Evidence of Funding

Evidence of funding is usually a copy of the face sheet of the grant, contract, or cooperative agreement. If the study is funded internally, then a signed letter from someone in the organization who can verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the data should be supplied. For example, the letter may come from a college dean, the chair of a department, or a financial staff member (it cannot come from the Principal Investigator).

  • The organization listed as the User/Requestor on the DUA should be the same organization that has received funding.
  • If your study is federally funded, please submit the Notice of Grant Award (NOGA) face page citing the current budget period.
  • If you are submitting a letter, please only provide an unsigned, draft document in Word format at the onset of your request.
  • Please use the "RIF Evidence of Internal Funding Letter" template if your study is funded internally by your organization (submit unsigned draft as a Word file with initial request materials).
  • If you are a graduate student requesting reuse data for a dissertation project, please use the "RIF Evidence of Dissertation Support" template which verifies your project, student status, and (once finalized) will be signed by your Faculty Advisor (submit unsigned draft as a Word file with initial request materials).
  • If for some reason there is no charge for the data files you are requesting, please use the "RIF No Cost Evidence of Funding Letter" template which verifies that adequate funding is available to support the research study as a whole (submit unsigned draft as a Word file with initial request materials).
  • The signatory on the "Internal" and "No Cost" funding letters cannot be the Principal Investigator, the DUA Requestor/User or the DUA Custodian.  Instead the signatory should be an individual in finance or administration, i.e. someone from the organization who is authorized to verify financial support to complete the research study.