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F&A Cost Rates

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OMB Circular A-21 Section G 7. states the following:

"Federal agencies shall use the negotiated rates for F&A costs in effect at the time of the initial award throughout the life of the sponsored agreement. "Life" for the purpose of this subsection means each competitive segment of a project. A competitive segment is a period of years approved by the Federal funding agency at the time of the award. If negotiated rate agreements do not extend through the life of the sponsored agreement at the time of the initial award, then the negotiated rate for the last year of the sponsored agreement shall be extended through the end of the life of the sponsored agreement. Award levels for sponsored agreements may not be adjusted in future years as a result of changes in negotiated rates."
This means that the F&A rates used are determined by the award date rather than the project period of the award. The navigation bar on the left side of this page contains a link to the rate matrix.

Proposals for new and competing renewal awards should use the latest set of rates in effect, while proposals for non-competing continuations (e.g., annual NIH continuations) should use the fixed rates that were in effect and frozen at the time of the initial award (per A-21 above). In this context, "competing" refers to the amount of time originally proposed. For example, a five year award will be subject to the rate schedule in effect at the time of the award, even when the funds are released annually. However, an award that has additional time added (excluding No Cost Extensions) will be subject to the then-current rates on the extended period. For both Endowed and Contract Colleges, F&A costs are calculated on modified total direct costs (MTDC), which equals the total direct costs less the following exclusions:

  1. Capital equipment items with a unit cost of $5,000 or more and a useful life of two years or more.
  2. Cost in excess of $25,000 on each subcontract (F&A costs are charged on the first $25,000 of each subcontract).
  3. GRA exclusion (amount of GRA compensation equivalent to tuition and fees including Graduate Health Insurance).
  4. Leases of real property.
  5. Participant support costs for conferences and seminars.

Provisional F&A Rates: Provisional rates may be in effect at the time of an award. Provisional rates are not negotiated rates and are used for budgeting and billing purposes in order to allow adequate time for F&A rate negotiations. The provisional rate is used in proposals and sponsor billings until such time as rates (fixed or predetermined) are negotiated. Once rate are negotiated individual awards would be adjusted to reflect the negotiated rate.


If the last competitive award segment was in Fiscal Year:
Then use the following rates:
  End Cont Cont Esa Agreement Date
2012 -> 2016 61.0% 55.0% 59.0% 12/14/2011
2010 -> 2011 59.0% 54.0% 56.7% 7/30/2009
2006 -> 2009 59.0% 54.0% 56.7% 10/26/2005
2004 -> 2005 58.0% 58.0% 60.0% 10/2/2003
Last modified: 10/04/2012
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