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Technical Writing Essentials Research Guide (ENG 355:202)

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A Key Element

Budget details usually reveal whether a proposed project has been carefully planned and may ultimately be feasible, which is why it is a key element of most proposals. Budget information about planned activities and staffing provides reviewers with an in-depth picture of how the project will be structured and managed.

Accurate & Complete

The proposed budget must give an accurate and complete assessment of all costs that are deemed necessary and reasonable. It should include the costs of any personnel, supplies, and activities. If major cost areas are omitted or underestimated, the project, as proposed, will not be considered feasible.

A BUDGET is a categorical list of anticipated project costs that represent the best estimates of the funds needed to support the work described in a proposal. A budget consists of all direct costs, facilities and administrative costs, and cost sharing commitments proposed.

A Plan Now – Assessment Tool Later

Over the course of the project, many different stakeholders are going to review the budget, and refer back to it. The decisions made now at the proposal stage will continue through the life of the project, and others will make decisions based on it at future stages. Therefore, it is time well spent to prepare a reasonable budget. A reasonable budget is one that is based upon actual costs when possible. The budget will become an integral part of the obligation to the sponsor/investor, particularly regarding time/effort commitments.

Budget Resources

Salary Information

Facilities & Administrative Rates

General Office Supplies



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