- Mandatory cost sharing is defined as any cost sharing which is required by the sponsor as a condition of the award.
- Voluntary cost sharing is defined as any cost sharing that is offered by the PI when no mandatory cost sharing requirements exist, or is in excess of mandatory cost sharing requirements. The University discourages the inclusion of voluntary cost sharing in proposals.
All cost sharing commitments must be approved prior to proposal submission by the appropriate department head(s)/chair(s). Additionally, all voluntary cost sharing commitments must be approved prior to proposal submission by the Dean for Research. For details on the approval process, explanations addressing what items are eligible to be budgeted as cost sharing, and all other aspects of cost sharing at the University, please refer to the policy.