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On April 27, 2011, the University of California and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (the responsible Federal audit agency) entered into a new facilities and administrative (F&A) cost rate agreement for UCLA. This agreement establishes facilities and administrative cost rates for the period beginning July 1, 2010, until amended. It supersedes the agreement dated February 28, 2007.

Under the new rate agreement only the On-campus Other Sponsored Activities rate has changed. The new rate, which is retroactive to July 1, 2010, is 35% which is an increase of 3% over the previous F&A rate. In addition, the special rates which were previously negotiated for the General Clinical Research Center, and the Center for Genomics and Proteomics and the Center for Molecular Medicine have been eliminated.

The other facilities and administrative cost rates will remain unchanged.  These include the On-Campus Research (54%) rate, the On-campus Instruction rate (37%), and all Off-campus rates (26%).

These facilities and administrative cost rates are applied to a Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) base. MTDC consists of all salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials and supplies, services, travel and the first $25,000 of each subaward (subgrant and subcontract) regardless of the period covered by the subgrant or subcontract. Equipment (defined as a tangible item with a useful life of at least one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit), alterations and renovations, charges for patient care, student tuition remission, space rental costs, scholarships and fellowships, as well as the portion of each subaward in excess of $25,000 are excluded from the MTDC calculation.  Please note that if the subaward is issued to another UC campus, the full amount of the subaward is excluded from the MTDC calculation.*

Although negotiated with the federal government, these rates should be used in all contract, grant and subcontract proposals submitted to all extramural sponsors. The exceptions are those industry-sponsored studies that meet the campus definition for clinical trials and qualify for the application of a special 26% rate approved by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). Exceptions to the federal negotiated F&A rates have also been approved by UCOP for certain non-profit organizations. Please contact your OCGA Team for details.

The on-campus rate should be used for all research conducted in buildings owned by or leased by The Regents of the University of California . The off-campus rate should be used only when work is either done at facilities owned or leased by other organizations, or in a building for which rent is being directly charged to the project. (See http://www.research.ucla.edu/ocga/sr2/onoffind.htm).

If a project involves work at on-campus and off-campus sites, a single rate should generally be applied. That rate, either the on or off-campus rate consistent with the location where the majority of the salary costs are expended. The use of both on-campus and off-campus rates for a given project may be justified only if the following criteria are met:

  • The salaries paid to UCLA employees under the project exceed $250,000; and
  • At least 25% or more of the total costs can be clearly identified with each rate

If a project involves more than one type of work (e.g., both research and training), a single rate must be applied, reflective of the type of work that makes up the majority of the project.

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Facilities and Administrative Cost Rates
July 1, 2010 until amended
Type of Program On-Campus Off Campus

54.0% (7/1/10-until amended)

26.0% (7/1/10-until amended)
Instruction 37.0% (7/1/10-until amended) 26.0% (7/1/10-until amended)
Other Sponsored Activities 35.0% (7/1/10-until amended) 26.0% (7/1/10-until amended)

Download the Current Facilities and Administrative Rate Agreement document, dated April 27, 2011 (PDF format)

Download the Previous Facilities and Administrative Rate Agreement document, dated February 28, 2007 (PDF format)

Although many years ago participant support costs were exempt from F&A assessment, that is no longer the case. Participant support costs are not exempt from F&A assessment and should be included in the modified total direct cost base upon which F&A is calculated.

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Facilities and Administrative Rate Agreement document dated April 27, 2011 (PDF format)

Information regarding Facilities and Administrative cost waivers

Use of On- or Off-Campus Facilities and Administrative cost rates

Clarification of Participant Support Costs and the Application of Facilities and Administrative Costs (RA-NEWS 02-007)

Last Updated on 11/21/2016

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