A critical element of any proposal is the budget narrative. The budget narrative serves as complimentary information to the dollar figures presented in the actual budget. The narrative should provide sufficient detail to guide a reviewer through the budget with a minimum of questions. Additionally, the budget narrative provides information that is necessary for account set up when the project is funded, including salary, duration of appointment, travel, and subcontract information. Some sponsors have extremely detailed requirements for budget narratives, while others provide little guidance, if any. Consult the sponsor guidelines to determine the level of detail appropriate for the proposal.