Presentation on theme: "1 Click to edit Master text styles Second level Third level Fourth level Fifth level Administrative Support for Large- Scale Funding Applications – Session."— Presentation transcript:
1 Click to edit Master text styles Second level Third level Fourth level Fifth level Administrative Support for Large- Scale Funding Applications – Session 3: Budgeting Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation Sarah Whitaker, Sr. Research Officer August 23, 2012
2 Goals To offer professional development for research administrative staff, enabling continuous improvement in the quality of support for research funding applications. To increase the number of research support personnel on campus who have the skills and knowledge needed to support the development of large-scale research applications. To increase the University’s overall capacity to support a growing number of large-scale applications for external research funding.
3 Session 3 – Budgeting Topics to be addressed include: Budgeting for large-scale research applications Matching funds Overhead Institutional support packages Common challenges Strategies for success
5 Budgeting for Large-scale Projects Multi year projects Staffing Annual increases Funding for research team Funding for partners Matching funds Audit and Project Evaluation
6 Matching Funds Where do matching funds come from? % required by funder at application % required by funder by the end of the project Funds from several sources Balance between sources The more, the better!
7 Overhead Overhead must always be sought from external sponsors when it is an eligible expense. York requires that an overhead rate of at least 40% of the total direct costs is included on all research budgets. If a funder has a policy relating to allowable overhead rates that are below or above York’s minimum 40% rate requirement, York will defer to the rate allowable by that funder. All industry contracts must include a minimum 40% overhead rate.
8 Institutional support packages Valuing Existing resources – space, staff time, other Teaching release / Faculty time Staff time Financial contributions New space Items not covered by main external funder CONTACT: Office of Research Services / VPRI
9 Review of budget exercise How do we break budget into component parts? How do we integrate partner contributions? How do we satisfy requirement of matching funds? How do we allocate overhead across partners?
10 Feedback to Researchers How do we communicate about Overhead? How do we communicate about over and under estimates? When do we offer comments on the balance of the budget? What is the role for administrators in securing internal contributions? How do we communicate about eligible, but not ideal budget lines?!
11 Common challenges Relaxed approach to LOI stage budget Budgeting last! Extended timelines Balancing stakeholder interests Level of detail Lack of matching funds Ineligible, but necessary, expenses
12 Strategies for success Read the instructions and think through associated timelines Review by colleagues Consult with the program officer Create overall budgets in post award format Use Excel properly - formulae Use a “notes” column do document rationales Use institutional norms wherever possible Solicit estimates where appropriate
13 Feedback Please complete the feedback form in your kit as your recommendations will help us improve subsequent sessions. Thank you!
14 Up Next… SSHRC Partnership Development Grant and Partnership Grant Information Sessions Thursday, 20 September 2012 @ 10am Wednesday, 26 September 2012 @ 10am