Let DER Guide You Through the Research Maze! (Tip #2: Your Budget Justification - Best Actor in a Supporting Role)
There’s no question research funding is tight - the competition is fierce! While the project description is the star, it needs strong supporting players to get your proposal to the awards podium. A budget justification is more than a narrative reiteration of the budget itself - don’t relegate it to being a seat-filler!
Your budget justification has several important purposes. It should…
Demonstrate that every item in your budget is allowable, reasonable, and allocable. In addition, show why each item is necessary by tying each expense to critical aspects of the proposed research.
Provide important details about supported personnel.
Personnel have appropriate levels of effort allocated in alignment with your proposed research, and have the skills to be successful.
Unnamed individuals such as graduate assistants and student labor will be specifically selected and leveraged to further your work (and their own development).
Clarify and explain budget line items that may not be clear in a tabular, numeric budget alone, and demonstrate that you are responding to solicitation requirements.
Purpose(s) of travel costs - be sure any RFP-mandated travel is specifically noted.
Materials and supplies details to explain that all M&S are project specific and necessary, notably items such as unusual office supplies and laptops.
Justify the need for and the applicability of consultants and other professional services. Be sure to include cost bases!
Provide standard language such as F&A, fringe and inflation rates. DER can provide this and help to make sure these details are up-to-date!
Exhibit that your project is organized and clarifies the cost bases you are using when developing your budget (costs are based on …)
Illuminate the depth and breadth of your project.
The best supporting players shine the spotlight back on the star - your science.
The budget justification provides an opportunity to persuade the sponsor to fund you fully!
Expedite award processing by reducing the work needed at the dreaded Just-in-Time stage.
As always, DER is here to help you build the best possible budget justifications. We are happy to provide you a draft with proposed budget numbers and standard language in a sponsor-specific format. We’ll just need you to fill in the persuasive language! Once you provide your approval for the budget and justification both DER and OSP will ensure consistency between the two documents and with the solicitation.
We look forward to watching you accept your awards! If you have additional questions regarding developing your budget or budget justification, please send an email to email@example.com.
Be on the lookout for the new Prior Names section, which will appear under Name and ID in the Personal Profile module today, September 8, following an eRA Commons release. The new feature lets users better manage name changes in the Commons.
The module will remain available during the release. To see the new section, go to Personal Profile and click the Edit button (pencil icon) for the Name and ID section.
To help you get familiar with the new screen before launch, see the topic titled Name and ID in online help.
For details and screenshots, please see the original message further below.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
The eRA Commons Personal Profile
module will soon offer the option to enter, view and edit Prior Names in the Name and ID section. This lets users specify other names they have used professionally in the past (such as maiden, married names, etc.), so that their award data and career progress can be better maintained and tracked in eRA Commons. The Prior Names section will only be made accessible for NIH official use when completing reporting requirements and will not be shared.
The new Prior Names feature will be rolled out on Wednesday, September 8.
NIH Office of Extramural Research
Note: If users experience an issue with an eRA module after a release, they should completely clear out their browser cache, which will generally resolve the issue. If not, please contact the eRA Service Desk.
Do you have a proposal that needs a little more data collected or analysis before submitting? The TIFF awards are designed to provide resources to enhance/finalize a research proposal. The maximum fundable budget for this special call may be as high as $8,000* (eligibility requirements apply)
Proposals are due Monday, November 15, 2021 with awards announced by Monday, December 13, 2021. Learn more Here.
The ONR Summer Faculty Research Program is accepting applications for 2022. ONR sponsors the Summer Faculty Research Program for U.S. citizens who hold teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges and universities. This program provides an opportunity for faculty members to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and professional peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories. Learn more Here