Budget Justification Statements

For All Divisions – NIH Salary Cap

For salaries in excess of the current and/or projected NIH salary cap, we have calculated the salary request against the cap. Upon request, we will be pleased to provide institutional salary information.

For All Divisions – Labor Hour Reporting Requirements

The University of Chicago follows the Federal regulations found at 2 CFR 200.430 for charging and documenting compensation expenses to sponsored program awards.  As you may be aware, 2 CFR 200.430 does not require any hourly tracking of time for compensation and therefore the University does not require or track hourly activities of faculty and other professional personnel.  Any hours provided in the budget or reported through the life of the project are provided as estimates only and the supporting documentation for all compensation expenses will continue to be in accordance with 2 CFR 200.430.

Social Sciences Division – Graduate Research Assistants Language

Registered graduate students are restricted to 19.5 hours per week during the academic quarter. Graduate student tuition is computed at 64% of the salary, mandated for Type B graduate assistantships in the Social Sciences Division.

Physical Sciences Division – Graduate Research Assistants Language

Graduate student tuition remission is requested in accordance with the University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division's established policy of requesting tuition support at the rate of 45% (FY20) of graduate student salaries. The amount partially covers the graduate student's actual tuition cost.

The standard GRA compensation in the Physical Sciences consists of $39,870 (FY20) as a 12-month 100% effort GRA and $17,942 tuition remission for a calendar year GRA appointment, for total compensation of $57,812.  A first year Postdoctoral Scholar of the (fill in the department/program) receives salary based upon the NRSA Level Zero (FY19 Level 0 rate applies: $50,004) and a 20.4% federal fringe benefit rate, for total compensation of $60,205. We believe the total compensation for the GRA is reasonable in light of this comparison with a first-year postdoctoral fellow's compensation and should be fully funded.

NOTE: The current rate is $39,870. You may wish to assume for the budget a 3% increase should the start date of the grant is beyond Oct 1, 2020. The salary plus fringe benefits for zero-year Postdoc Scholars should be greater than or equal to GRA compensation plus tuition remission.

Biological Sciences Division – Graduate Research Assistants Language

Graduate student tuition remission is requested in accordance with the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division's established policy of requesting tuition support at the rate of 24.9% (FY20) of graduate student salaries. The amount partially covers the graduate student's actual tuition cost.

GRA compensation at the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago consists of $38,242 (FY20) as a 12-month 100% effort GRA and $9,600 tuition remission for a calendar year GRA appointment. A first year Postdoctoral Scholar of the (fill in the department/program) receives salary based upon the NRSA Level Zero (FY19 Level 0 rate applies: $50,004) and a 20.4% federal fringe benefit rate, for total compensation of $60,205. We believe the total compensation for the GRA is reasonable in light of this comparison with a first-year postdoctoral fellow's compensation and should be fully funded.

NOTE: The salary plus fringe benefits for zero-year Postdoc Scholars should be greater than or equal to GRA compensation plus tuition remission.

Clinical Trial Effort Reporting

In addition to the grants listed above, Dr. X is involved in clinical trials at the University of Chicago. Dr. X has evaluated his/her clinical study obligations and confirms that the aggregated effort on all trials listed below does not exceed [insert percentage here].

BSD Faculty Salary and Effort Statements

1. Faculty Salary Statement for all proposals

The inclusion of faculty salary in this budget reflects the policy of the Division of the Biological Sciences (BSD) and the Pritzker School of Medicine. It is expected that investigators will recover reasonable and appropriate salary support from grants and contracts proportionate to the fraction of their time and effort devoted to the project. BSD faculty appointments are made on a twelve-month basis and the requested salary is based upon the investigator’s total University compensation. If an award is made in a reduced amount, the investigator will be expected to retain an appropriate amount of salary support in the budget.

2. Faculty Salary Statement for NSF proposals

We are requesting {insert a number not greater than 2} calendar months of salary support. All academic appointments in the Biological Science Division are based on twelve months and effort on projects is spread over the calendar year. This request for NSF salary support is, we believe, consistent with the NSF limit of 2/9 of regular academic-year salary for investigators with academic-year appointments, and also reflects the policy of the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine that faculty recover appropriate salary support from grants and contracts proportionate to the effort devoted to the project.

3. Faculty Salary Statement when non-BSD Faculty are supported on the grant

The inclusion of faculty salaries for {insert BSD faculty names here} in this budget reflects the policy of the Division of Biological Sciences (BSD) and the Pritzker School of Medicine. It is expected that BSD investigators will recover reasonable and appropriate salary support from grants and contracts proportionate to the fraction of their time and effort devoted to the project. BSD faculty appointments are made on a twelve-month basis and the requested salary is based upon the investigator’s total University compensation. If an award is made in a reduced amount, the investigator will be expected to retain an appropriate amount of salary support in the budget.