Pre-award costs are defined in the Uniform Guidance § 200.458 as those costs incurred prior to the effective date of the Federal award directly pursuant to the negotiation and in anticipation of the Federal award where such costs are necessary for efficient and timely performance of the scope of work. Such costs are allowable only to the extent that they would have been allowable if incurred after the date of the Federal award and only with the written approval of the Federal awarding agency.

Contact your Research Foundation Project Administrator to determine whether Pre-award costs are allowable.