Facilities and Administrative (Indirect) Costs FAQs
The waiver of F&A costs is strongly discouraged.
Principal Investigators should discuss the budget needs of their proposed
project with ORSP staff before submitting a final budget or before informally
discussing project costs with a potential sponsor. All proposals requiring F&A cost rates that
differ from those published on the UNF F&A Rate Sheet must be consistent
with the provisions of the University's Policy on Facilities and Administrative
(F&A) Costs, and follow the instructions detailed in the UNF F&A Procedures.
All the preceding questions and answers were aimed at
clarifying the need for including F&A costs as a legitimate line item in
the budget of every sponsored project. The actual recovered F&A costs are
used in accordance with State Statutes. The State of Florida (State
Statute 1004.22(5)) expects the University to use recovered F&A costs
(1) to pay for federal- and state-mandated administration of sponsored programs
and (2) to support research and other sponsored programs at the University.
Since the administrative costs are approximately fixed any additional funds
that come to the University from recovered F&A costs go to provide support
for faculty research and scholarly activities. If we fail to recover F&A
costs at the appropriate rates, we will not only break the assurance we gave
the Federal Government during the rate negotiation process but we will not be
able to provide adequate support for research and sponsored programs at UNF.
Recovered F&A costs are distributed in accordance with the UNF
F&A Procedures, the authority for which comes from the UNF Policy on
Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs.
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