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Functional Area Definitions

Definitions of Activity Types / Functional Areas

Activity Type/Functional Area Code Definition Notes/Examples
Academic Services Projects that provide general support for the institution’s teaching and learning mission by enhancing overarching services such as the library, media services, academic computing, academic administration, museums & galleries, etc.  

Rarely applicable to sponsored programs; however, examples may include the following: 

  • Library Enhancements
  • IT /Computing System Enhancements with a broad impact
  • Academic Facility Enhancements
Agency Do not use. Not applicable at UTC; do not use.
Applied Research Investigation undertaken in order to acquire new knowledge but which is directed primarily towards a specific, practical aim or objective, often for a state, commercial, or client driven purpose. Includes funding for projects where the primary purpose is to undertake an external funding to acquire or maintain facilities or equipment that will be used for applied research.

Examples may include the following:

  • Industry-sponsored research
  • Evaluations
  • Needs Assessments
Basic Research Theoretical or experimental inquiry without regard to particular applications or potential commercial value. Includes funding for projects where the primary purpose is to undertake an external funding to acquire or maintain facilities or equipment that will be used for basic research.

Examples may include the following:

  • Bench/laboratory research
  • Theoretical research
Clinical Research Patientoriented medical investigation that either directly involves a particular person or group of people or uses materials from humans, such as their behavior or samples of their tissue which can be linked to a particular living person. Clinical research determines the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products, and treatment regimens intended for human use. Includes funding for projects where the primary purpose is to undertake an external funding to acquire or maintain facilities or equipment that will be used for clinical research. Rarely applicable to UTC; examples would include clinical trials.  
Conference/Seminar Use “Instruction” for conferences & seminars unless there is no instructional content associated with the conference / seminar.  

Examples include…

  • Meacham Writer’s Workshop
Fellowships Assistance to or in behalf of an individual to support further studies/training which will enhance that individual's level of competence and research.

Examples include…

  • Fulbright Awards
Institutional Support External funding for projects related to central executive-level activities concerned with management and long-range planning of the entire institution, fiscal operations, administrative data, & information processing, HR/Personnel, Non-academic facilities, etc.   Rarely applicable to sponsored programs.
Instruction Projects that improve or expand the instructional program including credit & non-credit courses, academic curriculum development & delivery, vocational & technical instruction, remedial & tutorial instruction, and community education.  

Examples include the following: 

  • Curriculum Enhancements
  • Lab/Instructional Equipment
  • Teacher Prep/Prof Dev
  • UTC Student Internships
Public Service Projects that provide noninstructional services that harness UTC’s intellectual and cultural resources to benefit individuals and communities external to the institution.

Examples include the following: 

  • Public Broadcasting Services
  • TRiO programs
  • K-12 outreach projects serving students
  • Public performances/art
Scholarships External funding that is fully or primarily used to provide tuition support and/or trainee stipends.

Examples include the following: 

  • HRSA SDS
  • HRSA Traineeships
  • NSF S-STEM
Student Services Projects that provide direct support to students of a non-instructional nature.  

Examples may include the following: 

  • Student Support Services
  • Mentoring programs for UTC students
  • Advising/Peer Counseling for UTC students
Training Use “Instruction” which includes instruction/training for UTC students and community members via credit and noncredit learning experiences.   In most cases, “Instruction” would be the more appropriate selection.
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