechnic Campus)
   7 (West Campus)
   7 (Downtown Campus)
• included in Federal Region Number 9
• an Institutional Development Award (IDeA)-eligible state
• an Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) state
• coastal or insular for watershed issues
Other • a registered institution in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR)
• an institution with a negotiated Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs rate agreement (NICRA)
• an institution with X number of employees (as required by sponsor) -- see: Institutional Analysis
• an institution with an overall budget of X amount (as required by sponsor) -- see: Annual Financial Reports
• an institution with X student enrollment figures (as required by sponsor) -- see: Institutional Analysis ASU Quick Facts
• an NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) awardee (see for past awards)
• an institution with a medical school or specific medical departments
• an institution with a school of veterinary medicine
• an institution with a school of pharmacy
• an institution with a forestry program
• an institution possessing a nuclear reactor

*MSI/HSI Note: ASU as a whole is does not meet the criteria to be designated an MSI or HSI, and the University applies for proposals as one, large University (not separate campuses). For some opportunities, depending on the sponsor and program guidelines, ASU can apply (using our standard central ASU information: name, tax ID, etc.) and then discuss the specific eligible population (e.g., West campus) in the proposal. This approach has worked for some opportunities, and eligibility has depended on the sponsor's criteria for the MSI designation. (Typically, the U.S. Dept of Education is considered the authority on MSI designations, but some sponsors have slightly different criteria). If the sponsor requires that the eligible campus have their own DUNS and EIN/tax ID, that would be a barrier.

**501(c)(3) Note: ASU may be able to apply for opportunities that are limited to 501(c)(3) organizations as long as the sponsor is contacted to ensure that ASU can apply based on its tax-exempt status.

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