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On eligible projects, for memberships and subscriptions to qualify for a CAS exception both of the following statements must be true:

  • The scope of work/research makes these items necessary to meet the project objectives. 
  • The membership or subscription will be used exclusively for this project. 

If only one of these statements is true, then the expenditure does not qualify for a CAS exception.

If both of these statements are true, then a CAS exception may be allowable.

Budget justification

The budget justification must include all of the following:

  • A detailed justification of what the purpose of the membership or subscription is.
  • An explanation as to why the membership or subscription requested is necessary to meet the project objectives.
  • Affirmation that the membership or subscription will be used solely for this specific project.
  • Any additional information that would strengthen the budget justification and further explain the unusual need or unlike circumstances for the membership or subscription.