Principal Investigators are responsible for including Facilities and Administrative (F&A or indirect costs) in proposals for sponsored projects funded by external entities.

Each CUNY College has a federally negotiated F&A rate which has been negotiated by the Research Foundation with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on the School’s behalf. The Principal Investigator must use the federally approved rates for all sponsored projects and may not offer or promise a reduced rate to a sponsor in advance of receipt of an approved waiver.

Under the Uniform Guidance Subpart E-200.414  – Cost Principles-Indirect (“F&A”) Costs:

  1. The Agency must accept the negotiated rate of the institution; and
  2. A 10% de minimis indirect cost rate will be used by institutions that do not have a negotiated rate.


See – Research Foundation F&A Rates

See – Research Foundation F&A Cost Analysis