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Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects

Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects

The Spring 2020 Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects cohort has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. Stay tuned to this page and the RAPid for future Navigate class announcements.

Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects application process is now closed.

Day 1: TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Wolverine Tower

Day 2: TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Wolverine Tower

Course fee: $150 per participant.



Target Audience

The Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects course is recommended for newer research administrators:

  • with approximately one (1) year of on-the-job experience,
  • who have minimal experience working with budgets for sponsored research proposals, and
  • who are proficient using Microsoft Excel.

Course Content

Based on class demonstrations and modeling, participants will apply basic techniques to build their own budgets, each with increasingly more complex elements and attributes. Participants will engage in class walk-through demonstrations, discussion of budget-building and problem-solving strategies typical in the context of proposal submission, and then work through reinforcing budget development homework assignments.

The course will include "laboratory" assistance and in-class debrief discussion. By the end of this course, participants will master the building of three to four basic budgets for externally sponsored projects. They will also receive a collection of job aids and templates to use as a reference for building similar budgets in their own positions.

Additionally, instructors will demonstrate and help build participants' technical skills in the use of Excel and sponsored budget templates.

Training Schedule

Location: Wolverine Tower

  • Day 1: TBD
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Day 2: TBD
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Application and Requirements

The Research Project Lifecycle

Attendees for this course will need to submit an application so the course design team members can evaluate readiness for participation in class discussions, budget-building exercises and homework. Attendance is mandatory at both sessions since full completion of the course includes demonstration, homework, and review. Customized support from instructors can be scheduled if needed. Completion of this course will require full submission of all homework assignments. The course schedule is as follows:

Prerequisites and Target Audience

Participants should have:

  • some exposure to general budgets for sponsored research in their current U-M positions,
  • approximately one year of on-the-job experience, and
  • proficiency using Microsoft Excel.

Note: Participants who have previously attended the Navigate: Fundamentals course have already covered the concepts and materials included in Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects.

How to Apply

The application process is now closed.

  • There will be a limit of 20 participants.
  • Sessions will be held at Wolverine Tower.
Supervisor Requirements
  • Ensure the applicant/participant will be permitted time to attend all three instructor-led sessions.
  • Support the participant with tasks assigned between sessions, including in-person meetings as necessary.
  • Participate in training evaluations.

Selected Participant Requirements

  • Attend both instructor-led sessions.
  • Bring a fully-charged laptop computer to each day of class.
  • Complete all assignments.
  • Participate in program evaluations.

Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by the Navigate Training and Design Teams to ensure completeness.
  • The Navigate Training and Design Teams will review applications and select participants.
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email to let them know whether they have been selected.
  • Up to 20 participants will be selected to attend the Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects course.

Course Fee

The course fee is $150 per participant and includes:

  • One full-day and one half-day, instructor-led sessions
  • Course materials
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Note: The fee is payable in advance using a shortcode.

Course Resources / Materials

  • Canvas will be used to store documents (PowerPoint, job aids, handouts, templates), hold discussion board, post homework materials/assignments (when applicable).



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