Administering unit/managing department

Typically, this is the principal investigator’s home department or center. For reporting purposes, the managing unit is the one associated with the DeptID used to record expenditures and included in proposal and award budgets.


The funding obligated to MU by a sponsor is considered an award. An award is recorded in the PeopleSoft grants module when MU’s Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) has accepted it and finalized the budget. The date the budget is finalized is the date that an award is recorded. Federal sponsors often issue an award one year at a time. Only the funding years that have been obligated are reflected in our records.

PeopleSoft grants module

PeopleSoft is the University of Missouri System’s institutional enterprise financial and personnel system. The grants module is the component within PeopleSoft Finance that is used for managing, tracking and reporting sponsored activity.


This refers to the initial entry in the PeopleSoft grants module. All sponsored projects have an associated proposal entry, even if the sponsor did not require a proposal before issuing an award. Proposals are recorded in the research productivity dashboards based on the due date that was entered into the PeopleSoft grants module. Proposals that are in “draft” status are not included on our records.

Shared credit

Shared credit is an internal university tracking mechanism that defines and quantifies an individual investigator’s intellectual contributions to a sponsored project. By measuring shared credit, MU can demonstrate investigator and departmental contributions to team research. Learn more about shared credit.

Sponsored activity

This refers to any externally funded grants and contracts that are processed through the MU Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA). Sponsored activities include funding for research, public service, instruction and outreach.

Sponsored activity does not include:

  • Gifts processed through MU Advancement.
  • Cost share on sponsored projects.
  • Service operation/fee-for-service activities that are accounted for on service center or auxiliary accounts.
  • Proposals that have not yet been submitted to a sponsor (“draft” status).
  • Internal grants, such as Tier 1-3 Strategic Investment Program funds, PRIME, Research Council and any college, school or department internal funding programs

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