A Boat-Builder’s Guide: Budgeting Salaries for Sea-Worthy Research

Includes a Live Web Event on 03/23/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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A Boat-Builder’s Guide: Budgeting Salaries for Sea-Worthy Research 

March 23, 2023
2:00 – 3:30 pm EST * Webinar
3:35 – 4:30 pm EST * After the Show * Talk with the Faculty Directly!

In this webinar, we will conduct a deep dive into salary budgets. The session will analyze a broad spectrum of concerns, including but not limited to salary on academic vs. calendar vs. summer calendars. Material will explore the intersection of effort and payroll, budgeting for non-faculty personnel, conflicts of interest, and other auditing concerns. We will address the budget lifecycle, exploring how the pre-award stage lays groundwork for the post-award journey. We’ll discuss budgeting considerations that can set the path for project success or lead to unintended consequences and challenges that last even after closeout.

The webinar will serve participants at many levels of research administration. New research administrators learn how to effectively create a budget with strong fundamentals. Experienced research administrators may study challenging budget issues and think through solutions. Departmental administrators will receive takeaways to assist their work with faculty and central administration. Central administrators will gain insight into the process and how to better engage departmental or faculty partners to improve budgeting and budget review. 

Format of webinar: 90-minute presentation, followed by 55 minutes of discussion.

Participants will:

  • Understand how the budgeting of salaries helps to operationalize a project and set it for ‘smooth sailing.’ 
  • Get a better understanding of the details needed in successful personnel budgets. 
  • Understand how to address key issues with faculty members when discussing salaries. 
  • Receive concrete takeaways that will be useful for any research administrator working with budgeted salaries.

Outline: Questioning the Budget: Salaries

Checklist Questions:

  1. The Crew: Who will be on this project?
  2. Man the Stations: What will each person be doing on the project?
  3. Watching the Stars: When will they need to do the work on the project?
  4. The Map: Where will the project work be conducted?
  5. The Rudder: Why will the project benefit from the work?
  6. Bounty: How will the project benefit the sponsor?

Patience Graybill

Research Administrator, Pre-Award Specialist

Office of Research Development & Administration, McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Jeffrey Ritchie

Director of Sponsored Programs

Hamilton College

Samantha Westcott

Research Administrator

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits.

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Member Price: $130.00 Non-Member Price: $160.00

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