There are many steps to developing a research project and preparing a proposal for submission. The Office of Research aims to provide and identify services and resources to aid the researcher’s efforts in developing and preparing a project or proposal.
For something to be considered equipment, its cost must be at least $5,000. It must also be personal property which has a normal life expectancy of more than one year, can be appraised for value, and is complete in itself. That is, it does not lose its identity when affixed to or installed in other property. Make sure the equipment is not general purpose and the need for it is well documented.
UNIFORM GUIDANCE made changes to rules regarding Equipment
General-purpose equipment is unallowable as a direct cost, except with the prior written approval of the federal awarding agency or pass-through entity.
If the possibility exists that equipment needs to be shipped back to the government or another federal agency, funds should be reserved in the award for such costs, prior to closeout, or be allowable additional costs (since awards typically close before final resolution of equipment issues is made).