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Budget Templates

NC State Budget Templates

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Sponsor-specific Budget Templates

NIH Modular Budget Guidelines

The modular grant is an NIH effort to streamline the proposal submission process. It is intended to focus the attention of investigators, their institutions, peer reviewers and NIH staff on science rather than budget details. It applies to research grant applications requesting up to $250,000 per year in direct costs.

US Department of Energy

Department of Energy Assistance awards announced in Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) typically require the completion of a PMC 159 Budget Justification form. This is a multi-worksheet Excel workbook, wherein each worksheet represents a different type of cost (Labor, Fringe Benefits, Equipment, Subcontracts, Indirect Costs). Each individual sheet must be completed and the totals generated on each sheet are linked to a summary budget display and a proposal budget form Standard Form 424A. This format was prepared for commercial entities, where labor costs are based upon set labor categories, labor rates and estimated labor hours. It also includes multiple forms of indirect cost calculations, instead of the single indirect cost (F&A) calculation used by universities.

In order to provide an accurate record of how cost estimates are prepared at NC State and to include explanations of the differences, it is recommended to use the PMC 159 customized form. It includes a representation of our standard cost reimbursement budget display on a tab titled “CAS Institutional Bgt”.  It also contains a tab titled “Basis of Costs”, which explains the differences in how our costs are estimated. The tab titled “a. Personnel” has been modified to reflect estimated salaries based upon percent of effort, and annual or monthly salary amounts. All references to labor rates and labor hours have been removed. When using this form of the workbook, it is recommended to start by completing the CAS Institutional Bgt worksheet first, to ensure that an accurate estimated budget is prepared. This version also includes three optional worksheets to capture more details of proposed travel expenses (domestic and foreign), and the totals are linked to a “Travel Summary” tab. These are in addition to the standard tab for travel, which must always be completed. Experience has shown that DOE typically asks for additional detail on proposed travel and these three sheets are designed to easily capture that detail. They may be deleted from the workbook if not used.