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This webinar explores the allowability of expenditures charged to federally sponsored projects. The presenters summarize fundamentals of the Cost Principles as they apply to federally sponsored project expenses, identify costs that are typically unallowable on federal awards, discuss areas of risk, and describe steps an institution can take to mitigate disallowed costs.


Learning Objectives

  • Determine allowability of costs to federally sponsored projects
  • Recognize the importance of context when determining cost allowability
  • Identify typically unallowable costs
  • Distinguish areas of risk associated with unallowable costs



Clinical Investigators, Faculty, Research Administrators, Students


Meet the Presenters

Kathryn Watkins, MEd, CRA, CFRA – K Watkins Research Administration Services, LLC
Kathryn Watkins is a research administrator with over 30 years of experience in the administration and management of university pre- and post-award services. She holds a master’s degree in adult learning and development from Cleveland State University. Kathryn is a Certified Research Administrator and a Certified Financial Research Administrator.

Jeff Ritchie, MA, CRA, CFRA – Hamilton College
Jeff Ritchie is the Founding Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at Hamilton College. He has thirty years experience in university sponsored research and government contracting. He is a member of NCURA and a former Chair of the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC).