Harvard Uniform Guidance Documents

This proposal preparation guide highlights select changes in the Uniform Guidance that you should consider, in conjunction with the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), as you prepare proposal budgets for federal sponsored projects. Please contact your assigned pre-award rep in the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) or Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) with any questions pertaining to budget development.

The purpose of this proposal development checklist is to assist the Dept Administrator/PI. Prior to the proposal submission to OSP & School level review, the Dept Adm/PI should conduct an administrative review to ensure that the components of the proposals are captured based on federal agency regulation and Harvard's internal policies, procedures and guidelines. This checklist is not intended to be an all-inclusive repetition of the required proposal contents and associated proposal preparation guidelines. It is, however, meant to highlight certain critical items so they will not be overlooked when the proposal is prepared. If there are any questions or concerns as you develop your proposal the appropriate school level reviewer should be consulted.

The purpose of this grid is to provide guidance on which expenses require prior approval under the Uniform Guidance. The prior approval process begins at the post-award stage when there are significant changes to the research plan, period of performance, key personnel, and budgets restriction categories. In most cases, prior approvals require the agencies' written prior approval. Most changes are allowable and acceptable by the respective agencies and are in accordance with the Uniform Guidance, federal regulations and terms and conditions. Please note, that for all intent and purpose this grid may not represent all circumstances outlined and agencies' specific T&C should be consulted.