Even though a grant may be awarded based upon the proposal and budget submitted, once the research begins, questions may arise regarding what items can be charged to the grant and what items cannot be charged to the grant. Below are excerpts from the NIH budget guidelines regarding allowable costs.
Costs of meetings and conferences, the primary purpose of which is the dissemination of technical information, are allowable. This includes costs of meals, transportation, rental of facilities, speakers' fees, and other items incidental to such meetings or conferences.
Non research-related items such as office supplies, postage, local telephone costs, and memberships shall normally be treated as indirect (F&A) costs and are not allowable as a direct cost).