University of Minnesota  Appendix

Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rate Minimums (awards over $50K direct costs/year)

Small Project Waivers (Projects with direct costs of $50,000 or less in each year of the project)

The chart below does not apply to small project waivers (deans control the amount of reductions on these projects, regardless of fund source).

Regular & Strategic Waivers (All projects not meeting the small project definition)

Sponsor Category Regular waivers (lowest rate allowed in this category) Strategic Waivers
U.S. Federal funding (direct and pass-through)   Any rate below the federally negotiated rate*
Foreign government or entity   Any rate below the federally negotiated rate*
For-profit 34% MTDC, unless the for-profit has a published policy. In that case, the University will follow the published policy, if a regular waiver is approved by the college/RRC. <34% MTDC
State of Minnesota 0%*** NA
Non-profit/foundations/ 10% TDC, unless the non-profit has a published policy. In that case, the University will follow the published policy, if a regular waiver is approved by the college/RRC. <10% TDC, unless the non-profit has a published policy. In that case, the U will follow the published policy.
Corporate membership programs**** 10% TDC <10% TDC
Industry-funded clinical trials**  30% TDC <30% TDC

*except rates appearing on SPA's approved reduced rate list (normally, due to statutory or programmatic limitations of a federal program, such as 8% NIH training grants, or USDA 21% rates)

**those projects meeting the University's definition of clinical trial, which applies to both human and animal studies. Pre-clinical work is excluded from this definition.

***Federal flow thru grants should carry full federal rate applicable to that type of project. The U will accept 0% except if the State program allows limited or full F&A; in that case F&A must be charged to the full extent allowed by the State.

****Corporate membership programs are awards involving business and industry members paying a fixed annual membership fee for access to research that is jointly shared among all members. No preferential intellectual property or data rights may be granted to an individual member via their membership. SPA determines whether a given award meets this definition; investigators must confer with SPA before offering terms to a sponsor.