Faculty Research Budget

The dean and department chair establish these accounts for individual faculty need at the time of new faculty negotiations. They can be a fixed annual allocation or a one-time amount. The amount that will be put into the FRB on an annual basis is referenced in the faculty offer of appointment letter.

Appropriate Use of Faculty Research Budgets

Faculty research budgets are established for the purpose of assisting faculty in their scholarly pursuits. As with all university funds, these budgets are to be used only for activities related to the university’s mission of education, research, and public service. As a responsible recipient of public funds, the university is obligated to monitor its systems continuously to assure that all costs charged to research budgets are appropriate. Moreover, as a non-profit organization, the university has a special obligation to provide appropriate stewardship of its funds to ensure that they are used only for university purposes. Faculty research budgets may not be used for expenses that are personal in nature, such as commuting from home to office or family travel costs, or do not have a clear business purpose. The misuse of university funds may also constitute tax fraud on the part of the faculty member, for example if commuting expenses are charged to the university and not reported as income.

Faculty Start-Up/Cost-Share and Matching Budgets

The dean and department chair establish these accounts for individual faculty research need. The amount of the start-up budget is referenced in the faculty offer of appointment letter. The faculty start-up budget is a one-time amount alotted to the new faculty member for purchase of computer and other items to help the faculty member to establish his/her office.

Faculty Salary Budget

Department tenure and tenure-track salaries and fringe benefits are allocated on this zero-based budget. Also on this budget are salaries for any approved visitors or other faculty.

Non-Reimbursable Costs

To learn which expenses are not allowed to be reimbursed, see non-reimbursable business expenses.

Items Purchased with University Funds

Items purchased with university funds are the property of the university. Read the related policy. A departing faculty member who has purchased items with University funds can purchase these items, if they wish. The cost to purchase is determined by a depreciation formula. To determine the cost of the item, please contact the KSAS Business Office.