Federal Information Security Requirements and Controlled Unclassified Information

The U.S. government is implementing requirements for safeguarding information provided by, collected, or maintained on its behalf. These requirements — include Controlled Unclassified Information, or CUI, requirements — and more will follow. For more information, visit our CUI web page.

  • If researchers receive federal funding that is subject to information security requirements, that information will need to be safeguarded through a set of defined standards. These standards include access control, physical security standards, and IT system security.

  • Researchers who are applying for awards from agencies listed above must incorporate funds for information security requirements in the budgets of all new proposal submissions.

  • Researchers who suspect they may be required to implement these controls in the future should also figure the additional costs into their budget proposals.

The flow chart below will help researchers determine whether they need to add costs for information security into their budgets (click the chart to open a larger PDF version).


The following tables provide guidance on funds to be added to budgets.

Computer services annual budget

Implementation vCPU RAM Storage Disk Amount Details
Small 1 3.5GB 50GB 32GB $1,200 Supports collaboration and document sharing
Medium 8 28GB 400GB 512GB $4,300 Supports databases, analysis, collaboration, and document sharing
Large 16 56GB 800GB 4TB Contact
Largest configuration options for resource group

* If the above options do not meet your software or high-performance computing needs, please contact cui@k-state.edu. Staff in the Office of Research Development or the University Research Compliance Office are also available to discuss.

Materials and supplies (year one)

Item Amount Details
Physical security $2,200 One-time expenses for electronic door locks