Office of Sponsored Programs - 300.06 - Direct Costs


Office of Sponsored Programs - 300.06 - Direct Costs


In assisting the University's departmental research administrators, this operating standard provides guidelines for budget planning of direct costs in accordance with Federal regulations.

Policy Statement

Researchers at the University are required by Federal regulation to identify direct costs according to the definitive criteria in 2 CFR §200.413.

Allowable costs identified directly and solely with a particular sponsored project are classified as Direct Costs. Direct Costs include both personnel and non-personnel cost elements that may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

I. Personnel Costs

  • Salaries
  • Fringe Benefits

II. Non-Personnel Costs

  • Capitalized Equipment
  • Travel
  • Subrecipients
  • Consultants
  • Tuition
  • Other Direct Costs


Non-Federal funding agencies may allow costs that the 2 CFR §200.413 does not. When this is the case, such costs may be included but must be explained in the proposed budget justification.

Related Requirements

Unit Policies, Standards, & Procedures

Contact Information

For questions regarding this operating standard and its related procedure, please contact

For questions regarding Pre-Award management or Post-Award administration, please contact the assigned Sponsored Projects Specialist (SPS).

For invoicing, reporting and other financial matters, please contact the assigned Sponsored Projects Accountant.
OSP Staff assignments may be found in RAMSeS or on the OSP website.


History Table
Date Description
07/01/2022 Revised to reflect the new office name.
05/15/2018 Revised to coincide with the release of the new OSP Website.

The operating standards in the Office of Sponsored Programs Operating Standards & Procedures Manual supersede any OSP operating standards, procedures and appendices previously included in the University Business Manual, a publication of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Division of Finance.

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07/01/2022 12:00 AM
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Vice Chancellor
Last Review
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01/19/2024 12:00 AM
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07/01/2022 12:00 AM
Next Review
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01/19/2025 12:00 AM
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07/01/2008 12:00 AM
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Research-Office of Sponsored Programs