Budget Development

  • How do I develop a budget?

    One way to begin developing your budget would be to outline what you think you will need in the way of employee time and physical resources to accomplish the project goals.  This outline can form the basis for your budget narrative and also be the starting point for quantifying the project's resource needs.

  • Are there sample budget forms to help me get started?
    While there are often agency-specific forms which must be completed, OSP has developed budget templates with many built-in calculations (e.g. standard fringe benefit rates) to help you with the process.  If you are preparing a proposal that will be submitted via grants.gov you may develop your full proposal, including detailed budgets, in Cayuse424, which allows for direct system-to-system submission of your proposals.
  • What is a Direct Cost?

    Direct costs are those costs that can be identified specifically with a particular sponsored project, an instructional activity, or any other institutional activity, or that can be directly assigned to such activities relatively easily with a high degree of accuracy. Costs incurred for the same purpose in like circumstances must be treated consistently as either direct or F&A costs. Where an institution treats a particular type of cost as a direct cost of sponsored agreements, all costs incurred for the same purpose in like circumstances shall be treated as direct costs of all activities of the institution.

  • Does "Direct Costs" on the External Support Form mean the same thing as the direct costs I used in my F&A calculation?

    No.  In this case OSP is distinguishing only between direct and indirect costs, so items that are excluded under the modified-total-direct-cost basis should still be included.