The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has special budgeting guidelines for sponsored projects. OCG has official internal processes to ensure consistency as a university in budgeting for NIH proposals. See our current NIH Proposal Budgeting Processes for details on budgeting for NIH, including information on modular versus detailed budgets, and on salary caps for certain project personnel.

CU Boulder has a policy and additional guidance for Graduate Student Compensation on NIH-funded Projects.

We recommend developing a detailed budget for all NIH projects, but Principal Investigators (PIs) have the option to develop a basic modular budget at proposal stage using OCG’s Modular Budget Template. If awarded, a detailed budget will be needed for internal award processing and set up.