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POLICY NO : '''6100'''<br />
: '''6100'''<br />
EFFECTIVE DATE: '''06/27/02'''<br />
: '''06/27/02'''<br />
Basis of the Policy == =
It is the policy of
the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC ) to comply with the federal government’s regulations for funding of projects from external sources, including the federal government. These regulations state that direct costs must be reasonable, allocable, allowable and treated consistently in the budgeting and the actual expending of the direct cost.
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=== Purpose of the Policy ===
To establish guidelines surrounding the definition of direct costs .
= Definitions ===
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Direct costs are those that can be specifically identified with a particular sponsored project or activity and can be assigned to that project or activity with a high degree of accuracy. In order for a direct cost to be allowable cost to a sponsored program, it must meet three criteria:
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* Reasonable - It must be necessary for the performance of the program
* Allocable - It must be easily identifiable with the project and be assigned to the project only in accordance with the benefits received by the program
Allowable - Costs that are reasonable; allocable to sponsored agreements under the principles and methods outlined in OMB Circular A-21; given consistent treatment thorough application of those generally accepted accounting principles appropriate to the circumstances; conform to any limitations or exclusions set forth in OMB Circular A-21 or in the sponsored agreement as to types or amounts of cost items.
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Consistently Applied - The cost must be treated consistently as either a direct cost or a facilities & administrative (F&A) cost when incurred under like circumstances.
=== Policy ===
It is the policy of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to comply with Section D of OMB Circular A-21 in its definition and treatment of direct costs. It is UNMC's policy to treat the following costs as direct costs in the administration of its extramural programs:
* Salaries of principal investigators, research assistants, postdoctoral research associates, research associates, and technical staff
Fringe benefit costs associated with the salaries of directly charged personnel
* Animal per diems
* Other specialized services
* Laboratory supplies including chemicals and glassware
* Long distance telephone charges
* Travel costs
* Rental charges for off campus facilities
* Equipment costing less than the capitalization threshold
* Computer software and supplies
* Other supplies and tools required in the conduct of the sponsored program
* Tuition remission for graduate research and teaching assistants
* Consulting services
* Sub contracted portions of the program<br / >
Under certain circumstances, it may be appropriate to charge other costs, normally treated as F&A costs, directly to the program. These are representative of special circumstances, and, in order to be chargeable, must be specifically identified with a project or activity and approved by the awarding agency in the grant application or contract proposal.
* Large complex research programs such as general clinical research centers (GCRC), cancer research centers, certain institutes, centers, and specific research activities funded by core grants
* Projects requiring extensive data collection, cataloging, data entry, surveys and tabulating questionnaires
* Product or reproduction of large reports, books, monographs
* Programs conducted in geographic locations which are not accessible to campus and campus administrative support
Program project grants <br / >
It is the institutional policy to prohibit the following practices as they do not meet the requirements of the Circular governing acceptable assignment of costs:
* Charging costs based on the budgeted amount rather than on the actual expenses incurred
* Assigning costs in advance of when costs are incurred
* Changing the description of costs
* Charging costs incurred for joint purposes to a sponsored program
* Assigning costs to grants based on available funds
* Transferring costs among and between grants
* Charging cost overruns from one grant to another
Any questions about this policy should be referred to Financial Compliance and Cost Analysis.
UNMC Facilities and Administrative (F&A ) Cost Waiver Request Policy and Procedure /
F&A Cost Waiver Request Form
This policy contains minor revisions (Dec 6, 2005; May 7, 2007) to UNMC Policy #6100, issued on 10/ 27/02.
updated on Monday, May 7, 2007, by dkp.
Sponsored Programs | Sponsored Programs Costing | Institutional Base Salary | Sponsored Project Cost Share | Effort Certification | Cost Transfer | Service Center | Subrecipient Policy | On-Campus and Off-Campus Indirect Cost Rates on Federally Sponsored Projects
Policy No.: 6100
Effective Date: 06/27/02
Revised Date: 11/21/17
Reviewed Date: 08/11/22
Sponsored Programs Costing Policy
Treatment of Direct, Facilities and Administrative, and Unallowable Costs on Sponsored Programs
Basis of the Policy
It is the policy of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to comply with federal regulations applicable to externally funded projects. According to Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirement for Federal Awards (“Uniform Guidance”) 2 CFR 200:
- Direct costs should be necessary for the project, reasonable, consistently treated with similar costs in like circumstance, and documented
- Costs that cannot be specifically identified with a particular project should be treated as Facilities and Administrative costs
- Some costs are not reimbursable under the terms and conditions of an award
Purpose of the Policy
To establish guidelines for identification and treatment of:
- Allowable Direct costs
- Facilities and Administrative costs
- Unallowable costs
Uniform Guidance §200.403 provides the following general criteria for costs to be allowable on a federal award:
a) Be necessary, reasonable, and allocable
b) Conform to applicable cost principles
c) Be consistent with policies and procedures that apply uniformly to both federal and non-federal awards
d) Be accorded consistent treatment
e) Be determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
f) Not be included on another award, as either a cost or to meet a cost-share requirements
g) Adequately documented
Uniform Guidance §200.413 provides the following general criteria for costs to be allowable on a federal award:
states that direct costs should be able to be identified specifically for a particular project relatively easily with a high degree of accuracy.
Uniform Guidance §200.414 states that Facilities and Administrative (“F&A”) costs, also known as indirect costs, are comprised of:
- Depreciation on buildings, equipment, and capital improvement; interest on debt associated with certain buildings, equipment, and capital improvements; and operations and maintenance expenses
- General administration and general expenses such as the director's office, accounting, and personnel and all other types of expenditures not listed specifically under the Facilities category
Unallowable costs are defined as expenses that are not reimbursable under the terms and conditions of a sponsored agreement and cost principles for allowability stated above. When a conflict arises between the sponsored agreement, cost principles and specific federal guidance, the agreement prevails. Federal projects must meet requirements listed specifically identified as unallowable in Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200.
The Principal Investigator is responsible for managing his/her project in compliance with the terms and conditions of the award.
It is the policy of UNMC to comply with Uniform Guidance’s General Provisions for Selected Items of Cost §200.420 through §200.475, as well as the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Grants Policy Statement on Selected Items of Costs §7.9.1 for federally and NIH sponsored programs.
It is also the policy of UNMC to account for Facilities and Administrative costs in accordance with Appendix III to Uniform Guidance (“Indirect [F&A] Costs Identification and Assignment, and Rate Determination for Institutions of Higher Education [IHEs]”).
The salaries of administrative and clerical staff should normally be treated as F&A costs. Direct charging may be appropriate only if:
- Administrative or clerical services are integral to the project
- Administrative or clerical staff can be specifically identified with the project;
- Such costs are explicitly included in the budget or have the prior written approval of the sponsor; and
- The costs are not also recovered as indirect costs
If a cost benefits two or more projects in proportions that cannot be determined either without undue effort or because of the interrelationship of the projects, then the cost may be allocated to the projects based on the proportional benefit or a reasonable documented basis.
UNMC prohibits the following practices for all sponsored projects because they do not conform with allowability cost principles:
- Charging costs based on the budgeted amount rather than on the actual expenses incurred
- Assigning costs in advance of when costs are incurred
- Changing the description of costs
- Assigning costs to grants based on available funds
- Transferring costs among and between grants without adequate cause
- Charging cost overruns from one grant to another
Certain unallowable costs are specific to some projects and programs. Treatment and application of circumstantial unallowable costs are determined by:
- Specific Sponsor Limitations (such as the NIH Grants Policy Statement or Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200)
- Indirect Cost Rate
- Terms and conditions of the award
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