Cost Sharing Policy Term Definition

The mandatory or voluntary commitment of institutional resources contained in the proposal or award. The concept of cost matching is synonymous with Cost Sharing. Cost Sharing may be made up of either labor or non-labor costs. There are different types of Cost Sharing:

  • Mandatory Committed Cost Sharing refers to costs in excess of what the sponsor is going to fund where a requirement for the grantee to fund some portion of the cost is required by the sponsor as a condition of obtaining an award. It must be included in the contract or grant proposal to receive consideration from the sponsor.
  • Salary-Cap Cost Sharing results when an individual’s Institutional Base Salary exceeds a sponsor’s salary cap. The prorated excess is a form of mandatory Cost Sharing that must be funded by an appropriate and allowable source.
  • Voluntary Committed Cost Sharing refers to costs in excess of what we are asking the sponsor to fund that are included in the proposal budget where cost sharing was not required by the sponsor.
  • Voluntary Uncommitted Cost Sharing refers to costs of a project not funded by the sponsor and which were not committed in the proposal or award.
  • Non-salary Cost Sharing refers to non-labor costs, e.g. supplies, materials, equipment, that benefit a project but that are not financially supported by the project.

For both mandatory and voluntary committed Cost Sharing, when a notice of grant award is received in which Cost Sharing was proposed, the Cost Sharing becomes a binding commitment that must be provided and tracked in a consistent manner across UTMB. Budget reductions and scope changes recommended by the sponsor may be a basis for re- negotiation of any proposed Cost Sharing. Additionally, these forms of Cost Sharing must be included in the appropriate direct cost base in the facilities and administrative rate proposal.