Research Policy Analysis and Coordination
Indirect cost recovery
Facilities and administrative (F&A) costs are the indirect costs of conducting research that cannot be easily attributed to a specific sponsored activity, as defined in OMB Circular A–21, the federal government's policy statement on how to account for research costs. The university applies its federally negotiated F&A rates to all extramurally funded projects.
Campuses and principal investigators are not authorized to submit proposals for extramural funding with indirect costs lower than the rates published in the F&A agreements negotiated for each campus. RPAC, on behalf of the vice president for research and graduate studies, reviews and has the authority to approve indirect cost exceptions.
Summary of policies and guidance related to the Indirect Cost Exception approval process
Links to current UC F&A rate agreements, historical rates and FAQ on indirect costs.
Andrew BoulterResearch Policy Manager
Phone: (510) 987-9840
Michael KusiakPolicy Resource Coordinator
Phone: (510) 987-0659