Cost sharing on federal proposals cannot be used as a factor during the merit review of a proposal except in certain circumstances.
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The federal government does not expect voluntary committed cost sharing in proposals. It cannot be used as a factor during the merit review of applications or proposals unless it is both in accordance with federal awarding agency regulations and specified in the notice of funding opportunity.
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The Uniform Guidance is effective for federally sponsored agreements and new funding increments awarded on or after December 26, 2014.
For proposals submitted after December 26, 2014, cost sharing may not be a factor in the review process unless it is both in accordance with Federal awarding agency regulations and specified in the notice of funding opportunity. Federal awards may not be used to meet a cost share commitment except where a federal statute authorizes a program specifically for that purpose or the recipient has gained pre-approval.
Cost sharing commitments on sponsored project proposals or awards should be limited to situations where it is in the best interest of the University. Principal Investigators and departments should refrain from making commitments to cost share whenever possible.
NSF does not allow cost sharing unless it is required in the program announcement.