Preparing an appropriate budget is essential for a winning proposal. The Office of Research will assist with the first drafts of your budget, so please contact them for assistance.
George Mason University uses a standard budget spreadsheet template for the sake of consistency. This is not the budget format that is submitted to the sponsor. You can download this template, which is updated frequently to reflect changes in fringe rates and indirect cost rates.
- Instructional and Research Faculty — 33.1%
- Administrative Faculty — 33.1%
- Classified Staff — 42.9%
- Adjuncts, Special Pay, Summer Faculty, and Wages — 7.3%
- GTAs and GRAs — 0.0%
Note: Student wage employees taking a full-time class load are generally exempt from FICA. Student wage employees taking less than a full-time class load are not eligible for the full-time student FICA exemption and will be charged the student fringe benefit rate of 6.90%.
The F&A rate agreement for FY16 and FY17 has been finalized with the Office of Naval Research, our cognizant agency. Existing sponsored research agreements will not change, but the new rates will be used on awards received beginning July 1, 2014.
FY16 Rates are as follows:
- On-campus research 52.0%
- Off-campus research adjacent 27.4%
- Off-campus research remote 28.3%
- On-campus instruction 57.2%
- Off-campus instruction adjacent 39.6%
- Off-campus instruction remote 26%
- On-campus other sponsored activities 38.7%
- Off-campus other sponsored activities adjacent 27.3%
- Off-campus other sponsored activities remote 26%
- Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) awards 7.6%
- Rates for DOD research contracts are higher than the regular research rates because there is no cap on the administrative portion of the rate. DOD contract rates are 54.3% on campus; 29.7% adjacent; and 28.3% remote.
Definitions of terms are as follows:
Sponsored Research includes all research and development activities that are sponsored by Federal and non-Federal agencies and organizations. This term involves systematic study directed toward fuller knowledge or understanding of the subject and includes activities involving the training of individuals in research techniques (research training) where such activities utilize the same facilities as other research and development activities and where such activities are not included in the instruction function. Sponsored Research generally includes hypothesis testing and has a defined scope of work, a work plan, time frame and reporting requirements to the sponsor.
Sponsored Instruction is defined as teaching and training activities funded by grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements from Federal or non-Federal sponsors. Sponsored Instruction includes agreements that support teaching/training activities, whether offered through regular academic departments or separate divisions.
Other Sponsored Activities include programs and projects financed by Federal and non-Federal agencies and organizations which involve performance of work other than instruction and organized research. Other Sponsored Activities are established primarily to provide non instructional services beneficial to individuals and groups external to the institution. Some examples include: Travel, Conferences, Social Service, Community Service, Health Service and Program Operation.