General Administration Resources


Other Direct Costs

  • Contracted Services: Budget any services that will be obtained through contracts with vendors/providers. Examples of activities that fall in this budget category include the development of instructional/promotional materials or the evaluation of data sets by an outside vendor. The cost basis of items falling in this budget category is the PI's best estimate based on past experience, written or oral quotes from a vendor or catalog price; including shipping costs for each item.
  • Current Services: Communication costs such as postage, freight and telephone line charges, as well as other communication charges, should be budgeted to the fullest extent possible. Current services are not provided through the budgeting or recovery of F&A. Those services needed by the investigator but not provided by the grant must be provided directly by the Unit.
  • Fixed Charges: Any UNC service center (example UNC-TV) used should be listed as a fixed charge. Contact each center to get estimates for services requested. Make sure to address both scheduling and fees when contacting service centers.
  • Printing and Publications: The cost basis of printing and publications is the PI's best estimate based on past experience, written or oral quotes from a vendor or catalog price; including shipping costs for each item.