Keystone Budget Guidelines

Kilachand is committed to supporting its students’ research and creative projects while promoting responsible use of Kilachand’s resources, making students aware of resources they may not have considered, and helping gain access to desired resources for projects.

About the Keystone Budget

Up to $2000 in research funds may be requested per project, but each Kilachand student does not have a $2000 fund to draw from. Budget proposals are accepted with a Project Statement via the Keystone Project Information Form. The Kilachand Keystone Committee reviews and returns each budget proposal with comments on each requested item with  instructions for purchase or reimbursement or at times, a rejection of that item. Each student’s individual Keystone budget is the monetary total of the items approved by the Kilachand Keystone Committee.

Budget Proposals must be submitted in Excel using the provided template. All Kilachand students are invited to submit a Keystone budget proposal regardless of Keystone Pathway.

About Keystone Funding

These are not personal funds and students do not receive funds upfront. In most cases, materials will be purchased for the student directly by the College or the student will be reimbursed for materials purchased. In some cases, KHC staff can make direct purchases on behalf of the student using approved budget funds. Students engaged in lab research may request that their lab be reimbursed for materials they consume through an internal funds transfer. Students must provide receipts or invoices for all out-of-pocket expenses and Boston University interdepartmental-funds transfers related to their Keystone. 

Any equipment or software purchased with Kilachand funds are considered the property of Boston University and must be licensed to or returned to Kilachand at the close of the project.

Keystone funding can be combined with funding from other sources, and many opportunities can be found around BU. In the past, for example, students have secured additional funding through UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program), the Newbury Center, Project Action, SPARK!, and other centers.

Types of Funding

Below are general categories of common requests, guidelines for approval and fund disbursement, and in some instances, funding limits. Funds are intended to support legitimate project expenses directly related to research and scholarship.