Developing Grant Budgets: Best Practices to Promote Post-Award Compliance

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Julie Autumn Luster, grants manager, Rider University; Cathlene Leary-Elderkn, associate director for grants development and science literacy, Rider University
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? College and university administrators, department heads, researchers, principal investigators, advisors, faculty, attorneys representing colleges and universities, federal grant compliance personnel
Best For: Higher Education

Implementing a successful and compliant grant-funded project in many ways begins with your proposed budget. Do you have the funds appropriately allocated for all proposed activities? Were the correct rates for Fringe Benefits and Indirect Costs calculated? Have you considered the full costs of an external evaluation? These questions represent a small fraction of the many that need to be considered when developing a competitive and compliant grant budget.

Often considered the most neglected part of a federal grant proposal, the budget represents a critical component that provides reviewers with critical insights about your proposed project. Important recent changes such as OMB’s new Uniform Guidance also add another key dimension to budget development that must be addressed.

Please join Julie Autumn Luster and Cathlene Leary-Elderkin of Rider University as they explain the key steps in creating a well-planned, allowable budget for a grant project. Topics for discussion will include how best to align your grant budget to your proposed activities and creating accurate estimates for project expenses while keeping key compliance requirements in mind. A general review of allowable expenses in governmental grants and post-award budget compliance will be discussed.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Find out how to effectively link your proposed goals, project activities, and expected expenses within your proposal
  • Discuss common budget issues grant reviewers cite as problematic
  • Explore best practices for developing collaborative budgets with partner organizations
  • Review allowable and unallowable expenses in federal budgets
  • Understand how the new OMB Uniform Guidance could impact your future grant awards
  • Explore common post-award budget compliance issues and how to avoid them


Your conference leaders for “Developing Grant Budgets: Best Practices to Promote Post-Award Compliance” are Julie Autumn Luster and Cathlene Leary-Elderkin. Julie Autumn Luster has worked with sponsored research projects and higher education organizations for more than 12 years spending. Julie earned her master of accountancy from Rider University and her baccalaureate degree in journalism and speech communication from the University of Richmond. She began her sponsored research career as an external auditor for KPMG auditing universities, the State of New Jersey, and other nonprofit organizations. Julie worked as an internal auditor focused on sponsored research at Princeton University where she collaborated with pre- and post-award offices as well as department management to analyze compliance requirements, develop monitoring tools, and assess award management. She joined Rider University a year ago as its grants manager to operationally oversee and administer grant and restricted awards. Julie has previously delivered presentations internally at Rider and Princeton as well as externally for the National Council of University Research Administrators, the Association of College and University Auditors, and the Institute of Internal Auditors (Philadelphia chapter). She is a certified Government Auditing Professional.

Cathlene Leary-Elderkin has been involved in grants development and management in higher educations for more than 15 years. Cathlene earned graduate degrees in botany as well as scientific and technical communication from Miami University and her baccalaureate degree in plant science from Rutgers University. She has served in several higher education grants roles including grant writer, grants administrator and most recently, provider of faculty professional development of pre-award grants development. She has led grants teams in the development of multi-million dollar projects funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor, and NASA. Cathlene has several years of experience teaching grant writing to a variety of audiences— from nonprofits personnel to community college faculty to 4-year college administrators. She is the past president of the N.J. Council of Resource Development, an organization dedicated to enhancing grantsmanship at N.J.’s 18 community colleges. Cathlene will also soon have international faculty development experience teaching grant writing and fundraising in May 2018 at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek in Croatia. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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