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 2 CFR 200, the federal government's regulation that provide cost principles for grants. 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.

Indirect Cost Exceptions

Indirect Cost Recovery Policy and Guidance Summary PDF

Summary of policies and guidance related to the Indirect Cost Exception approval process


Managing sponsor information, sponsor guidance, and indirect cost policy exceptions.

Related reports & links

Agriculture Marketing Boards

Indirect Costs & Agriculture Marketing Boards

Information about indirect cost recovery when working with Agriculture Marketing Boards.


Andrew Boulter

Research Policy Manager

Phone: (510) 987-9840


Michael Kusiak

Policy Resource Coordinator

Phone: (510) 987-0659