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Proposal Budgeting.

The following is general budget guidance for your information only. You should contact SPR for assistance in developing your proposal budget.


Many factors are considered when developing proposal budgets for salary and benefits for full- and part-time faculty and staff, graduate assistants and student workers. In drafting budgets for salaries, fringe benefits, tuition, and annual salary escalations, SPR is directed by the UNO Budget office, UNO Business & Finance, and the Graduate Studies office. The payment of salaries and fringe benefits also must follow IRS regulations, University policy, and state laws.

This guidance is revised frequently, so it is important that project directors work closely with SPR in the development of proposal budgets. Current rates and information are available upon request to SPR.


The University reimburses travel expenses in compliance with federal per diem rates and University travel policies. See the following links for information regarding:

Facilities & Administrative (F&A) costs:

  • Facilities & Administrative (F&A) costs (per DHHS Rate Agreement, 9/28/12) are as follows:
    • On campus -- 43% MTDC
    • Off Campus -- 16% MTDC
  • Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC) include all salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials and supplies, services, travel, and the first $25,000 of each subcontract.
  • MTDC excludes equipment (individual items >$5,000), capital expenditures, tuition remission, rental costs, scholarships, fellowships, and the portion of each subcontract over $25,000.