Creating Your Budget

General Guidance

Your department budget manager is a good first stop for guidance on creating your budget. OSP and the Finance Office can also provide assistance, time permitting.

In addition to providing general support on grant writing, The Foundation Center also offers useful budget development tools.

The NIH Central Resource for Grants and Funding Information is particularly useful when applying for federal grants. It clarifies common questions regarding cost considerations, detailed vs. modular budgets, and allowable expenses, and also provides an overview of budgetary requirements with consortium/subawards.

Standard forms*

Foundation Budget Template (file download)

Federal Budget Worksheet (file download)

*The budget forms required for each grant application is generally found on a funder’s website or embedded within the on-line application.

SPU requirements

SPU requires that all proposals include the maximum indirect cost recovery allowed by the funding agency.

Please see SPU Fringe Benefits Rates for assistance on budgeting for benefits.