Research Rates-Office of Sponsored Programs - Carnegie Mellon University

Rates and Fees

Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs are expenses that are incurred in support of the total research enterprise of the university. These include the real costs of facilities (buildings, equipment, plant operation and maintenance, and libraries) and administration that the university has to pay to conduct research. These costs are calculated using the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-21 (OMB A-21) guidelines and allocated to each research award on a pro-rated basis. Similar costs are associated with the teaching enterprise of the university and these costs are absorbed into the tuition costs allocated to students.

F&A rates are negotiated with the Office of Naval Research on an annual basis. The CMU fiscal year runs from July 1 - June 30.

In accordance with OMB A-21 Section G.7, the negotiated F&A rate in effect at the time of the initial award should be used throughout the life of the sponsored agreement. "Life" for this purpose means each competitive segment of a project. A competitive segment is a period of years approved by the funding agency at the time of the award.

All sponsored research budgets should include full recovery of F&A.  If for any reason you are not proposing full F&A that a sponsor will pay, please refer to the F&A Waiver Guidelines and Approval Form.