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Contract Development

The faculty at Sacramento State have expertise in a myriad of subject areas, as represented by the many academic and technical programs the University offers.  Research Administration and Contract Administration (RACA) serves as a liaison between faculty and the government agencies and private sector businesses that seek their expertise.

Working with faculty and agency contacts, RACA helps develop the proposed statement of work and budget, ensure that the contract terms and conditions are acceptable to the PI and comply with University policies, and negotiate and finalize the contract on behalf of the University.


If you have an agency or company that is interested in contracting for your expertise, contact your Sponsored Research Officer, who will work with RACA’s Contract Development Officer and you to finalize the agreement. 


Proposal Approval Form
All proposals for external funding must be routed for internal review and approval by University officials. The form requires the signatures of the proposed principal investigator (PI), the PI’s department chair and dean, the Senior Director of Research Policy, Compliance and Administration, the Director of Contract and Research Administration, and the Vice President for Administration and Business Affairs. 
Instructions [PDF] / Approval Form [WORD]


FAQs about Facilities and Administration (Indirect) Costs
Frequently asked questions about what F&A costs are and why they must be included on contract budgets.


Institutional Compliance
All sponsored research and contract activities at Sacramento State/UEI must be performed in compliance with University, state and federal guidelines on conflict of interest, human subjects protection, and animal care and use. All faculty members agreeing to serve as principal investigators on behalf of the University must become familiar with these guidelines and submit all assurances that are pertinent to their projects.

  Finding a Contract for Your Expertise

Most contracting opportunities come about as a result of personal contacts between the principal investigator and the contracting entity.  However, there are resources available that can be utilized to learn about open Requests for Proposals and the priority areas of government agencies.  Faculty are also encouraged to alert their Sponsored Research Officer as to their expertise and interests. 


  • California Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2010-11 
    The proposed budget summary includes the Governor's goals and objectives for the forthcoming year and highlights significant issues, policies, and initiatives of the Administration reflected in the Governor's Budget. 

  • California Legislative Analyst’s Office  
    The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) provides fiscal and policy advice to the California Legislature and is known for its programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analyses of the state budget.  Information provided by the LAO can be used to determine priorities of the state and indicate program areas which may potentially fund projects. 

  • California eProcurement Web Site
    Effective March 2009, eProcurement is the new portal for the electronic procurement resources including the California State Contracts Register (CSCR) which is a one-stop information source for state contracting opportunities.  Open opportunities can be viewed by agency or category.

  • FedBizOpps
    Find vendors or bid for contracts in response to federal government procurement opportunities through this site.

  • Searchable Funding Opportunities Database 
    The Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) is a searchable database containing detailed information on grant programs and requests for proposals from federal agencies, private foundations, corporations, international organizations and professional associations.  SPIN is updated daily and contains detailed profiles on each program including the objectives, funding range or limit, deadline, agency contact information and a link to the application materials.
    To access SPIN, go to and click on the SPIN button in the top right hand corner.  From the SPIN homepage you will have the option of doing a Quick Search or an Advanced Search.  Please also note that SPIN is a subscription service and use is restricted to the Sac State domain.

  • Targeted Opportunities by E-mail
    is an electronic matching and funding opportunity notification system that provides information on federal and non-federal grants, contracts and fellowships as they are announced by the various agencies. This information is disseminated via e-mail based on an individual’s profile.  All faculty and staff at Sacramento State who are interested in finding and applying for grants or federal contracts are encouraged to use this system.  To sign up for SMARTS, contact Research Administration for a SMARTS sign up form and keyword list.