Indirect Costs, also referred to as Facilities & Administration (F&A) costs, can be collected by the University of Central Oklahoma for certain grant opportunities, mostly for federal grants. Indirect Costs are overhead cost that cannot be directly allocated to a grant or instructional activity. These costs may include departmental / college administrative support, utilities, space, etc. Once reimbursed, the funds can replace E&G funds that were used for these expenses.
Reimbursed indirect costs to the University of Central Oklahoma are reallocated as follows:
Out of the 30 percent allocated to the Principal Investigator / Program Director, the faculty or staff can opt to take 25 percent as additional pay (subject to employer paid fringe and employee taxes as required) and the remaining five percent can be used for university-related activities. The faculty or staff may choose not to take the 25 percent as additional pay and can instead use it for other university-related activities.
Funds associated with indirect costs are not the personal funds of the Principal Investigator / Program Director until they have been paid to him / her as additional pay through the payroll process. Funds used for university-related activities must adhere to University purchasing policies, including but not limited to, equipment purchases.
For example, equipment purchases such as a computer for a Principal Investigator / Program Director using indirect costs funds can be made by contacting the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs. Please note that the computer is still the University’s property and not the personal property of the faculty or staff because the purchase is being made with University funds. If the faculty or staff chooses to take the funds as additional pay and purchases a computer with his / her funds, the computer belongs to the individual because it was directly purchased with funds paid to him / her as additional pay.