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Compliance protocols MUST be approved and linked in SeRA to a SPO project record prior to award acceptance. 

See ORA's Award Acceptance Resources for additional information.

Budgets and Budget Justifications

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Proposal budgets and budget justifications are the financial road maps of sponsored projects.  When thoughtfully and strategically built they become an indispensable key to effective post-award management.  However, when those road maps are not constructed with a strong understanding of where one is going - or the real-world logistics of getting there - it can result in a high degree of post-award frustration.  Below are templates and resource links to help you build successful budgets and budget justifications. 

Questions?  Concerns? Contact the Client Advocacy & Education team.  We're here to help!


Budget Template Demonstration Video

Budget Justification Template

Helpful Links for Common Budget Categories

Personnel Costs

Fringe Benefits




California affords partial exemption from sales and use taxes at the rate of 3.9375 percent from January 1, 2017, to June 30, 2022 for research and development equipment purchases.  Qualifying purchases must pay the remaining state tax and local and district taxes.  Thus, the current (FY21) tax rate for research and development equipment purchases is 5.0625% in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Facilities & Administrative Cost Rates