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Budget Justification

Overview

The budget is the financial representation of the scope of work. The budget justification provides details about how the sponsor's funds will be spent. It also demonstrates the expertise of the personnel, explains the use of supplies and equipment for the scope of work, and assists reviewers in understanding how the costs requested will benefit the project.

Therefore, costs in the proposal budget should be justified in detail following the sponsor instructions. The budget justification is an important part of the review process. The sponsor's scientific reviewers may do a preliminary cost analysis to determine if the science justifies the budgeted cost. Help reviewers understand your proposal by making it clear that the UW and your team are the best choice for their funding dollars.

Budget Justification Examples