Consultant Services

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.


  • UF faculty may not be paid as consultants from UF sponsored projects.
  • UF faculty devoting time to a sponsored project should be budgeted for in the personnel line with the appropriate amount salary and fringe corresponding to the effort devoted to the project.
  • Intra-UF consulting undertaken by and between faculty is a University of Florida expectation for collaborations to occur without additional compensation.
  • Federal employees may not be paid from grant funds.