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How To Cost Your Proposal

How should I cost my proposal? 

Global Partnerships funding is categorized as internal funding and as such, it is not deemed time efficient for Research Services to get involved with the costing of these projects. Instead, we encourage you to determine and provide realistic and sensible estimates for your project costs. For help and guidance on obtaining these estimates we advise the following.


Workshop, summer school, conference, symposium, other event costs:
If being held at Exeter: Event Exeter will be able to help by providing you a quote for your proposed workshop. If being held at a Partner Institution, please ask a colleague / collaborator at the partner institution for a representative quote. 

Travel (including trains, flights and hotels):
The University recommended travel agents Key Travel or Click Travel will be able to provide quotes on request. Or, you may wish to base your estimates on online searches using mainstream travel comparison websites. As always, when planning and booking travel, please follow the standard university policy on international travel, and register for insurance;

Further information on booking travel can be found here:

Estimates for overseas subsistence can be based on HMRC Worldwide Subsistence rates

Consumables and small equipment:
Please follow the usual University of Exeter procurement policies & procedures.

Staff costs (including on-costs):
For extensive information regarding University salaries please visit the Salaries and oncosts website page.

For guidance on the costing of full-time, all year appointments, where oncosts are required for salary costing purposes, please refer to the oncost table (2020 rates)

For information about grading, please visit the support staff grading site.