Finance and Administration Costs (Indirect Costs)

Finance and Administration Costs (Indirect Costs)

Western State Colorado University is currently engaged in the process to establish a negotiated rate for indirect costs (F&A) with our cognizant agency.  Until this rate is established, the rate of 10% is allowable on federal grant applications.  A minimum of 10% in-direct costs must be included in the budget section of all grant requests including private foundations, corporate and other institutions entering into contracts with Western.  Western will claim the highest rate allowable by non-federal granting agencies up to 46% until the negotiated rate is approved.  For additional information, or assistance in negotiating the rate on a grant budget, please contact the Director of Sponsored Programs.  Requests for funding which do not allow for any in-direct costs in the budget should be brought to the attention of the Director of Sponsored Programs well in advance of submission. 

While preparing an application for a federal agency that asks for the “negotiated indirect rate,” you must check the box that says "No Negotiated Rate." The Director of Sponsored Programs will assist you in the correct wording for the budget section of the application regarding the F&S line in the budget. 

Western State Colorado University established the “Indirect Cost Incentive Fund” that holds the finance and administration costs collected on federal grants for distribution. For a copy of the policy for distribution of Finance and Administration Costs contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants.