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Justification of Resources

All requested resources (directly incurred, directly allocated and exceptions, including PI and Co-I time) must be fully justified. Items that would ordinarily be found in a department, for example non-specialist computers, should include justification both for why they are required for the project and why they cannot be provided from the research organisation's own resources (including funding from indirect costs from grants).

The page limit for the Justification of Resources is maximum two sides of A4.

We recommend that you download our 'How to write a Justification of Resources' document below so that you do not miss any costings from the Je-S form or any justification of the items requested:

How to write a Justification of Resources (PDF 62KB)

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The payroll costs of all staff, full or part-time, who work on the project, and whose time can be supported by a full audit trail may be included. The need for such staff should be justified in the justification of resources attachment.

It will be for those submitting the application to determine the extent to which market conditions make it difficult to recruit staff of appropriate quality in areas of high market demand and therefore require uplift from normal salary levels. Provided the uplift has been fully justified within the justification of resources attachment, BBSRC will make the award at that level. BBSRC reserves the right to provide support at a different level if it is considered appropriate.

For single capital items of equipment between £10,000 and £134,011 (incl VAT) additional justification of the requirement for these items, and details of the proposed contribution to the cost of the equipment, must be provided in the justification of resources as detailed in the RCUK guidance.

For joint application, we expect the applicants and their research organisations to agree amongst themselves the levels of contribution from the different organisations, and the ownership and hosting arrangements for the equipment. Information should be provided in the justification of resources.