Each project application must be accompanied by a itemized budget. Ensure you provide sufficient justification of your budget items so the reviewers can understand the need. The grant is intended to provide seed money and is not to support ongoing expenses. When using project funds to hire personnel, McMaster University will be the employer; therefore Project Supervisors must pay appropriate wages and benefits at established rates. Please see the suggested pay guidelines. When hiring students as research assistants, consider securing supplementary funding through , for example, the McMaster Work Programs (Ontario Work Study Program, McWork, or International Student Work).As part of the dissemination process, we encourage grant winners to consider presenting their findings at local, national, or international conferences or symposia. Conference registration fees may be included in the budget, to a maximum of 15% of the overall budget. Travel, accommodation and food expenses for conferences are not eligible expenses for teaching and learning grants.Incentives (financial or rewards, such as gift cards) are often used to encourage participation in a study. The MacPherson Institute will normally support financial rewards up to $10 per participant, to a maximum of 15% of the budget. Draws for larger prizes (such as iPods, cash, gift cards) are acceptable as long as the value of the prize does not exceed $10 per participant on average or 15% of the total budget. Each application will be assessed on an individual basis.Budget guidelines can be found in the table below. In-kind support from departments or Faculties for budget items such as photocopies, administrative support, technical support, etc. is strongly encouraged and appreciated.In most cases, applications where the majority of the budget is allocated to equipment purchase will not be funded. Some modest equipment purchases may be included in the budget, provided they are necessary for the project. The MacPherson Institute owns some equipment that may be borrowed to reduce expenses (e.g., voice recorders, video cameras). Other ineligible expenses include:
- reimbursement to faculty members;
- journal subscriptions;
- professional memberships;
- off-campus commercial services*;
- purchase of alcohol for focus groups or similar meetings; and,monies to support normal instructional tasks, such as updating course content or preparing bibliographies.
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