Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rates are the mechanisms used to reimburse the University for the infrastructure support costs, i.e. F&A costs, associated with sponsored research and other sponsored agreements. F&A rates are essentially overhead rates, calculated as a percentage of the direct costs of sponsored projects. These are actual costs to the university and directly support sponsored projects being performed by the University of Miami. Sometimes F&A rates are referred to as indirect cost rates.

For all activities performed in facilities not owned by the institution and to which rent is directly allocated to the project(s) the off campus rate applies. If more than 50% of a project is performed off-campus, the off-campus rate will apply to the entire project. You must identify whether the project is: Research, Instruction, or Other Sponsored Activity and choose the rate for the associated campus. Our F & A Rate Agreement contains the negotiated rate, which is summarized below.

Facilities & Administrative (F&A) Costs

Note: facilities & administrative (F & A) costs were formerly known as indirect costs.

29% Clinical Trial F&A Rate

The University F&A rate for all industry-supported (directly or via flow-through mechanism) clinical trials is 29%, regardless of campus. Clinical Trial is defined as a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes. Industry sponsored activities which are not clinical trials follow the negotiated research rates listed by campus.