University of Southern California


Purchase of Equipment in Last 3 Months of a Project

Purchase of equipment in the last three months of a project requires prior University approval even if the sponsor-approved budget included funds for the equipment. Extraordinary justification will be necessary for such purchases, except in cases where a renewal award is imminent.

Documentation Required – All requests must include: (1) a description of the equipment; (2) an estimate of the cost; (3) an indication of whether the equipment is in the sponsor-approved budget; and (4) a description of why the equipment is necessary to complete the project.

Approvals Required – (1) Principal Investigator; and (2) Dept. Chair/Unit Head or designee.