Allowable/Unallowable Effort Activities


Allowable Activities

A sponsored project can only be charged for activities that directly relate to
the work on the project. An allowable activity should be solely to advance the
work of the particular sponsored project during the performance period.

Examples of activities, which are generally considered allowable, are:

  • Directing or  participating in any aspect of the research.
  • Writing a progress report for the project, sometimes called a continuation proposal.
  • Holding a meeting with laboratory staff to discuss the research project.
  • Activities contributing to and intimately related to the research such as participating in related
    seminars, delivering special lectures about aspects of the research,
    presenting research from the project at a professional conference, reading
    scientific journals to keep up to date, and mentoring graduate students on
    the research project.

Unallowable Activities

Examples of activities that cannot be charged to a sponsored project:

  • Proposal-writing, except for progress reports, includes developing the necessary data for a proposal,
    writing, editing, and submitting a proposal.
  • Administration such as serving as a departmental chair.
  • Serving on a PSU committee, such as strategic planning, IRB, or faculty.
  • Instruction including office hours, counseling and mentoring when not related to the research
    project.
  • Fundraising.

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