|Cost Sharing (including Matching Funds) Requests|
Some grant proposals require cost sharing by the university or would be competitively enhanced by a significant demonstration of institutional support. Cost-sharing support from CNS can be provided to faculty in several forms, including contributed staff support, graduate student fellowships, space renovations or cash. Generally, voluntary cost-sharing will be considered only for large center or program project proposals supporting a large number of researchers. Please note that PIs will be expected to leverage departmental and/or ORU resources for cost sharing prior to seeking cost sharing support from the Dean’s office.
Whether cost sharing is required or voluntary, the PI of a proposal needs to negotiate the sources and terms of cost-sharing and needs to obtain written commitments from all parties contributing cost-sharing funds. As a final step, the PI needs to obtain a signed, written cost sharing agreement from the Dean prior to declaring any cost sharing agreements (either real or implied, monetary or otherwise) to a funding agency. For funding opportunities that require cost sharing, or that permit voluntary cost sharing, a letter of support from the college, signed by the Dean, should accompany a proposal submission.
Process for Requesting Cost Sharing Support
For proposals that require cost sharing, the PI should draft a letter to her- or himself, from the Dean, stating the name of the project, sponsoring agency, and type and amount of cost sharing to be committed. This draft letter should be sent as a Word doc to Jennifer Lyon.
For awarded grants that require cost sharing, or for which Research and Facilities has signed a commitment for voluntary cost sharing, the committed matching funds are transferred directly to an account specified by the PI.