Can you include books and/or professional society memberships in expenses under grants from agencies like NSF and NIH?
I've purchased lots of books under grants from DOE and the Air Force in the past, but I'm wondering if they're generally considered allowable. My quick searching uncovered the following:
- NIH seems to explicitly allow books at least
- NSF: I'm guessing books are allowed under "materials and supplies"
I haven't found anything about allowability of professional society memberships.
I have occasionally bought books with NSF grant money. At the time, I was told, by the staff in charge of grant accounting, that books are an allowable expense provided they directly relate to the research being done under the grant.