5.3 Charging Admin and Technical Expenses: Check for Understanding
Review the scenario to determine if the administrative charges are integral to the project
A PI in the Anthropology Department is doing research in South America. His project is with the National Science Foundation. He will have extensive contact with the people and must keep track of hundreds of interview records; these are considered human subjects. He has arranged for his administrative assistant to come along. The administrative assistant will also provide administrative support in working with local vendors. As part of the scope of work on this project, he has to send periodic reports, including photographs, to 25 people around the world. This effort and expense have been justified, budgeted and approved by the sponsor. He must use a local service to photocopy and make reprints of his photographs. They charge $200 per report and $25 per picture. This local service is also the local post office, and for $100 per report, they take care of packaging and mailing. He will also charge other types of mailing expenses to the project.