Below federal guidelines, office supplies should not be charged to research contracts and grants.
Please see the lists below for examples of what are considered office supplies vs. research supplies.
If you need to purchase office supplies at a campus storeroom, please make sure that you have an approved recharge code on an unrestricted funding source. Please contact the MRL staff if you need assistance with purchasing office supplies.
Examples of Office Supplies:
The following items should not be purchased on research funding:
Pencils – regular, colored, and mechanical
Markers – black, colored, permanent, and dry erase
Correction fluid and tape
Regular notebooks and tablets
Filing & Storage:
Hanging file folders
Adhesives and fasteners:
Glue and glue sticks
Staplers and staples
Paperclips & binder clips
Dry erase boards
Dry erase board cleaner
Examples of Research Supplies:
The following items may be purchased on research funding:
Labeling & Tape:
Specialty tapes for sample labeling
Specialty tapes required for lab set up
Computer disks/compact discs (CDs) for research data storage