Question: What Is F&A? Answer: Facilities and administrative costs are incurred for common or joint objectives and, therefore, cannot be readily identified with a particular sponsored project. F&A costs are also commonly referred to as indirect costs or overhead.
Question: How Is the F&A Rate Determined? Answer: The F&A rate is negotiated periodically by MSU Contract & Grant Administration and MSU's cognizant federal agency, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Department of Cost Allocation Services. The negotiation process is subject to a detailed review by federal auditors.
What Makes up Our Current Research Rate? Answer: The following is included in the administrative and support expenses…
Operations and Maintenance
General and Administrative Expenses
Building and Equipment Costs
These real costs associated with the categorized expenses above are necessary to enable the full capacity of research at MSU. Though these costs cannot be “readily identified with a particular sponsored project,” we budget for these costs by applying F&A to each applicable project budget using MSU’s approved rate agreement. MSU has recently published its new approved rate agreement. The new negotiated F&A rate agreement goes into effect July 1, 2023 until June 30, 2027. The MSU F&A rates for July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2027 are:
Research – 57%
Other Sponsored Activities – 37%
Off-Campus – 26%
Now that you understand F&A, you may be interested to learn more about how F&A dollars flow to departments represented in your proposal. To learn more about how overhead flows through MSU after the project is funded and costs are expensed, please see a past DER seminar titled Data and Reporting (beginning at 19:05). This informative session shares how F&A circulates back following the allocated F&A return. Note: this presentation is from a few years ago; our rate is changed as discussed above, but the basic concepts still stand true today.
Remember, DER is here to help you budget for your next proposal and ensure that all appropriate and allowable project costs are incorporated into your future proposal budget. If you have questions related to building your next proposal budget, please send an email to email@example.com. DER is here to help.
The Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) invites you to a webinar to discuss the findings of the recently released visioning event report.
Sustainable Transportation Networks - Thursday, May 24, 2023 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
Agenda Highlights - The webinar will focus primarily on the report research priorities, identified within four themes:
vehicles and transportation modes,
our people and community.
These are ripe directions for engineering research to lead and to enable sustainable transportation networks.
Who Should Attend: This webinar is intended for anyone with an interest in the research areas, including the engineering research community from industry, academia, national labs, and the general community with a vested interest in the future of sustainable transportation systems. Please feel free to forward to your colleagues.
Presenters will include:
Rebecca Silveston – Engineering Research Visionary Alliance (Moderator)
Erin Santini Bel – University of New Hampshire
REGISTRATION NOTE: This is an informational webinar with an opportunity for Q&A with the speakers at the end. Participation is welcome and encouraged. Open to all those interested, but registration is required.
Michigan State University has reached a milestone for research and development expenditures, with $759.2 million for fiscal year 2022. The total is a $49 million increase over 2021 and demonstrates strong progress toward the strategic plan goal of $1 billion in research expenditures by 2030. Growth was primarily in federally funded expenditures, up 9% to $381.5 million.
Research supported through the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes funding from the National Institutes of Health, was up 23.7% at $105 million. Expenditures from Department of Energy funding increased 17.8% to reach $127.8 million. Research expenditures funded by the Departments of Defense and Agriculture, or USDA, also increased by 8% and 4% respectively.
While the final data and rankings for 2022 will not be published for several months, MSU currently, based on FY 2021 data, ranks 39th in research expenditures out of more than 900 colleges and universities across the country who participate in the Higher Education Research and Development survey.
Research expenditures — that is, the funds spent to conduct research — are the most frequently cited and provide consistency for comparison with other institutions. The National Science Foundation
surveys all recipients of federal funds annually, asking about their research expenditures from all funding sources.
“This increase is an important accomplishment we should all be very proud of, and it is thanks to the hard work of our research faculty, support staff and students that we were able to achieve it,” said Doug Gage, vice president for research and innovation. “The MSU research enterprise is growing and thriving, and I have every confidence that we will reach our long-term goals.”
A major contributor to growth in research expenditures is related to… Learn more Here.
