Developing Compelling Budget Justifications

(90 minutes) Budget justifications have taken on increasing significance in recent years, moving from explaining to reviewers the basis of cost calculations to persuading them that the items are critical to the success of the project. In this webinar, you will learn how to craft a budget justification that not only conforms to Uniform Guidance expectations but also effectively establishes the credibility of the proposed project. Infrastructure supports will also be explored, including sample questions, templates, and automation. Inserting a few more specific details in targeted places in the narrative and budget justification can earn the essential benefit of the doubt points that elevate your projects into the “Funded” category.

This session is designed for individuals who have at least a couple years of experience with proposal writing or have responsibility for assisting faculty with proposal development.


Jeremy T. Miner, MA
Director of Grants and Contracts
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Irina P. Diaz, BA
Preaward Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dennis J. Paffrath, MBA
Associate Vice President of Research Administration
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 
Closed Captioning for the live presentation is available at no additional fee. Sign in and click on "Closed Caption" in the Handouts tab to access this feature. 

Member Price: $125.00
Non-Member Price: $150.00

NEW! Developing Compelling Budget Justifications
August 16, 2021
Webinar 2:00 pm -3:30 pm EDT
After the Show Forum: 3:35 pm – 4:30 pm EDT

It often feels like the conversation is just getting started when we get to the end of our 90 minute webinars.  We hear you!

NCURA now offers an additional forum for webinar participants to continue the conversation and share information as a part of the webinar registration fee.

At the end of our 90 minute webinar we will take a 5 minute break and then participants can rejoin us and break into small groups to discuss and network on the topic. 

Sign up for “After the Show” is available for all webinar participants at no additional cost. We will also be looking for volunteers to help facilitate the breakout groups. You will have some starter questions and you would engage with the group.  We will ask participants of the forum to turn their cameras on to support interaction.

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Participants will:

  • Understand the role of persuasion in developing compelling budget justifications.
  • Learn about current and planned infrastructure supports for building better budget justifications.
  • Recognize strategies for ensuring alignment between proposed costs and scope of work, thereby enhancing project credibility.

Jeremy T. Miner

Director of Grants and Contracts

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Irina P. Diaz

Preaward Specialist

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dennis J. Paffrath

Associate Vice President of Research Administration

University of Maryland - Baltimore

Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

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