Commitments beyond the period of support
Commitments beyond the period of support should not be included in a proposal unless it is required by the sponsor. In the event the commitment is required, please provide a letter from the department documenting support of the proposal's commitment to resources or funding beyond the life of the grant/contract, for examples: supporting fellows beyond that committed by the sponsor; or purchasing equipment; running a center or program. This letter should be signed by the individual authorized to commit funds for the anticipated costs.
Non-monetary Third Party contributions should not be part of a proposal unless required by the sponsoring agency. In the event of such a requirement, and if a non-UMass/Amherst third party pledges significant contributions to the project so that without that resource, the thrust of the project could be jeopardized, it is necessary to provide OGCA with a letter of support/commitment from the third party. This letter would provide some detail about the non-monetary resources committed at no cost and should be signed by the individual authorized to make such commitments (OGCA equivalent; contracting officer, business official, etc). Monetary Third Party Cost share requirements and instructins are covered in the cost share section of this document.
Third party contributors should use this model Third Party Cost-Share letter on their official letterhead and have it signed by the authorizing official as noted above.
Also see Cost-share.