Weinberg policy on Cost Shared Effort
If voluntary committed cost share effort exceeds 5% in the proposal:
- You will need to make a formal request to the Weinberg Director of Research Administration.
- This request must include the % effort requested and supporting rationale for the request, along with the total proposed budget.
- This request must be approved prior to submission of the proposal.
For more information on Northwestern's policy please see the Cost Sharing on Sponsored Programs document.
For information on how to request cost sharing for a proposal, please see our Proposal Development Cost Sharing page.
Northwestern University’s institutional stance on cost sharing
Some sponsors require institutional cost matching on their grants and contracts as a matter of statute, regulation, or policy. Individual solicitations may also indicate a cost matching requirement. In these cases, the University follows its long-standing practice of meeting published mandatory cost matching requirements for targeted programs.
Northwestern University does not typically cost share on a voluntary basis, consistent with its objective of maximizing sponsor cost reimbursement to support the continued growth of the research enterprise. A voluntary cost sharing commitment can be made where the competitive forces and perceived institutional benefit of receiving the award are deemed to be sufficiently strong to warrant the commitment.Back to top