This site contains compliance related information on equipment purchases on federally-sponsored Awards. For more information on equipment, visit the Equipment Inventory Office website.

 Equipment on Federally Sponsored Awards:

Click here for ELearning on Equipment  on Federally sponsored Awards.


The UW has a current capitalization threshold of $5,000 (increased from $2,000 to $5,000 on 7/1/2016); this means that items with a purchase value of $5,000 or more with a useful life at least one year are defined as Equipment. Note that the threshold includes both tax and any other ancillary charges. Ancillary charges include items such as battery packs, cables, hard drives, video cards, etc.

Any purchases that meet or exceed the threshold should be treated as Equipment in budgeting and expensing, regardless of whether the cost is allocated to one or multiple budgets. These items are expensed under UW object code 06-XX.