Budget and Funding Related Questions
What are the budget and time limits associated with work funded by NDC?

For Nutrition Research, there are no set budget and time limits associated with funded projects. The funding requested and the duration of the study should be consistent with the research to be conducted.

For Product Research, proposals submitted in the General Solicitation are limited to duration of two years and the budget requested cannot exceed a total of up to $100,000 (including indirect costs). Product Research Supplemental Support projects do not have set budget and time limits. The funding requested and the duration of the study should be consistent with the research to be conducted.

Can funds for summer salaries and/or tuition for graduate students be included in the budget?
Principal investigators can request funds for summer salaries and for tuition remission for graduate students. Please be aware that the full application requires that all salary requests require appropriate justification (i.e. responsibilities and percentage of effort and time committed to the project).
What is NDCs’ policy on indirect costs?
Indirect costs of up to 10% of total direct costs will be considered for the management of the research project by the sponsoring institution and should be included in the total pre-proposal budget. NDC does not permit indirect costs for equipment, including computers.
Can capital purchases, such as computers or lab equipment, be included in the proposed budget?
In general, equipment (including computers) is not approved for funding by NDC. Purchase or modification of permanent equipment may be permitted provided if there is a special need in order to complete the project; however, prior written approval from NDC is required.
Do I have to include a budget in the pre-proposal?

The pre-proposal application should include an estimate of the total cost of the project as well as a breakdown of the budget per year. NDC funds projects in accordance to its fiscal calendar year (from January 1 – December 31); therefore, the proposed funding requests should be adjusted to fit the NDC fiscal year funding cycle.

A detailed description of the budget will be required in the full application (if requested).

Does NDC co-fund projects with other funding agencies?
There are instances where NDC has partnered with either an industry organization or another dairy organization to co-fund a research project. All co-funded projects were initiated in cooperation with and had approval from the principal investigator.
Are matching funds required for submission?
Matching funds are not required for submission, however, if the availability of matching funds exists, it should be noted in the pre-proposal.

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