Consultants differ from Consortiums/Subawards in that Consultants provide advice, but should not be making decisions for the direction of the research. Typically, consultants will charge a fixed fully burdened rate for their services (i.e. $250/hour)
Consultant services are budgeted as a direct charge. Usually in the “Other” category.
Consultant Services should be need be justified in the budget narrative. Investigators are advised to explain in the narrative that the specific expertise either does not exist on campus or is not readily available.