"Facilities and Administrative" rates are the negotiated rate at which UC Berkeley is reimbursed by funding agencies for the infrastructure the campus provides in support of funded research. The reimbursement rate is negotiated with the Federal government, and is assessed on Federal grants awarded to UC Berkeley researchers; awards from other funders are often assessed at a rate that is based on (if not exactly the same as) the negotiated rate for Federal awards.
Because this rate directly impacts the share of an award available to a research project's Principal Investigator(s) to fund staffing, equipment, and other direct costs of research, the way the rate is set is a matter of significant importance to the researchers served by Research IT and its partners.
Paula Milano, from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, will present on and discuss the way the F&A rate is calculated, negotiated, and implemented. She will explain how an effective Facilities & Administration (F&A) program incentivizes actions that optimize F&A reimbursement while serving the campus's core mission: by linking our choices about space allocation and utilization, capital investments, administrative costs and the application of F&A rates to desirable F&A outcomes.
When: Thursday, 11 January from 12 - 1pm
Where: 200C Warren Hall, 2195 Hearst St
What: Indirect cost rates on sponsored research at UC Berkeley
Presenting: Paula Milano, Office of the CFO
Please review prior to the meeting: Facilities and administrative rate calculation, negotiation and recovery at Berkeley (slides, PDF)