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Retirement and Benefits link directly to personnel setup in the (01) Salaries and Wages section of the budget.

This page presents the rate information for all of the periods for the chosen person.

This rate is not directly editable. To change it, you would need to open this person’s entry in the Salaries and Wages section.

The retirement and benefit rates are adjusted annually. See Payroll Load Rates for a list of rates for the various salaries and wages classifications.

  • Personnel Name displays the person’s name and title
  • Benefit Object Code corresponds to the UW sub-object code selected when the person was added in the Salary and Wages section.
  • Benefit % (percent) is the percentage rate applied to the salary. Values for each period display

June 2016 SAGE Maintenance Release

General Updates

Grant Runner: PHS Assignment Request Form

The new PHS Assignment Request Form, introduced with the Forms-D changes, is now available in Grant Runner. This new form will be available to all applications in progress as well as new Grant Runner applications where applicable.

SAGE Budget: Update to Tuition Inflation Rate Default Value

The default tuition inflation rate in SAGE Budget has been changed from 10% to 3%, to provide a more realistic figure and reduce the need for manual overwrites.

FIDS: Suppress annual SFI disclosure overdue email

At the request of the Office of Research, the third and final reminder email sent to investigators that have not submitted an SFI disclosures for 365 days will no longer be sent. This final email cc’ed all related principal investigators which caused confusion/frustration.


Error with Attaching Budgets to an eGC1

An issue was resolved which was causing an error when users were attempting to connect SAGE Budgets to an eGC1 under a certain set of circumstances.

Investigator status reverting to Yes on Connect of Budget

An issue was resolved which was causing the investigator flag on the eGC1 personnel list to revert to YES when a user connected a SAGE Budget to an eGC1.

Personnel role selection changes and investigator flags

An issue is resolved which was occurring when a user changed the role type on personnel from one where Investigator status was automatically defaulted to YES (such as PI or Co-PI), to a role where they should be able to designate YES or NO (such as Mentor). The system was not displaying the YES/NO option in these cases until the screen was refreshed. It will now display the correct investigator options in real time.

Object Code 38 (Unallocated) costs in SAGE Budget not itemized in NIH export

An issue has been resolved so that costs in object code 38 (Unallocated) will now be itemized under Other Direct Costs in the SAGE Budget Excel export that matches the NIH Detailed Budget form format.

March 2016 SAGE Maintenance Release

General Updates

A New OAW Compliance Question for Significant Protocol Changes

A new compliance question, AC-1-D, has been added to identify grants that will require a Significant Change at the time of submission. An answer is required if the Animal Use question AC-1 is answered “Yes”.

A few textual enhancements (for existing compliance questions) were made to allow OAW to process the grants more efficiently, and they include:

  1. Removing the facility name and location of the work to be done on the AC-1-A for UW work
  2. Requesting the 3-year approval date range
  3. Updating electronic document submission contact info.

Sub-Object Codes 05-47 and 05-48 Added to Sage Budget for Grandfathered Awards

Effective July 1, 2016, UW’s equipment capitalization threshold will increase from $2,000 to $5,000. This change applies to all competing proposals submitted to sponsors on or after May 1, 2016. The following changes were made in Sage Budget to accommodate this threshold change:

  1. Two new object codes will be added to (05) Supplies and Materials to allow grandfathered awards to continue to use the old threshold for non-capitalized equipment:
    • 05-47 Non-Capitalized Equipment ($2,000-$4,999) – Grandfathered Awards
    • 05-48 Non-Capitalized Equipment – M&E Tax Exempt ($2,000-$4,999) – Grandfathered Awards
  2. These two new object codes will be excluded from F&A calculation when using the following cost bases for budgets associated with grandfathered awards:
    • Exclude 05-47 and 05-48 form Total Direct Costs less Equipment & Tuition (TDC less E&T)
    • Exclude 05-47 and 05-48 from Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC)
  3. The following object code descriptions will be updated as listed below to reflect the new threshold of $5,000:
    • 05-40 Non-Capitalized Equipment (less than $5,000)
    • 05-41 Non Capitalized Equipment –M&E Tax Exempt ($200 – $4,999)
  4. The following object code descriptions will be updated as listed below to reflect their INACTIVE status upon 4/1/2016:
    • 06-10 Inactive – Computing Equipment ($2,000-$4,999)
    • 06-12 Inactive – Computing Equipment – M&E Tax Exempt ($2,000-$4,999)
    • 06-90 Inactive – Other Equipment (Non-computing) ($2,000-$4,999)
    • 06-92 Inactive – Other Equipment (Non-computing) – M&E Tax Exempt ($2,000-$4,999)

Personnel with an Invalid NetID will not be selectable

With this change, all active staff in the Person Web Service will continue to show in the results on staff search, but those without NETIDs will not be selectable, and users will see a note indicating that the NETID must be established before the person can be selected.  Allowing personnel without NETIDs to be selected as personnel caused errors on the personnel list afterward.

