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Institutional eligibility is the criteria which an institution must meet in order to apply for a funding opportunity.

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 below.


Institution type

ASU is:

  • a public university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents, established by the Arizona Constitution
  • 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 
  • a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), see Designation Letter
  • an eligible institution under Title III and/or V of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1051 et seq.), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEA). See Designation Letter
  • an institution serving underserved health disparity population and underrepresented students (ISUPS) per the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) requirements

ASU is not:

  • a state education agency (SEA)
  • a local education agency (LEA)
  • a corporation
  • a land grant institution
  • a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI)
  • a Minority Institution-MI (based on the definition in § 365(3) of the HEA for the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) and other programs whose statutes or regulations reference the same MI definition).
  • an institution whose enrollment of a single minority or a combination of minorities exceeds fifty percent (50%) of the total enrollment.
  • a historically black college or university (HBCU)
  • a Native Hawaiian-serving institution
  • an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution (AANAPISI)
  • a tribally-controlled university • a Native American-serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI)
  • an Emerging Research Institution (ERI)
  • 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

ASU is:

  • a tax-exempt institution per 26 U.S.C. 115
  • a grantee whose awards potentially can be claimed by sponsors in the same manner as if it were a 501(c)(3). 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.

ASU is not:

  • 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]


ASU is:

  • 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
  • ASU’s U.S. Congressional Representatives and Districts can be found on the Standard Institutional Information page.
  • included in Federal Region Number 9

ASU is not:

  • an Institutional Development Award (IDeA)-eligible state
  • an Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) state
  • coastal or insular for watershed issues


ASU is:

  •  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 past awards)

ASU is not:

  • 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

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