Generally, an unlike circumstance is defined as an activity/use of a cost item which is substantially greater in amount or different in purpose than the normal use of that cost type.
Specifically, in order to direct charge a cost on a federal sponsored agreement that would ordinarily be charged as an indirect cost, the following requirements must be met before consideration:
- The sponsored agreement has an extraordinary need for the item or service that is beyond the level of services normally provided by departmental administration,
- The cost can be specifically identified to the work conducted under the sponsored agreement and is appropriately documented,
- The direct cost justification provides sufficient basis to classify an indirect cost as a direct cost within the context of the University’s cost accounting standards.
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