A sponsor of an award will typically require periodic reporting during the life of a research project as a means to receive information on the progress of the project as well as reporting at the end of the award to receive information on the final outcomes of the research. The frequency and due dates of the reporting, as well as any specifications on the content of the reporting, will differ between awards, as the needs of each sponsor differ. Additionally, depending upon the nature of the project, a sponsor may require physical deliverables at certain intervals.

Specific reporting and deliverable requirements are typically set forth in the sponsor's award documents or in policies or documents incorporated by reference. Both the award documents and the UCSB Award Synopsis will identify the specific reporting requirements or provide reference to the specific requirements for interim reporting.

The Principal Investigator should review the provisions of each award and make sure that they are aware of such requirements and the dates for submission.

The NSF has published memo number NSF 16-040, Meeting NSF's Technical Reporting Requirements. The memo contains answers to frequently asked questions and links to additional resources and information regarding NSF's reporting requirements.

The NIH public access policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. The UCSB Library provides information and assistance regarding compliance with the NIH policy as well as general information on open-access policies.