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Note these budget changes for federal grant proposals (per the Federal Uniform Guidance released 12/2014):

  1. Administrative/clerical salaries are allowed as Direct Costs if all of these conditions are met:
    1. The administrative or clerical services are integral to a project or activity;
    2. Individuals involved can be specifically identified with the project or activity;
    3. Such costs are explicitly included in the approved budget or have the prior written approval of the cognizant NSF Grants Officer; and
    4. The costs are not also recovered as indirect costs.
  2. Computers/computing devices can be charged and treated as Supplies, as long as the cost is less than $5,000 and essential and allocable to the project.
  3. Short term ‘employment’ visa costs and related fees (H1-B, O-1, TN) are allowable direct costs if critical & necessary for the project.
  4. Publication and Printing costs are allowed to be charged/recorded up to 90 days past the end of the project term.
  5. Voluntary cost sharing should not be proposed.
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