Purpose and Project Type Definitions

The award “purpose code” is designated based on the fundamental focus of the scope of work outlined in the proposal or award documentation.


UFIRST has 7 Purpose Choices:


  • EXTPS-Extension/Public Service: Delivering information and services to the non-UF non-scientific community. If the project is research into public health methods/delivery techniques, then the appropriate research project type applies. Examples: IFAS Extension Programs; Public Health Services Delivery;
    • Program Code: 3xxx


  • INST-Instruction: Instruction activities benefitting the students of the University of Florida.
    • Program Code: 1100


  • OSA-Other Sponsored Activity: Funding for activities not directly related to research or instruction.
    • Program Code: Multiple based on specific activity
    • Example: Service Agreements, Museum Exhibits and Collections


  • RSCHA-Applied Research: Applied research is a form of systematic inquiry involving the practical application of science. It accesses and uses some part of the research community‚Äôs accumulated theories, knowledge, methods, and techniques, for a specific, often state-, business-, or client-driven purpose.
    • Program Code: 2200


  • RSCHB-Basic Research: Basic Research is performed without thought of practical ends. It results in general knowledge and understanding of nature and its laws.
    • Program Code: 2200


  • RSCHD-Developmental Research: Developmental research is systematic application of knowledge or understanding, directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, and systems or methods, including design, development and improvement of prototypes and new processes to meet specific requirements.
    • Program Code: 2200


  • RSTRN-Research Training: Support for research training for pre-, post- doc fellowships, thesis, dissertation, or undergraduate scholarly activities. Includes basic, applied and developmental research activity.
    • Program Code: 2200
    • Example: NIH NRSA Training Grants (T); NIH NRSA Fellowships (F); NSF IGERT