The Consultants budget category is used for individuals who will provide advice to the project or perform specific, defined activities that do not involve design or execution of the project.

Consulting services and activities support the project but do not directly move the project toward its goals. The services of a consulting firm would also fall under this budget category. UMB faculty may not be listed as consultants. On NIH applications, unpaid consultants may be listed as "Other Significant Contributors."

Collaborator or Consultant?


The routed proposal should include letters from each proposed consultant that indicate their intent to participate in the project, a description of the services or activities to be performed, estimate of time required, and the rate of payment, usually per hour or per day. Payment for consultant services should be comparable to the normal or customary fees charged and received by the consultant for comparable services, especially on nongovernment contracts and grants. Check sponsor proposal instructions for any required limit on the rate of payment.

In the budget justification, provide the consultant's name, institution, and an explanation of the area of expertise the consultant will provide to the project. If a consulting fee is to be paid, explain how it was calculated (for example, $X/day multiplied by # of days). The rate may be calculated on an hourly or daily basis or may be based on completion of a task or milestone. Obtain a letter from each consultant indicating their willingness to act as a consultant to the project.


Consulting agreements are issued by Procurement Services. Submit the requisition to Procurement Services and have the signed agreement in place before a consultant begins work on the project. The consulting agreement should incorporate a clear description of the activities, services, reports, and deliverables to be provided. Procurement Guidelines for Consulting Services