Budget Preparation - B05
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Sponsored Programs Manager (SPM) collaborates with Ohio University faculty and staff in the development of grant budgets. This procedure outlines the basic principles of a well-organized budget. The approved budget for the award summarizes the financial aspects of the project or program as approved during the award process. The budget should flow logically from the proposal narrative. It is important to remember that a budget is an estimate of costs to be incurred during the performance of the project. The development of a comprehensive and accurate budget is crucial to the success of a proposal, as sponsors and their reviewers are trained to discern inappropriate budgets.
This procedure outlines the proper handling of selected items of cost. For Federal grants OHIO will ensure compliance with 2 CFR §200 OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
This procedure applies to all sponsored projects subject to OU Policy 19.045 Administering External Grants and Contracts set up as separate accounts in the OHIO Financial Management System (FMS).
Sponsors often have very specific guidelines for the preparation of budgets. The guidelines may limit the maximum costs or exclude a specific category, such as equipment. Such guidelines should be followed explicitly during proposal development. The ORSP SPM will review the guidelines of each proposal opportunity and provide guidance to the PI/PD for appropriate categories of cost.
Selected Budget Line Item Categories
This section provides guidance on how to treat commonly used budget categories.
- Salaries and wages
- Fringe benefits
- Equipment and other capital expenditures
- Indirect Costs
- Maintenance and Repair Costs
- Materials and supplies costs, including costs of computing devices
- Memberships, subscriptions, and professional activity costs
- Participant support costs
- Professional Service Costs/Consultants
- Scholarships and student aid costs
- Specialized service facilities
- Subrecipient costs
- Training and education costs
- Travel Costs
Budget Justification Narrative
Fixed Price Agreements
Training is available through ORSP upon request. Submit request for training to ORSP@ohio.edu
Forms and Templates
Roles and Responsibilities
CONTRIBUTOR: ORSP, CFAO/BUM
APPROVER: Department Chair, Dean