State of Michigan opens solicitations for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program
While it was the State’s original expectation to have EGLE administer
the funds as a grant program, this approach has been met with
unforeseen challenges regarding compliance with the Title 23 – Highways Regulation
that the NEVI Formula Program must meet. As such, the Michigan
Department of Transportation (MDOT) will now administer the funds
through a contracting procurement method.
The contracting method will use a two-stage approach. The first stage is a Request for Qualifications
that will seek qualified teams to design, construct, operate, and
maintain EV charging stations. The second stage is a Request for
Proposals that will invite selected qualified teams to submit project
proposals for funding.
The MDOT Request for Qualifications
for Round 1 of the NEVI Formula Program is now open. A virtual industry
forum will be held in the coming weeks to provide an overview of this
solicitation. All responses to the Request for Qualifications must be
submitted electronically to MDOT-Michigan-NEVI@Michigan.gov
The Dynamic Resilience application portal is now open and accepting submissions. Upload your abstract and submit your application before 25 May, 11:59pm ET.
Description: Human life expectancy has doubled in the past 100 years.
But for most people, our health span doesn’t match our life span. What if it could?
One of the greatest success stories of the last 100 years is the doubling in human life expectancy, from a global average of 35 years in 1900 to 70 years today1. Advances in medicine, public health, and infrastructure have greatly reduced the number of children dying before adulthood and increased the chances of most adults reaching old age. The rising number of centenarians and supercentenarians (people over 110 years) shows that it is possible for humans to live well for a very long time. Such exceptional individuals have encountered many challenges to their health over the course of their long lives, but they show a remarkable resilience – an ability to ‘bounce back’ after a significant stress event, whether that is a fall, infection, surgery, or major psychosocial stress. Resilience is the result of complex integrated physiological systems that usually maintain function and homeostasis through a series of feedback and feedforward mechanisms. Such biological resilience integrates several features including baseline reserve, ability to detect and adapt to stress, and the speed and appropriateness of responses including the ability to heal and repair. With a high baseline reserve along with correct and timely integration of other components of the stress response, the body can return to a state of homeostasis after disruption.
For most of us, however, our baseline reserves diminish as we get older and our biological maintenance systems start to fail, resulting in around half of adults over 65 suffering from at least two age-related long-term conditions (multimorbidity), increasing to ~80% of over 80s2. …
We are soliciting abstracts and proposals for work over three (3) years (with a potential additional one-year option) in one or more of the following thrust areas (see Thrust areas in full program announcement). Proposers should clearly relate work in these thrust areas to one or more of the program goals.
Day 1 - Submission deadline: 25 May 2023 - 7-page abstracts submitted (from individual organizations or teams) that address one or more program areas.
Day 15 - Abstract feedback sent: 9 June 2023 - All submissions will receive technical and/or programmatic feedback as well as a recommendation to submit or not submit a full proposal.
Day 45 - Submission deadline: 10 July 2023 - 25-page full proposals including technical approach, milestones, costs, and key personnel submitted. Proposals should specifically address abstract feedback.
Day 75 - Proposal decision sent: 9 August 2023 - All submissions will receive a ‘selected for funding’ or ‘not selected for funding’ decision. Those selected will proceed to contract signature as the final gate with work expected to commence within approximately 30 days
Description: DER has a catalog of research and funding seminars available on demand. Seminar topics range from critical instruction for new faculty through advanced training for senior research faculty. These presentations include instruction from experts regarding themes that include best practices in research, MSU policy, sponsor compliance, industry specific seminars, and more. Check them out today and utilize this incredible resource to help streamline your proposal development and promote success in your research. Watch now on demand!!!
Recent seminar presentations include:
DER is Here to Help (proposal & proposal development resources geared to promote success)
Tips for Writing a Persuasive Grant Proposal (grant writing to ‘sell’ a project to funders)
Finding Funding (tips for finding funding to support your research)
Roles and Responsibilities (tips for understanding roles and responsibilities at each stage of the project)
CAREER Award Workshop - Session 1 (best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals)
Does effort reporting for your grants and contracts seem more cumbersome than it should be? CGA has compiled a very
helpful list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Topics range from reporting deadlines, to resolving errors, and everything in between!
As you peruse this list, you might notice that there is a dedicated email address for any questions or issues you may have when submitting effort reporting. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org to expedite service.