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Most funding agencies require a proposed budget that estimates the total costs of the project, with a breakdown of cost per year. A budget based on hourly rates is one that includes the Institutional Base Salary (IBS), fringe benefits, health insurance, and Indirect Costs (F&A) together in a lump sum. It is most often found in subrecipient budgets and must be calculated and shown at the proposal stage.
Health insurance estimations are based on the percentage of effort the employee will work on a project and can differ depending on the classification of the University employee. Health insurance covers a 12-month period. Effective in Summer 2018, budgeting of health insurance costs on faculty compensation outside of their 9-month appointment (summer salary) may be included in proposals.
Fringe benefit rates are expenses directly related to employment. They are determined by an employee’s classification and applied as a percentage of the employee's proposed annual salary. These rates serve as the baseline figures used to calculate fringe benefits. Social Security rates may vary for post-docs and graduate students depending upon the University’s operating standard and the type of award.
Salary caps, generally seen with Public Health Service funding, limit the amount of funding the agency will provide for an individual’s salary. The current NIH salary cap amount is reviewed annually. When an individual’s projected salary exceeds an agency-mandated salary cap, the administrating University department is responsible for funding the difference.
Salary calculations can be based on a percentage of effort (Percent Effort Model) or the number of months of effort (Person-Months Model) dedicated to the sponsored project. Guidelines for both are listed below. Summer salary, normally considered three (3) months, is added compensation to nine month employees, therefore, it is calculated separately. Some sponsors limit the effort allowed for summer salaries. Thus, it is very important to read the sponsor guidelines carefully.
In assisting the University's departmental research administrators, this operating standard provides guidelines for budget planning of direct personnel costs in accordance with Federal regulations.
In assisting the University's departmental research administrators, this operating standard provides guidelines for budget planning of direct costs in accordance with Federal regulations.
This operating standard mandates the University’s compliance with the Federal requirements defined in 2 CFR §200 Subpart E - Cost Principles. It emphasizes the University’s use of consistent financial accounting and compliance measures from the beginning to the closing of each research project. These preventative measures minimize non-compliance issues and audit disallowances that may impede or detrimentally affect the University research community.
Designating specific responsibilities regarding proposal review and approval prevents duplication of effort and helps maintain the flow of information for the entire proposal system.
To manage administrative approval rights and data access concerning research activities maintained in Research Administration Management System and eSubmission (RAMSeS), the Office of Information Systems (ORIS) created a portal named "Backbone." Each University department, center, and institute has one or more designated Role Manager(s) responsible for creating, assigning, and managing administrative roles for their unit.
Research Administration Management System and eSubmission (RAMSeS) is used to create and manage the official University record for each sponsored project in a consistent, efficient manner. Each record contains both financial and compliance information necessary for proposal submission as well as award management once an award is funded.
This operating standard recognizes the roles of lead administrators at the onset of proposed sponsored research and balances the responsibilities of the Principal Investigator (PI), deans, directors, and department heads.
This operating standard establishes the overall responsibility of Department Administrators (DAs) in monitoring sponsored research projects and related components of those projects.
This operating standard establishes the overall responsibility of Principal Investigators (PIs) in undertaking sponsored research projects and related components of those projects.
For any employee who is not a full-time, permanent EHRA employee, a request to waive the University’s Principal Investigator (PI) eligibility operating standard must be submitted and approved by the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR).