Building an NIH Modular budget in InfoEd/PD begins with a detailed budget. Then, those details are “massaged” into direct cost “modules” of $25,000 each. Thus, the budget is essentially “padded” (with positive or negative amounts) in each year. On the PD Modular Budget tab, this transformation is documented in the top section as the “gap”; the “gap” is the value of the “padding” required for each period in order to massage the detailed directs into $25,000 modules. When the setup in PPA Admin > Misc. Setups > Display Options > PT Handling of PD Modular Budgets is configured and enabled, on pushing budget data to PT, InfoEd creates a “modular budget balancing transaction” – a non-personnel cost item in the PT detailed budget in the amount of the “gap” that allows the PT budget to be fully balanced and represent the full modular costs requested of the sponsor.
Roger has worked in research administration including pre-award, compliance, conflicts of interest, animal facility and recharge center management, and information systems for more than 25 years. His focus in recent years has been on electronic research information systems, working since 2006 with InfoEd Global and its client institutions in his role as Associate Vice President for Product Management. Roger is an expert in the area of electronic proposal submission and works closely with colleagues through the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), SRA and NCURA sharing information and participating in working groups.