Statement of Work
The statement of work (SOW) is the most important part of any proposal. Simply put, the SOW should include sufficient information needed for evaluation of the project, independent of any other document.
The SOW is a detailed program description, including an explanation of the objectives and a description of the research activities to be performed.
Budget and Budget Justification
A detailed budget identifying all proposed costs necessary to conduct the research must be prepared in compliance with the sponsor's guidelines, applicable cost principles, and UNLV policies.
A budget justification is one of the most important sections of the proposal. A budget justification identifies the need for the requested funds and how the costs were estimated. For instance, while the need for a particular piece of equipment may be implied in the project description, the budget justification provides explicit justification for the item and allows a nontechnical reviewer to understand the necessity for the equipment. All budget line items should be similarly justified in the budget justification.
Typical budget categories include:
- Fringe benefits
- Materials and supplies
- Sub-award recipients
- Other direct costs
- Facilities and administrative (F&A) costs