Budget Increases and Salary Projections
Often, proposals need to be submitted with multi-year budgets. It is standard for the College to use a 2-4% rate for federal awards unless a sponsor provides an alternate rate within a policy statement, program announcement or other guidelines for the program. If there is reason to expect a promotion, larger salary increase or other impact that would provide a reason to use a higher rate, and the sponsor does not cap the rate, please provide a justification for the use of a higher rate.

The Office of Research offers the following guidance regarding salary increases: “When allowed by sponsor, these increases should be included in the budget calculation. Increases must be reasonable and justified in the proposal”. The Office of Sponsored Programs reviews proposals to make sure any salary increases are allowable by the sponsor, the correct fringe rate it used, and the increase is reasonable.