Acknowledging Sponsor Support
The Stevens amendment requires that in journal articles, reports and presentations at scholarly meetings, investigators recognize the federal government for its support of research. However, whether required or not, it is a good practice to acknowledge sponsor support. Such support contributes to the university's reputation as a research institution and may enhance the university's position in receiving future research funds.
There may be occasions when sponsors specifically request that their names not be used, or be used only with their approval. Such restrictions would usually be part of the award document (generally a contract) and are noted in the Project Digest. Sponsored program officers can answer specific questions about sponsor acknowledgment.