Grant Budget Calculations

Fringe Benefits
Fringe benefits are the university’s contributions towards faculty, staff, and student staff Social Security and Medicare (FICA), retirement, education benefits, healthcare, disability, life insurance, unemployment, and other benefits, as applicable.

Fringe benefits should be included in all grant proposals where allowed. Please use the benefit rates in effect for the current fiscal year when developing your grant proposal budget. 

Indirect Costs/Administrative Allowance
The indirect cost rate is a calculation of the overhead costs incurred by the university to administer a federal grant. This calculation is a negotiated rate between the university and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (cognizant agency). The indirect cost rate is only charged to federally funded grants.

Indirect costs are charged only to the total amount for salaries and fringe benefits. All salaries and fringe benefit (faculty, staff and student) are subject to an indirect cost rate of 44.0%.

Non-federal grants may provide for indirect costs or an administrative allowance at a rate specified by the granting agency. If indirect costs are provided, the grantor’s indirect rate is applied to the entire proposed budget.

Taxpayer/DUNS Numbers
Please contact Stefanie Lund, in the Office of Finance, for taxpayer and DUNS numbers.

Mileage Reimbursement
Effective January 1, 2014, the mileage reimbursement rate is $.56 per mile.