Grant Runner Forms-D Implementation

Grants.Gov will be updating its systems to FORMS-D, for all applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2016. The Grant Runner forms that will be updated to comply with FORMS-D requirements are identified below. There may be some application packages which include both a FORMS-C and a FORMS-D as options, and in this case users will be prompted in SAGE to select the appropriate one based on the due date. Per NIH, FORMS-C application packages will be set to expire after the May 7, 2016 AIDS due date.

Update of PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement to Forms-D

For Grants.Gov FORMS-D, users will notice the following changes applied to the Grant Runner Coverage Page Supplement form:

  • A new “Vertebrate Animals” section, which includes questions on euthanization and use of AVMA guidelines.
  • Removal of the PD/PI section
  • Removal of the Disclosure Permission section
  • The ability to add Program Income information for 10 budget periods (previously 5)
  • Re-ordering of fields to accommodate the new additions and removals

Update of PHS 398 Research Plan to Forms-D

For Grants.Gov FORMS-D, users will notice the following changes applied to the Grant Runner PHS 398 Research Plan form:

  • New “Data Safety Monitoring Plan” attachment
  • New “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources” attachment

Creation of a New PHS Inclusion Enrollment Form for Forms-D

For Grants.Gov FORMS-D, users will notice a new form called “PHS Inclusion Enrollment Report” in Grant Runner. This single form will replace the 2 separate forms in FORMS-C applications (Cumulative Inclusion and Planned Enrollment Report). With the Forms D changes, users will notice some additional fields to identify the type of reporting being done (“Delayed Onset Study?”, “Enrollment Type?”, “Existing Data Set or Resources?”) When “Delayed Onset Study” is marked YES, the remainder of the form will be disabled, per form rules.

Store activity type code for Grant Runner Applications

In order to aid in the analytics of Grant Runner usage, the SAGE system will begin to retrieve and store the Activity Type code from Grants.Gov, as we are retrieving submission status information.


Error when Inactivating Advances

An issue that was causing users to receive an error when trying to discard advances has been fixed.


This section is for the Facilities and Administrative costs (also known as “indirect costs”) associated with this budget.

For details about F&A, see GIM 13 Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rates.

F and A costs section

Amount subject to F&A costs (base)
Calculate and enter the amount of Direct Costs to which the F&A cost rates will be applied. This may be Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC), Total Direct Costs, or zero (no F&A costs charged). Use the sponsor guidelines and GIM 13 to determine which method of calculation you should use. For Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials, apply the 25% indirect cost rate to the TOTAL direct costs. This includes items often listed in subcategories (for example: IRB review fees, IRB processing, pharmacy set-up, study start-up fees).
F&A cost rate
Enter the F&A cost rate that applies to your proposal (for example, 54.5%).  Enter Multiple in this field when:

  • Your project includes multiple locations, each with its own rate;
  • More than one F&A negotiated rate is in effect for the period in question.

Do not enter Multiple in cases where the F&A rate changes over the life of the project, but remains stable for the period in question.

Total F&A costs
Calculate and enter the F&A costs for the first budget period and the total for all budget periods.Hint: SAGE Budget calculates F&A costs automatically for you.

You can enter your budget figures on the eGC1 Budget page or connect a budget created in SAGE Budget. The advantages of building a budget in SAGE Budget and then connecting it to your eGC1 are that you can easily access current salary information and F&A rates, track different versions of your budget, and reduce duplicate data entry from SAGE Budget. See Connect Budget for more details.

e g c 1 budget section

If you choose to enter your budget information manually into the eGC1 Budget page, be sure to do the following:

  • Specify the appropriate UW Financial Accounting System (FAS) Object Code for each of your expenditures. The UW object codes may be different from the sponsor’s budget categories, so a conversion between the categories may be necessary. See the financial system Object Codes for more details.
  • Include each budget item only once to ensure that SAGE does not count them twice in those totals which are automatically calculated.
  • Enter the direct costs for the first budget period (e.g., year 1) and the direct costs for the total of all budget periods. For single-year budgets, entering data in the “1st Period” column is optional.

December 2014 Grant Runner Detailed and Subaward Budgets Release

New Features

Grant Runner Detailed Budget Implementation

The Grants.Gov RR Detailed Project Budget form will be made available in Grant Runner. This form supports the NIH SF 424 research opportunities where funding greater than $250,000 per period is being requested. With the addition of this form, users will be able to utilize Grant Runner for a much wider range of opportunities, taking advantage of the streamlining and time savings that Grant Runner is known for.

