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Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects



Registration for Fall 2023 is closed.


  • Day 1: Wednesday, November 29, 2023
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Day 2: Wednesday, December 6, 2023
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Attendance at both Day 1 and Day 2 sessions is required. Participants who attend both sessions and complete the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement available in My LINC.

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 in using Microsoft Excel.

We will conduct the course virtually through two half-day Zoom sessions that include pre-class assignments and a homework assignment. All course materials will be available in Canvas.

Note: Those who have previously attended the Navigate: Fundamentals course should not register for this course. The Fundamentals course content covers the concepts and materials included in Navigate: Budgeting Basics for Sponsored Projects.

Session Content

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

By the end of this course, participants will master 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.

    Requirements for Participation

    • Obtain your supervisor’s approval
    • Attend both Day 1 and Day 2 sessions
    • Complete all assignments
    • Complete a post-course evaluation

    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.

    Course Fee

    The course fee is temporarily waived.


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