Budget Development

The budget is the investigator’s best estimate of the total costs to complete the objectives identified in the proposal. Investigators should contact their Grant Coordinator early in the proposal process so that a comprehensive draft budget may be formulated for inclusion in the institutional routing and final proposal, if applicable. Your Grant Coordinator can provide an initial draft budget and work with you to refine the budget as the proposal is prepared.

It is important to demonstrate that the budget proposed is reasonable. A budget justification should be submitted in order to allow each budget item to be explained relative to the proposed research. The specifics of the sponsoring agency’s budgetary guidelines should be followed carefully. Budgets should be prepared for the entire proposed project. Both direct and F&A costs should be identified in the budget.


The following information has been prepared to help you develop your budget plan.

Last updated: 11/7/2016

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