Key Features Include:

  • Pre-filled data on the institution, project start and end dates
  • Summary view of period totals, with expand capability to view/edit details
  • On screen highlighting and messages to assist in identifying and correcting errors that lead to submission problems
  • Auto-calculations of sub-totals and totals, with totals refreshing with each new entry
  • Easy to read cumulative budget summary section at bottom
  • Copy previous period feature (see separate listing for detail)

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This feature is available for Modular, Detailed, and Subaward budgets on a Grant Runner eGC1.

Once you have entered one new period on your budget, the next time you click the Add New Budget Period button, you will have to option to copy the prior existing period.

copy previous budget period dialog

The reference in the dialog Note to “subtotals related to attachments” applies to just the Detailed and Subaward budgets.

The Start and End Dates for the period created by copying will default to the same dates as a new, non-copied period. The start date will be one day after the previous period’s end date, and the end date will be one year after the start date.

For example,  if the period you are copying has the dates:  July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

then the newly created period will have the dates:  July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017


Note: If you connect a SAGE Budget to your Grant Runner application when using the RR Detailed Budget, the system will automatically add periods and data to the RR Detailed Budget form. The form will become read-only, except for the link to add the Budget Justification attachment. In addition, a link to the Sponsor Budget Map page will appear on the left navigation menu. The Sponsor Budget Map shows how your SAGE Budget data flows into the RR Detailed Budget form.

The information on this page covers an application without a connected SAGE Budget.

Section A: Senior/Key Persons

In this section, you need to include all of the senior or key research personnel.

detailed and subaward budgets senior key persons section

Select Add New Key Person to add a row to the section. Complete the following fields.

Field Description
Name Use the multiple field entry to add name information. Only the first and last names are required (indicated by the red outline).

senior key persons add person senior key person name after adding

Once you add the name information, the page will shift to displaying the name followed by “(edit)”.  Click on the name to make any necessary changes.

Project Role Use the text box to enter the appropriate role for each person entered.

Note: For the Detailed Budget, you must add at least one person with the specific role of “PD/PI” in each budget period. The first person you list with that role must match the PI listed on the SF 424 form. If the PI for the eGC1 is different than the PI for the Grant Runner application, use the Application PI role type on the eGC1 PI, Personnel, & Organizations page. The first PD/PI you list must then match the Application PI’s information. The match is based on first and last name only.

Commonly used roles are:

  • PD/PI
  • Co-PD/PI
  • Faculty
  • Post Doctoral
  • Post Doctoral Associate
  • Post Doctoral Scholar
  • Graduate Student
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Other Professional
  • Technician
  • Consultant
  • Co-Investigator
Base Salary Enter the base salary for each person listed. This field is not required.
Calendar, Academic, and Summer Months Use these columns to indicate the amount of time each person will be working on the project for this budget period. Some amount of effort is required. Enter either the number of calendar months or a combination of academic and summer months.

For example, the first three rows below have valid entries. The last one is not valid, as indicated by the red outline, because there are values in all three columns.

senior key persons effort months

Requested Salary, Fringe Benefits Enter the amount of salary and any fringe benefits requested for each person listed. These are required fields, but the value may be zero.
Funds Requested This final column is automatically calculated and is the sum of the Requested Salary and Fringe Benefits values. The field is displayed as read-only.
Delete Link A Delete link displays at the far right of the table for each person listed. Use this link to completely remove the data for that person. You will be prompted to confirm the deletion.

SAGE will calculate the value for the “Total Funds for Key Persons” field.

Section B: Other Personnel

In this section, include the other general categories of personnel who will be working on the research. The form automatically includes the first four Project Roles. You can also add other categories of personnel by clicking on the Add New Other Personnel button.

This example shows an added row for a Data Analyst.

other personnel section

You can add up to 6 additional rows for other personnel types. Once you have added 6 rows, the Add New Other Personnel button will be disabled with the explanation “Maximum allowable by the Sponsor has been reached” displayed.

Field Description
Number of Personnel Use this field to indicate how many individuals are in this role.
Project Role There are 4 fixed roles built into the form.
Calendar, Academic, and Summer Months As in Section A, use these columns to indicate the total amount of time this group of people will be working on the project for this budget period. Some amount of effort is required. Enter the total number of calendar, academic, and summer months.
Requested Salary, Fringe Benefits Enter the total amount of salary and any fringe benefits requested for this group of people. These are required fields, but the value may be zero.
Funds Requested This final column is automatically calculated and is the sum of the Requested Salary and Fringe Benefits values. The field is displayed as read-only.
Delete Link A Delete link only displays (at the far right of the table) for custom personnel roles. Use this link to completely remove the data. You will be prompted to confirm the deletion.

SAGE will calculate the values for the Total Number of Personnel and the Total Other Personnel Costs ($) fields.