General Purpose Supplies and Local Telephone Services

The University provides general office and data processing equipment and supplies to its faculty and staff. Only supplies and equipment which will be used for grant activities can be considered a direct cost and the expense must be clearly justified.

Local telephone service is a departmental administrative cost, however, if a phone or line can be identified exclusively with a project and will only be used for research or project activities, permission may be secured to charge the line as a direct cost. Examples of services which would meet the criteria are:

  • a modem used for twenty-four hour collection of seismic data from around the country
  • a hot-line reserved for participants on a research study

By contrast, providing a phone for a new member of a research team is an expense which the university should cover with unit funds.