Navigate: Advanced Budgeting Selected Topics courses for Spring 2020
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Navigate: Advanced Budgeting: Task-Based Budgets course
application is now open! Apply by Friday, March 27, 2020.


Navigate: Advanced Budgeting Selected Topics courses are recommended for research administrators:
  • with approximately two or more years of on-the-job experience;
  • who have been exposed to and regularly produce basic budgets for sponsored research proposals;
  • are familiar with various appointment types used in sponsored project budgets, including faculty (U-year and 12-month), staff, and graduate students; and
  • are familiar with how to calculate common budget elements, including indirect costs and modified total direct costs (MTDC).

Spring 2020

Day 1:  April 15, 2020
             8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Day 2:  May 4, 2020
             8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Wolverine Tower

Apply for Navigate: Advanced Budgeting - Task-Based Budgets

Course Fee: $75 per participant

Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020

Seats are limited to 20 participants. Application is required.

The Navigate: Advanced Budgeting Selected Topics: Task-Based Budgets will include hands-on "laboratory" assistance and an in-class debrief discussion. By the end of this course, learners will master the building of two moderately complex budgets and will keep the step-by-step documentation and Excel templates for use in developing similar budgets in their own positions. Budget attributes in this course include:
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2-year, $315K) and Department of Transportation (DoT) (multi-year,
    < $1M) budgets with mixed effort/appointments in budgets including 12-month, U-Year, and pool (with SVH) appointments;
  • multiple methods of fringe rate calculation based on sponsor requirements and appointment types;
  • conversion of effort from percent (%) effort to "loaded" labor hours;
  • "loaded" labor rates included on a task-based, multi-year budget with a base budget period and option years; and,
  • simple cost sharing.
Additionally, participants will receive reinforcement and practice in multiple appointment types, including:
  • University-year (U-year)
  • 12-month
  • Graduate Student Research Assistants (GSRAs)
  • Temp Hourly
  • Building "loaded" labor hour budgets for task-based submissions
  • Orientation to nuances of Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Transportation (DoT) submissions
  • Tips and tricks for participation from faculty in developing and planning for complex budgets
From class demonstrations and modeling, participants will then apply budget techniques to build their own budgets (including justifications), with more complex elements and attributes. Budgets will represent a variety of budget types and sponsors. Learners will participate in walk-through demonstrations, discussion of budget-building and problem-solving strategies typical in the context of proposal submission, and then work through reinforcing budget development homework assignments.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory. Completion of the course requires class attendance, completion of homework, and a review session.

Applications are due Friday, March 27, 2020! Class size is limited to 20 participants.

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