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Nov 13 / RAS

It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod(ular) World

Modular construction is increasingly a go-to, efficient choice to create a building where there once was none; it eliminates waste, offers flexibility and speeds up timelines.  For this reason, the NIH employs a modular requirement on a subset of their grant applications.  Modular budgets are required on new, competing continuation, and revised (amended) applications, as well as for competing supplements that request up to a total of $250,000 direct costs (less consortium F&A) and are research project grants (R01), small grants (R03), Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants (R15), exploratory/developmental research grants (R21), and the Clinical Trial Planning Grant program (R34) (some RFA/PAs also require modular budgets). There are two ways to create a modular budget here at Wayne State:


Sync with Detailed Budgets

  • In COEUS, create a Detailed Budget, and with a Final COEUS detailed budget marked Modular on the Budget Summary screen, select Modular Budget on the Budget menu to sync the data for Direct Costs, Consortium F&A (subcontractors), and Indirect Costs data for the PHS form.
  • Select the Sync with Detailed Budget link. When asked if you want to Sync the budget, select OK.
  • Review the data defaulted in each of the Period tabs.  Select Save button.
  • Select the Budget Versions link from the left side navigation, and change the Budget Status to Complete; select Save.


Manual Creation

If a Detailed Budget is not prepared in COEUS, manually enter required costs in the Modular Budget Screen (you must still check the Modular option on the Budget Summary screen):

  • Check the Modular Budget check box on the Budget Summary Screen, then select Save
  • From the left side navigation click the Modular Budget link. For Period 1, enter the Direct Cost less Consortium F&A amount in the provided field. Enter Consortium F&A costs (if any). Select the Add Indirect Cost link to create an entry line for the Indirect Cost data.
    • Enter Indirect Cost Type: MTDC, or as appropriate (SPA keeps WSU’s updated Fringe Benefits and Indirect Cost Rates here)
    • Enter IDC Rate (%) – this field is expressed as a percentage, so be sure to enter whole numbers
    • Enter IDC Base (from your non-Coeus Detailed budget)
    • Enter Funds Requested ($)
    • Select the Save button
  • Repeat entries as needed for all remaining periods by clicking the Period 2 tab, Period 3 tab, etc.
  • Review the Cumulative screen to confirm totals
  • Return to Budget Summary by selecting the Budget Summary link from the left side navigation
  • Mark your budget final by checking the Final check box; change the Budget Status to complete, then select Save.


For more information from NIH on modular budgeting, check out their Modular Applications page.  As always, RAS is here to help if you find yourself in a modular dilemma!