Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the more commonly asked questions about proposal preparation and award administration are listed below. If you do not find the answer to your questions here, please contact an OSP staff member.


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  • I want to show that UNC is contributing cost share on my budget; how do I find sources of cost share funding?
    Unless the sponsor’s guidelines require it, UNC does not contribute cost sharing on proposals. If the sponsor does require cost share, you should first discuss it with your chair/director and then your dean/VP.  Funds for institutional cost sharing may be available, but only if you provide evidence that your units are contributing or reasons that they are not able to.

    If the sponsor guidelines do not require cost share, but do recommend it, you should contact the OSP pre-award staff for your unit to discuss what should be done.
  • How do I know what costs I can include in my proposal budget??
    Items charged to a sponsored program must first be expenses that are allowable to the university and State of Colorado.

    After that, items that can be budgeted in a proposal will depend on the sponsor and the program to which you are applying. Most all proposal guidelines include budgeting information that will answer this question.  General provisions for the allowability of costs on federal proposals are described in Part J of OMB Circular A21.

    Mona Castor will work with you to develop a budget that meets all requirements.

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